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We’re a growing network of career development nonprofits that provide business attire for women and men seeking work, empowering them to economic independence.

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Events | Strengthening Nonprofits, Empowering Job Seekers | ACDN

Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits strengthens nonprofits that empower job seekers. Join us at our annual conference and training webinars.

May Virtual U Webinar: What's New in Client Services
May
15
12:00 PM12:00

May Virtual U Webinar: What's New in Client Services

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Description: This session will explore what’s new in client services. From scheduling appointments, managing professional clothing appointment services (for all populations – women, men, transgender, etc.), providing professional development workshop series, alumni  or other career development support services, incentives and more!

Presenter: To Be Announced!

Facilitator: Sheri Cole, Career Wardrobe Executive Director and ACDN Membership Committee 

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June Virtual U Webinar: Volunteer Management
Jun
19
12:00 PM12:00

June Virtual U Webinar: Volunteer Management

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Description: Volunteers, when effectively engaged, can help to drive more significant and sustainable impact for your nonprofit. How are you leveraging such invaluable resources? What current challenges do you face working with volunteers? Be a part of a lively Brag & Steal discussion about volunteer management best practices. Our goal is to learn and share strategies to effectively involve and support volunteers at your agency.  

This session is driven by your participation and needs.  Want to address a question anonymously? Email your question to info@acdnonline.org and we’ll be sure to address it during the webinar. 

Presenter: The Brag & Steal format is an open forum and offers everyone a chance to share.

Facilitator: Connie Golds, Executive Director, Desert Best Friend’s Closet and ACDN Board President 

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August Virtual U Webinar: Budgeting for Grants
Aug
21
12:00 PM12:00

August Virtual U Webinar: Budgeting for Grants

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Description: This session will discuss how to prepare a grant proposal budget. Knowing some basic principles of writing grants, such as how to present the costs of your project, can make writing a grant less stressful.The goal is to offer strategies to help you present your grant proposal budget (including what to include and not to include) in a way that will make an excellent impression on the grant reviewer.

Presenter: To Be Announced

Facilitator: Sheri Cole, Career Wardrobe Executive Director and ACDN Membership Committee Member

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September Virtual U Webinar: Steps and Stages of Donor Appeal
Sep
18
12:00 PM12:00

September Virtual U Webinar: Steps and Stages of Donor Appeal

Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Description: It has been said that writing a donor appeal letter is both an art and science. This session will offer an overview of the steps and best practices to creating a successful fundraising campaign. The discussion will include, but not limited to: identifying your goal, how you will accomplish this goal, deciding what communication channels to use, what resources to utilize to accomplish your goals, identifying who’s accountable, measuring success, and setting timelines.

Presenter: To Be Announced!

Facilitator: Terri Kearns, Executive Director & Founder, Our Sister’s Closet and ACDN Membership Committee Member

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2019 National Conference
Oct
3
to Oct 5

2019 National Conference

  • First Impressions, Inc. by JOG (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The two and a half day annual conference is our premier professional development event, focused on sharing best practices and building program capacity to strengthen the effectiveness of ACDN members' services and the sustainability of their organizations. This year's event will be hosted by First Impression, Inc. by JOG in Akron, Ohio. Members and non-members are encouraged to attend. Registration and Sponsorship inquiries can be emailed to info@acdnonline.org

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November Virtual U Webinar: Utilizing Corporate Support
Nov
20
12:00 PM12:00

November Virtual U Webinar: Utilizing Corporate Support

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Description: This Brag & Steal session will offer members the forum to discuss how your organizations utilize corporate support including volunteers, sponsorship, clothing drives and more! Come prepared to share your best practices and learn from your ACDN peers.

Presenter: The Brag & Steal format is an open forum and offers everyone a chance to share.

Facilitator(s): 

  • Connie Golds, Desert Best Friend’s Closet Executive Director and ACDN Board President

  • Sheri Cole, Career Wardrobe Executive Director and ACDN Membership Committee Member

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April Virtual U Webinar: How to Retain Employees on a Limited Budget
Apr
17
12:00 PM12:00

April Virtual U Webinar: How to Retain Employees on a Limited Budget

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Description: One of the greatest challenges facing nonprofits is attracting and retaining qualified talent.  Without this talent, organizations are unable to achieve their mission. Retention is an ongoing process.  Organizations need to focus on retention not only once they have employees on board, but also during the recruitment process and throughout the employment cycle. This Brag & Steal session will explore best practice strategies to retain employees on a limited budget. 

Presenter: The Brag & Steal format is an open forum and offers everyone a chance to share.

