2022 Nonprofit Conference

Leadership Transformation

You, Your Team, Your Community

October 13, 2022

9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Hyatt Regency O’Hare


What Is Leadership Transformation About?
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What connects “building the world we want?” and “building organizations we want to work at”? Interweaving individual and organizational health, Leadership Transformation will provide team-oriented professional development which explores the connections between self-knowledge, healthy teams, and organizational excellence. Built for you and your team, this conference will provide team-focused professional development—meaning that the day is built to ensure that both individuals and teams will have an impactful and meaningful experience.

Breakout sessions will engage numerous topics, from what helps teams thrive to the not-so-secret secrets of leadership, and more. Our plenary speakers for this conference are author and entrepreneur Deanna Singh and CEO of Working Well Daily, Farah Harris. Additionally, the Axelson Center will present our annual nonprofit management awards—the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Excellence and the Excellent Emerging Organization Award—at the conference luncheon.

For 20 years, the Axelson Center has been working consistently at the cutting edge of nonprofit management education, and Leadership Transformation will be no different. If your organization is looking for an opportunity to ask questions, build relationships, and have some good food, be sure to register today. Early bird tickets are now available and start at $150.

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Conference Speakers

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Farah Harris, MA, LCPC, Founder and CEO, WorkingWell Daily

Farah Harris is a Belonging and Workplace Well-being expert and a licensed psychotherapist with over two years of experience. She has certifications in neuroscience, psychological safety, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is dedicated to disrupting unhealthy work environments. As the founder of WorkingWell Daily®, a company that approaches workplace belonging and well-being from a clinical and emotionally intelligent lens, Farah has helped individuals and Fortune 500 companies develop healthier workplaces where employees want to stay and thrive because their leaders and teams have grown in empathy, self-awareness, social awareness, and cultural awareness.

As a mental health practitioner and consultant, Farah is aware of the intersectionality between well-being, equity, and inclusion. She is a contributing writer for Fast Company. Her work has been featured in media and podcast platforms such as Forbes, Business Insider, Harvard Business Review, Good Morning America, Essence, Huffington Post, Inside Edition, Thrive Global, and Therapy for Black Girls.

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Deanna Singh, Author and Entrepreneur

Deanna Singh wants to live in a world where marginalized communities have power. As an expert social entrepreneur, she is obsessed with making the world a better place, and she will build or break systems to create positive change. While tackling complex social challenges, Deanna gives audiences the tools and courage to imagine, activate, and impact the world as agents of change. Deanna is described as a trailblazer and dynamic speaker who is at the forefront of social change. She is an award winning author, educator, business leader, podcaster, and social justice champion.

Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has been recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the community’s most influential 40 Under 40 Leaders, the State of Wisconsin as a Women Who Inspires, and by Forbes as an African American Woman Everyone Should Know.

Conference Details

9:00 – 9:30 am Breakfast
9:30 – 9:45 am Opening Words
9:45 – 10:30 am Morning Plenary Session
10:45 – 11:45 pm Morning Workshop Sessions
12:00 – 1:00 pm Awards Luncheon
1:15 – 2:00 pm Afternoon Plenary Session
2:15 – 3:15 pm Afternoon Workshop Sessions

What will the conference’s COVID protocols involve?

The Axelson Center will seek to ensure the safety and comfort of our attendees. In light of the continually evolving nature of both national and local guidelines, further information about the conference’s COVID protocols will be announced closer to the date of the event itself.

Is there parking available?

Parking is available onsite at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. The discounted rate for conference attendees is $15.00 per day.

What food will be provided at the conference?

A continental breakfast and catered lunch will be provided.

Will there be online or hybrid options for Leadership Transformation?

No, Leadership Transformation is only an in-person event.

I’m interested in sponsorship or marketing opportunities. How can I learn more?

If you are a sponsor interested in marketing opportunities, please fill out our sponsorship form.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds are available until seven days before the conference begins.

How do I get to the hotel via public transportation?

The conference hotel (Hyatt Regency O’Hare) is walking distance from the Rosemont stop on the CTA Blue Line.

 Will WiFi be available?

Free WiFi will be available in certain areas of the hotel for attendees.

 What is the social media hashtag?

The social media hashtag is #LeadershipTransformation

What should I wear?

Leadership Transformation is a team-focused conference! We’d love to encourage you and your team to wear organization colors or coordinated outfits if you would like. Otherwise, we recommend business casual.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

If you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to email us at axelson@northpark.edu.

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