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Become a better storyteller at the FREE Weekend in Boca VII


Please join me on May 2 and 3, 2014, as nonprofits from across the country gather in Boca Raton, Florida, to network, share resources, and learn from the best in the sector at the seventh annual Office Depot Foundation Weekend in Boca Civil Society Leadership Symposium.

This year’s theme is “Innovation and Collaboration – Telling Your Story through Performance, Impact and Inspiration,” and it’s sure to be jam-packed with incredible information. As nonprofits, we inherently are story-tellers, but some of us are better than others – and even the best of us can improve! This year’s Weekend in Boca will teach you how to tell your stories concisely and effectively by focusing on:

  • Performance – communicating your success in accomplishing your goals.
  • Impact – communicating the difference that you are able to make over the long haul.
  • Inspiration – engaging the community in supporting your mission through donations, volunteerism, opportunities to collaborate and other ways both tangible and intangible.

They have an all-star line-up of speakers, among which I am honored to be:

  • Carol Cone, Global Practice Chair for Business and Social Purpose for Edelman
  • Melissa Bradley, Founder and Managing Director, New Capitalist
  • Richard Crespin, CEO, Crespin Enterprises, and Senior Fellow, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Business Civic Leadership Center
  • Lindsay Nichols, Marketing & Communications Director, GuideStar USA
  • Stacy Palmer, Editor, Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Diane Remin, President,

Tickets are FREE, so register today:

I went last year and I can tell you that I have rarely felt so invigorated after a professional development/networking event. The speakers are engaging and have hands-on tips that you can start using that very minute, the energy is high, there is plenty of time for networking—and there is an unbelievable amount of swag that attendees take home! Best of all, you realize you aren’t alone. All of us in the nonprofit sector are working towards a greater good, but we’re sometimes in our own little worlds so much that we forget that. All in all, I remember thinking how lucky I was to be in the audience, and I know you will too. Don’t miss this incredible event!

For those of you that are going, please let me know! I’d love to meet up with you. In addition to taking the stage for a short while, I’ll be live Tweeting—from both GuideStar’s and my own Twitter handles— @GuideStarUSA and @lindsaynichols—using the symposium hashtag: #ODFWIB.

I hope to see you there!

What do you want me to speak about at Weekend in Boca VII? Let me know in the comments below!

Lindsay J.K. Nichols Lindsay J.K. Nichols

Lindsay J.K. Nichols is GuideStar’s director of marketing and communications and national spokesperson. Every day she builds on GuideStar’s strong brand position and reputation to sustain awareness of its mission through dynamic and long-lasting relationships with key audiences and influencers. Before GuideStar, Lindsay worked at worldwide public relations firms including Ogilvy PR, Metropolitan Group, Manning Selvage & Lee, and Levick Strategic Communications. Lindsay earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting Communications and Women’s Studies from the State University of New York at Oswego. She is a founding board member of Social Media for Nonprofits and a volunteer of Safe Shores, the DC Children’s Advocacy Center. You can reach Lindsay at

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