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An Update on Recent Changes to the Missouri Human Rights Act and Discrimination Claims in Missouri

Thursday, Dec. 14, from 3-5 p.m. in #202 J.C. Penney Conference Center on the UMSL north campus

While there has been significant controversy over recent amendments to the Missouri Human Rights Act (Senate Bill 43), the specifics of the legislation and the historical reasons for the changes are perhaps less well known. This presentation will cover changes in pursuing and defending discrimination claims under Missouri law, as well as relevant background and specifics of the legislative changes, which were signed by Governor Greitens on June 30, 2017, and became effective Aug. 28, 2017.

Instructor James R. Layton joined the Tueth Keeney law firm in 2017 after serving more than 22 years in the Missouri Attorney General’s Office—nearly all of those as the State’s principal civil appellate lawyer, Solicitor General. Jim practices in both appellate and trial courts, particularly in matters involving complex legal questions, including those arising under the U.S. and Missouri constitutions, Missouri school funding and other education statutes, and Missouri tax laws. He represents both private and public entities. In addition to handling cases at Tueth Keeney, Jim assists counsel at other firms with strategy, briefing, and argument in complex litigation, especially with regard to appeals. In doing so he relies on many years of intense appellate experience: Jim has argued more than 90 times before the Missouri Supreme Court, four times before the U.S. Supreme Court, and more than 100 times in other state and federal appellate courts. An adjunct professor of law at the University of Missouri since 1996, Jim is a frequent speaker on appellate practice, state constitutional law, legal writing, ethics, and issues arising from new appellate decisions.

Registration fee: $25

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How to Develop and Sustain an Effective, Engaged, Nonprofit Board

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. in #202 JC Penney Conference Center

Do you want to strengthen your board’s effectiveness and the relationship between your board and staff executive? Do you want your board and members to be vitally engaged and forge the best possible working partnership with staff to achieve more fully the organization’s mission? This workshop is for current and aspiring nonprofit staff executives and board leaders, including incoming board members, who want to learn and apply promising practices based on the latest research for making their boards even more effective and their staff-board relationships more productive and satisfying. It will also provide an opportunity to share with their peers the greatest challenges and successful strategies for strengthening board effectiveness. The learning activities will mix plenary presentation and discussion, panel presentation and question and answer with a diverse set of nonprofit leaders, and small, break out group discussions. Takeaways include tools and exercises designed to enhance and strengthen  board effectiveness. 

The workshop will address topics such as:

(1) the nonprofit board’s primary roles and responsibilities;

(2) promising practices and tips from the latest academic research on board development and effectiveness, from board composition, recruitment and on-boarding through engagement and leadership development to evaluation and renewal; and

(3) a new model containing successful methods and tools to determine the best working relationship for board and staff at the full board, committee, and individual member levels.


John McClusky will be the primary presenter. He will be joined by three panelists who will help him on select topics, and will also help him work with break-out discussion groups. The panelists are Mary McMurtrey, Kimberly McKinney, and Jessica Eiland.

John McClusky is a consultant, educator, and author of nonprofit leadership and has worked locally, nationally, and internationally with hundreds of NPOs and thousands of nonprofit leaders. In particular, he has trained and consulted with a vast range of nonprofit organizations on governance and boards, from redesigning United Way of America’s board training program for most of its chapters around the country to small neighborhood organizations across all mission domains ( social services, education, health, arts and culture, community development , the environment, civic and community leadership, etc.). He was the founding director of  academic programs in nonprofit  leadership at two universities, the most recent being  the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program (NPML) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis from 1993-2008.

John was a nonprofit organization executive for more than 20 years, including program executive at the Danforth Foundation, regional chief executive and national president of the Coro Foundation, vice chancellor for external relations at UM-St. Louis, and academic vice president of The Washington (D.C.) Center, a national higher education institution. Additionally, John has held extensive board leadership roles locally and nationally, including United Way of Greater St. Louis Volunteer Center, Blackburn College, Illinois, St. Patrick Center, St. Louis, Missouri School for the Blind, the St. Louis Nonprofit Services Consortium, and the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (the international association of academic programs in nonprofit studies).

John acquired his B.A. from Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.  He is the recipient of numerous academic and professional awards, and an author of numerous publications on nonprofit organizational leadership, governance, effectiveness and capacity building.

