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Executive Director Breakfast. Thursday, March 14, 8:30am to 9:45 a.m., Telluride Room, Wilkinson Public Library (100 W. Pacific Ave.) – “Telling Your Story in Business Planning, Fundraising, and Marketing.” Led by Cameron Powell.

Cameron, an entrepreneur and business coach, is a master storyteller and persuasive communicator for many types of audiences. He specializes in turning ideas into venture capital, businesses, brands, partnerships, books, and media platforms. He coaches innovators and creators on how to do the same for themselves. As an early-stage start-up entrepreneur he has specialized in strategic business development and guerrilla marketing and worked to craft the visions and made the pitches that raised over $30 M from VCs and angels. He writes and publishes his own fiction and non-fiction. His coaching and a current book project deal with managing uncertainty and change through skillful means and best practices. He earned a BBA from the University of Colorado, and a JD from Harvard Law School. Cameron currently lives in Telluride.

Nonprofit Workshop: Best Practices for Nonprofit Boards. Tuesday, March 19, 3:00p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Ah Haa School for the Arts (300 S. Townsend Ave, Telluride).

Invite your Nonprofit Board Members to this panel of experienced board members, including Bridgitt Evans, Jesse Johnson and Dan Tishman who have served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards (including the Telluride Foundation), moderated by Paul Major. This is an excellent opportunity for Nonprofit staff and board members to learn and ask questions about best practices for boards, encouraging effective Executive Director and Board relationships and roles.

Rural Philanthropy Days – Monday, June 17 – Wednesday, June 19, updates at

Friday, August 23, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m., Location, TBD: Participate in this hands on, full day workshop, “Pitch to Win,” where you will learn to:

Ø     Conduct an effective assessment of the decision making landscape
Ø     Understand and create a clear competitive advantage
Ø     Develop persuasive key messages
Ø     Keep efforts focused where it will get the greatest return
Ø     Deliver your pitch with flexibility and confidence

Martha Gelnaw is the owner of Martha Gelnaw Consulting based in New York City, which specializes in transforming leaders and their businesses through presence and impact.  Early on, during her tenure in corporate management, Martha orchestrated turnaround within several world-class corporations such as Sony, Bristol-Myers and KPMG. She advises senior executives and their teams in communication strategies and skills that drive greater business results.  Through her work, Martha is able to remove important obstacles, using the skills that reinvent relationships; she fosters clear communication, trust and rapport. She facilitates embracing positive energy in an environment of change through her ability to get people to cooperate more fully.

Additional Workshops – More Information Soon:

Ø    Evaluation: Demonstrating Program Outcomes – Thursday, May 30, 10a.m. – noon
Ø    Social Media  – July
Ø    Basics of Grant Writing – October
Ø    Applying Small Business Practices to your Nonprofit to Enhance Sustainability – Friday, September 27, 9 a.m. – noon

Executive Director Breakfasts

Ø    March 14
Ø    May 9
Ø    July 11
Ø    Sept 12
Ø    Nov. 14

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