ARC 2016 Featured Speakers

Open Space Conversations Facilitator: Claudia St. John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Advocating for Prospect Development- How Do We Prove Our Value to Ourselves and Others?

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APRA’s newest session concept, Open Space Conversations,  is an informal, interactive forum hosted and moderated by ARC attendees that give you a chance to convey knowledge and experience on a given topic among equally curious peers. Stay in one conversation, or participate in several throughout this interactive general session. Share your story and hear others, as we bring the APRA community together to advocate for our profession and prove our value to ourselves and others. 

About the Facilitator:

Claudia St. John is president of Affinity HR Group, LLC, an HR, and management consulting firm that partners with more than ten national trade associations and serves more than 50,000 small to mid-sized companies nationwide.  She is the author of the new book, Transforming Teams – Tips for Improving Collaboration and Building Trust, a “#1 Hot New Release” on Amazon.com.  

Claudia is a frequent public speaker, is quoted often in national and industry press, and is a regular contributor to numerous print and electronic publications on the topic of human resources. Her professional passion is in teaching teams about behavioral styles, conflict resolution, and collaboration. 

Claudia holds an undergraduate degree in employee benefits and labor relations from The American University and a master’s degree in business and public administration from The George Washington University, and numerous HR and management certifications.

 Keynote Presenter: Andrew Means

The Stories We Tell: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

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Tuesday, June 7 12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 

We love telling stories. We tell them all of the time. When asked about the impact of our organization or the potential of our work, we turn to stories. But in today's increasingly data-driven world, are we at risk of misleading donors with our stories? Are the stories we tell even true? Join Andrew Means as he talks about the intersection of data, stories, and impact. He'll draw on his experience working with nonprofits and foundations around the world and discuss how data and stories might live together in harmony.

About the Speaker:

 Andrew Means is a co-founder of The Impact Lab, a data science shop that works with nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies solving social problems. He has previously held leadership positions at The University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science & Public Policy, Groupon, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He holds a master in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago and is trained in Six Sigma from Motorola. Andrew is a member of the Board of Directors at Ingenuity Inc.

Andrew is a champion for the efficient and effective use of data to maximize the impact of a non-profits' work and he will be sharing with attendees his experiences putting data into action for social good. 

The Stories We Tell: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

We love telling stories. We tell them all of the time. When asked about the impact of our organization or the potential of our work, we turn to stories. But in today's increasingly data-driven world, are we at risk of misleading donors with our stories? Are the stories we tell even true? Join Andrew Means as he talks about the intersection of data, stories, and impact. He'll draw on his experience working with nonprofits and foundations around the world and discuss how data and stories might live together in harmony.