Paul Clarke and Indiana United Ways Leadership Series



Indiana United Ways is pleased to be able to partner with the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and the United Way of Allen County to continue to bring the Paul Clarke Leadership Series to the Greater Ft. Wayne Area.  


Who should attend this series?  Anyone in nonprofit, but particularly board members and potential board members

How do I get the most of out this series?  Attend every session yourself because you will find that the learning builds on what came before and prepares you for what is to come.

What is the cost?  Sessions are $35 each.  However, you can register for the June and July sessions at one time and enjoy a discount as these months represent 2-part sessions (though you do not need to attend both to participate, this approach is strongly encouraged). Major credit cards and Paypal are accepted through the online registration system (scroll to the registration buttons).

Where do the sessions take place?  All sessions take place at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

What are the dates and times? All sessions begin promptly at 9:00 a.m., with doors opening at 8:30 a.m.  We recommend you arrive at least 10 minutes early to check in, get coffee, and to get a good seat.  Sessions conclude at 11:00 a.m.  A light breakfast of fruit, pastry, and coffee is served.

Dates are as follows:

  • February 1:  Next Level Leadership
  • March 1: Marketing Magic
  • April 5: Measure What Matters
  • May 3: From Paper to Practice - Strategic Plan Implementation
  • June 7: A More Productive Team, Part 1
  • July 5: A More Productive Team, Part 2
  • August 2: Draw Them a Picture, Get the Grant
  • September 6: Nonprofit Finance Demystified
  • October 4: Building a Strategic Board
  • November 1: Plan Your Potential
  • December 6: No More Bored Boards

How can I learn more about the topics and presenters?  Please see session descriptions and presenter information presenters are currently posted.  Additional presenters will be posted in the coming weeks.

I have registration questions or t.a. need help.  Whom do I contact?  Please contact IUW Outreach Manager John Ferguson at or call 317-660-8409 (office direct) for registration questions.  For questions about The Community Foundation Greater Fort Wayne, please contact Christine Meek, Director of Community Impact, at

See our FAQs page for more answers

How do I use this online registration system?   This system functions just like an online shopping cart for your favorite store: make your selection(s) and load your cart.  To "check out," you'll go to your cart (there will be a yellow square that says "cart" in the upper right hand corner of your screen) and follow the prompts to pay.  When you've completed the transaction, you'll get a confirmation email  Note that if you select the "Series Package Option" (meaning purchasing all the sessions in a series at one time), you will fill out your registration form as part of your check-out process.  If you want to purchase one or some of the sessions, you will complete and submit your registration form in order to get the link to load your shopping cart.  If you run into problems or just want someone to help walk you through the steps, give us a call at 317-660-8409!


  Chief Operating Officer, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Chief Operating Officer, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

FEBRUARY 1 - NEXT LEVEL LEADERSHIP                                      PRESENTED BY MARILYN KUHN    

Effective leaders are visionaries who inspire others to bring their best to the game. Irrespective of your leadership experience, this session will bring a fresh perspective by exploring the universal traits strong leaders share and giving you the tools to create a personal power plan.

About Marilyn                                                                                         Marilyn is an expert coach and facilitator in the areas of leadership development, process improvement, team building, and strategic planning.  Some of her most notable engagements include "Teaching and Assessing Leadership & Professional Skills," presented at the International Leadership Association Conference in Toronto, and "Making Process Improvement Manageable," presented at the annual meeting of the National Consortium for Continuous Improvement in Higher Education.  

  CEO, dgs Marketing Engineers and Magenta Marketing Communications

CEO, dgs Marketing Engineers and Magenta Marketing Communications

March 1 - Marketing Magic                                              PRESENTED BY Leslie galbreath    

Good marketing is more than a slick ad or a well-placed billboard; it takes messaging that resonates and intentionality.  Not a how-to, but a hands-on, this session will walk you through creating a realistic marketing and communications schedule that your organization can actually execute.