Facilitator: Terri Kearns, Executive Director & Founder, Our Sister’s Closet and ACDN Membership Committee Member

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March Virtual U Webinar: How to Get Media for Your Work
Mar
20
12:00 PM12:00

March Virtual U Webinar: How to Get Media for Your Work

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Description: How do you get attention for the great work you are doing in your community? This session will review strategies to not only get the attention of the media but how to get great press coverage for your nonprofit. More visibility will also lead to more credibility and thus even more visibility for your organization – and greater resources to make an impact on your community. 

Presenter: To Be Announced!

Facilitator: Tamara Pitts, ACDN Membership Committee Member 

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2019 Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits National Smart & Sexy© Day
Mar
1
to Mar 31

2019 Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits National Smart & Sexy© Day

  • Nationwide at participating ACDN Member Locations (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In honor of Women’s History Month, members of the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) will hold events in March in select cities in the U.S. aimed at helping women prepare for employment. National Smart & Sexy© Day events inspire women – boosting their self-confidence so that they feel assured, confident and, most of all, employable. The holiday was launched in 2012 by the Alliance and sponsored by Smart & Sexy©, one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the country.  The official holiday designation is on March 13th. 

As part of the celebration, the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofit (ACDN) member organizations will provide a day of workforce training, professional image classes and individual support for women with the goal of enabling them to take action, secure employment and enhance the quality of their lives. Women who attend Smart & Sexy© Day events at a participating ACDN location will receive Smart & Sexy© foundation garments from Smart & Sexy© as well as job seeking skills training from leading local industry professionals and dedicated volunteers.   The impact of the day is to demonstrate how Smart & Sexy©, ACDN and their member organizations support women in more ways than one!  Attendees will also be taught how to shop and build a professional wardrobe on a budget. 

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February Virtual U Webinar: "What Keeps You Up at Night?"
Feb
20
12:00 PM12:00

February Virtual U Webinar: "What Keeps You Up at Night?"

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Description: Many issues are causing nonprofit leaders to lose sleep; adequate funding, recruiting and retaining board members, and relationships with volunteers, planning, collecting and managing data, people, and information technologies are chief among these causes. We will explore the issues that keep you up at night in this roundtable discussion. 

Presenter: The Brag & Steal roundtable format is an open forum and offers everyone a chance to share.

Facilitator: Shanna Moody, Shining Success Executive Director and ACDN Membership Committee Member

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January Virtual U Webinar: Value of ACDN Membership
Jan
23
12:00 PM12:00

January Virtual U Webinar: Value of ACDN Membership

Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Description: Connie Golds and Sheri Cole will offer an overview of the benefits of Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) to get the most value for your team. Connie and Sheri will also provide updates on the Membership policy and Alliance-goings on. 

Presenters:  

  • Connie Golds, Desert Best Friend’s Closet Executive Director and ACDN Board President

  • Sheri Cole, Career Wardrobe Executive Director and ACDN Membership Committee Member 

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2018 National Conference
Oct
18
to Oct 20

2018 National Conference

The two and a half day annual conference is our premier professional development event, focused on sharing best practices and building program capacity to strengthen the effectiveness of ACDN members' services and the sustainability of their organizations. This year's event will be hosted by Career Wardrobe in Philadelphia, PA. Members and non-members are encouraged to attend. Registration and Sponsorship inquiries can be emailed to info@acdnonline.org

Learn more and Register!

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SEPTEMBER: [Program] Volunteer Management, Recruitment and Retention
Sep
18
6:00 AM06:00

SEPTEMBER: [Program] Volunteer Management, Recruitment and Retention

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Description: BRAG & STEAL SESSION! Plan to share your top 3 volunteer management tips AND a challenging scenario(s) to discuss (if you need help with it or if you need support and ideas resolving it). Volunteer Management discussions with your Alliance colleagues are always invaluable.

Presenter: All Alliance Members

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JUNE: 2018 National Conference Overview + Making the Most of #GivingTuesday
Jun
19
6:00 AM06:00

JUNE: 2018 National Conference Overview + Making the Most of #GivingTuesday

Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

The June Virtual U is jam-packed with awesome, Alliance updates and resources for your agency. The 2018 National Conference Co-Chairs will share an overview of this year's National Conference to be held October 18-20, 2018 in Philadelphia. In addition, this session will offer an easy, step-by-step guide to #GivingTuesday and plenty of time for questions.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

Presenter(s): 

  • Tamara Pitts, ACDN National Conference Co-Chair
  • Sheri Cole, ACDN National Conference Host and Co-Chair
  • Jessica Schneider, Director of Strategy & Collaboration in 92nd Street Y's Belfer Center for Innovation

