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Friday, March 14 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
The Craft: IT Consulting Best Practices

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Consulting, at its best, can be transformative. But no matter how much technical expertise you have, sometimes a project can fall flat. What makes the difference? In this session, panelists representing independent consulting, a nonprofit management support organization, and an agency will share their best advice on the craft of IT consulting. Topics include techniques for scoping and proposal writing, negotiating a successful relationship with your client, troubleshooting problems like scope creep and disengagement, and ensuring your recommendations get implemented. Unlike other intro to consulting workshops, this is not about running your business, but rather about soft skills that make you more effective and improve the quality of your work. The intended audience is external consultants, but IT directors may also find this valuable in their role as an internal consultant.

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Senior Strategist, Tech Networks of Boston
I live to bring resources and needs together seamlessly for nonprofits and philanthropies, mostly through strategic use of information and communication technologies. | | I focus first of all on fulfilling your organization’s mission. Building collaborative relationships is my second priority. The latest technology gadgets rank very low on my list of concerns. | | I always bear in mind that the technologies you use should be... Read More →
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Karen Graham

Technology Strategist, Smart Girl Consulting
Karen Graham is a nonprofit leader and technology strategist who loves helping people solve problems – from making their work easier and more enjoyable, to enabling their organization to more effectively achieve its mission. She is a frequent writer and speaker on database selection and strategic IT alignment, and author of the ebook The Buyers Guide to Nonprofit CRM Software. | | Karen owns Smart Girl Consulting, the technology... Read More →
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Cindy Leonard

Consulting Team Leader, Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
Cindy Leonard is the Consulting Team Leader at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. She works with the consulting team to maximize client satisfaction and identify areas for growth. Additionally, she creates and teaches a variety of Bayer Center classes, convenes Bagels & Bytes meetings and organizes the annual TechNow conference. Cindy’s consulting specialty is helping nonprofits to leverage technology to meet... Read More →
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Robert Weiner

President, Robert L. Weiner Consulting
Robert Weiner is an independent consultant specializing in helping nonprofits make informed, strategic decisions about the use of technology for fundraising. He has helped a wide variety of organizations choose donor management, member management, and CRM systems, and improve back-office processes. His clients have ranged from startups and volunteer groups to The Nature Conservancy, Earthjustice, and UC Berkeley.


Friday March 14, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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