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March 13, 2018



The Ramp Church International is a body of believers who love God, and love the people of God!  We are passionate about spreading the Gospel around the globe and serving our community.  It’s a place for family, worship, and fellowship.

Bishop Younger is renowned for his academic and philanthropic prowess.  He has matriculated through the ranks of ecclesia, widely regarded as a spiritual sage, an erudite historian, and an astound autodidact.  Younger is the catalyst and namesake of the S.Y. Scholars Program, a competitive college prep program for elementary, middle, and high school students in Central Virginia.  Serving as the institution’s Chief Advisor, Bishop Younger travels to the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities with the Symposium Tour, where he, along with prominent political and education leaders, converge and discuss, “The State of Education in America.”

His unprecedented leadership has compelled many Christian leaders and Pastors to seek his oversight. As a result, he was elected into the bishopric, and subsequently founded the One Way Churches International in 2011, where he currently serves as Vice-Presiding Prelate and Co-Adjutor Primate over 15+ churches.

Bishop Younger is a proud member of Christians United for Israel where he serves as a local and regional director.  He also serves with Global Peace and humanitarian organization with efforts all over the world.

Bishop Younger is widely regarded as the preeminent voice of this generation. His ministry has been solicited across this world both nationally and internationally.  He has been embraced and affirmed by the upper echelon of ecclesiastical elite as a pedagogical pundit whose wisdom transcends his age.

He is an itinerant preacher, musician, instructor, conference speaker, humanitarian, and highly solicited revivalist throughout the United States, India, Israel, Central America, South America, England, Africa, South Korea, China, and Mongolia.

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March 6, 2018

Ending Hunger in Our Lifetime:

The Next Chapter in Leading an International Nonprofit



Rod BrooksRod Brooks has served as CEO of Rise Against Hunger since July 2006. He provides leadership and direction toward the achievement of the organization’s mission to end world hunger, focusing on service programs, fundraising, financial and administrative management. Rod has spent nearly twenty years working in the non-profit sector. Prior to directing Rise Against Hunger, Rod worked for 16 years creating Exploris (now titled Marbles Kid’s Museum), an interactive museum about the world, ultimately serving as Vice President for Administration.

Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.

Driving Rise Against Hunger’s work is the recognition that ending hunger is more than just feeding people, which led Rise Against Hunger to focus its feeding programs in areas where we can have a real impact and expand its hunger-fighting programs beyond meal packaging and distribution.

Our organization’s approach to ending hunger centers on mobilizing a global network of hunger champions.

Another core focus of Rise Against Hunger is responding to crises–both natural and man-made.Another core focus of Rise Against Hunger is responding to crises–both natural and man-made.

Our third approach to eradicating hunger centers around grassroots community empowerment.

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February 27, 2018

Addressing Nonprofit Compliance:

The Essential Step for Fundraising 


Christian LeFerChristian LeFer creates solutions to benefit the nonprofit sector. His passion has always been to empower others to impact their world: “Unleash your inner hero!”

His family’s involvement in the community and as advocates for foster and adoptive parenting, along with a successful consultancy in founding and fundraising for nonprofits, make this foray into software and solutions for charities a natural.

Having organized successful 1st Amendment litigation in state and federal courts, Christian has also become a sought-after adviser on free speech and civil liberties issues.

LeFer’s key strengths include vision, copywriting, marketing (direct and online), and sales. I earned a B.A. from Rutgers University in History/Political Science, cum laude.

What is Charitable Solicitation Registration/Fundraising Compliance?

A: 41 out of 50 U.S. states have enacted regulations requiring “charitable solicitation” registration – covering virtually every conceivable method of fundraising activity by nonprofits. The registration process varies by state, and depends on factors including annual revenues and method of fundraising – creating a confusing patchwork of regulations.

State government agencies including Attorneys General and Secretaries of State have staffed compliance enforcement departments with prosecutors and Administrative Law judges, and a finding of non-compliance can result in monetary fines, civil or criminal penalties, and revocation of the right to raise funds.

These laws no longer only apply to large-scale phone and mail fundraising: A passive website “donate” button or social media “share” can result in your organization being targeted and penalized – even publicly listed as an “offender” online.

Learn more about nonprofit compliance. 

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February 12, 2018

Evangelist Carlton Pearson Shares His Story:

He was ostracized by his church

Now the Movie…

Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.

Bishop Carlton PearsonCarlton Pearson is a native of San Diego California, where he spent the first 18 years of his life with his parents and five siblings.

After studying at the Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he majored in Bible Literature English Bible, he served as Associate evangelist for the Oral Roberts Association and the ORU Board of Regents for 15 years on its Board of Regents. He has received several honorary doctoral degrees.

After a shifting to what Carlton calls “Expanded Consciousness”, his ministry changed dramatically, causing the re-inventing, re-positioning and re-branding of himself and his focus. He likes to call himself a Sacred Activist and Spiritual Progressive and is a strong proponent of Justice and Peace issues.

Presently, his life story serves as the basis for the Netflix original movie produced by ENGAME and NPR titled “Come Sunday” highlighting his personal story about the shift in his ministry to Radical Inclusion insisting that Christians are not the only people who will experience eternal life. The movie premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 and will be released on Netflix on April 13, 2018.

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February 6, 2018

Upgrading Leadership in Churches

Interview with Rev. Dr. Bishop William Willimon

Will WillimonA bishop in the United Methodist Church, Professor William Willimon served as the dean of Duke Chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University for 20 years. He returned to Duke after serving as the bishop of the North Alabama Conference from 2004 to 2012. Willimon is the author of 70 books. His Worship as Pastoral Care was selected as one of the 10 most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. More than a million copies of his books have been sold. His articles have appeared in many publications including Theology Today, Interpretation, Liturgy, and Christianity Today. He is editor-at-large for The Christian Century. His book Pastor: the Theology and Practice of Ordained Leadership is used in dozens of seminaries in the United States and Asia. His He has taught in Germany, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia in various seminaries. He is a trustee of Wofford College, Emory University, and serves on the Dean’s Committee of Yale Divinity School.  In early 2017 he will publish Who Lynched Willie Earle? Confronting Racism through Preaching.

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January 30, 2018

Nonprofit – The Step Child of Business

Interview with Nonprofit Expert, Sherita Herring

Sherita Herring2

Operating by her motto “You Are Your Only Limitation (YAYOL)”, Sherita Herring is a motivating speaker, radio personality and best-selling author.

She has successfully raised over $30 million and formed more than 600 businesses operating globally, including in more than 17 countries.  She’s a sought-after speaker, motivator, best-selling author, radio personality and business strategist.

For more than 27 years she has tirelessly worked behind the scenes coaching, facilitating and/or strategizing with some of the top social entrepreneurs, celebrities and organizations in the world:  Former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox; U.N. Ambassador Byron Blake; Parliament representatives of Trinidad; legendary actress Tippi Hedren; Oscar Winner Hilary Swank; NFL Great Jim Brown; NBA Star Jalen Rose; Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins; Producer/Actor Bill Duke; Actor Anthony Anderson; Comedians Michael Colyar, Kim Coles, and Eddie Griffin; Motivational Speakers Les Brown and Lisa.

Points for the interview:

  • What motivated you to work in the nonprofit industry, coming out of corporate America?
  • Most people are unaware of the impact of the Nonprofit area, why is that?
  • For nonprofits that have not been successful in their pursuits for grants, what strategies can you suggest?
  • Can a nonprofit make a profit?

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January 23, 2018

How Community Building and Assessment Marketing

Help You Build Relationships

with Book Expert Juliet Clark

Juliet ClarkAt Super Brand Publishing, we are experts at helping you become the world authority you always knew you could be. You know it. We know it. And this is how the rest of the world catches up.

Confidence, passion, and a strong vision of her potential have all contributed to Juliet Clark’s incredible success as a woman entrepreneur.

Juliet Clark founded Winsome Media Group in November 2009. Within 90 days of opening her coaching and publishing company, she had filled her coaching schedule and established herself as an expert helping people build their digital footprint to sell more books, products, and services.

Juliet’s ability to help other fast track their success has made her extraordinarily successful. She assists her clients in all facets of publishing, and book and business marketing.

