June 2 -“The Leader’s Responsibility” with Maurice Painter

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As founding president, Maurice led CEO Fellowship to become chartered in Tennessee and to receive a 501 (c) (3) tax-exemption. His interest is in business leaders using the Bible as their primary reference and in praying for guidance and wisdom from the Holy Spirit. He personally attests to the value of this.

Maurice has returned several companies to profitability, including the concessionaire of Ringling Bros. Circus. He has negotiated mergers and acquisitions for Thomas Nelson Publishers, Ringling Bros., and other firms – both buying and selling. He has consulted the growth of clients in publishing, manufacturing, technologies, financial and legal services, and larger churches and non-profits – and others – in several states. He is a published author of articles in several industry magazines.

The Bible is the most important book in Maurice’s library and often used. He has taught Bible studies in churches and corporate offices for over 40 years and preached in many pulpits. The primary emphasis of his teaching is the development of faith in God’s willingness to use His power to bring His promises to reality for Jesus’ followers in the contexts of their lives.


June 2, 2017
NEW TIME! 6:55AM – 8:00AM
Networking until 8:30AM

109 International Drive, Franklin, TN
(Cool Springs, near Wild Ginger, Einstein’s Bagels).

Remember to budget time for traffic.

May 5 – Papa Joe Bradford, Founder of Elijah’s Heart & Inspiration for the Movie “Unconditional”

Born in a small country town west portrait_18843
of Nashville, Joe Bradford grew up
in great poverty along with his grandmother, mother and sister. He rarely heard from his father. As the years passed, Joe’s life became increasingly turbulent – experiencing the entrapment of poverty, nearly dying from snakebite, facing time in prison for computer hacking and fighting a deadly kidney disease, but it was from these very struggles that he grew a heart for the poor and oppressed.

In 2005, Papa Joe and his wife Denise founded Elijah’s Heart, a non-profit organization, whose mission is to show love and bring aid to underprivileged children and their families. Today, they are actively uniting with others throughout the country to raise awareness about desperate situations in our own nation and to inspire a great movement of love in action.

Papa Joe’s life is the inspiration behind the feature-length film, Unconditional (national release date: September 21, 2012.) Also serving as a co-producer, Joe was involved in the intricate process of adapting his life story for the big screen. Currently, he is traveling around the nation as an ambassador for the film and its purpose of love.

May  5, 2017
6:55AM – 8:00AM
Networking until 8:30AM

109 International Drive, Franklin, TN
(Cool Springs, near Wild Ginger, Einstein’s Bagels).

Remember to budget time for traffic.


April 7 – “How To Get Speaking Engagements” with Brian Lord

How_To_Get_Speaking_Engagements_ Brian_LordOver the past 22 years, Brian Lord has helped hundreds of speakers book speaking engagements, ranging from six figure contracts for presidents and prime ministers to love offerings at coffee houses. Brian started Lord Management in his college dorm room, moved on to William Morris Agency, and is now president of Premiere Speakers Bureau, one of the largest bureaus in the world.

Brian has been interviewed in the Wall Street Journal, on BBC Radio (UK), and was picked as one of Nashville’s 40 Under 40 (2015). He is the host of the new Beyond Speaking podcast. He enjoys competing in triathlons, MMA training, and coaching 9-10 year-olds in softball. Brian and his wife Krista enjoy raising their two daughters just outside of Nashville.

During “How to Get Speaking Engagements,” you’ll learn:

  • How to make an impact for your nonprofit by speaking
  • How to promote yourself as a speaker without spending money
  • How to promote yourself as a speaker with spending money
  • How to make yourself look like a legit speaker with your bio and speech topics
  • What to put in a speaking video
  • How to network and build your client base

This is valuable for people who 1) are trying to become professional speakers, 2) are trying to promote their nonprofit, or 3) just want to be prepared in case they want to become a speaker or the possibility presents itself.


April 7, 2017
6:55AM – 8:00AM
Networking until 8:30AM

109 International Drive, Franklin, TN
(Cool Springs, near Wild Ginger, Einstein’s Bagels).

Remember to budget time for traffic.

Feb 3- “Trust Based Fundraising” with Isaac Ezell

Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 1.28.29 PMWith 9 combined years in sales and fundraising and 5 years of experience training fundraisers, Isaac believes that raising funds is about learning how to build trust that leads to long term partnerships with supporters.