Leslie is an accredited public relations strategist with extensive experience in all facets of marketing communications. She consistently uses research and data to help global clients develop strategy, craft brand identities, sell complex products and build lifetime customer relationships.  With the launch of her bold, new venture, Magenta Marketing Communications, she collaborates with businesses and nonprofits outside the manufacturing sector, blending fresh ideas with proven strategies that make lives better.                                                                                           

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April 5 - Measure What Matters                                      PRESENTED BY Tonja Stokes    

While the money your organization raises or the number of people who benefit from your services is important, the difference you make is the metric that will really make yours a stand out organization!  Learn simple but powerful ways to evaluate impact and communicate it to others.

About Tonja                                                                                             bio coming soon

  Leslie Murphy

Leslie Murphy


MAY 3 - FROM PAPER TO PRACTICE                                   PRESENTED BY LESLIE MURPHY, FASAE, CAE    

Effective leaders are visionaries who inspire others to bring their best to the game. Irrespective of your leadership experience, this session will bring a fresh perspective by exploring the universal traits strong leaders share and giving you the tools to create a personal power plan.

About Leslie                                                                                            A leader in association management for more than 30 years, Leslie has a proven record of employing her broad strategic planning skill set and visionary management style to help revitalize various associations and their boards.  Her work and dedication to improving associations has earned her the honor of ASAEFellow.  As well, she has been presented with the ISAE Staff Professionalism Award, and Volunteer of the Year and Association Executive of the Year awards.  She is active in the Indiana Society of Association Executives, having served on the Board of Directors and chairing several ISAE committees prior to being named Executive Director in 2007, and has served as Chair of the American Society of Association Executives’ Certified Association Executive (CAE) Commission.

June 7 - A More Productive Team, Part 1            PRESENTED BY Aaron Eckhardt, MSW  

July 5 - A More Productive Team, Part 2                          
Amanda Bonilla   

In his 7 “Habits of Highly Effective People,” author Steven Covey contends that  organizations become stronger when the team is more diverse.  Varied experiences and perspectives bring different spheres of influence, better prepare organizations for challenges, help organizations work more effectively with their target audiences, and even give a funding edge with many grantors. 

 This 2-part session will assist you in creating a more productive, responsive team by helping you assess your own organizational diversity and examining the products and language that help and hinder diversity and inclusion.  Then, you will have the opportunity to receive expert technical assistance to develop a product – be it a Diversity and Inclusion statement or a board recruitment plan  - tailored to the needs of your organization.

   Interim Executive Director, BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization)

Interim Executive Director, BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization)

   Assistant Director for Social Justice Education (Multicultural Center IUPUI)

Assistant Director for Social Justice Education (Multicultural Center IUPUI)

About Aaron                                                                                           On staff with BRAVO since 2011, Aaron provides administration of programs, oversees daily operations, and is a lead trainer of the organization's Training and Technical Assistance programs.  As an MSW, Aaron has spent years developing and delivering cultural competency/humility and anti-oppression trainings and technical assistance to organizations throughout the United States.




About Amanda

Amanda Bonilla currently serves as the Assistant Director for Social Justice Education where she oversees the MC’s social justice programming and initiatives. Amanda’s career in student affairs began several years ago through her involvement and activism as a student leader at IUPUI during her undergraduate years as one of the student leaders involved in the creation of the Multicultural Center. As a first generation- women of color, Amanda’s personal story of navigating a Predominantly White Campus cultivated her passion for cross cultural dialogue and student advocacy in an effort to create more understanding and inclusive college environments for all.  Amanda’s work in the MC focuses on co-curricular learning by helping students understand and navigate their identities and privileges so that they may be empowered to create positive social change in society upon graduation.  Along with her work in the MC, Amanda serves as an advisor, facilitator, and trainer on and off campus regarding issues of social justice and also serves as adjunct faculty in the PETM department at IUPUI. 

   Vice President for Resource Development, Indiana United Ways (IUW)

Vice President for Resource Development, Indiana United Ways (IUW)

August 2 - Draw them a picture, get the grant                PRESENTED BY rachel scott, ADD CREDENTIALS    

For many of us, the evaluation section of the grant application process can be daunting.  A logic model and a theory of change can help you show grant reviewers exactly how your program or project will make a real difference.  Join us to get a grant writing edge by learning what a theory of change is and how to explain your impact using a logic model

About Rachel                                                                                            In this role, Rachel oversees administration of the IUW Matching Grant, and supports public policy efforts for the Indiana network.  She has experience developing and administering a $22 million Federally funded college access project and launched Collective Impact-driven college access networks in several communities across Iowa. Rachel was a national trainer on fiscal sustainability planning for grant-funded initiatives, and staffed the Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, a national funder affinity group.