Juliet is passionate about helping authors achieve their dreams. In addition to personal coaching, Juliet is also known as a motivational speaker and teacher through her Author Success Academy and the Entrepreneur Success Academy. She also is the host of a podcast called Ask Juliet, which answers author’s questions and features successful authors and speakers who have effectively build platforms.

Specialities: Professional speaker, motivational speaker, business webinars, author business bootcamps

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January 16, 2018

Jobenomics Update on the Creation of 20 Million Jobs

and the Role of Nonprofits in that Initiative

with Founder Chuck Vollmer

Chuck Vollmer

Chuck Vollmer is the author and founder of Jobenomics, which deals with the economics of business and job creation.  The Jobenomics National Grassroots Movement’s goal is to facilitate creation of 20 million net new U.S. jobs within a decade.  The Movement has a following of over 20 million people.  Jobenomics has six books and produces quarterly employment and unemployment reports on economic, business and workforce development.  Jobenomics national-level initiatives include the Energy Technology Revolution, Network Technology Revolution, Urban Mining and Urban Agriculture. had 6 million hits in the last 12-months, a growth rate of 400% over the last year.  Today, over a dozen cities and states have started Jobenomics initiatives led by local community leaders.  These initiatives focus on people at the base of America’s socioeconomic pyramid with emphasis on women, minorities, youth, veterans and citizens who want to work or start a business.

Jobenomics (Jobs + economics) deals with the process of creating and mass-producing small businesses and jobs.  Jobenomics Jobenomics National Grassroots Movement’s goal is to facilitate creation of 20 million net new U.S. jobs within a decade.  The Movement has a following of 20 million people.  Jobenomics regularly updates its six books and numerous reports to keep its members current on the latest national and international economic, business and workforce development issues, trends and solutions.  Jobenomics website had 6 million hits last year, a growth rate of 400% per year, which is indicative of the high level of interest in a new approach to economic, business and workforce development.

Jobenomics also provides advice and timely data to policy and decision-makers worldwide.  Over the last few years, Jobenomics met with over a thousand government, business and community leaders to incorporate the best of their ideas and requirements into Jobenomics initiatives and programs.  Today, a dozen communities have started Jobenomics initiatives led by local community leaders.  Another dozen are in the pipeline.  These initiatives focus on citizens at the base of America’s socioeconomic pyramid with emphasis on women, minorities, youth, veterans and other hopefuls who want to work or start a business.  While Jobenomics is designed as an American business and job creation movement, there is significant interest from Asian, Middle East and African nations to start similar movements.

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January 9, 2018

How to Get the Most Out of 2018

with Mark S A Smith

Mark S A Smith

Mark S A Smith is the author of 13 popular books and sales guides and has authored more than 400 magazine articles. He is a genuine Guerrilla Marketing guru, co-authoring three books with Jay Conrad Levinson, and is a certified Guerrilla Marketing Coach.

A renaissance man with many talents, Mark is passionate about leadership, team building, teamwork, sales, and marketing.

For over twenty years Mark has served as a strategic advisor to corporate leaders and executives all over the world who must develop the best way to bring in the right strategies for successful growth and sustainability. What makes him different is he brings a holistic view of the business instead of solely focusing on one aspect and ignoring the impact of decisions on the rest of the organization.

How to Get the Most Out of 2018
Tapping into the top five trends to grow your nonprofit:
  1. Omnichannel – allow members to consume you anywhere and every way
  2. How the growing economy creates monetary opportunities
  3. The impact of higher unemployment on your volunteer force and how to pivot to get all you need
  4. New leadership demands: what’s changing and how to stay out front
  5. Turning unrest into peace: how to divorce your organization from the media’s promotion of outrage

Register to participate Live HERE

Or watch it live on Hugh Ballou’s Facebook video feed

January 2, 2018

The SynerVision

Revenue Generation Programs

with Russell Dennis

Russell Dennis

Russell Dennis is a SynerVision WayFinder assisting leaders of nonprofit in running a high performing charity generating enough income to achieve their mission.

When you decide to make a difference in the world on your own terms, Russell Dennis is someone it is worthwhile to have a conversation with before you start. His unique blend of experiences coupled with the business an personal challenges he has overcome can help you avoid pitfalls that set you back. Focusing on nonprofit difference makers, he provides easy to access, understand and implement tools that get you results and move you and your organization in the direction you want to go.

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December 18, 2018

The SynerVision Nonprofit Empowerment Symposium

is an Event You Don’t Want to Miss in 2018

Leadership Empowerment Symposium

The SynerVision Leadership Foundation’s Leadership Empowerment Symposium is a one-day intensive workshop for you to learn the skills to stand up or grow your nonprofit, recruit the right board and volunteers, create a winning strategy, and attract donors to support your mission.

Learn how to be the leader to put this all together from Hugh Ballou, who is a 31+ year veteran in building high performing nonprofit organizations of all types.

This episode of The Nonprofit Exchange will be about sharing the successes and stories from the 25 previous sessions of the one-day intensive workshop/symposium.

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December 12, 2018

Nonprofits That Work: 15-40 Connection

Cancer Education and Empowerment

Kelly Fattman

                      Kelly Fattman

As Vice President for Engagement for 15-40 Connection, Kelly Fattman supports educational outreach and national communication that teaches people how to detect cancer earlier. She is passionate about saving lives through the power of early detection. While working in this role, she experienced health changes herself that lead to a brain tumor diagnosis. Kelly put into practice the exact education she was delivering to change the outcome of her situation.

Using 15-40 Connection’s 3 Steps Detect, Kelly became one of the most valuable members of her health care team. After describing how her health changes felt, she was told by two doctors. “That doesn’t make sense.” Her health changes were different from what they had seen most often. As they put the piece of the puzzle together to determine her diagnosis, Kelly continued to trust how she was feeling and shared that information. It was because of one of her symptoms that were not making sense that her doctor ordered additional tests which revealed her brain tumor. Had Kelly not shared that information, her diagnosis would have been delayed, the brain tumor would have continued to grow, her treatment options would have been more limited, and the chances of lasting side effects would have risen significantly.

Prior to her role at 15-40 Connection, Kelly, helped companies large and small launch products, reach new audiences and improve customer engagement. Some of the major brands she has worked with include Reebok, Dunkin Donuts, American Express, New Balance, and the Boston Marathon.

The Organization

15-40 Connection is focused on educating and empowering people about early cancer detection. This education helps individuals become aware of the early warning signs of cancer. Most cancer organizations focus on research for a cure, treatment or support. There are also many cancer organizations that focus on prevention. Unfortunately, we still don’t know what causes all cancers, so while some preventative measures can reduce risk; it can’t remove the risk completely. Research shows that detecting cancer early improves effectiveness of cancer treatment and also improves the chance of survival, which is why 15-40 Connection is empowering individuals to be aware of the early warning signs to give them their best chance at effective treatment and survival.

15-40 Connection aims to educate and empower individuals with the skills to recognize subtle health changes in themselves, rather than rely only on medical professionals. Through 15-40 Connection’s 3 Steps to Early Detection individuals learn how to become active participants in their own health care so cancer as well as other illnesses can be diagnosed earlier. The result is a quicker return to health and most importantly lives saved.

For more information:

Register to participate Live HERE

December 4, 2018

Nonprofits That Work: Rise Against Hunger

(founded as Stop Hunger Now)

Ray Buchanan

              Ray Buchanan

Ray Buchanan:
A vision to end world hunger 

In 1998, envisioning a world without hunger, Ray Buchanan — a United Methodist minister — founded Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). After enlisting as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, Ray Buchanan quickly recognized that accomplishing a mission required “commitment to something larger than yourself.” Over the past three decades, that principle has driven Ray’s mission to eradicate world hunger.

As a divinity graduate student at Duke University, Ray began working with the poor and hungry. He continued that work at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his master’s degree in divinity, and as a pastor at ve rural United Methodist churches in Virginia. As a pastor, Ray joined the effort to save the lives of starving Ethiopians during the 1973-75 famine in Ethiopia.

Driving Ray’s hunger work is the recognition that “ending hunger is more than just feeding people.” So Rise Against Hunger “focuses its feeding programs in areas where we can see transformational development,” he says.