Isaac began his career in philanthropy after working for 3 years in sales for a national medical service company. He was offered a position raising funds for a faith based organization that he deeply cared about, HOPE International. After spending 2 years as a major gift officer, Isaac was promoted to lead a team fundraisers spread geographically across the country. Isaac spent the next 5 years training and coaching as well as carrying a giving portfolio of his own. Isaac still serves at HOPE International as associate director, leading their fundraising team’s hiring, onboarding, and training efforts.

“Giving and receiving is good for the soul. The craft of encouraging generosity in others is one of the highest callings one can live out.”

Isaac believes in exchanging arm twisting for deep trust, and last-minute need-focused initiatives for long-term momentum-building campaigns.


February 3, 2017
NEW TIME! 6:55AM – 8:00AM
Networking until 8:30AM

109 International Drive, Franklin, TN
(Cool Springs, near Wild Ginger, Einstein’s Bagels).

Remember to budget time for traffic.

January 13-‘God’s Neighborhood’- Racial Reconciliation & Nonprofits


Anthony Pickett is a deacon for Franklin’s Missionary Baptist Church and an active leader of many nonprofits.

As a founding member of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee, Scott Roley served for over 20 years in various capacities including Senior Pastor, and Pastor of Community Life and Missional Living. Scott resigned his position as Senior Pastor in the summer of 2011 to pursue a full time call to reconciliation, care for the poor, orphan care, and relocating to touch the ones within his reach.

Based on his experiences in local mercy ministry, Roley authored God’s Neighborhood: A Hopeful Journey in Racial Reconciliation & Community Renewal which traces his personal call to racial reconciliation and community renewal. It shares the powerful narrative journey of a white pastor’s identification within an African-American community.

Mike Hamilton, Nov 18- “Where’s the Parsley? Going the Extra Mile in Major Gift Fundraising”

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-8-50-19-amMike Hamilton, The Executive Director of ShowHope, former AD of the University of Tennessee will be speaking on “Where’s The Parsley? Going the Extra Mile in Major Gift Fundraising”

About Mike Hamilton: 
Mike has extensive experience in major gift fundraising, both for the University of Tennessee, but for nonprofits like Show Hope and Blood:Water.  He also created the successful Leverage16 Conference, which attracted development directors from around the country.

Mike will share examples and practical tips on how you can approach and be more successful in major gift fundraising.  He’s also happy to answer questions as well.

Prior to joining the Show Hope team, Mike Hamilton served as the President of Engagement with Blood:Water Mission. A man of deep faith, Hamilton has extensive experience in leadership and development, serving 26 years in intercollegiate athletics at Clemson University, Wake Forest University and the University of Tennessee. He served at the University of Tennessee for nearly 20 years, eight as Athletic Director. Hamilton also served on the board for Show Hope and Blood:Water Mission, among other local, regional and national nonprofits. While in Knoxville, he chaired the Knoxville Chamber Partnership and the United Way. He was named National Fundraiser of the Year in college athletics in 1998, has been named by Business TN as a member of the “Power 100,” and has been awarded numerous honors for his work with youth and children, including being named on the UN Foundation’s 2014 list of 10 Fathers Creating a Better World for Girls and Women.

7:55AM to 9AM, 109 International Drive, Franklin, TN (Cool Springs, near Wild Ginger, Taste of India in the Premiere Centre building).
Networking 20 minutes before and after.  Remember to budget time for traffic.

Register Here

Working With Corporations Beyond Money- Jen Knickerbocker

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 8.02.10 AMWe’re excited to announce Jen Knickerbocker as NonBoardBoard’s speaker for June 10. Per Forbes, Jen Knickerbocker “has been instrumental in orchestrating more than $100 million in pro bono services for organizations”.  If there is anyone who knows how to help nonprofits work with businesses for pro bono services, it’s Jen.

Jen is a great role model as a successful business woman (Partner at Deloitte), wife & mom (even adopting!), triathlete (she destroys NonBoardBoard founder Brian Lord at every race), and community leader (on the board of the Brentwood Family YMCA and Crosspoint Church).

Here are several national articles by Jen or in which Jen is quoted in Forbes or Fortune:

Jen “has been instrumental in orchestrating more than $100 million in pro bono services for organizations”- Click here for more.

Women who do this are less likely to get ahead– Jen’s article on Fortune.com:

Forbes interviewed Jen on altruistic leadership

Forbes interviewed Jen on the skill to make you more credible

7:55AM to 9AM, 109 International Drive, Franklin, TN (Cool Springs, near Wild Ginger, Taste of India). Networking 20 minutes before and after. Brian Lord’s cell for last minute directions- 615-516-7643.  Remember to budget time for traffic.

