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GPA Conference Preview: A Look at eCivis Team Members' Sessions

by Beverly Browning on November 2, 2015
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For the past several years, eCivis has been well represented at the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) annual conference. Team members of eCivis' Grant Writing Services division will deliver presentations at this year's conference on November 11-14 in St. Louis, so I thought I'd share a preview:

Wednesday, November 11 (Pre-Conference Session)

Karen Cassidy, GPC, will co-present Writing to Win Federal Grants. Two successful consultants with a combined 36 years of grant writing expertise will share lessons they have learned in a manner that makes seeking government grants a little less intimidating.

Thursday, November 12

Targeting early career professionals, Beverly Browning, Vice President of Grant Writing Services (GWS) at eCivis, will present a two-part session, Be the Light for Our Profession. This motivational presentation seeks to encourage, enlighten, and empower GPA members to aggressively plan for professional growth relating to GPC competencies.

Danny Blitch, MPA, GPC, will co-present Learn the Answer to the Sustainability Question. Many grant applications ask a sustainability question, such as, “How will you continue the program after the grant funds end?” If your answer is “we'll get more grants,” you failed the test.

Linda Gatten Butler, MSW, ACSW, and Kimberly Richardson, GPC, will present Best Practice Models: Funding Grant Professionals. This workshop offers two innovative, best practice models by two senior consultants. Join us for an engaging discussion on alternative models for supporting grant consultants nationally.

Stacy N. Fitzsimmons will present Finding Lost Time in Your Grant Cycle Processes. In this workshop, you will leave with a diagram of your existing (or conceptual) grant process, and ideas on how to identify and reduce waste (and wait) in the process.

Diane H. Leonard, GPC, will co-present The Power of Social Networks: Pre- Through Post-Grant Awards. This presentation will provide attendees with the tools to confidently seek and engage in grant research, relationships, and grant management through social networks.

Friday, November 13

David Lindeman, CFRE, GPC, will present with three colleagues on Writing for Professional Development: GPA Publications and You. Scholarly writing is important to advancing our field and our individual professional development. Learn about GPA’s publications and hear from past authors about their journey to being published.

Danny Blitch, MPA, GPC, along with two colleagues, will present Benchmarks and the Professionalization of Grant Writing. An innovative, dynamic discussion on the efficacy of establishing commonly accepted and utilized benchmarks for grant writers, in order to further professionalize the field and communicate organizational value through return on investment (ROI) analysis.

Beverly Browning and Kimberly Richardson, GPC, will present The Value of Mentoring. Think mentoring is for kids? Think again! Hear how two seasoned grant professionals transformed an informal meeting at a GPA conference into an international partnership.

Beverly Browning and David Lindeman, CFRE, GPC, will staff the Human Library, where visitors can spend 15 minutes with leading authorities in the grants profession to ask them questions about the profession or their area of specialty. If your resource is not reserved after your time is up, you have the option to "check them out" for an additional 15 minutes.

Lynne Mullen, GPC, will present The Mystique of the Grant Consultant (The Glamour, the Glory, and Consulting’s Practical Side). This session will address issues requiring immediate attention when beginning a career as a grant consultant, like your own readiness for the job, contracts, fees, references, finding clients, and more.

Rachel Werner, GPC, will present The Project Manager’s Guide to Grants. Through case study analysis and review of tools and resources, you will learn how to manage grant projects more effectively using a Project Management Institute (PMI)-focused approach.

Diane H. Leonard, GPC, will present Grant Readiness: Beyond Wanting Grant Revenue. Grant readiness is one of the most important factors for grant seekers to consider, relative to each potential application. Grant readiness comes through in all aspects of your grant seeking.

Karen Cassidy, GPC, along with a colleague, is presenting Are We Ready for the DATA Act? In this session for advanced practitioners, be prepared to learn and share your knowledge of the DATA Act. The presentation will include a brief overview of the DATA Act and how it is impacting grantees, including organizations without federal funding, followed by a facilitated discussion.

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