Ray embodies the ideal of a servant leader. And he understands that volunteers and organizations working together can build a global movement that will stimulate the political will to marshal the resources that are essential — and available — to eradicate hunger.

Rise Against Hunger has realized positive, annual growth mainly through expansion of the meal packaging program into new communities. Rise Against Hunger continues to further Ray’s legacy of commitment both to domestic and international crisis response including relief from famine, natural and manmade disasters and health epidemics.

More information at

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November 28, 2017

Nonprofits That Work: Journey’s Dream

Mark HattasMark Hattas has, amongst other accomplishments, started, built and sold a $20M/yr tech company. He was later diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder and told there was no cure.  Mark didn’t believe the prognosis and through study, faith, and practice, Mark lived into his faith that he could be well.  He is so thankful to all who have helped, and to God.  He is committed to help others and give them hope and paths to success as well.  This inspiration in 2012 led him to pursue and eventually co-found HSI and Journey’s Dream.  The dream will be realized when all people can find hope and well-being.

More information at

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November 21, 2017

Nonprofits that Work: Food for Families

Gordy Harper and Ray Booth share the story of how this nonprofit got started and now feeds 3,500 families monthly.

Food for Families

Food for Families

Lynchburg is a city with a population of about 80,200 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2016) and a poverty rate of 23.1%. That is about 12% above the state and 9% above the national poverty rate. The zip code that Park View is located in and serves is one of the poorest zip codes in all of Virginia.

The truth is that the majority of the people we serve are hardworking  and honest individuals who have experienced circumstances that have brought them to a place of financial insecurity. Others have been raised in generational poverty and have never been taught another way of life. That is why we are working to empower and educate individuals to recognize their potential and live the full lives they were created for.

Our Food for Families program provides supplemental groceries on a monthly basis at no cost to families that are food insecure. We are a neighbor choice pantry facility, allowing our neighbors to take an active part in the shopping experience by choosing from the products we provide. Items available to choose from include fresh produce, frozen meats, baked goods, dairy products, eggs and much more.
We also provide choice clothing and personal hygiene items

To empower and educate individuals and families in order to be freed from a life of poverty and enter into a life of purpose and fulfillment.

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November 14, 2017

Nonprofit Performance 360 Magazine:

The Leadership Resource for Nonprofit Executives

In it’s third year of publication, Nonprofit Performance 360 Magazine set’ records for quality and inspiration. Dr. Todd Greer, editor shares his vision for starting this great resource and his vision for the future.

Todd Greer, DeanTodd Greer holds a Ph.D. in organizational leadership with a major in human resource development from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia; a Master of Science in ministerial leadership from Amridge University in Montgomery, Alabama; completed graduate work in communications studies at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan; and a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. He has numerous publications to his credit, including journal articles and book chapters, and has presented at national conferences.

He has served as lead instructor and board member with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce’s Innovation PortAL and instructor for the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy for high school students. He is a board member for United Way of Southwest Alabama and Springboard to Success Inc. which, with the Downtown Mobile Alliance, operates the Urban Emporium retail incubator. He is an advisory board member with Veterans Recovery Resources.

He was an instructor with University of South Alabama’s Minority Business Accelerator and an adjunct instructor at Spring Hill College.

Previously, Greer was executive director of the SynerVision Leadership Foundation in Blacksburg, Virginia; minister of administration for Glen Allen Church of Christ in Glen Allen, Virginia; and head boys’ volleyball coach at Highlight Springs High School and assistant women’s volleyball coach at Virginia Union University, both in Richmond, Virginia.

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October 31, 2017

Building A Nonprofit Marketing Program

Geo Ropert

                   Geo Ropert

Geo A. Ropert, APR is the founder and president of Ropert and Partners Public Relations and Marketing Communications. He is a nationally accredited, award-winning public relations and marketing professional, with a diverse background and over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors.

Geo has successfully directed the public relations and marketing strategies for several nonprofit and charitable organizations, and has first-hand knowledge of the challenges they face in effectively communicating with and engaging their audiences. He understands the importance of developing and growing organizations’ brand identity, and the critical need to implement public relations and marketing plans to achieve missions and goals..

Geo holds professional membership in the Florida Public Relations Association, a 501(c)6 organization, where he served in several leadership roles, including membership on the state board of directors and Space Coast Chapter president. He currently serves as the chairman of the Government Affairs Committee and a member of the board of directors of the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, based in Merritt Island, Florida and is a member of the Brevard County Advisory Committee for Eckerd and Advisory Board of The Children’s Hunger Project. He also served on the board of LEAD Brevard and was chairman of the Florida Coalition for Children’s statewide Communication Workgroup.

In 2007 Geo received his Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), joining an elite group of highly-skilled public relations professionals throughout the U.S. who are committed practitioners with exemplary ethical standards. In 2009 he was recognized as “Member of the Year” and in 2013 as “Public Relations Professional of the Year” by the Florida Public Relations Association Space Coast Chapter.

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October 24, 2017

Nonprofits That Work: Camera Heritage Museum

Learning About Realizing a Vision

David Schwartz Shares His Story for the

One-of-a-Kind Camera Heritage Museum 

Camera Heritage Museum, Staunton, VA

Antique Cameras their Users and their place in History
David Schwartz in the Camera Heritage Museum
Located in Staunton in Western Central Virginia The Camera Heritage Museum houses a unique collection of antique cameras dating from the 19th century to modern times. They often have both a historical significance and a provenance that is interesting to all. There are not any open camera museums in the USA since collections are often private. We have opened this collection to the public so that everyone has an opportunity to view these historical treasures. You will find samples of many of the different kinds of cameras which the museum exhibits in the galleries listed above. We are in the process of adding the stories of these cameras and their photographers. If you do not find information that you are looking for we may be listing it any day now.
The Camera Heritage Museum has been nominated for the Virginia Association of Museums’ Top Ten Endangered Artifacts program.
Two years in a row!

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October 17, 2017

Dreams, Teams, and Funding Themes

Danna Olivo Shares Her Secrets of Success

Danna Olivo

Danna Olivo is a Business Growth Sequencing Strategist and CEO of MarketAtomy, LLC. Her passion is working with small first stage entrepreneurs to ensure that they start out on the right foot and stay on the path to financial freedom. Known as the Business Birthing Specialist, Danna understands the intricacies involved in starting and running a successful business. Her efforts extend beyond the initial strategic planning process on into the implementation and monitoring phase. As an intricate component ingrained into her client’s business structure, she works diligently to keep her client’s accountable and on track to fulfilling their success goals.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida’s College of Business, Danna holds degrees in both Marketing and Management Information Systems (MIS). She brings more than 35 years of strategic planning experience in business, marketing and business development both nationally and internationally.

Danna is not only a professional business growth strategist but has worked as an International Strategist within the country of Brazil, is a public speaker and #1 Best Selling Author on Amazon with “Success From The Heart” and “Journey To The Stage.” Her newest book “MarketAtomy: What To Expect When Expecting A Business” is now available through Amazon on Kindle.

You can find out more about Danna Olivo at

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October 3, 2017

Setting Powerful Goals
with Dr. Joe White

Joe WhiteDr. Joe White is a nationally know, Author, speaker and business consultant. Joe has a true entrepreneurial spirit and it has allowed him to join the ranks of those entrepreneurs who can boast that they have never worked a 9 to 5 job throughout their adult life. His professional experience has quite varied Dr. White has sharpened his skills in several capacities. From serving as CEO and COO of million dollar companies, to speaking on stages across the country.

In 2001 he started a real estate investment company buying and selling houses through out North Carolina. In 2005 he took to the stages across the country selling his Real Estate Course “How to Make 5,000 to 10,000 a month wholesaling real estate”. The course taught the successful strategies he learned and developed on buying and selling properties with little to no money down while running his company. During the 2005 lecture tour, he was asked to be the keynote speaker at the 2005 graduation of the Breakthrough Bible College in Temple Hills, Maryland. Where he was bestowed with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the graduation.

