Next week, the Technology Affinity Group (TAG) will host its 2017 Annual Conference on technology and philanthropy in New Orleans. The foundationConnect team carefully selected a few sessions you can’t miss.

How to Design Technology Training to Maximize User Adoption and Return on Investment

Tuesday, November 7, 10:45 am – 12:15, Lafayette East
If you’re frustrated with ineffective technology training, this session is for you. This session will talk about how training fits into a user adoption plan, adapting your training approach to the learning styles and skill levels of your trainees, and figuring out the logistics for a great training experience. Knowing how to design and deliver effective technology training is a skill that will boost your leadership and increase your organization’s technology ROI. This session will combine presentation and audience participation in a lively format that adapts the content to those present.

Moderator: Karen Graham, Executive Director, Idealware
Panelists: Kelly Kleppe, Program Operations Director, Bush Foundation
Anil Patel, Co-Founder, Digital Strategy, GrantBook
Ann Puckett, IT Manager, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Session Liaison: David Krumlauf, Pierce Family Foundation

Barr Case Study: Leveraging Technology to Accelerate Culture Change

Wednesday, November 8, 10:45 am – 11:45 am, Lafayette East
If workplace culture is critical to increasing impact, how can technology accelerate the change desired? Barr Foundation expanded and redesigned their office space, implemented a new grants platform, and transitioned to Mac laptops, all to shift workplace culture and further productivity. In this interactive session, staff will explore what it takes to strategically implement technological solutions that foster culture change. Through their experience and group discussions, participants will leave with ideas/lessons learned that could be applied within their own organizations.

Presenters: Ify Mora, Director of Operations, Barr Foundation
Nate Mullen, Senior Business Applications Analyst, Barr Foundation
Session Liaison: Jennifer Burran, The Lemelson Foundation

User Acceptance Aikido: The Art of Partnering to Drive Technological Change

Wednesday, November 8, 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm, Salon 1
Implementing new technologies can be thankless, frustrating, and laborious. In this session you’ll learn how, with a little initial investment on your part, your users will gladly step forward to help you inform requirements, improve processes, and cultivate greater enthusiasm to increase adoption and drive peer-to-peer training. The presenter will share details based on her experiences implementing Google Calendar, Box, and O365.

Presenter: Nada O’Neal, VP, Information Technology, ASPCA
Session Liaison: Michael Wright, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Enabling a Smart Platform for Community Collaboration

Thursday, November 9, 9:00 am – 10:15 am, Salon 1
This session will review technology that helps in planning effective programs; measuring your impact; monitoring and evaluating programs, projects and activities; strengthening collaboration between foundation partners; and engaging stakeholders and beneficiaries. This presentation will explain these themes as applied to the Esri technology and the respective capabilities.

Presenters: Charles Brigham, Account Executive, Nonprofit & Global Organizations, Esri
Kimberly Phillips, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Session Liaison: Daniel Schoenfeld, Knight Foundation

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