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MAY: [Program] Running a Profitable and Mission-Driven Special Event
May
15
6:00 AM06:00

MAY: [Program] Running a Profitable and Mission-Driven Special Event

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Description: This month's "Brag and Steal" format provides opportunity to learn from others while sharing your tips, trends, and more for planning for a cause.  For nonprofit organizations, events can be opportunities to gain new supporters, gain media coverage and, bring in much-needed revenue. Nonprofit events combine all the intensity of event planning-logistics, décor, catering, public relations - with the added pressure of having to parlay those elements into passion for a cause. ACDN Members are asked to share  tips and insight for creating nonprofit events, large and small, that pay off. 

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APRIL: [Operations] Tracking and Selling Inventory Using Point of Sales Systems
Apr
17
6:00 AM06:00

APRIL: [Operations] Tracking and Selling Inventory Using Point of Sales Systems

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Presenters: 

Sheri Cole, Executive Director, Career Wardrobe

Fontaine Gutierrez, Program Manager, Career Wardrobe

Description: Sheri and Fontaine will highlight the benefits of using a Point of Sale System for tracking and selling inventory at your organization. They will offer information to help your agency assess what tools and strategies your team could implement to tag, price and/or sell inventory.

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A Space of Inclusion: Creating Gender Equity
Mar
23
6:00 AM06:00

A Space of Inclusion: Creating Gender Equity

Date: Friday, March 23, 2018

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST (1 hour)

Any time we encounter something or someone we are not familiar with, trying to get it right can make us really anxious. We may try to say and do the right things—things we think are “normal” for everyone— or even try to guess what they might like or want, but ultimately end up hurting the person we are trying to serve without even knowing it. This training helps to make you more knowledgeable about transgender etiquette and to be more inclusive of transgender, queer, and gender non-conforming individuals’ needs in the service process.   

Speaker: Chelsey Branham, Director of Community Equity, YWCA Oklahoma City

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2018 Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits National Smart & Sexy Day
Mar
1
to Mar 31

2018 Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits National Smart & Sexy Day

In honor of Women’s History Month, members of the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) will hold events in March in select cities in the U.S. aimed at helping women prepare for employment. National Smart & Sexy Day events inspire women – boosting their self-confidence so that they feel assured, confident and, most of all, employable. The holiday was launched in 2012 by the Alliance and sponsored by Smart & Sexy, one of the largest privately held lingerie companies in the country.  The official holiday designation is on March 13th. 

As part of the celebration, the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofit (ACDN) member organizations will provide a day of workforce training, professional image classes and individual support for women with the goal of enabling them to take action, secure employment and enhance the quality of their lives. Women who attend Smart & Sexy Day events at a participating ACDN location will receive Smart & Sexy foundation garments from Smart & Sexy as well as job seeking skills training from leading local industry professionals and dedicated volunteers.   The impact of the day is to demonstrate how Smart & Sexy, ACDN and their member organizations support women in more ways than one!  Attendees will also be taught how to shop and build a professional wardrobe on a budget. 

Learn more about last year's event. Read the event blog, 2017 ACDN National Smart & Sexy Day Highlights

2018 Participating ACDN Smart & Sexy Day Host Locations (Nationwide):


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Crafting a Successful Social Media Campaign for National Smart & Sexy Day
Feb
13
6:00 AM06:00

Crafting a Successful Social Media Campaign for National Smart & Sexy Day

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

This webinar will offer an overview of best practices for crafting a successful social media campaign for National Smart & Sexy Day or any event your agency presents. Bring an outline of your event PR plan as well as your best practice tips for developing successful social media and PR campaigns to share. We'll address questions to help you develop a strategy for an impactful event promotion. The 2018 ACDN Smart & Sexy Day Toolkit resources will be reviewed. 

Presenter: Gineyda Diaz, Bottomless Closet Operations Director

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ACDN 2018 National Smart & Sexy Day Information Session
Jan
9
6:00 AM06:00

ACDN 2018 National Smart & Sexy Day Information Session

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Time: 9am PST / 10am MST / 11am CST / 12pm EST

Come learn about the 2018 Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) National Smart & Sexy Day. In honor of Women's History Month, ACDN is partnering once again with Smart & Sexy to host National Smart & Sexy Day events in March 2018. The official holiday designation recognized by the Chase Book of Holidays is Tuesday, March 13th. All interested ACDN Members are encouraged to apply and participate. Funding for event underwriting is available to approved applications. Whether its your first or fifth Smart & Sexy Day event, there's new information for everyone. 

