Conversation Starter: Advocating for You

Location : Virtual

Whether you are a recent graduate that just entered the field or have been immersed in the nonprofit sector for some time, making time for professional development is usually the easiest thing to neglect yet one of the most valuable assets for career growth. We invite you to join us for an interactive conversation with 3 Grand Rapids Professionals to gain insight on being the best advocate for yourself throughout your career. Panelists will share insight on what they are looking for when hiring candidates from - resume building, interview tips, networking 101, etc.

Panel includes: Michelle Covington, VP of Advancement at Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF); Nicole Smith, Regional Manager – Career Development Services, Mercy Health; Jessica Ledesma, Program Manager, West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Zoom meeting details will be sent out via email.


Conversation Starter: Panel Discussion on Barriers to Access

Location : Virtual

As nonprofit professionals and individuals looking to serve in our community, we are always striving to do good. However, without realizing, we may be creating or perpetuating barriers for individuals seeking support from nonprofit service providers. We are joined by leaders of local service-providing nonprofit organizations with expertise on the topic of barriers to access within their respective organizations or subsectors.

We will consider challenges individuals may face in seeking support due to their economic status, immigration status, race, ability, gender identity or sexual orientation, etc. that we might not be aware of as service providers or program creators. With increased awareness, we can be better-informed advocates for eliminating these barriers and improving equitable access in our own organizations.

Zoom meeting details will be sent out via email.


Building on Strengths: Using the CliftonStrengths tool to build Confidence,

Location : Virtual

Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to join YNPN and the Johnson Center’s Mandy Sharp Eizinger to dig deeper into your CliftonStren

About this event

Building on your strengths is an active process – and one that works better together! Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to join YNPN and the Johnson Center’s Mandy Sharp Eizinger to dig deeper into your CliftonStrenghts report and make an individual and collective action plan to build confidence, connection and collaboration across teams. 

Completing the CliftonStrengths assessment is the first step in the process, we recommend one of the below options:

To start with the basics: Top 5 CliftonStrengths ($19.99)

Recommended à To start with the most comprehensive full report: CliftonStrengths 34 Report ($49.99)

If you have taken StrengthsFinder before – bring your original results! Please do not retake the assessment; consider an ‘upgrade’ via the CliftonStrengths 34 Upgrade to unlock more insights ($39.99)

Due to the intimitate and collaborative nature of this workshop, we are limiting participation to 20 attendees, so don't delay in registering! We can't wait to see you there.


Mandy Sharp Eizinger joined the Johnson Center as a program manager in April 2020. In this role, she supports sector-wide learning and professional development programs. Mandy brings training in Gallup Strengths Coaching and a people-centered approach to developing individuals and programs to make meaningful and measurable impact.

Previously, Mandy served twelve years in nonprofit program management in Chicago, and led regional community engagement strategy with UNICEF USA, helping to amplify the organization’s U.S.-based education, advocacy, and fundraising programs. Mandy led UNICEF USA’s Global Citizenship Fellowship program in national recruitment, training, coaching, and professional development, and is proud to be among more than 75 fellows and alumni working in the social impact space around the world.

Mandy holds a Bachelor of Science in family community services from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in public service management from DePaul University. She currently serves on the board of directors at Treetops Collective.

Mandy lives with her husband and their two young sons in Grand Rapids, and they are always up for ice cream, regardless of the weather. She believes nothing can beat a Lake Michigan sunset.