Nonprofit Development

Higgins Center for Nonprofits provides a full suite of services…helping your organization better fulfill its mission. The following services are offered:
  • Bi-monthly Trainings
  • Nonprofit Consulting
  • Resources
  • Weekly Virtual Roundtable Discussions

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Topic: Effective Meetings

Loaded with practical information, steps, and tactics this session includes group activities, a group simulation, and action plans to link learning applied to behavioral changes.

When: Tuesday, August 18, 2020 8:15a-10:15a

Speaker: Cindy Hines, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Senior Consultant/VP of Talent Development

Leadership Strategies Group

Fee: $25

About Cindy Hines:

Cindy Hines is a Senior Consultant at Leadership Strategies, and her extensive experience as a Human Resources and Organizational Development leader includes the fast-moving consumer goods industry, banking, manufacturing and health care. She has domestic multi-state and international experience focused on shaping the HR agenda that supports key organizational goals. She has experience collaborating with manufacturing facilities as well as corporate locations.

Cindy has overseen the talent acquisition and talent management strategies as well as several corporate and sales department restructurings and Mergers and Acquisitions. She has led assessment centers across the US that resulted in quality hires and increased retention through selectively hiring and implementing an onboarding process that doesn’t stop after 90 days. Her experience includes culminating HQ offices while executing layoffs and location wind down, while keeping respect and concern for the employees as her primary driver.

She has an MBA from Western Kentucky University and is an adjunct faculty member in the Management Department. Cindy has authored a chapter in the professional book “What’s Next in Human Resources” and is also published in “Cultivating Culture”.

Cindy’s primary focus is workplace investigations, recruiting hard-to-fill positions, HR compliance including Affirmative Action Plans, and M&A’s. She is available to serve as interim HR senior-level positions. Cindy’s passion is helping people and organizations to reach their fullest potential.

Session Objectives:

To recognize the different purposes of meetings
To improve meeting preparation skills
To examine meeting agendas and incorporate good practices in meeting planning
To learn how to conduct meetings effectively and make them a worthwhile time investment for participants
To practice tactics in your role as facilitator
To use a meeting evaluation tool to assess the effectiveness of a meeting

Topic: Presentation Skills

Participants rate their skill level and the instructor provides constructive feedback used in improving presentation skills that might be used during group or business presentations. Monroe’s Motivated Sequence is the backbone of this session.

When: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 8:15a-10:45a

Speaker: TBA,

Leadership Strategies Group

Fee: $25

Learning Objectives:

To achieve greater credibility through effective presentations
To improve delivery skills to maximize the impact of messages
To utilize the Monroe’s motivated sequence to maximize persuasiveness


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Past Workshops

Topic: Leadership Strategies Group

When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Speaker: Troy Robertson, Director of Applied Projects Leadership Strategies Group

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Topic: “On the SPOT”: Strategic Thinking and Planning When You Just Don’t Have the Time

When: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 10a-11:30a.

Speaker: Jody Lentz, Professional Team/Meeting Facilitator


About Jody Lentz:

Jody Lentz facilitates better teams, better meetings and better decisions. His creative communication and innovative approach help organizations think, plan and act strategically, and his passion is engaging organizations to create high-performance, low-drama work cultures.

Since 2004, Jody’s work has spanned the government, education and business sectors, as well as a wide range of social-benefit organizations*, including:

American Heart Association
Greater Houston Coalition on Social Determinants of Health
TN Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence
Pediatric Endocrine Nurses Society
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle TN
Abe’s Garden
Oasis Center
Southern Word
Center for Non-Profit Management
National Museum of African-American Music
Vanderbilt Divinity School
Southeast Sustainability Directors Network

*He despises the term “non-profit:” what other sector is defined by their tax status??

Learning Objectives:

“On the SPOT”: Strategic Thinking and Planning When You Just Don’t Have the Time

You are busy: there are not enough hours to tend to your social-benefit mission, much less plan for the future, and getting your Board’s time to help establish direction is always a challenge.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were some way for you and your Board to “do” strategy in a few hours?

Well, we won’t promise a full-blown strategy in that time-frame, but in this high-energy, interactive workshop, you will get an overview of a tool and process to help you define your strategic priorities within a compressed schedule: the SPOT Matrix. We will also discuss the importance of strategic thinking, not just strategic planning, and the appropriate role for your Board in that process.

Topic: Not-for-Profit Financials 101

When: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Speaker: Nikki Kubly, CPA, BKD National Not-for-Profit and Public Sector Group

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Topic: Major Gifts Cultivation

When: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Speaker: Pam Brown, Executive Director Insight Counseling Centers

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