TechNow 2016 Conference: Breakout Sessions

About TechNow

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsJoin us on Thursday, October 27, 2016, for the 13th annual TechNow Conference, organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.  Anyone who has an interest or stake in his or her nonprofit’s technology management or usage is encouraged to attend. TechNow 2016 will be held at Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township, PA.

Visit the conference website,, for more information. Early Bird rates are in effect until September 30!

Breakout Sessions

We have a variety of sessions each year, so there’s something for everyone!  Visit the conference website to get full session and speaker detail for these great sessions:

  • Advocate, Engage, Customize: How to Get the Tech You Need for Your Programs
  • Recycle Everything: Handling E-Waste at Your Nonprofit
  • On-Premise or In the Cloud: Methods for Selecting What to Host Where
  • Crowdfunding: How it Works, Why it Works
  • Technology to Further Your Mission: Tools or Capacity?
  • Networking Groundfloor: Learn How to Speak Geek More Effectively
  • Get Your $40K Here: Making the Most of Your Google AdWords Grant
  • Getting It Under Control: All That Data Made Valuable
  • Security Matters: Protecting Your Nonprofit from Threats

Featured Speakers

Afternoon Keynote

Marnie Webb
CEO, Caravan Studios of TechSoup Global

Marnie WebbMarnie Webb is the CEO of Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup Global, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Caravan Studios’ collaborative approach uses a theory of technology intervention to allow communities to respond to the issues they care about most.

Caravan Studios recently launched SafeNight, a mobile service that allows domestic violence organizations to crowdsource funding for hotel rooms when shelter is urgently needed. Funded by Microsoft Citizenship, Blue Shield of California Foundation and Vodafone Americas Foundation, SafeNight represents Caravan Studios’ belief that technology can be used to illuminate issues, identify problems, and evoke action.

Previously, Webb was co-CEO of TechSoup Global, a 25-year-old organization that distributes more than $600 million in donated technology to NGOs world-wide. In this role, Webb counseled Fortune 500 technology companies, such as Cisco and Microsoft, on philanthropic initiatives that align with their business objectives and recognize the creativity and innovation that nonprofits have to offer.

Named one of the Top 10 Silicon Valley Influencers by San Jose Mercury News, Webb is a sought after writer and speaker on innovation, community, and the social web. In 2008, she won NTEN “Person of the Year” award and was included in the Nonprofit Times’ list of the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector and is the initiator of the NPTech tagging experiment.

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Opening Plenary

Leon Wilson
Chief Technology & Information Officer
The Cleveland Foundation

Leon WilsonLeon Wilson serves as the Chief Technology & Information Officer for the Cleveland Foundation, focusing on strategic initiatives that will help position the foundation as a leader in the use of technology in all areas of its work. In addition, Leon is also responsible for helping to develop and implement an external Cleveland Foundation technology strategy that will focus on elevating Cleveland to become a recognized leader in technology, particularly in the areas of digital equity and inclusion, cyber security, and big data.

Leon brings more than 20 years of senior level technology experience to the foundation and our community. In his most recent role as Senior Director for Technology & Data Engagement for the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA), Leon advised executive staff, board and advisory committee members on strategic planning initiatives and significant technology investments that would positively impact both the internal structure at MNA as well as the IT service offerings to MNA’s external nonprofit clients through its Highway T program. He also played a role providing strategic and executive leadership for MNA’s former high-profile data analytics program, Data Driven Detroit, and other nonprofit sector-based technology initiatives.

Prior to his work at MNA, Leon held a number of internal and consulting IT leadership positions with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Minnesota, Federal-Mogul Corporation, Chrysler, RR Donnelly, and Deluxe as well as positions at General Mills and the IRS. Wilson has also served as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses within the MIS discipline. He is also a recurring presenter at local, regional and national nonprofit technology conferences.

Leon earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in software engineering from the University of St. Thomas.

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