Sault after for his advise and insight by business start ups, celebrates and large Concrete Jungle Book Covercorporations. For over 20 years he has served the entrepreneur community. Launching events like The Triad Entrepreneur Pitch Tank the number one business event in the Triad area of NC, serving on boards such as Benaiah Holdings Group a OTC publicly traded venture capital firm and serving as the NC reparative for CEO Space International, the business conference ranked #1 in the world by Forbes and Inc. magazine as” the conference entrepreneurs can’t afford to miss.

Dr. White is also the co-author of The Best selling book Concrete Jungle Success Strategies for the Real World, which also features best selling author and star of the movie The Secret Bob Proctor. Dr. Joe White is currently avalible for business consulting, real estate investing coaching and speaking engagements nationally and internationally. With topics ranging from Business Strategy, Goal Setting, Real estate Investing and Entrepreneurship.

To Book Dr. Joe White or get more information email or visit

September 26, 2017

How to raise 10 K in under 3 days

…from less than typically 4 ten minute meetings.

Helped hundreds to do this and a lot more dollars raised from this approach.

Donald Ward, State Director of CEOCLUBS FLORIDA, a 41 year established GLOBAL CEO Master Mind Network. Mentor, Coach, and a Mentor to Coaches. Author, Songwriter, Capital Development Expert that specializes also in Corporate Engineering, Strategic Planning, Business Sequencing and is a Counter Intuitive Destiny Coach if you will.  PURPOSE….to Birth Dreams and Visions. A Key Role in the lives of people and businesses is that of a Corporate Networking Officer and Corporate Discernment Officer. Made millions a couple times, lost them a couple times and enjoying making a huge comeback while helping others to do the same. A Divine Connection ( Connector) can be responsible for

1. Accelerating Time,

2. Redeeming Time

3. Compressing time for those they interact with.

Requirements for Mr Ward to come alongside a Visionary for the long haul.

1. The Vision must be Global

2. It must be Socially Responsible. and

3. The Visionary must be willing to all but Die for the Vision.

People generally cross his path when they are either

1. Birthing their Business or

2 Resurrecting it.

Building Fortune Level Teams around your Dream is the only way to truly attract Capital to the project, and that is what his contact grid of trusted relationships at the C Level affords him the ability to do.

September 19, 2017

Creating Diversity on a Board of Directors:
Dr. Thyonne Gordon and Dr. William Lewis Share Ideas That Can Be Implemented 

William LewisDr. William Lewis, earned a doctoral degree from Indiana University, and a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University Purdue University. He also completed the management development program from Harvard Institutes for Higher Education and he completed the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy: The Fundraising School Certificate of Fundraising Management.

Dr. Lewis is a Thought Leader in the Diversity and Inclusion space. He has authored several articles, most notably, he was one of three co-authors of the historic Standards of Professional Practice for the Chief Diversity Officers  (CDO), published by the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).  He is on the editorial board for INSIGHT into Diversity. Dr. Lewis teaches concepts of oppression and privilege regularly to students enrolled in his MSW level courses.

Dr. Lewis has lead diversity and inclusion efforts at three highly acclaimed universities, Indiana University, Bridgewater State University and Virginia Tech University. Throughout his career Lewis has provided administrative leadership for diversity and inclusion initiatives. He has been an advisor and consultant to university presidents, provosts and college deans.

You can learn more about Dr. Lewis and his work at

Thyonne GordonDr. Thyonne Gordon is an accomplished organizational & human development expert, producer and story genius. Her work with small businesses has created growth-oriented platforms using her proven technique of the S.T.O.R.Y. Acceleratorô and empowered hundreds of organizations nationwide.

Dr. Gordon’s ability to shed light on causes that bring positive impact is evidenced in the piece, From Watts to Africa, showcased in the 2015 Pan African Film Festival. This film highlights the journey of 17 inner city youth traveling to Africa with the organization, Foundation For Second Chances and the impact this leadership program had on their life.

Featured writer in Chicken Soup for the African American Soul; and ghost writer on several projects including a recent collaboration with Grammy nominated recording artist Chanteí Moore.

Dr. Gordon’s gifts in bringing stories of significance to light and enhancing organizations for success, is unparalleled. She has also raised millions of dollars for causes and is committed to positive, strategic and sustainable growth in the social profit sector. With several accolades and awards for her work, Dr. Gordon is most proud of her service in board leadership and received a gubernatorial appointment to the California Naturopathic Board of Directors in 2014; was voted board Chairperson of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara in 2015 and recently received the 44th President of the United States, Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished service.

Residing in Los Angeles, she encourages youth and adults alike to “bloom where you’re planted.”

You can learn more about Dr. Gordon and her work by visiting 

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September 12, 2017

Interview with Giselle Jones on Engaging Board Member in Fund Sourcing 

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September 5, 2017

Interview with Cheryl Snapp Conner on How Good Content Attracts Funding

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August 14, 2017 (Archive)

Todd Greer, Executive Director of SynerVision shares a little about the focus on Community for the upcoming issue of the magazine. Get the magazine, Nonprofit Professional Performance 360 Magazine at

August 8, 2017 (Archive)

On June 8, 2015 the following interview was recorded:

Peter Drucker, the father of Modern Management, long ago pioneered the idea of the knowledge worker. With the advent of the knowledge worker came the concept of managing oneself. Drucker stated “more and more people in the workforce…will have to manage themselves. They will have to place themselves where they can make the great contributions; they will have to learn to develop themselves” (Drucker, Management Challenges for the 21st Century, p. 163).

Frances Hesselbein, CEO of The Hesselbein Leadership Institute, co-author of Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions, and dear friend of the late-Peter Drucker.

Joan Snyder Kuhl, founder of Why Millennials Matter, an international speaker, and co-author of Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions.

Paul Sohn, has a heart for equipping, connecting and transforming the next generation of leaders through his work as a Leadership Coach and Purpose Weaver.

The Drucker Challenge will take place in Vienna, Austria on November 5th and 6th and asks the question, “what will it take to manage oneself in the digital age?”

Tune in as we discuss this important challenge of “Managing Oneself in the Digital Age”, discuss the Drucker Challenge competition, and connect young professionals here in the United States to the international forum!

July 25, 2017

PR Panel: How to Be Sure That Your Nonprofit Brand is Recognized  

The Nonprofit Chat live was a panel of experts on getting recognized. They represent various type of expert skills and backgrounds. The common trait is that all of them are competent at getting connected and recognized for your brand.

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The panelists were Bill Gilmer, WordSprint, Ashley Bernardi, Nardi Media, Shannon Gronich, Media Magic Intensives, and Doug Brown,

Notes from the session.

3 Keys to Effectively Increase and Maintain Your Visibility – Bill Gilmer

1) having the right message – branding

2) having the right people – sending the right message to the right people

3) with the right rythm – rythm builds trust

Snow ball effect happens when you can do these three things for three years!!

Panelists: Doug Brown Newswire

Bill Gilmer – Wordsprint

Shannon Gronich – Media Magic/Business Acceleration Summit

Test All of Your Messaging Using Your Mailing List Doug with Newswire

  1. Take your list and write your two best subjects lines that are kind of different.
  2. Send 10% of your list subject line A then another 10% of your list subject line B
  3. Both with the same copy….then evaluate! One out of two will stand out.
  4. Take another 10% put the body. You will compare the rate of clicks and action.

Now you have 70%  of your list you can email with your best subject and copy. This will double your response rate.

Media Magic Intensive Live Event

August 10-11, 2017 in Melbourne Florida

Cool Tool for Remaining Visible Year Round! Russ Dennis

July 18, 2017

Strategy – Driving to Abundance with Ed Bogle, Master Strategist

Learn what’s missing that might be limiting the income of your charity 



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Ed Bogle is a Strategic Planning Consultant that serves as a mentor, coach and consultant to entrepreneurs and non-profit executives. In the case of non-profits, Ed specializes in developing and implementing innovative solutions in defining their strategic value to those they serve and building a “brand” that moves beyond scarcity to a level of abundance.  His firm ideationEDGE works with their clients to understand their “value” creation and “revenue” production.

He has worked with and served as a coach and mentor to several non-profits and two of Inc Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year regional winners. He developed a deep passion for non-profits through a frustration from serving on boards and seeing great visionary work die due to funding shortages and donor fatigue.  Understanding revenues and creating abundance comes from carefully crafted strategies driven from a long-term vision and a constancy of purpose.

