Conference, training for nonprofit leaders is May 25

The Fourth Annual Nonprofit Training and Enrichment Seminar will be held at Maryville College in the Clayton Center for the Arts from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Tues., May 25.

This year’s conference is based on the theme, “The Business of Changing the World,” and addresses the business and organizational skills needed for effective services, and the inspiration it takes to keep reaching out to the community.

Six workshops will be offered in the areas of cause-based marketing, fundraising, managing change, staff policies, relational networking and self-organization for nonprofit staff and community leaders.

Following breakfast, the opening address will be given by Kevin Painter, a tireless and inspiring community leader in Blount County. Selected as one of the Greater Knoxville Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” Painter is co-founder and managing partner of LeConte Wealth Management. He has served on the Blount Memorial Foundation board, and he is chair-elect to the board of directors of United Way of Blount County. Additionally, he volunteers with the Relay for Life and Maryville College and was the very successful chair of the community campaign for the Clayton Center for the Arts.

The keynote speaker at lunch is United Methodist Church Bishop Dr. James E. Swanson. Since 2004, Swanson has served as Bishop of the Holston Conference, which includes 192 United Methodist congregations. Swanson is widely known for his strong, inspirational leadership in church and community, and he has served on numerous boards in the fields of health care services, affordable housing and education. He has been a guest speaker, preacher and workshop leader throughout the United States and internationally, in Maputo, Mozambique; the Bahamas; Brazil; Sydney, Australia; Seoul, South Korea, Thailand; Cambodia; and Liberia West Africa.

Workshop leaders include Trudy Hughes, Jim Rose, Raeus Cannon, Cynthia Moxley and Betsy Cunningham.

The May 25 Nonprofit Training and Enrichment Seminar and School for Nonprofits are organized and sponsored by a collaboration of the Center for Strong Communities at Maryville College, United Way of Blount County and the Blount Chamber Foundation.

Registration is online at

For more information, call the Center for Strong Communities at 865-273-8894.

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