Customized Speaking Engagements
Whether giving a high-energy, content-rich keynote or leading an action-packed half- or full-day workshop, Suzanne can speak on a range of topics on the social sector customized to meet your organization’s needs. Our goals are to engage participants in dialogue about important issues, trends and challenges in the social sector. Participants walk away with actionable ideas to implement immediately in their organizations.
Our Most Requested Topics
The human brain is wired to latch on to stories. Because stories are so memorable and can evoke an array of emotions from surprise and delight to sympathy and sorrow, the art of storytelling is critical to advancing your social sector organization’s mission. In this session, you will learn about the essential components of stories and will have the opportunity to brainstorm ways to craft your organization’s story to get volunteers, donors, investors or supporters excited about the work you are doing for people and the planet.
The nonprofit sector is changing. Where agencies were once funded for programs, they are now funded based on results. Where it was okay to function in silos, agencies are now required to collaborate and work broadly across the community. This session will take a quick dive at the old rules governing the social sector and how those rules are changing in the 21st century. We will talk about the capabilities required of social sector agencies today and the roles you can play in this transition.
TEDx: Everyone is a Changemaker
In this provocative, yet practical video, Suzanne Smith, our Founder & CEO – who calls herself a “meaning counselor” – shares the tips she has crafted over the years to help her friends, family and students create their own impacts in their communities and the world. She explores a range of subjects, including impact investing, social entrepreneurship and nonprofit impact. This talk will inspire you to become a changemaker and give you the tools for success.
Topics for the Social Sector
We speak on a range of topics, including:
- Behavioral Economics
- Board Engagement
- Business Planning
- Feasibility Assessments
- Scaling/Growth Planning
- Social Enterprise 101/201
- Collaboration Commandments
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Ecosystem Mapping
- Grant Research & Grantwriting
- Impact Measurement
- Theory of Change/Logic Models
- Evaluation Plans
- Influencing Policymakers
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Social Sector Trends
- System Change/Movements
In addition to in-person appearances, we can also tailor training sessions to be conducted via webinar or conference call.
What You Can Expect From Us
- Detailed speaker packet with everything you need, including bios, pictures and options
- Prompt replies to emails and calls
- Call to discuss your needs and preferences prior to event, so we can better understand how to best serve your needs
- Social media announcements about your event
- Dynamic, customized presentation focused on your needs
- Custom resource page, including links and slides
- Follow-up email to gauge impact