Empathy is at the root of connection, communication, collaboration and engagement – all things that we aim to embody in our nonprofit communities. As staff and volunteers, we seek to understand those we serve through our mission-driven work and continually strive to meet their needs with our programs and services. Are we bringing that same intention to understanding our internal teams? Our partnerships?
Speaker Sharon Steed shines a light on the role of vulnerability and empathy in creating inclusive teams and powerful collaborations. By sharing her own story as a life-long stutterer, Sharon illustrates how cultivating these traits through empathy actions that teams can incorporate into their own practices and help them be better communicators, more focused collaborators, more thoughtful leaders, and creators of environments ripe for inclusion.
How we all work has been changing dramatically and rapidly. Take a pause and join us for an exploration of how an empathy mindset can transform our workplaces and our work to center people, relationships, openness and innovation.
Through her talk, Sharon will help us:
- Define what empathy is for each individual and team,
- Understand why empathy is imperative in every office and on every team,
- Discover why and how vulnerability is the gateway to opportunity,
- Identify how to truly engage with those we serve, coworkers and teams by engaging empathy at work
Nonprofit staff and volunteers, funders, donors, community members; anyone interested in the topic of exploring a healthy nonprofit sector is welcome to attend.
Cost + Registration
We’re offering pay-what-you-can options:
- Suggested price: $49
- Option 1 Pay-what-you can: $39
- Option 2 Pay-what-you can: $29
- Option 3 Pay-what-you-can: $19
- Cost should not be a barrier to attend – please email us for a scholarship at Learn@NonprofitMaine.org.
While this event is pay-what-you-can, please register using the promo code MANP21 to help us track participation.
About Our Guest Speaker
Sharon Steed is an international keynote speaker, author and founder of Communilogue, a corporate empathy and communications consultancy. She is a subject matter expert on empathy at work, helping teams revolutionize the way they communicate, collaborate and approach diversity and inclusion by engaging empathy.
Sharon has spoken at companies and conferences in 17 countries spanning five continents, with a focus on improving team communication and collaboration through engaging empathy and vulnerability as a professional asset. She has given a TEDx talk on empowering insecurities.
A lifelong stutterer, Sharon uses her speech impediment to both teach what empathy is and to inspire audiences to engage in empathy actions daily. An author and course instructor for O’Reilly Media, Inc., her eBook Empathy at Work is available in the O’Reilly library. Sharon’s LinkedIn Learning course “Communicating With Empathy” has over 400,000 views. A Midwestern native, she currently lives in Pittsburgh.
Continuing the Conversation
Join us for MANP Connects the Friday following this event (November 19) to continue the conversation around collective transformation for a healthy nonprofit sector. It’s free to attend – sign up here.
Visit MANP’s Answer Center for more information and resources around Equity, Diversity + Inclusion.