Some questions to ponder:

  • What is strategy and why is it important to the charity I lead?
  • Does a written strategic plan limit my creativity?
  • Why and how should me board be involved in the planning?
  • How does anyone predict the future with any success?

July 11, 2017

 Increase Your Reach and Donations: Learn About How to Get $10K in Free Adwords

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Pip Patton

Pip Patton

Pip Patton and John Zentmeyer will share secrets about how to

John Zentmeyer

John Zentmeyer

get $10K in free Google AdWords monthly and how to drive more traffic to your website for more engagement and more publicity. Their company,  Search Intelligence LLC, based in Tampa Florida, is a digital marketing agency.

‘We believe that marketing in today’s digital age should not be confusing to utilize and benefit from.’

We help you accomplish this by offering digital marketing services that are easy to understand and implement. Our services start with SEO and include optimized website design, social media management, video marketing and traffic analysis so you can make informed decisions about your marketing strategy.

We also work with non-profits by helping them apply for and obtain a Google Grant. A Google Grant is a grant of $10,000 in AdWords advertising each month for your non-profit. You can use the grant to promote your non-profit and gain more exposure online; increase awareness, recruit volunteers, promote special events, etc.

Notes from the Interview

Why do we care if people come to our websites?

Need for visibility brings more of people you want to see, online is where people are looking.

Not ranking on Google is like being 100 miles off the highway with no lights turned on. No one can find you!

You can’t get the word out on your work if no one can find you.

How do you figure out who to attract to your website?

Extensive interview with client, create keywords and Adwords to drive traffic, find out what people are searching for through online research, very few people aware of what prospects are searching for and tax status is not a factor.

Online is where more search for info takes place!

1. What is a Google Grant and How Do I Apply?

Google’s way to give back to the community; $10,000 month available to 501(c)3; keyword bids restricted to $2 or less; must find enough keywords to use all of the funds.

Qualifications – verify status as charity; apply online; campaign (Adwords) must be ready to go when launching

2. What is SEO and why do I need it for my charity or church?

Paid v. Organic Search priority given to paid; Ranking based on most relevant to search according to Google who cater to their own customers; can use best keywords when they are paid for; Google rates the information you provide, you have to build authority; organic search provides 5 times amount of results as paid search; you have to build credibility through your results; good information adds to your authority!

Facebook uses pixels attached to your website to build a “smart dat profile.” Google does not do this for you.

LinkedIn relation to Google – optimized profiles are critical to building authority, it helps develop authority

Organic Reach – Basics

Clarity around what you do needs to be clear to Google tech; links back to high authority sites on subject helps (on page SEO) must be relevant and valuable; Google grades authority based on links from other sites, social media, or blog posts that are shared or other shared information. This all takes time using SEO.

Only 18% to 20% of traffic comes from paid search. The rest is organic! The top 3 get the lion’s share!

Analytics tell you what people type in to find you. Free tutorials available from Google.

One-third of searches on monthly basis are different from anything they’ve ever seen before!

Buffer and QUUU work together

How do people learn how to do SEO in a way that helps them?

Creating a presence on the main social media sites use tools like Buffer (link posts to other sites); Quuu – (Aggregator of articles and information for curation); make sure you include some original content that increases engagement

Basic Visibility Enhancers – get more than one account (the Big 5; Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram); have accurate info on all sites; hire someone who has expertise because everything changes frequently

Algorithms for mobile and desktop differ, mobile friendly search is more important all the time; by 2018 it will dominate rankings; far more searches on mobile than desktop!

Closing Thoughts – (John) Go through strategy form to provide the types of information they need to provide good service; stay in your wheelhouse and focus on what you know, let your SEO experts to help you get where you need to be; search terms most relevant to you

Closing thoughts – (Pipp) – Take time to analyze your site and other information; video is a great tool for conversion, less than 2 minutes is best when it is engaging, speak like you are having a conversation with a single person; video drives up conversion considerably.

Contact Information

Search Intelligence, LLC 1520 W Cleveland St

Tampa, FL 33606

(813) 321-3390


July 4, 2017


Watch the Interview with Les Brown and Tamara Hartley by Hugh Ballou

June 27, 2017

Creating a Position of Influence on LinkedIn:

Building Relationships with People That Matter to Your Charity


Hugh Ballou and Russell Dennis Interview Doug Brown on Tuesday’s #nonprofitchat

Notes from the Interview

Free LinkedIn Infographic

Contact Doug Brown

Doug’s 5 steps for LinkedIn contacts:

  1. Profile Find Your “Perfect Customer”
  2. Contact Requests
  3. Contact follow-up
  4. Message
  5. Move Conversation Outside of LinkedIn

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Our Guest

D.E. Brown is press release writing, editing and online distribution expert. He has been involved with public relations and internet marketing for more than 20 years.

Brown is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Newswire Network ( a news and press release distribution website. Newswire is a Google News partner site.

Brown is also the author of many books and articles, including the best-selling book “Write a Great Press Release” a guide to creating a press release that will be published, re-published and read by your target market. This book is now available to Kindle Unlimited readers free of charge, or it can be purchased on Amazon/Kindle.

Brown is also the author/developer of “PressRoom”, a WordPress Plugin that allows any website to create a proper press room, or news page on their own website. This plugin is free to download at

Mr. Brown is also a Google Certified Partner with a comprehensive understanding of Google products and services and how they impact public relations and internet marketing.

Brown brings 3 decades of technical, internet optimization and marketing, as well as public relations experience to Brown and the Newswire team have helped make Newswire the most tech-friendly and powerful news and press release distribution service available today.

Press releases help you multiply your revenue by focusing on 3 important pillars of business:

  • Generate Publicity
  • Build Authority
  • Become known as an expert in your field or niche

June 20 2017

Termites Destroying Your Board? How to Exterminate Board Dysfunction Once and For All…

Finally Get More Done in Less Time for Greater Impact and Lasting Results! 

Hugh Ballou and Russell Dennis Interview Nathan Hirsch on #nonprofitchat

Here’s the Replay


Termites Destroying Your Board? How to Exterminate Board Dysfunction Once and For All…and Finally Get More Done in Less Time for Greater Impact and Lasting Results!



Non-Profit Boards are filled with well-meaning volunteer leaders, whose various reasons for joining are unfortunately, more competing and less collaborative than everyone may realize.

Far too many Boards fail to invest in the simple, yet proven and powerful strategies that the most successful and thriving Non-Profit Boards live by every day.

Therefore, meetings are dysfunctional, true consensus decisions are almost impossible to achieve, volunteerism and Board involvement declines and staying focused on the most important mission and results of the Non-Profit becomes exceedingly difficult and exhausting.

Good News: 

It doesn’t have to be this way. There are simple, proven powerful strategies, when used effectively and consistently, which eradicate much of the dysfunction, build trust amongst the Board Leaders and enable Leaders to make better decisions, save time and achieve better results, with less stress and drama.

Question 1: Steven, as a change management consultant, and after 20 years of serving on Boards and helping Non-Profit Boards become more effective, what do you see as the overarching challenge when Board Leaders are struggling?

Fail to Live in Community with Authenticity, Transparency, Humility and Collaboration

Definition of Success for the Organization is Not Crystal Clear

The Board Leaders Do Not Adequately Understand the “Why” Behind Each Board Leader’s Reason for Joining and Staying Involved

Question 2: With the long list of challenges that any Board Leadership can struggle with, are there patterns or distinctions that stand out for you?

Most are People Issues—Communication and Interpersonal Relations, especially when the Board Chair or President lacks adequate leadership skills to address these people issues

Culturally, not just in the US, we suffer far too much Political Correctness and our cultural norm of avoiding conflict and difficult conversations makes it all the harder for people to wiggle their spinal cords and practice Managerial Courage

Organizationally, meetings are run poorly, authority and decision making is not clear, and standards in a variety of ways are simply lacking or non-existent

Question 3: What are some examples of a successful use of Standards in Board Leadership?

