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TechNow 9.0: Ever-changing, ever-needed tech know-how for nonprofits

When it comes to the annual TechNow conference for nonprofits, headed for its 9th incarnation on Oct. 25, "Every year is different, because tech changes so fast," says Cindy Leonard, technology services manager for the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, which runs the conference. "Tech isn't something you get good at and then you're done. There are always new tools out there, new hardware, new software and new techniques."
And new reasons to go, she says. This year's keynote address features Rosetta Thurman, Cleveland-based co-author of How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar, 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Career, who will speak on “Social Media for Thought Leadership,” including how to create a social-media mission statement and which social-media tools work best.
The day includes sessions on leadership, IT management, communications and fundraising, presented by:
  • Andre Bouchard, Co-Editor in Chief for www.technologyinthearts.org at CMU
  • John Carman, owner of Avenue Design Studios
  • Kelly Carter Uzzo, Marketing Communications Manager for Pace School
  • Tim Cook, founder and director of The Saxifrage School
  • Joe Glackin, Information Systems Manager at Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force
  • Scott Hollander, Executive Director of KidsVoice
  • Tom Joseph, Chief Executive Officer of Bookminders
  • Ashli Molinero, Assistant Professor, Pitt's Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology
  • Donna J. Myers, director of TowerCare Technologies
  • Lindsay O’ Leary, web content editor, Carlow University
  • Dan Rossi, Chief Executive Officer, Animal Rescue League of Western PA
  • Sandy Sturgulewski, Technology Systems Manager at Family Resources
  • Sherri Titus, account management team leader, Visvero
  • Ray Wolfe, Chief Operating Officer, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
Also new this year is a larger location, at the airport's Holiday Inn, as well as lunch discussions and a final dessert reception.
"The biggest value" of TechNow, says Leonard, "is that it gives [attendees] the opportunity to network with their peers at other nonprofits who are interested in leveraging technology to meet their missions."
Writer: Marty Levine
Source: Cindy Leonard, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
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