What to wear? Anything from a suit to flip flops, it’s up to you!


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Burnout by Rob Fitzpatrick

During the seasons of life, seemingly everyone has to deal with feeling burned out. That moment when you and those around you know what you need to do, but for some reason you cannot muster the strength to cross the next hurdle. For some, this may look like putting off a phone call even though it is a guaranteed sale that just needs to be finalized. For others, it may look like lying in bed in the morning dreading going to work at a job just months, weeks, even days ago brought you joy and fulfillment.

When it’s a problem…

Now these feelings are natural to many of us, and at certain times we are going to feel spent, I think of a teacher at the end of the school year, an accountant just before the end of tax season, and any number of examples that fit any profession. A problem arises when the feeling of being burned out, transforms into a more permanent case of Burnout. When long after the deadline, presentation, or missed promotion passes the resentment and bitterness still remain, there is a need to refocus and reenergize to move forward.

The Origin

The origin of the term Burnout came from Dr. Herbert Freudenberger, who felt a similarity to the feelings he experienced as an overworked Psychologists and the images of the burned structures where houses used to stand. What were once strong structures built to perform well in many circumstances, now stood without use and as barely a reminder of what they once were. While a professional may do his or her best to cover the effects of burnout, underneath the surface they are just as ineffective as the metaphorical burnt out structure that Dr. Freudenberger described.

Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

In a more recent trend, there seems to be a disconnect between efficiency and effectiveness of the actions that individuals take. The first time that I was introduced to this was in comments from Rickson Gracie, a legendary Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athlete and forefather of what is now known as Mixed Martial Arts. In the context of martial arts, efficiency would measure how quickly you can perform a task or move, while effectiveness dictates the result. Being efficient in one particular move is nice, but at the end of the day, how well does it protect you from an opponent or help you to perform in a stressful situation? In many clients, I see a clear connection to this principle in everyday life. While people are becoming more efficient every day, how effective are we truly becoming in our work, our roles as friends, family and so on? The first misstep in counteracting Burnout generally focuses on becoming more efficient, focusing on one tiny step and doing it over and over again. Often an individual needs more than anything else to step back, remember the goals and desire to become more effective overall.

Why Wait?

While Burnout is an all-encompassing group of symptoms, the fact is we can get through the problem on our own, but why wait to see how bad the effects become? There are a number of ways to prevent ourselves and our employees from dealing with the feelings of exhaustion, low motivation and ineffective work on an organizational level. On a personal level developing awareness and resilience toward these feelings will help not only with job performance and satisfaction, but also with overall satisfaction in life. I invite you to read the next blog post that will highlight ways to identify and counteract symptoms on Burnout and related conditions such as Compassion Fatigue, and also join me on November 13th when I will be speaking with the NonBoardBoard (http://nonboardboard.com/speakers/).

Rob Fitzpatrick is a Masters Level Counselor for The Refuge Center For Counseling in Franklin, TN.

Attachment-Based Leadership-Part 1- Amy Alexander

Screen shot 2014-10-27 at 11.05.11 AMWhen you hear the word “attachment,” what comes to mind and what does it mean to you? Does your mind go to ideas related to having an infant? Perhaps you have visions of “baby-wearing,” “co-sleeping,” “breast-feeding on demand,” “responsiveness to crying” etc. Or, did you mind go toward relationships, recalling the Tom Cruise quote from Jerry Maguire, “You complete me.” This idea is one that suggests attachment means an inability to live without the other person –   “I cannot live without you. I would simply die if you weren’t in my life.”

You are not alone if you share the above first reactions upon hearing “attachment.” Read More

A Conversation with Barrett Ward of fashionABLE and Mocha Club

Screen shot 2014-05-30 at 12.46.00 PMI recently had a chance to chat with our June 20 speaker, Barrett Ward, founder/president of fashionABLE, and founder and former director of Mocha Club, and was intrigued by his approach to fundraising.

One of the things I find very interesting about Barrett’s approach is how, when it came to Mocha Club, he talked about the donor first.  Obviously, helping those in need in Africa is very important, but sometimes your differentiation as a nonprofit can occur from the donor side. In the case of Mocha Club, he saw this under developed resource, young donors, and found a way to engage them.  Other, more established non profits brushed off the idea of young donors, but by using some creativity, he was able to show those donors how they could make a big discount with relatively small amounts of money.

In your nonprofit, how do you approach under utilized donors? Read More


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