Definition of Success for Organization and Board Leadership

Behavior Standards are Clear and Consequences for Failing to Adhere to Them are Real and Crystal Clear—No Triangulation, Carry Your Weight, Humility, Managerial Courage, Failing Forward, Mission First

When Dealing with Me—Strengths; Behavioral Styles

Question 4: Thinking of the Cultural Challenges you mentioned earlier, what are some proven strategies that you have seen work within Board Leadership and what improvements are made because of them?

Mad, Glad, Sad/Stop, Start, Continue

If You Could Change Any One Thing Immediately About __________________, With No Limit on Resources, What Would You Change?

Understanding Behavioral Styles  (DiSC, Platinum Rule, True Colors, Myers-Briggs, etc.)

Everyone understands what each other’s greatest needs are and what drives their thinking and thus their behaviors

Difficult Conversations are far more easily surfaced because everyone understands the importance of honoring others’ behavioral style

Question 5: What are some of your best strategies for Board Leaders running better meetings and making better decisions?

Understanding Strengths  (Gallup and Strengthsscope)

Meetings—Discovery, Distribution and Decisions; AHA Sheet; 2 Commitments

Saying No—Standing up and “Saying No” to things that we don’t need to be doing right now, is oftentimes even more powerful than “Saying Yes” to doing the right things

Urgency—What happens if we do nothing and keep the status quo?  What are the benefits or quick wins when we address this issue and no longer settle for status quo?

Finding, Harvesting and Celebrating Quick Wins Along with Establishing and Fully Understanding the URGENCY of the Need for Change is the Most Powerful First Step that Board Leadership Must Identify, Communicate and Keep Communicating


Everyone is volunteering/investing their time, energy and contributions for the Mission of the organization. Building trust, getting everyone on the same page with crystal clear understanding, and living and leading based upon behavior standards, behavioral styles and strengths, takes work and serious commitment to the long-term success of Board Leadership. Sadly, far too often, Board Leaders quit mid-stream, after only implementing a few of these proven building blocks. Tragically, the cancer of “see I told you nothing would change” rears its ugly head far too often, resulting in Board Leader turnover, disengagement and festering dysfunction.

However, when Board Leaders embrace these strategies with humility and a spirit of servant leadership, and implement and practice them consistently, the changes, improvements and results are often transformational for the organization and everyone involved.

Keep Our Why’s, Definition of Success, Behavior Standards and the URGENCY of Change at the forefront of everything we do!

For our people, honor behavioral styles and strengths, remember “When Dealing with Me” 

And in daily practice, maintain, Asking Better Questions (Stop, Start, Continue); Running Better Meetings; Allowing “Failing Forward”; and, Committing to Make Better Consensus Decisions and Owning Our Decisions

Our Guest

Steven RowellSteven Rowell is a Change Management Consultant, serial entrepreneur and executive coach who is obsessed with leadership effectiveness that drives business growth and profitability, leads organizational change and creates a company culture of legendary service.

Steven’s unique combination of leadership experiences with The Walt Disney World Co., Compass Group and building his own companies translates to powerful and practical consulting, training and speaking services for his clients just like you.

Steven’s HCAHPS Patient Satisfaction program is now in use by more than 1100 hospitals nationwide. For the past 25 years Steven has worked with contract management, hospitality and service management companies in facilities management, healthcare, home services, theme parks, casinos and resorts.

Key areas of expertise include leadership effectiveness, building effective teams, accountability, managerial courage, leading change, conflict resolution, strategic planning, personal effectiveness, and delivering legendary service. Steven has delivered more than 1100 keynote speeches since 1995, andhas facilitated more than 130 multi-day conferences for his Clients. Steven is the author of The Five Minute Secret (2017); Jumpstart Your Creativity (Sept 2013); Success from the Inside Out (2010-295,000 copies sold); Connections™ Orientation in Action for Real Results and Retention (Abundance Publishing, Fall 2007); and Clean Is Not Enough! : Revolutionizing Environmental Services (October 2004).

June 13, 2017

 Avoid Leadership Burnout:
Hiring Remote Workers to Optimize Each Day

Hugh Ballou and Russell Dennis Interview Nathan Hirsch on #nonprofitchat

Here’s the Replay

Nathan Hirsch

Nathan Hirsch

Nathan Hirsch is the CEO of and the COO of Portlight. Nate has been an entrepreneur in the eCommerce industry since 2009 and has grown into a leading expert in the field with experience managing multi-million dollar businesses. He has extensive knowledge in creating business systems and processes, personnel management, hiring remote workers, the Amazon Marketplace, and advanced sales tactics. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others and has been featured on leading industry podcasts, webinars, and blogs.

Nate is determined to build FreeeUp into the top hands-on platform for hiring remote workers where thousands of businesses and remote workers are connected. If you’re interested in connecting with Nate, shoot him an email at

June 6, 2017

 Six Essentials to Attract Limitless Publicity: 

Media Magic with Shannon Gronich

Hugh Ballou and Russell Dennis Interview Shannon Gronich on Today’s #nonprofitchat

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Shannon GronichShannon Burnett-Gronich has come a long way since her days as a single mother of two, struggling to make ends meet. Through hard work and a focus on helping others find success, Shannon has developed into a successful, multi-faceted executive. Her expertise has enabled her to help hundreds of people with business development and personal growth by training and coaching them in marketing, event production, networking, and much more. Shannon has spent ten years building an international conscious business community, focused on helping small businesses grow through education, marketing, and cooperation. Known as the owner of an exclusive “Million Dollar Rolodex,” Shannon has successfully attained over $3 Million in F-R-E-E press, and has taught hundreds of people how to do the same. Shannon has appeared on television, radio, and in the press, and has co-authored the Amazon #1 best seller “Law of Business Attraction – The Secret of Cooperative Success” with T Harv Eker of the Millionaire Mind.
Shannon Burnett-Gronich has produced over 300 events and conferences since 2001 with 100+ exhibitors and 100+ volunteers. She discovered that most sponsors, speakers, and exhibitors do not have the education or plan to be successful. In order for them to continue to come back year after year, Shannon developed a simple system to train businesses and their teams in the fine art of conference excellence – helping them get the results they want and make more money. She also has been an exhibitor of multiple booths that required planning, marketing, team training, sales, database building, and follow-up. She has the ability to systemize and implement a plan for follow-up so that all leads turn into cash. This is through investors, joint venture partners, product sales, and sponsors. Shannon’s event production clients include Dr Linda Hole, Jim Self, Stewart Levine of Resolution Works, Dr. Gary Null – America’s #1 Health Guru, and T Harv Eker. – Secret to the Millionaire Mind.
Notes from the Interview:
Publicity Kit Contents:
  1. Tagline that sizzles (12 to 14 point) Think Like Magazine Editors (Checkout at grocery store)
  2. Introduction – Invite people to talk about challenge or problem (Quote someone famous as substitute) Lean toward statistics
  3. Body – Quote yourself as an expert (preferably from other publicity from known sources)
  4. Solution – What the remedy is
  5. Call to action to readers to use information, go back for more
  6. Contact information

Media Kit Contents:

  • Expert Power Bio
  • Press Release
  • Company Pieces – Business Card, Flyer, Annual Report
  • Action Photos
  • Sample Media Done
  • Articles or Clippings About You

Get Shannon’s Tips:

May 30, 2017

What to Do When Someone’s Controlling You or Your Board
With Their Anger

Hugh Ballou and Russell Dennis Interview Dr David Gruder on Today’s #nonprofitchat

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David GruderDr. David Gruder, the 11-award-winning founder & president of Integrity Culture Systems™, is a Psychologist specializing in Leader Effectiveness, Enterprise Success, and Culture Architecture. A highly rated international speaker, trainer, consultant, and trusted advisor, Dr. Gruder’s mission is to make happiness sustainable, collaboration productive, integrity profitable, and society healthy. He is known for his broad talents, integrative mind, unquenchable passion, huge heart, deep integrity, and naked authenticity. Those he assists ascribe their success to his uncanny ability to translate intentions and values into step-by-step implementation procedures that enable leaders, enterprises, and causes to walk their talk.
Dr. Gruder earned his PhD in clinical & organizational development psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1982, a decade after he was trained in Master Planning (50-100 year plans). An entrepreneur since 1980, he became been dually licensed in California as a psychologist (PSY9266) and a marriage & family therapist (MFT18889) in the mid-1980s. As a leader, trainer and keynote speaker, he combines 4 decades of expertise in curriculum design and training techniques with his early experiences as a musician (trombone and voice), actor, and vocal director, and his extensive experience providing psychotherapy between 1980 and 2000. As a professional writer and frequent media guest, he also draws on his early experiences as the executive editor of a university newspaper and his education in print and broadcast journalism.
Questions posted during the interview:
Q1 We have an anger epidemic I our society …how dies that effect nonprofits effects my leadership?
Q2 How can get tell when anger is damaging my leadership or my team?
Q3 How do I step in without creating further escalation of anger or damage?
Q4 With the anger epidemic, why do we need more than anger management or stress management.