Information about the three panelists will be updated in the near future. 

Registration fee: $60

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Issues of Confidentiality and Ethics to Consider in Nonprofit Organizations -
online workshop

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 from 1:30-3 p.m.

This web-based class is managed and offered by our partner, the Missouri Institute of Mental Health. This is an online class and does not meet in person. It takes place on your computer, at the designated course time.

Nonprofit organizations deal with confidentiality and ethical issues on a regular basis. With respect to confidentiality, nonprofits must be concerned with client confidentiality, personnel confidentiality, possible trade secrets or proprietary information, and donor confidentiality. Balanced against all that, nonprofits are expected to operate with a high level of transparency and accountability. With respect to ethical concerns, nonprofit staff and board members must continuously work to spot and avoid possible conflicts of interest while also balancing ethical concerns with profitable, efficient operations. Attend this class to learn about the laws, standards, and best practices nonprofits need to know as they navigate issues of confidentiality and ethics.

DAN SISE, JD, is currently the Interim Director of the Public Policy Administration (PPA) program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Dan initially joined the PPA staff as a part of the Nonprofit Management and Leadership program (NPML) in 2008. In his roles with the PPA and NPML programs, Dan has been an instructor on legal issues for nonprofits, the NPML program’s academic coordinator, the NPML program’s Community Engagement Manager, and now is the PPA program’s acting director. In addition, Dan still directs the NPML program’s non-credit, continuing education classes and training.

A 1997 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Dan is currently licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois. Dan has served on multiple nonprofit organization boards, and he currently serves on the board of directors of the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis, and the Camp Rainbow Foundation. Prior to joining the faculty of the PPA/NPML program, Dan worked at Habitat for Humanity St. Louis where he was director of operations.

Registration fee: $39

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online workshop.

Creating Successful Group Dynamics: How to Build Better Teams, Committees, and Collaborations

Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 1-4 p.m. in #202 J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”   Margaret Mead

Groups, committees, teams and collaborations are essential parts of the work in a nonprofit organization.  What is the essence of “group process” and what is the role of the professional in creating successful ongoing decision making experiences?  How does a staff person know when to lead and when to step back to ensure that staff members and volunteer leaders are engaged, empowered and motivated? This seminar highlights the stages and elements of collective impact, including building trust, managing participants needs and expectations, responding to conflict and staying focused on the organization’s impact. 

Instructor Marci Mayer Eisen has worked in the St. Louis nonprofit community for 30+ years with an emphasis on community building.  She is the Director of the Millstone Institute, a leadership initiative of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. She previously coordinated interfaith social justice programs at the Jewish Community Relations Council and ran parenting programs and family events at the Jewish Community Center. Marci has a BS in Health & Human Development from Penn State, a MSW in Group Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York and received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from University of Missouri, St. Louis in 2009.  She is a graduate of both CORO Women in Leadership and Leadership St. Louis.  Marci attended the College of Executive Coaching and became an ICF (International Coaching Federation) certified coach in April, 2017.  

Registration fee: $25

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From Cost Savings to Improved Outcomes: Continuous Quality Improvement in Action

Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 1-4 p.m. in #202  J.C. Penney Conference Center (on the UMSL north campus)

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is a philosophy of management that focuses on process improvement, to improve an organization’s efficiency and effectiveness. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to common CQI models and processes that can be readily applied to social service work. We will identify the capacities and practice behaviors that characterize cultures of learning and improvement. Lastly, we will introduce, demonstrate, and practice several key quality improvement tools and exercises.

Instructor Sarah Buek is the Founder and CEO of Insight Partners Consulting and has worked for the past 13 years in the non-profit sector first as a clinical social worker and later in program management, evaluation, and quality improvement.  As a funder and consultant, she’s led dozens of non-profits in the development of Theories of Change and Logic Models, the design of data collection tools and processes, the creation of quality improvement systems, and the use of performance management to create cultures of learning and continuous improvement.  Her passion is equipping human service professionals and organizations with the thought processes and tools necessary to articulate, measure, and increase their effectiveness and efficiency.

Registration fee: $30

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For more information about these workshops or to find out about upcoming workshops, or about the NPML Program, contact Dan Sise at, or at (314) 516-6378. 


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