Keynote Speaker:


Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director, Queens Museum of Art

Special Presentation:
Michael Crom, Executive VP, Dale Carnegie & Associates


Thursday October 17, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

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LaGuardia Marriott 
102-05 Ditmars Blvd
East Elmhurst, NY 11369

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Thurs., Oct. 17, 2013 - LaGuardia Marriott, East Elmhurst, NY 
Sponsored by Investors Bank

Investors Bank wants your organization to thrive, but we know that isn't always an easy task in today's competitive environment.


We've assembled a program of industry experts and specialized breakout sessions designed to help your organization grow and succeed.  Our inaugural Art of Thriving conference is free to anyone in a leadership position at a not-for-profit.  It will include: 

  • Keynote address by Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director of the Queens Museum of Art
  • Special presentation by Michael Crom, Chief Learning Officer at Dale Carnegie & Associates
  • Breakout sessions on various topics
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to Investors Bank staff

Schedule of Events:

8:00 am - 9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:15 am: Opening Remarks from Kevin Cummings, President & CEO, Investors Bank
9:15 am - 9:35 am: Keynote Address from Tom Finkelpearl
9:35 am - 9:50 am: Special presentation from Michael Crom
10:00 am - 10:50 am: Breakout Sessions
11:00 am - 11:50 pm: Breakout Sessions
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Closing Remarks

Keynote Speaker Info:
Since 2002, Tom Finkelpearl has served as the Executive Director of the Queens Museum of Art where he is working on a 50,000 square foot expansion that will double the size of the museum.  The Queens Museum is situated in America’s most ethnically diverse county, and it seeks to serve as a cultural bridge in the community. His new book, What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation is just out from Duke University Press.

Breakout Sessions Info:
Moderator, Bernell Grier, CEO, Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, Inc
Panelists include: Jeannine Hahn, Senior Vice President, Finance and Human Resources, All Stars Project of New Jersey; Steve Jorgensen,
Principal/Managing Director, N. Cheng & Co., P.C., David M. Rottkamp, CPA partner Grassi & Co; Laurence Scott, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner, Skody Scot & Company

In today’s tight economy, efficient financial management is critical to nonprofit organizations’ survival and growth.  In this panel discussion, we will examine strategies for nonprofits to effectively manage finances as they grow and develop.  Panelists will offer strategies from both in-organization and advisor perspectives.

Moderator, Eric Abrams, Digital & Marketing Manager, Queens Chamber of Commerce
Panelists include: Ben Guttmann, Founder and CEO, Digital Natives Group; Kevin Cimenilli, founding member of Passenger Project; Val Schulman, Marketing Director, One Marketing and Advertising Design; Wycliffe Wilkinson, Associate Director of Development, Futures In Education

Social Media has received a lot of attention for its easy availability, low cost, and potential for expanding nonprofit organizations’ brand recognition.  In this panel we will examine social media strategies that can be implemented today, as well as different available platforms, social media’s impact on fundraising, and potential pitfalls.

Moderator, Vicki Schneps, CEO, Schneps Communications/The Queens Courier
Panelists include:  Nina Bahazhevska, CPA, Grassi & Co.; Laurie Dorf, Assistant Vice President Institutional Advancement, Queens College; Sue Davies, Director, Expansion Campaign, All Stars Project of New Jersey; Sara Lipsky, Executive Director, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Long Island Chapter; Peter Smergut, Executive Director, Life’s WORC
The Board of Directors is integral to a nonprofit organization’s mission delivery and fundraising success.  Whether your organization is just starting to build your board or seeking to recruit new members, this panel will offer advice from experts in board recruitment and cultivation.  The discussion will include perspectives for both national and local board development.

Moderator, Peter Wayne, Associate Director, Queens Library Foundation
Panelists include: Susan Gabriel, Senior Associate, Cause Effective; Lisa Gallipoli, MPA, Specialist, Walk-a-Thon Development; Melva M. Miller, MSW, Director, Economic Development, Office of the President, Borough of Queens; Nick Vendikos, Director of Development, Futures In Education; Martin Duus, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, New York Hall of Science

Event-based fundraisers such as walk-a-thons, golf tournaments, and special events play an important role in  driving nonprofit organizations’ fundraising efforts, donor cultivation and grassroots development.  With expense management more important than ever, this panel will address the role of events and offer tips and strategies for executing top-quality events and leveraging your events for maximum benefit to your organization.