This Kick-Off Meeting will offer an overview of the 2018 application process, highlight Smart & Sexy Day resources, discuss promotion expectations, #supportmeans contest, and address any questions for this year's Smart & Sexy Day celebration. 

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November Virtual U: Volunteer Management "Brag & Steal"
Nov
15
6:00 AM06:00

November Virtual U: Volunteer Management "Brag & Steal"

Time: 9am PT / 11am CT / 12pm ET (60 minutes)

Join fellow members of the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) in a lively discussion about volunteer management. Volunteers can help drive significant and sustainable impact for your nonprofit. How are you leveraging such invaluable resources? What current challenges do you face working with volunteers? Our goal is to offer solutions to effectively involve and support volunteers at your agency. This session is driven by your participation. Want to address a question anonymously? Email your question to info@acdnonline.org and we’ll be sure to address it during the webinar.  Submit advance questions. 

This event has no cost for ACDN and prospective ACDN Members, but advance RSVP required. Be sure to download the GoToWebinar App and plan use a smart device or computer to join the call.

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June Virtual U: 2017 ACDN National Conference Preview + Q&A
Jun
20
6:00 AM06:00

June Virtual U: 2017 ACDN National Conference Preview + Q&A

Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Time: 9am PT / 11am CT / 12pm ET

ACDN Members & Prospective Members:  Come learn about the 2017 ACDN National Conference in Palm Springs, CA! The 2017 conference is hosted by ACDN Member, Desert Best Friend's Closet (DBFC).  We'll offer an overview of the conference program and help you kick-off your travel plans for this year's conference. Led by: Connie Golds, DBFC Executive Director, ACDN Board Member and Conference Co-Chair.  Submit advance questions. 

This event has no cost for ACDN and prospective ACDN Members, but advance RSVP required. Be sure to download the GoToWebinar App and plan use a smart device or computer to join the call.

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May Virtual U: Maximize Facebook Features to Connect with Donors
May
31
1:00 PM13:00

May Virtual U: Maximize Facebook Features to Connect with Donors

Date:  Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Time (Check your Time Zone):  1:00pm-2:00pm PST / 3:00pm-4:00pm CST / 4:00pm-5:00pm EST 

Description: Join Missouri School of Journalism Associate Professor for what promises to be a lively Virtual U session on several features Facebook makes available for free to non-profits like ours. She’ll walk us through how to use the Facebook Live video streaming service and offer some tips on when and how to implement live video in your communication strategy. We’ll “tour” Facebook Insights, the metrics Facebook offers on each of its pages. This will help you understand more about your Facebook audience, how strongly your posts resonate and how you might adapt to create deeper engagement – and how to schedule those posts so that you’re not always glued to your Facebook page.

We’ll round out the hour with time for plenty of questions… so make sure to bring your questions!

Featured Presenter: We are excited to welcome back Amy Simons, Associate Professor, Convergence Journalism, University of Missouri School of Journalism. Ms. Simons presented at the 2016 Annual Conference in Jefferson City, MO.

Be sure to download the GoToWebinar App and plan use a smart device or computer to join the call. Learn more about GoToWebinar. If you use a phone to join the call, you must use the GoToWebinar app to make full use of the webinar tool. 

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ACDN Quarterly Membership Meeting
Mar
28
6:00 AM06:00

ACDN Quarterly Membership Meeting

All ACDN Members and their staff and key volunteers invited!

Time: 9am-10am PST / 11am - 12pm CST / 12pm - 1pm EST

Make the most out of your membership with the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits! In March, you can look forward to the following:
* Mini Brag & Steal session… a favorite at conferences!  Share 1-2 current challenges at your organization and get valuable feedback from your ACDN peers
* Presentation: 2018 ACDN National Conference Site Selection
* Speaker(s): Leadership from 2017 ACDN Conference Committee
* Presentation Description: ACDN Conference Committee will offer an overview of the 2018 ACDN National Conference site selection process. This will also include a discussion on the roles and responsibilities of the conference host, ACDN Conference Committee, and ACDN Board of Directors. 
 

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Smart & Sexy Day at Perfect Fit for Working Women (Allentown, PA)
Mar
27
5:30 AM05:30

Smart & Sexy Day at Perfect Fit for Working Women (Allentown, PA)

  • YWCA Allentown's A Perfect Fit for Working Women (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits (ACDN) and YWCA Allentown's A Perfect Fit For Working Women celebrate National Women’s History Month by honoring and empowering women seeking employment in a national event sponsored by Smart & Sexy

Location: Allentown, PA

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