May 23, 2017

The Tug of War with Time: How to Gain Control Of Your Life

Hugh Ballou and Russell Dennis Interview Penny Zenkey About the The Productivity Zone

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Penny Zenker

            Penny Zenker

Penny Zenker is a strategic business coach and trainer boosting productivity for business leaders and entrepreneurs. She is the author of the best-selling book “The Productivity Zone: Stop the Tug of War with Time”.
Penny leverages her personal experiences of building up and later selling a multi-million dollar business, as a senior executive at one of the worlds largest market research companies and working with business leaders all over the world as a Tony Robbins Business Coach. Penny proven and practical approach help people to get results quickly.
Questions posted during the interview:
Q1. What is the biggest time vampire in your life?
Q2. What do you procrastinate around?
Q3. How do you prioritize your work? How do you you define what is urgent?
Q4. What’s the difference in being overwhelmed and overloaded? How do you separate those?

May 26, 2017

 Four Steps That Will Insure Your Charity Gets Funded

Hugh Ballou and Russell Dennis Interview Ryan Donaldson About the 4 R’s of Funding

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Ryan Donaldson

Ryan Donaldson

Ryan Donaldson is a brilliant creative mind that has had the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest experts in the world. After graduating early from high school and joining the US Army at the age of 17, Ryan’s sense of responsibility and patriotism leads him to maintain strong morals and dedication to his projects.

Ryan has assisted in the build of several intellectual properties including the Gamification of the Human Psyche with Game Nation’s “Acclaim” system via Maslows Hierarchy of Needs. While the majority of Ryan’s projects are stealth behind the scene’s projects, he came highly recommended to the Game Nation team.

His business philosophies focus on “Hub Networking” as well as an “Industry Marker” approach that allows him to keep tabs geographically on whose spending money, on what, and why. With powerful and versatile skill sets Ryan is able to focus on putting projects on the map and making them profitable.

leaving the Game Nation Executive Board beside such industry leaders as Daniel T. Ruke, Cole Peacock, Marc Mencher, Robert Ward, and Charles Webber Ryan maintained his position as an Investor in Game Nation and now focused on a successful Sponsorship Company, R&R Resources, LLC.

Projects Ryan has been a part of have been featured on ABC, FOX, Kotaku, Pulse, Inc 500.

Questions posted during the call:

1. Relationships are critical to building any type of organization. Why are so many nonprofits bad at it?

2. What would you say are the fundamental building blocks of relationships in business, and how does each one fit in the process?

3. Where do you see organizations of all types needing the most work to improve their relationship building skills?

4. What are the things you see organizations who want to support nonprofits having the most difficulty finding?

May 9, 2017

 Illuminate Your Leadership To Illuminate Your Brand

Hugh Ballou and Russell Dennis Interview David Corbin About Illumination and Branding

David Corbin

      David Corbin


David Corbin: Keynote Speaker, Business Adviser, President of Private and Public Corporations, Inventor, Mentor and pretty good guy…..David M. Corbin has been referred to as “Robin Williams with an MBA” because of his very practical, high relevant content speeches coupled with entertaining and sometimes side splitting stories. A former psychotherapist with a background in healthcare, he has served as management and leadership consultant to businesses and organizations of all sizes – from Fortune 20 companies to businesses with less than 1 million – and enjoys the challenges of all. He has worked directly with the Presidents of companies such as AT&T, Hallmark, Sprint as well as the Hon.Secretary of Veterans Administration and others.


Notes from the interview:

Why is it important for nonprofits to be clear about their brand?

  1. You have a brand. If you don’t work at defining it, your audience will.
  2. You create an impression by your actions, intent does not stop that.
  3. Everything you do adds to the impression you create.
  4. Make believe you are always being observed and act accordingly.
  5. Audit your service by experiencing your deliverable. Would you do business with your organization?

When working with people to build organization framework, when to we focus on brand promise? From the beginning.

  1. Why do we exist?
  2. Who do we serve?
  3. How do we want to be known?
  4. What do we really want?
  5. Who are we really?

Everything we take on needs to fit who we are at the core!

Do the Brand Audit right at the beginning(Before you deliver any services or approach anyone)! Team must be fully engaged all the way through.

Quality and Clarity Determine Financial Results.

Growth must start at an individual level for the organization to grow.

People – The only completely renewable resource of any organization! (And the most valuable)

Culture is a reflection of leadership!

How Do Leaders Keep Our Internal and External Brands Fresh?

  1. Integrity – Living the values of the organization.
  2. Boss Watching – Biggest Sport!
  3. Model the behaviors the brand represents.

Transformation consists of a series of small steps, often many of them! It starts with one in a row!

Everything counts when it comes to integrity. Leader must lead by example.

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May 2, 2017

Does the World Need Your Nonprofit?

Hugh Ballou and Russell Dennis Interview Thomas Moviel About Market Research for Charities

Half of the nonprofits formed each year will close without achieving their mission. Many times people launch nonprofits without looking at the competition and the other options available. They fail to differential their work from the work of other organizations and donors don’t understand why they exist and don’t contribute. Thomas will offer some thoughts on due diligence for those wanting to launch a new charity.

Thomas Moviel

Thomas Moviel

Thomas Moviel is the CEO of 50 USA Markets headquartered in Orlando, Florida and has a background in economic research and business consulting. His company has strategic alliances with trade consultants, international trade offices, economic development commissions, marketing channels, manufacturers and researchers throughout the USA, which gives clients a full-breadth of market entry services. Here’s their website:



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April 25, 2017

Profit Is Not a Dirty Word!

Hugh Ballou interviews David Dunworth on branding and marketing for charities.

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David Dunworth has been involved with nonprofit for many years and knows how branding and marketing are an integral piece of connection to stakeholders. He is a life-long learner and an expert in marketing. He’s an International best selling author. His site is

April 18, 2017

Addressing the Top 5 Things Blocking Leaders  

Hugh Ballou and Russell Dennis Share Unblocking Strategies

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Hugh Ballou and Russell Dennis collectively have over 50 yearsof experience in working with nonprofit leaders. In this version of the #nonprofitchat, Hugh and Russ will address the top issues they find that compromise leadership and limit the effectiveness of charities.

Here’s a list of the top issues to address:
  1. No Strategy
  2. No Leadership Development Plan
  3. Leader Burnout
  4. No Team Synergy
  5. Insufficient Capital

Log in on Zoom to participate in the chat live or respond on Twitter or Facebook.

Here are the question for April 18, 2017:
Q1. I don’t know how to get people engaged the vision. What’s missing?
Q2. I’m constantly trying how to do my work better. What’s missing?
Q3. What are the best ways to prevent leader burnout…especially my own?
Q4. How do I get volunteers and board members to work together?
Q5. What are ways of attracting more funning for my nonprofit?

April 11, 2017

Building a Strong, Engaged Board of Directors: Creating the Right Pitch to Get the Right People

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Hugh Ballou interviews Dr. Thyonne Gordon about creating healthy boards

Thyonne Gordon

               Dr. Thyonne Gordon

Dr. Thyonne Gordon is an accomplished organizational & human development expert, producer and story genius.  Her work with small businesses has created growth-oriented platforms using her proven technique of the S.T.O.R.Y.  Accelerator™ and empowered hundreds of organizations nationwide.

Dr. Gordon’s ability to shed light on causes that bring positive impact is evidenced in the piece, From Watts to Africa, showcased in the 2015 Pan African Film Festival.  This film highlights the journey of 17 inner city youth traveling to Africa with the organization, Foundation For Second Chances and the impact this leadership program had on their life.

