Carolyn’s Picks for GMN 2016

I’m new around here, but I’m looking forward to attending GMN 2016 in New Orleans in March. I plan to use the conference as an opportunity to meet members as well as to learn about grants management. Here are the sessions I’m especially looking forward to attending:

Block A: Working Well with Grantees

I want to better understand how foundations and grantees work together, communicate, and can improve outcomes by improving the two-way relationship. Mutual effort is required, and this session promises to cover specific practices that lead to success.

Block B: Data Visualization in Excel — A Crash Course

I came across speaker Ann Emery’s website, which is chock full of ideas on clearly and effectively presenting data, while compiling resources for GMN members, and was very pleased to discover that she is presenting in New Orleans. We all use Excel, and we can all use it better. I hope to take away a few tips about what visualizations work best for what projects.

Block C: The Accidental Grants Management Techie

The more we know about technology generally and individual applications and tools specifically, the more effective we can be in our  jobs (and in our lives!). This session aims to identify a toolbox of resources and training for grants managers. Let your voice be heard!

Block D: Leading in Times of Uncertainty and Change

Leadership is a big topic. I like the focus here on managing change successfully, effective teams, and mentoring. Although this session is geared for experienced professionals, everyone will be able to take away helpful strategies for their leadership aspirations.

Block E (Short Talks)Alternatives to the Fiery Furnace — Reports…What Are They Good For? 

You get to pick two for this block, but this is my top pick because I think reports can help the grants management process go full circle by informing future efforts. Let’s see how to make that happen.

What sessions are you adding to your conference schedule? Let us know in the comments.



Carolyn Sosnowski

Carolyn J. Sosnowski, MLIS, is e-learning and content manager for PEAK Grantmaking. Follow her on Twitter @TheRealCarolynS.

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