   Director of The Fund Raising School

Director of The Fund Raising School

September 6 - Nonprofit finance demystified                    PRESENTED BY Bill Stanczykiewicz   

Are nonprofit finances a mystery?  Is planned giving baffling?  This session is dedicated to unraveling the language on nonprofit finance, exploring planned giving and endowments, and interpreting financial documents and reports for sound decision making.  Learn how to evaluate funding sources based on the costs and benefits associated with them!

About Bill                                                                                    Before becoming the director of The Fund Raising School, Bill served for many years as the president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.  Bill, who also serves as a senior lecturer in Philanthropic Studies on behalf of Indiana University, has been distinguished as a "Next Generation Leader" by the Rockefeller Foundation, presented at the White House Conference on Helping America's Youth,  and was named a "Sagamore of the Wabash" by the Office of the Governor of Indiana.


   Area Director for the Mid-Central Area of Kiwanis International

Area Director for the Mid-Central Area of Kiwanis International

October 4 - Building a Strategic Board                                PRESENTED BY Lanton Lee

Board best practices aren’t just for newbies!  Whether you’re new to a board of directors or have served for years, this session is a great way to get a handle on what’s expected, how board service looks different today compared to even just a decade ago, and map your personal board journey.

About Lanton                                                                                             Lanton is a visionary leader committed to growing and developing both the programs and people with whom he works. A presence with Kiwanis International since 2002, his role as Area Director can best be described as that of political strategist-meets-corporate trainer-meets governance expert.  He travels throughout the Mid-Central region of the U.S., advising regional Kiwanis leadership on board governance best practices, strategies to enhance and strengthen membership, and effectively engage the community to improve the lives of children and youth. Lanton holds an MBA  from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University.

   Laura Macknick, Founder and President, Macknick Philanthropy Advisors

Laura Macknick, Founder and President, Macknick Philanthropy Advisors

November 1 - Plan Your Potential                                      PRESENTED BY Laura Macknick    

You know your mission.  You can tell a compelling story about why your organization is a stand out.  You understand how to measure outcomes rather than outputs, and your team is running well.  Now, it’s time to put all of that to paper by developing the outline of a fundraising plan for 2019 in real time under expert guidance!

About Laura                                                                                          Laura is a firm believer in the importance of relationship-building to furthering important causes and has worked with a variety of philanthropic leaders to help them utilize their connections to make a difference in their communities.  In her time with higher education philanthropy and as a nonprofit leader herself, Laura managed fund development projects amounting to more than $42M and has personally been involved with closing over $19M in philanthropic gifts.  Currently, Laura consults privately with small nonprofits to develop plans for advancing their fundraising and communications efforts.

   President and Founder GoTime Coaching, LLC

President and Founder
GoTime Coaching, LLC

December 6 - No More Bored Boards                                      PRESENTED BY Lori Danielson    

Keeping board, staff, and stakeholders engaged is easier than you think; but it does take planning and intentionality. Join us to find out how to keep people motivated and excited about your mission. Learn how to make way for new ideas while preserving tradition.

About Lori                                                                                                 As the former Vice President of Operations for the Clabber Girl Corporation and the Senior Vice President and  Corporate Marketing Director for Old National Bancorp, Lori brings an incredible level of expertise in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, brand management, and leadership development.  As both a consultant who assists organizations in realizing their vision and a board member herself, she has a unique perspective on board engagement.  Currently, Lori serves as the Board of Trustees Chair for Ivy Tech Community College - Terre Haute, Executive Board and Strategic Planning Chair for the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce, President of the Board for the Vigo County Education Foundation, President of the Board for Camp Navigate, Board Director for Art Spaces, and Board Member for Launch, Terre Haute.

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