Featured writer in Chicken Soup for the African American Soul; and ghost writer on several projects including a recent collaboration with Grammy nominated recording artist Chante’ Moore.

Dr. Gordon’s gifts in bringing stories of significance to light and enhancing organizations for success, is unparalleled. She has also raised millions of dollars for causes and is committed to positive, strategic and sustainable growth in the social profit sector.  With several accolades and awards for her work, Dr. Gordon is most proud of her service in board leadership and received a gubernatorial appointment to the California Naturopathic Board of Directors in 2014; was voted board Chairperson of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara in 2015 and recently received the 44th President of the United States, Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished service.

Residing in Los Angeles, she encourages youth and adults alike to “bloom where you’re planted.” You can learn more about Dr. Gordon and her work by visiting

April 4, 2017

Content Marketing for Nonprofits: Learning the Power of Story

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We can accomplish more if we learn about story creation and distribution.

My guest this week for the #nonprofitchat, is James Craddock, Chief Relationship Officer of Key Difference Media.

                 James Craddock
Adept at integrating the power of story into any message, James forges thought models into technology using data driven tools, sales, merchandising, marketing, service elements, entertainment concepts and more; this approach empowers him to infuse massive leverage into any business model, using content marketing as his vehicle for success.
James understands the power of content and how to position that great content to cut through the noisy market to get noticed. We create great resources and need to share it with as many people as possible. James knows how.
The#nonprofitchat question for tonight on Twitter and Facebook are:
  1. Why is content marketing important to nonprofits? #nonprofitchat (7:00 )
  2. How is telling a story related to content marketing? #nonprofitchat (7:15)
  3. What systems are available for content marketing and distribution? #nonprofitchat (7:30)
  4. What makes content marketing “Transformational” and why does that matter? #nonprofitchat (7:45)

March 28, 2017

Truly, What Can You Accomplish If You Had No Obstacles!

Here’s the Replay 

We can accomplish more that we believe we can. It’s important to change our belief.

My guest this week for the #nonprofitchat, is Joel Griffing.

Joel Griffing
He was Ronald Reagan’s secret financial analyst for many years. They pledged absolute secrecy until one of them died. No project was approved by Reagan until Joel gave his financial opinion on the feasibility of the project.
I will be discussing how we make good financial decisions and then talk about his Hope Collection Nonprofit that might be of interest to you.
Log on the the link below if you want to ask questions or just watch on Facebook live and put you questions and comments into the comment section.

March 21, 2017

Extreme Leadership at Work and Beyond: Leadership Is More Than  a Title!

Here’s the Replay

Steve FarberMy guest is Steve Farber, author, speaker, leadership coach and expert on leadership.

Coaching and inspiring Extreme Leadership at all organizational levels is Steve’s passion, and he does so with a style that is part strategist, part social commentator and all energy.
His information and energy will truly inspire you!
Here are the #nonprofitchat questions for tonight:
  • What is Extreme Leadership?
  • Why is love important in business and leadership?
  • What’s the best leadership advice you’ve ever received?
  • Are leaders born or made?


March 14, 2017

The Top 7 Questions Nonprofit Leaders are Asking

Here’s the Replay

March 7, 2017

7 Steps to Nonprofit Website Relevancy with Joshua Adams

Here’s the Replay

Joshua AdamsJoshua Adams is a marketing and branding specialist who treats websites for organizations that engage people and build synergy of purpose.

Joshua will be sharing his 7 steps to create website that are relevant so stakeholders and potential members or donors understand the value of your vision.


Here are Joshua’s 7 steps:

The 7 Steps to Creating a Relevant Website

Step 1 – Ask Questions, then shut up and Listen

Step 2 – Create tangible goals that are measurable.

Step 3 – Determine the most important pages then direct traffic to them.

Step 4 – Use effective copy and content

Step 5 – Ensure measurable results (conversion through engagement))

Step 6 – Design for visual appeal, ease of use, and functionality

Step 7 – Start the marketing cycle to drive traffic to your site

For more information

February 28, 2017 – How to Build a Collaborative Network with Ryan Ray

#nonprofitchat questions posted on Twitter

Q1. Why is collaboration important for nonprofits? #nonprofitchat 7:00

Q2. How do you define collaboration with other charities? #nonprofitchat 7:15

Q3. What are the challenges with collaborative relationships? #nonprofitchat 7:30

Q4. How do internal and external collaborations differ? #nonprofitchat 7:45

Please respond with #nonprofitchat in your response and use A# for each reply to each question.


Notes from previous sessions:

February 21, 2017 – 7 Leadership Skills with Mark S A Smith

Develop your executive skill stack:

  1. Presence
  2. Discipline
  3. Foresight
  4. Business Acumen
  5. Communication skills
  6. Persuasion skills
  7. Decision making skill

February 14, 2017 – 7 Crucial Steps to Take When Starting a Nonprofit with Russell Dennis

Now that we have considered these very important foundation, matters and looked at some possible alternatives, you are ready to embark upon the process of starting your nonprofit.

  1. Assemble Your Team
  2. Create a Framework for Success
  3. Engage Licensed Professional Advisers
  4. Order Materials and Submit Corporate Filings to Your Secretary of State
  5. Prepare Bylaws
  6. Order Materials and Submit Your Exempt Application to the IRS
  7. Set Up Your Corporate Record Book

February 7, 2017 – Relationship with Money with special guest Dr. David Gruder

What are the hidden factors that prevent us from receiving funding?

  • Willingness to sacrifice financial wellbeing
  • Spiritual belief in the evil nature of money
  • The wrong definition of money

All money is is simply a portion of our life energy in a converted form.

Money shadow is a set of limiting beliefs around money that cause our money behaviors to be a mismatch with our higher intentions.

Debtism is borrowing against an uncertain future in order to prop up the lifestyle we have been propagandized into believing that is the lifestyle that will make us happy and validate our worth.

Imagine if nonprofits approached potential donors and volunteers with the idea that participating in their nonprofit was an opportunity for those donors and volunteers to fulfill their own personal desires.

Go check out for the next event and then send me an email at and let’s schedule 30 minutes to talk about your operation. If you choose to be part of the Executive Summit, 10% of your fee is donated to the SynerVision Leadership Foundation.

January 31, 2017 – The Donor Pitch
Dealing with presenting to donors. It’s the right message to the right people in the right setting in the right format.

One issue addressed was ”

Here are a couple of quotes from the session:

  1. Done is better than perfect!
  2. The more money they donate, the longer that cultivation cycle lasts.

January 26, 2017 – Board Member Empowerment
Hugh’s 4 steps for on boarding new staff or board members:

  1. Competency – match the skill to the work
  2. Role & Responsibility – replace the “Job Description” with a position description of what they do
  3. Culture Fit – match their values and principles with the organizational values and principles
  4. Performance Expectations – define the desired results of their work with time lines for implementation

Hugh’s 3 Recommended Groups

  1. The formal board
  2. An informal advisory board – help research and implement programs, could transition to full board
  3. A group of community advisors – people who are influencers in the community but may not have time to be full board members

January 31, 2017 – Making a Donor Pitch

Hugh reviewed the elements to include in a donor pitch deck and one page overview.

January 17, 2017 on Funding

Hugh’s 8 Sources of Revenue for Charities:

  1. Donations – money from supporters
  2. Grants – specific funds from foundations for specific outcomes
  3. Sponsorships – businesses pay for brand name recognition
  4. Events – income from registrations, auctions, etc.
  5. In-Kind – advertising, staff volunteers provided by corporations, printing, office space, etc.
  6. Partner Programs – local Rotary Foundations or churches pay for programs your charity provides
  7. Planned Giving – planning for wills and bequests for legacies
  8. Earned Income – membership dues, business affiliate commissions, etc.

When you are planning and preparing for a pitch presentation, be sure to know your audience and how their mission aligns with yours. Why would they be interested in providing funding for your nonprofit?

January 10, 2017 On Leadership Burnout

Discussions on ways to manage time and workload for clergy and nonprofit executive directors.

  • Define personal guiding principles
  • Manage anxiety/emotion levels
  • Time management – a balance of work and personal time
  • Delegate to other team members