United Way Halton & Hamilton’s ConnectEd program proudly provides low-cost training workshops to all non-profit organizations.

The program allows United Way Halton & Hamillton to strengthen the capacity of the community at its root by ensuring non-profit staff and volunteers have access to the latest information taught by industry experts.

ConnectED Spring 2019 Workshops

Workshops: $40

Blog Like A Boss: Non-Profit Edition

Date: May 15, 2019
Time: 9am-12pm

Location : Halton Police Community Room – 3800 Constable Henshaw Blvd. Burlington, ON


With so much information available at our fingertips, we do a significant amount of research online before we make a decision to do something or to purchase something. Are people finding the right and relevant information about your organization?
During this session, you will learn:
·        How a blog can help build brand awareness for your organization
·        How to use blogging and social media together
·        The importance of images, headlines and a blog post layout
·        Simple tips on how to make your content more search engine friendly
·        Strategies to remain relatively consistent with publishing blog posts
·        Real-life examples of organizations that are using blogs
·        Tools to help with your content strategy
We’ll do some group brainstorming so you’ll walk away with some relevant topics to write about for your non-profit blog.
By the end of this session, participants will be more knowledgeable about blogging best practices and how to create a simple content strategy for their blog.
Karen Swyszcz, is the founder and owner of Makinthebacon. It began as a blog in 2012. She has partnered with brands such as Meridian Credit Union,, Camp Tech and Supperworks for influencer marketing campaigns. In 2017, Makinthebacon evolved into a consulting/auditing/training services company for blogging, WordPress, SEO and social media.
She has facilitated numerous business blogging strategy workshops within the Greater Toronto Area.
Karen is also a part time instructor at Sheridan College for their Blogging For Fun & Profit Course and Their Effective Strategies For Social Media Courses.
You can connect with her on Facebook || Twitter || LinkedIn II Instagram
Project Management 101
Date: April 25, 2019
Time: 9am-12pm
As organizations strive to become more efficient, more and more industry segments are embracing the project management discipline. Project management is a competency that is needed to help organizations stay ahead of the pack in today’s competitive and chaotic economy, helping them to consistently deliver on organizational priorities. With fewer and fewer resources to rely on, project management expertise is a sought after skill set. According to a recent Economist Intelligence Unit survey 90% of global senior executives ranked project management as either critical or somewhat important to their ability to deliver on their business commitments.
Nonprofits and NGs run projects all of the time. The purpose of this three-hour workshop is to build project management capacity of non-profit and NGOs by providing project foundational knowledge to help them more efficiently and effectively accomplish their missions.
 Participants will gain knowledge of the following:
•     4 phases related to project management
•     Key components to successfully starting a new project/initiative
•     Tools for Project Planning
•     Role of the Project Manager, Sponsor and Teams
•     Critical Success factors to improve project results
Susan has a Bachelor of Arts – Applied Geography, from Ryerson University, is a certified Project Management Institute – Project Management Professional (PMP®), and holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the George Washington University School of Business. She is also a PRINCE2 Certified Registered Practitioner, has completed the Leading Strategic Change Executive Program at Rothman School of Business and the Gestalt Institutes, International Organizational Systems Development Program.
Improving Your Organization’s Culture
Date: May 30, 2019
Time: 9am-12pm
How would your team manage if they were suddenly marooned in the desert? Would they collaborate well, would they show individual leadership abilities, and, would they survive?
Using a desert survival simulation, this workshop provides participants with an understanding of what it takes to be a high-performing team or company. The workshop will introduce you to the twelve organizational culture characteristics, including which ones you want and which ones you don’t want. More importantly, the workshop will help to start a road map that is right for your team as they build a constructive and rewarding culture.
During the session we will:
·        Evaluate our ability to work in a team through the interactive experience of a Desert Survival Simulation
·        Understand the 12 characteristics that define a team or organizational culture
·        Understand the 3 culture clusters and their impact on our results
·        Learn the framework we can use to improve our team or organizational culture
By the end of this workshop, you will gain insight into the culture characteristics that drive culture and their effect on the overall success of a team and an organization. And… we’ll have some fun along the way surviving in the desert.
Cheryl has been helping businesses clarify their goals and develop high performing cultures for over 25 years. She has executive and governance experience across six industry sectors and leverages that experience to provide insights to leaders as they seek to inspire their teams and improve business performance.
As a consultant, Cheryl’s clients are on both sides of the boardroom table – from facilitating strategic planning, to building constructive cultures to coaching and supporting leaders to make it all happen. Cheryl has an MBA from Concordia University and a B Ed. from the University of Alberta. She is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a Certified Executive Coach.
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