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UW Conference Keynote Speaker Uses Community Capital to Fuel Nonprofit Success


July 1, 2009 — Wyoming nonprofits will be asked to Cowboy Up during the Snowy Range Nonprofit Institute (SRNI) at the University of Wyoming by boosting weak areas and optimizing their strengths.

Cornelia Flora will show nonprofit organizations how to recognize assets they have to help achieve their missions.

"We always move forward based on the past," says Flora, keynote speaker and a workshop presenter at the annual SRNI Aug. 2-4 at the UW Conference Center at the Hilton Garden Inn. "An asset-based approach helps make sure we are building on the positive aspects of the past rather than dwelling on what didn't work and who gets blamed for it."

Information about SRNI is at www.uwyo.edu/srni/. SRNI is a project of the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) Community Development Education Initiative Team.

Flora recently began as a distinguished professor in the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University (ISU). She had served 15 years as director of ISU's North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.

Flora so impressed community development extension team members two years ago during a presentation the team reworked how they do businesses to include helping communities strengthen their community capitals, says Mary Martin, UW CES community development specialist

ServeWyoming (www.servewyoming.org/) is SRNI's presenting partner. The Regis University master of nonprofit management program is this year's opening conversation sponsor. The Parkman Family Foundation of New Hampshire has provided a limited number of full-registration sponsorships to first-time attendees available on a first-registered, first-served basis.

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Cornelia Flora

Posted on Wednesday, July 01, 2009

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