Call for Breakout Proposals: TechNow 2018 Conference

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofits

Share your technology knowledge or “lessons learned” story with other nonprofits at a TechNow 2018 breakout session!

We are looking for leading edge, well-designed and interactive breakout sessions.  The content and format must fit into a 60-minute session. Vendors and consultants are permitted to propose sessions, but we prefer that a nonprofit co-presenter be included. (We can help you find one, if needed.)

To complete the breakout session proposal form easily, you’ll want to have the following information ready:

  • Working title for session
  • Session description (100 words max)
  • Three key takeaways
  • Name, contact information (including address, email and phone) and a bio (100 words max) for at least one speaker

Propose a Breakout Session now!
Session proposals are due by the close of business on Friday, May 18, 2018.


Contact Cindy Leonard at the Bayer Center if you have any questions – leonard@rmu.edu – or visit the conference website for more information.

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Save the Date: TechNow 2018 Conference is Wednesday, October 3, 2018

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsAbout TechNow

Join us on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, for the 15th anniversary of the 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 has something for everyone!

TechNow 2018 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Registration opens July 1. Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information.


Our Keynote Speaker

Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University

Lucy Bernholz

Bernholz is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, the Hybrid Reality Institute, and the New America Foundation. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including the annual Blueprint Series on Philanthropy and the Social Economy, the 2010 publication Disrupting Philanthropy, and her 2004 book Creating Philanthropic Capital Markets: The Deliberate Evolution. She is a co-editor of Philanthropy in Democratic Societies, published in 2016 by the University of Chicago Press. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, and policy on her award winning blog, philanthropy2173.com.

She studied history and has a B.A. from Yale University, where she played field hockey and captained the lacrosse team, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Follow Lucy on Twitter: @p2173

Still time to register: Aliza Sherman to keynote TechNow 2017 Conference on 10/19

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsAbout TechNow

Join us on Thursday, October 19, 2017, for the 14th 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 has something for everyone!

TechNow 2017 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information.


Aliza ShermanOur Keynote Speaker

Aliza Sherman
Digital Strategist, Author, Speaker, Consultant

Aliza Sherman helped pave the way for women online and in the Internet industry. She is a web and social mobile pioneer whose work helped shape the early new media industry. In addition to starting the first woman-owned Internet company in the early 90s, Cybergrrl, Inc., she has been writing, speaking and consulting about social media since 2006 and social mobile marketing since 2010. She is also well known for her expertise on women’s technology and business issues.

She is an advocate of sensible, practical and manageable uses of technology that achieve business goals. She deftly cuts through hype to get to the essence of what tech tools to use and how to use them well for optimal results.

She has written 11 books, most recently The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit with Beth Kanter.

Follow Aliza on Twitter: @alizasherman

TechNow 2017 Breakout Sessions & Speakers Announced!

About TechNow

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsBreakout sessions and speakers have been posted for the 14th annual TechNow Conference! TechNow is slated for Thursday, October 19 and is organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. TechNow 2017 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Anyone who has an interest or stake in his or her nonprofit’s technology management or usage is encouraged to attend. TechNow has something for everyone!

A preview of session titles and speakers follows. Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information about each session!


Breakout Sessions 1 (10:30 – 11:45 AM)

  • Security Soup to Nuts: Assessing and Addressing Risk
    Speakers: Stephanie L. Bucklew, SLB Consulting; Katie Robson, The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • One Small Step for Technology: The Art of the Micro-Improvement
    Speaker: Dan Fang, Tickets for Kids Charities
  • Meet Your Mission without Breaking the Bank: Free and Pro Bono Technology for Your Cause
    Speaker: Peggy Duvette, Oracle+NetSuite

Breakout Sessions 2 (1:00 – 2:15 PM)

  • Technology Manual: You DO need one!
    Speaker: Arwen Lavengood Davis, MPA
  • Keeping IT Afloat: What to Expect When a Techie Decides to Leave
    Speaker: Nicole DeVault, ACHIEVA
  • Leveraging Technology for Mission-Critical Results: Two Local Case Studies
    Speakers: Colleen O. Fedor, The Mentoring Partnership; David J. Mosey, Smart Futures; Kate Brennan, M.Ed., NurturePA

Breakout Sessions 3 (2:30 – 3:45 PM)

  • Square Pegs and Round Holes: How We Upgraded Our Database
    Speaker: Brittany Zuckerman, Breathe Pennsylvania
  • Better Together: Organizing and Scaling Volunteer Management with Technology
    Speaker: Connor Sites-Bowen, Global Links
  • Accidental Techie: How to Balance the Workload without Losing Your Mind
    Speakers: Arwen Lavengood Davis, MPA; Bethany Hemingway, Staunton Farm Foundation

Save the Date: TechNow 2017 Conference happening October 19

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofitsAbout TechNow

Join us on Thursday, October 19, 2017, for the 14th 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 has something for everyone!

TechNow 2017 will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.

Visit the conference website, www.technowconference.org, for more information.


Aliza ShermanOur Keynote Speaker

Aliza Sherman
Digital Strategist, Author, Speaker, Consultant

Aliza Sherman helped pave the way for women online and in the Internet industry. She is a web and social mobile pioneer whose work helped shape the early new media industry. In addition to starting the first woman-owned Internet company in the early 90s, Cybergrrl, Inc., she has been writing, speaking and consulting about social media since 2006 and social mobile marketing since 2010. She is also well known for her expertise on women’s technology and business issues.

She is an advocate of sensible, practical and manageable uses of technology that achieve business goals. She deftly cuts through hype to get to the essence of what tech tools to use and how to use them well for optimal results.

She has written 11 books, most recently The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit with Beth Kanter.

Follow Aliza on Twitter: @alizasherman

Call for Breakout Proposals: TechNow 2017 Conference

TechNow: A technology conference for nonprofits

Share your technology knowledge or “lessons learned” story with other nonprofits at a TechNow 2017 breakout session!

We are looking for leading edge, well-designed and interactive breakout sessions.  The content and format must fit into a 75-minute session.  Vendors are permitted to propose sessions, but we prefer that a nonprofit co-presenter be included.  (We can help you find one, if needed.)


Propose a Breakout Session now!
Session proposals are due by the close of business on Friday, June 2, 2017.


Contact Cindy Leonard at the Bayer Center if you have any questions – leonard@rmu.edu – or visit the conference website for more information.