Annual Urban Initiatives Conference

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In the blink of an eye, today’s innovative technologies are replaced with a new generation of must-have tools, apps and software. How can a nonprofit possibly stay up-to-date with technology advances AND put them to work in advancing its mission? Join us at the 16th Annual Urban Initiatives Conference, Nonprofits and Technology: From Strategy to Implementation for an exciting, one-day excursion with Amy Sample Ward, CEO of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), members of the NTEN staff, and other technology experts. During the morning, nonprofit technology leaders will discuss different strategies for putting technology to work for your organization. Over a dozen afternoon sessions and concurrent “Tech Fair” will provide attendees with tools and methods to implement strategies learned in the morning.

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Italian Community Center
631 East Chicago Street, Milwaukee, WI (map)


Jarad Parker

For special arrangements, please contacted the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research at 414-229-6616.

Conference Details

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May 28, 2014

7:30-8:30: Registration

7:30-3:15: Tech Fair

8:20-8:30: Welcome

Michael Lovell, Chancellor, UW-Milwaukee
Terry Batson, Director, UW-Milwaukee CUIR

8:30-9:00: Opening Plenary

Technology to Change the World, and the Way You Make Change
Amy Sample Ward

9:10-10:25: Strategic Session I

  • Aim to Engage: How to Create an Online Presence for Your Organization
  • Technology Planning for Today's World
  • Exactly What is Cloud Computing and How Might it Help my Nonprofit?

10:30-11:45: Strategic Session II

  • Why Data Can't Speak for Themselves--Data Visualization Theory and Techniques
  • Furthering Your Mission with Social Media
  • Technology Security for Nonprofits

11:45-1:00: Lunch

12:30-1:00: Lunch Plenary

From Strategy to Tactics, Technology that Works for You
Amy Sample Ward

1:10-1:50: Tactical Session I

1:50-2:30: Tactical Session II

2:30-3:10: Tactical Session III

3:15: Closing Plenary

Putting Technology to Work for You Tomorrow
Amy Sample Ward


Amy Sample Ward

Amy SampleWardCEO, NTEN
Keynote Speaker

Amy's dedication to educating and supporting nonprofit and community organizations in using technology to make lasting change brought her to NTEN as the Membership Director in 2011, then as the CEO in June 2013. Whether it is by connecting individuals, organizations, campaigns, or possibilities, Amy hopes to facilitate the nonprofit technology sector transitioning into a movement-based force for positive change. She is also a blogger, facilitator and trainer having worked with groups and spoken at events in the US, UK and around the world. In 2013, she co-authored Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money, and engage your community with Allyson Kapin. She previously co-authored Social by Social, a handbook in using social technologies for social impact, and has contributed to various other publications about social change and technology.

Natascha Bohmann

Senior Communications Strategist, Baird

Virginia Carlson

Research Director, Public Policy Forum

Jessica Holliday

Operations Director, NTEN

Matt Hottell

Senior Lecturer, Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing

Joleen Ong

Marketing and Public Relations Director, NTEN

Matt Schumwinger

Big Lake Data

Jerry Schulz

Vice President, GovHR USA


Untied Way of Greater Milwaukee

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Nonprofit Center

Attended by hundreds each year, the Annual Urban Initiatives Conference creates dynamic dialogue about issues facing the greater Milwaukee community.

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