How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar

If so, consider this YOUR special invitation to join the authors of How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar: 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Nonprofit Career for an exclusive leadership intensive in Washington, DC from September 30-October 2, 2011. This program will focus on helping nonprofit professionals strengthen their leadership skills to be able to serve their organizations and communities in a bigger, more meaningful way. Participants will learn how to develop valuable expertise, build a strong network, establish a great personal brand, practice authentic leadership, plan for balance, and move up in their organizations. Best of all, each attendee will leave the program with an individualized, 30-Day Professional Development Plan for their next stage of professional growth!

All who attend the intensive will experience and receive the following:

  • A 30-day Professional Development Plan that defines your immediate next steps for strengthening your leadership skills.
  • A complimentary copy of Rosetta and Trista’s book How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar ($24.99 value) as well as the Nonprofit Rockstar Workbook ($10 value).
  • Course material that will reinforce the ideas and principles learned at the retreat. You will learn how to excel in six essential areas of personal and professional development.
  • A fun and supportive environment to nurture your leadership skills and self-development. This will be an intimate group learning experience to ensure personalized attention.
  • Insightful guest speakers such as top nonprofit leaders, subject matter experts and executive coaches.
  • Small group discussions, activities, and workshops that will prepare and inspire you to lead at a higher level.
  • Pre- and post-conference calls to ensure that participants fully maximize the leadership development experience.
  • The beautiful surroundings of suburban Washington, DC during the fall. We will be staying at a relaxing retreat center that feels like it’s light years away from the hustle and bustle of downtown DC!

Meet Your Hosts…

“Rosetta Thurman and Trista Harris have written the definitive how-to guide for the next generation of nonprofit leaders to take the reins and bring success to the nonprofit sector over the next 25 years.” – Beth Kanter, Co-Author of The Networked Nonprofit

About Rosetta Thurman (pictured right)

Rosetta Thurman grew up in the public housing projects of Cleveland, Ohio, and if it weren’t for the nonprofits in her community who helped her family in times of need, she doesn’t know where she would be today. Fueled by a passion for social change, Rosetta worked in the nonprofit community for over eight years as a fundraising professional and leadership development practitioner before founding Thurman Consulting, an education company that specializes in leadership, entrepreneurship and social media initiatives to help purpose-driven professionals make a difference. As an author, trainer, speaker and coach, Rosetta believes in the power of personal and professional development to help nonprofit leaders and passionate entrepreneurs change the world.

Rosetta Thurman writes about nonprofits, leadership and social change on her popular blog at and her mission is to empower a new generation of leaders to create the world as it should be. Rosetta holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Trinity Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has also completed advanced training programs at The Fundraising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the Institute for Nonprofit Management at Columbia Business School.

Rosetta is proud to be a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. She has also taught nonprofit management as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Professional Studies at Trinity Washington University. In 2008, Rosetta was named a “New Leader in Philanthropy” by Greater DC Cares. In her free time, she writes poetry, cooks fancy food and listens to old school jams. She also tweets. A lot.

About Trista Harris (pictured left)

Trista Harris is nationally known as a passionate advocate for new leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. She is a leading voice for Generations X and Y and seeks to create professional development opportunities throughout the sector. Trista has been featured on CNN and her work has been covered by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the New York Times, Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal, Career Builder, and numerous social sector blogs. She writes about generational change in the foundation field in her blog, New Voices Of Philanthropy and is an international speaker on working across generations to create social change.

In her professional life, Trista is the Executive Director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice. Headwaters is a community foundation with a mission to act as a catalyst for social, racial, economic and environmental justice. She oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking, communications, fund development and investment management activities.

Trista came to the Headwaters Foundation from the Saint Paul Foundation, where she was a program officer and provided leadership on the Foundation’s initiatives related to civic engagement and philanthropy, as well as managed both scholarship funds and a grantmaking portfolio that reflected the Foundation’s interest in comprehensive solutions to community issues. Prior to her work at the Saint Paul Foundation, Trista was the Advancement Director for Portico Healthnet, an innovative nonprofit that provides health coverage and education to uninsured Minnesotans.

A native Minnesotan, Trista received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Howard University and her Master’s in Public Policy degree, with a focus on philanthropy and nonprofit effectiveness, from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesot