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Keynote Speaker


Vu Le

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

Vu’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.

Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Vu has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own blog posts at NonprofitAF.com, formerly nonprofitwithballs.com

Vu will address the conference on Thursday, November 7 at our Opening Session. Vu will kick off the conference by speaking on Unleashing the Full Potential (of the non-profit world & grants) through Collaboration.

 

 

Closing Session Speaker


Tara Davis

Tara Davis is Director of Staff Well-Being and Engagement at the American Psychological Association in Washington DC. In this role, she strategically produces programs, activities, and communications that energize employees and connect their work to the organization’s mission, increases satisfaction and fulfillment in the workplace, and grow staff commitment to the organization. With more than a decade of experience utilizing research and measurement to cultivate employees to embrace healthier, more meaningful lives at work, she is a thought leader in employee well-being, psychologically healthy workplaces, employee engagement, internal communications, and meaningful experience design. In 2014, the Washington Post awarded the APA a Top Workplace Award, largely due to the programs of her office. In 2018, Tara was awarded a Thoth Award from the Public Relations Society of America for her internal communications campaign to introduce APA’s new CEO and gain trust with employees. Also in 2018, Tara was awarded the Raymond D. Fowler Award, the most prestigious employee honor at APA. Connect with Tara at tarakaydavis@gmail.com, on LinkedIn, or @letswearlove on Twitter.

Join Tara Davis Saturday, November 9 during our Closing Session for a discussion on how to improve your well-being at work and your organization’s culture through tools such as mindfulness, finding meaning, engagement, gratitude, the power of relationships, mindset, and stress management. Tara will present the case on why developing a psychologically healthy workplace is important for both employee and organizational success. Tara will share practical tips, takeaways, and resources for enriching your workday experience and prioritizing self-care so that you’re able to continue positively impacting the world around you. We hope you will join us for this opportunity to improve your well-being.