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Nonprofit Innovation Summit: Overcoming Burnout & Embracing Healing

Event Details

Thursday, June 15, 2023
9:00am-3:00pm PT
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA

Since the pandemic, the relationship between employees and employers has been thoroughly examined across the country and the results are in… people’s way of relating to their work has changed. Whether you’re talking about the great resignation, quiet quitting, or burnout, you’re circling the same issue. These are all a response to challenges existing within organizational culture and leadership. So how do we reverse course, and create organizational cultures that empower leaders and well-position our organizations to attract, develop, and retain talent?

Join us for our next Innovation Summit: Overcoming Burnout & Embracing Healing.  Across a series of sessions, this all-day event will focus on building the individual’s skills to care for themselves, build community among peers, and explore best practices for transforming organizational cultures. A light lunch will be provided.

Our sessions include:

Well-being Zines
We invite you to embark on a creative journey that promotes well-being and encourages self-expression through the art of zine-making. This hands-on workshop will cover:

  1. Introduction to Zines: We will begin with an overview of zines, their history, and their significance as a tool for self-expression and alternative media. Learn about different zine formats and styles, and how they can be utilized as a form of self-care.
  2. Exploring Wellness Themes: Dive into an exploration of different wellness themes such as mindfulness, self-compassion, resilience, gratitude, and more.
  3. Creative Prompts: We will offer prompts designed to spark inspiration.
  4. Zine-Making Techniques: Learn various zine-making techniques.
  5. Sharing and Reflection: Participants are encouraged to share their zines and their personal journeys. Through open discussions and group reflections, gain new insights, and connect with others who have embarked on a similar wellness exploration.

We will provide all the supplies needed!

Creating healthy nonprofit cultures
As a leader, you are 100% committed. And you know creating an organizational culture that advances equity and justice, and achieves your mission, requires ongoing effort and investment — from everyone. And the calorie burn is palpable. As an organization, you feel stuck. Despite working harder than ever, your efforts feel continually unhealthy and ineffective. In this session we will unpack how this experience isn’t a personal flaw — it’s a human phenomenon called Immunity to Change that can be triggered by uncertainty and complexity. Leadership Coach Meghann McNiff will show us how to identify your internal barriers to change and practice creatively forging new pathways to improve your impact, experience more joy and fulfillment, and achieve what matters most.

STEP Into Healthy Organizational Cultures
STEP Into Healthy Organizational Cultures is designed to increase your understanding of the impact of stress and trauma on your well-being socially, psychologically, behaviorally, and emotionally, and to help you increase skills to manage the increased stressors and burdens so common during these difficult and challenging times. Led by Facilitator and Executive Director Ryan Oelrich, STEP (Stress Trauma Education Program) utilizes evidence-based practices to reduce stress and prevent trauma-related problems.


Nonprofit Association of Washington is pleased to offer its members a discounted price. If you are interested in becoming a member, please find more information here.

  • $10 – Members of Nonprofit Association of Washington (check the Member Resources Page for the Member-only Discount Code)
  • $20 – Not-yet-Members of Nonprofit Association of Washington
Thanks to the support of our incredible partners we are able to lower the ticket price and make this event more accessible to the broader community. Want to attend, but the price is still high? Just contact the NAWA team and we will make sure that cost is not a barrier.

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Important Information About COVID-19

To ensure the health and safety of attendees at our in-person events, NAWA will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities regarding infectious diseases such as COVID-19. These regulations may change rapidly, so please check current government guidelines for the event location before attending. Please do not attend an in-person event if you feel sick or are showing symptoms known to be associated with COVID-19 or another infectious disease. We ask attendees who test positive within a week of the event to contact us so that we may notify other participants of a potential exposure. NAWA will keep the identity of the person testing positive confidential. NAWA will provide masks at all in-person events and anyone attending should feel comfortable requesting or wearing one.


Audio: Speakers will use a voice amplification system.

Interpretation: Please indicate during registration if you have an interpretation request. Typically, we need at least two weeks in order to schedule an interpreter.

Visual Descriptions: Presenters will include visual descriptions of themselves, slides, and other visual aids to give a person who is low-vision or blind a sense of space and place.

If you have additional accessibility requests, please let us know when you register.

About the Speakers

Meghann McNiff

As a consultant, leadership coach, facilitator, writer, and founder of the Integral Coach Collective Meghann helps organizations develop their most precious resource: the humans that drive their mission. She specializes in behavior change that creates cultures where the individual, the project, and the organization flourish together—where personal development is the secret ingredient of organizational excellence and joy. Meghann brings over six years of coaching in private practice, nearly ten years as a management consultant in Global Health, and five years as an Officer in the US Air Force—as well as a lifelong commitment to her own personal growth and development; and an embodied dedication to equity and inclusion. As a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, Meghann brings a passionate depth and breadth to her work. She has led teams and facilitated groups in diverse settings and with a wide range of populations from Air Force pilots to Afghan midwives — engineers in the National Security Agency, community health workers in rural Malawi, and women executives in North America.

Meghann McNiff

 Ryan Oelrich

Ryan Oelrich is the executive director of Priority Spokane and the president of the Center for Trauma and Stress Education(CTSE). He’s a Culture of Health Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has an MA in Leadership and an MBA. He was awarded the Peirone Prize for service in 2016 and has received congressional recognition for his work on poverty and homelessness issues. Oelrich has presented at conferences and trainings across the United States and in China, Costa Rica, and Sweden. During the pandemic, Oelrich worked with a team of Harvard doctors with the CTSE to develop the COVID Stress and Trauma Education Program(CSTEP). CSTEP virtually provided evidence-based tools to reduce stress, address trauma, and cultivate healthy relationships and connections. The life-changing program has evolved into simply STEP and has now been used to support individuals and organizations across Washington State, nationally, and by the US military.

Also an artist, Oelrich built a life size model of a Hobbit house in Spokane, Washington which serves as the office for his nonprofit consulting business. Oelrich has founded 3 nonprofits focused on youth issues, and he’s an advocate for increased collaboration and coordination in the nonprofit sector which was the subject of one of his TEDx talks.

Ryan Oelrich

Alex Panagotacos, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Alex Panagotacos (she/hers) has worked in several different facets of community engagement while intertwining the arts.

Alex currently works for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). In her role as Director of Strategic Partnerships, Alex supports economic justice and generational joy in Washington via the 10 Year Plan to Dismantle Poverty: A Blueprint for a Just & Equitable Future. With a pro-equity, anti-racist approach, she supports a statewide collaboration that centers on the experiences of people historically excluded from wellbeing in state policy, programs, and funding decisions.

In her former role at NAWA, Alex supported the development of the Community Engagement Department and the Equity Ambassador Program. In her time in the anti-violence field, Alex provided several art-based anti-oppression programs included a sexual violence prevention program called Activist Arts.

Her educational background includes a BA in Fine Art with an emphasis in Education from the University of San Francisco and a Masters in Applied Arts & Sciences and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Alex Panagotacos
Nonprofit Association of Washington
Washington State Community Action Partnership Logo
Washington Secretary of State Corporations & Charities Division
Gonzaga University School of Leadership Studies Professional & Community Education
Satterberg Foundation
Innovia Foundation

Questions? Contact Nonprofit Association of Washington

Phone: (855) 299-2922 x108

Email: [email protected]

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