CWR Conference 2023: Keynote

Author, speaker, and podcaster Maryanne Dersch will deliver the keynote address, “Courageous Communication,” at the 2023 CWR Annual Conference in St. Louis.

Maryanne is a leader in the nonprofit sector, having spent 30 years helping organizations communicate more authentically and effectively. From those experiences, she authored Courageous Communication: How Codependence is Making Your Nonprofit Brand Boring and What to Do About it. She hosts The Influential Nonprofit podcast and the annual Donor Attraction Forum virtual event.

Sisters call upon communicators and all who advance their mission and ministries to be a prophetic voice in today’s divisive world. But does the fear of losing donors or upsetting people have you trying to be everything to everyone instead of standing up for what our sisters believe in? With “Courageous Communication,” Maryanne will show us how to make a shift from worrying about what could happen to being confident in expressing our sisters’ authentic vision to attract attention, energy and supporters.

In addition to her keynote, Maryanne will also present a workshop session, “Get to ‘Yes,'” at October’s conference: Can you imagine asking for anything, including money, with ease and confidence? Can you imagine a community of support enrolled in your vision so you can thrive in any circumstance? Can you imagine getting more support from your leaders to bring your communications efforts to the next level? With three secrets to hearing YES more frequently, faster and with less follow-up, Maryanne helps nonprofit leaders master the art of influence so they can ask for and receive all they want, need and deserve without feeling rejected, ineffective or pushy.

Keynote: “Courageous Communication”
Wednesday, October 11 • 9–10:15 a.m.

Workshop: “Get to ‘Yes'”
Wednesday, October 11 • 3–3:50 p.m.

Photo: Maryanne Dersch