Conference offers opportunities for non-profits to learn, network


Nonprofit management professionals, volunteers and board members are invited to participate in the 2008 Reinventing Mississippi conference.

Nine specialized workshop tracks are designed to help nonprofit management professions and volunteers improve their skills and network with other professionals.

Keynote speakers include:

• Robert Egger, founder and president of the DC Central Kitchen, which helps Washington-area unemployed men and women learn marketable culinary skills.

• The Rev. Damon Lynch III of Cincinnati, senior pastor of New Prospect Church.

• Dr. Robby Kendall-Melton, associate vice-chancellor for academic affairs and educational technology and the Tennessee Board of Regents’ executive director at the Renaissance Center.

• Marshall Ramsey, editorial cartoonist for The Clarion-Ledger.

The event culminates in Gov. Haley Barbour presenting the annual G.I.V.E. Awards.

The event is sponsored by the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits and the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service.

The conference is scheduled for April 23-25 at the Downtown Marriott in Jackson. Cost is $175 for members and $250 of nonmembers who register before March 23. After that, the cost is $225 and $275. On-site registration is $250 and $300. Register online at or call 601-352-8820.