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Jennifer Sampson, CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

The Women’s Council of Dallas County is hosting the first annual Community Training Institute (CTI) on April 25th in North Dallas at Temple Emanu-El.  CTI is a half-day educational seminar of general sessions and workshops for nonprofit leadership in DFW, and is presented in the style of the former Community Board Institute, a unique collaborative program for the nonprofit community that was held in Dallas for more than 33 years.

CTI seminars are designed for senior and mid-level leadership in nonprofit organizations as well as board members, civic-minded corporate executives, foundations and graduate students.  “We decided to craft a half-day program after we saw the need for a focused and affordable training conference for the DFW nonprofit community,” states Marlene Cohen, president of the Women’s Council.  “We look forward to bringing together nonprofit leaders—both staff and volunteer, and learning from the wisdom shared by our distinguished CTI keynote speakers and workshop leaders.”

CTI’s done-in-a-half-day program features two keynote speakers:  Major General Mary Saunders (Ret. USAF), Executive Director, Leadership Institute, Texas Woman’s University, General Morning Session; and Jennifer Sampson, CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Luncheon Session.  Workshop speakers and topics include:  Sandra C. Tinkham, Community Volunteer (How to Maximize Volunteers’ Time and Engagement); Dr. Richard Scotch, UT-Dallas, and Nicki Nynas, Nynas Consulting (Nonprofit Outcomes: Finding Measurements That Matter); Sheila D. Rose, Coopers Aerobics, Health & Wellness (HR: Reviews, Development and Staffing to Keep and Grow the Right Staff); Lisa Leet, IMC2 (Social Media and Marketing: Picking the Right Tool); and Ingrid Healy, Pursuant Group (Finding the Elusive Money Tree: Growing New Sponsors in a Tough Economy).

CTI will culminate with a luncheon presentation of the 57th awards program of the Women’s Council.  The luncheon program also includes presentation of 2012 grant beneficiaries of the Women’s Council along with installation of their board of directors.  Award recipients include:  Distinguished Public Service – Lisa Hembry, CEO, LIFT; Member Organization – Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity; Individual Member – Sharon King, VP, CCCS; and Woman of the Year – Jennifer Sampson, CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.  Grant beneficiaries are: Child Abuse Prevention Center; ChildCareGroup, and North Texas Food Bank.  In addition, there will be a surprise award presented to a longtime member of the Women’s Council during the luncheon program.

Tickets are available online at, and cost $75 for the conference and luncheon ($55, luncheon only).  Sponsorships are still available.  For more information, call 214.997.1240 or email

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