How to Engage and Retain Valued Nonprofit Employees

Timely tools and strategies for reducing turnover.

About this Seminar

More than ever during the Great Resignation, all organizations must initially work to engage and retain valued employees. The CNM Equitable Nonprofit Workplace Report (ENWR, formerly the Compensation and Benefits report) recently found that 49% of nonprofit employee respondents intend to leave their organizations within 18 months. There is no time like the present to reassess our benefits and practices to retain employees and potentially lower that number. With minimal budget expenditure, organizations can make a difference in employee retention.

This interactive seminar will explore findings from the study and other insights into employee motivation for staying with an organization or moving on. We’ll learn from City National Bank’s leadership’s best practices and network with other participants to learn new and different strategies to implement within your organization.

Participants will better understand:

  • Research findings on employment motivation and retention
  • Effective strategies and approaches implemented by other organizations
  • Learn new strategies and ideas ready for implementation

Who Should Attend:
This program is designed for Nonprofit Board Members, Executive Directors, HR Managers and Fund Development staff.

Virtual Seminar
Optimized for the virtual environment, this seminar will consist of presentations, group discussions, breakout group sessions, polls and short breaks. This is an opportunity to do a deep dive on a new topic and leave with tools that you can put in to practice immediately.


Alexis Moreno – Senior Strategist, Center for Nonprofit Management

Alexis is a capacity builder with over two decades of experience in higher education and the non-profit sector. Throughout her career, she has focused on building the leadership capacity of staff and community members, increasing organizational capacity for engaging in respectful and reciprocal partnerships with all stakeholders, program evaluation, and community-based participatory research. Prior to joining the Center for Nonprofit Management, Alexis was the Director of Measurement, Learning, and Development for Be Strong Families, a national organization that facilitates transformative conversations to promote well-being, nurture the spirit of family, and prevent violence. During her engagement with the Population Change Institute, she provided support and technical assistance to network member organizations as they completed a Case Study Process to document their work in creating community-level change and transforming systems of care for children and families in 11 communities in the US and Canada. She previously served as Assistant Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, and as Assistant Director at the Center for Community Based Learning at Occidental College. She holds an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA.

Leslie Robin – Senior Strategist, Center for Nonprofit Management

Leslie is a coach, consultant, and trainer with over 30 years of expertise in the nonprofit philanthropic field at the local and national levels. At CNM, Leslie utilizes her consulting, training, and executive coaching skills to support the nonprofit industry and its leaders to address emerging issues. Leslie oversees CNM Leadership Development programs to equip managers and leaders with the skills necessary to lead the diverse and changing workplace. She is a trailblazer for fostering change and meeting social and community needs through strategic planning, board and leadership planning, and organizational development. Her all-encompassing nonprofit experience includes organizations in the arts, education, Jewish communal, environmental, public safety, and health agencies. Leslie is a member of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Leslie holds a Master’s in Urban Planning from the School of Public Administration of New York University and a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley, she is a Certified Governance Trainer for BoardSource, and an Associate Certified Board with the International Coach Federation. Her other involvement includes being a Visiting Lecturer at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.


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