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Conference Sessions!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

We are proud to offer an array of different session topics for you to choose from!  TANGO and our Partners goal is to ensure your nonprofit organization is running efficiently and our educational sessions today will be covering all your basic business essentials to help your nonprofit thrive!

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8:30 – 9:55 AM
Showing Channels 1, 2 & 3

Conference Welcome
Rollin Schuster, Managing Principal of The Schuster Group and President & Founder of TANGO will welcome the TANGO Members and conference attendees.

Confronting the Failure of the Nonprofit Sector to Diversify its Boards of Directors
Jack Horak and Fred Jenoure will discuss the failure of the nonprofit sector to diversify its boards of directors over the last 35 years. They will present TANGO’s system for ameliorating the problem and discuss TANGO’s Board Diversity Initiative based on The TANGO Nonprofit Method.

Guest Speakers:
Rollin Schuster, Managing Principal of The Schuster Group and President & Founder of TANGO
Jack Horak, Director, Nonprofit Education and Consulting TANGO
Fred Jenoure, Director, Board Diversity Initiative TANGO

10:00 – 10:55 AM
Channel 1

Emerging Pandemic-Related Insurance Issues And Risks – What You Need To Know

The insurance marketplace for nonprofits is hardening: increasing premiums (averaging just under 10% through Q2) and stricter underwriting.  COVID-19 is having impact on insurance from Liability to Worker’s Comp to Employment Practices Liability.  Join us to prepare yourself and your organization for what’s on the horizon.

Guest Speaker:
Augusto Russell, Partner, Insurance Provider Group (IPG)
Bethany White,
V.P. Commercial Lines, Insurance Provider Group (IPG)

10:00 – 10:55 AM
Channel 2

You have Reacted: Now it’s Time to Reevaluate.  New Financials Processes and Control Structures

As a result of COVID-19, many organizations are now operating in a virtual environment (in full or in part).  Maybe you adjusted for a short time and then reverted back to the “old ways” or you maybe you have found news ways and continued on. Have you assessed the impact of these changes on your internal controls?  Companies implement internal controls to safeguard assets, prevent fraud, verify financial records and monitor an organization’s performance. There are also ways to make the controls and processes efficient and effective using new technologies and processes.  Having a strong internal control environment is as important today as it was prior to COIVD-19, especially considering the additional cybersecurity and data protection risks that are heightened when working in today’s environment!  This session will provide best practices on how to keep (or implement) an effective control environment when working virtually and new effective ways while in the office.  

Guest Speaker:
Amber Tucker, Director, Assurance & Advisory Services, FML

10:00 – 10:55 AM
Channel 3

2020 A Challenging Time!  A Legislative & Political Update

TCG is offering a legislative update along with a briefing on Connecticut’s political landscape. The presentation will cover a wide range of subjects including the recent special session, the Governor’s executive orders, and a preview of the 2021 legislative session. TCG’s 25 years of lobbying experience at the State Capitol gives the firm a deep understanding of government affairs. Participates will gain insight into Connecticut’s political process.

Guest Speaker:
John M. Bailey, Senior LobbyistTCORS Capitol Group
Alan Deckman, President and Principal Owner, TCORS Capitol Group

11:00 – 11:55 AM
Channel 1

Navigating Healthcare and Benefits through a Covid/Post Covid Environment

Our panel of healthcare experts will discuss employee benefits strategies through the Covid pandemic and beyond.  Topics will include employee communications, Funding arrangements, risk mitigation, mental and physical wellness and more.

Guest Speaker:
Rollin Schuster, Managing Principal of The Schuster Group and President & Founder of TANGO
Neil Roberts,
Vice President of Underwriting & Account Management, The Schuster Group
Ryan Lawless, Senior Consultant, The Schuster Group
Nick Leventis,
Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank’s Specialized Strategy Equity Team
Michael S. O’Neil,
Sr. Vice President, Strategy & Development, Healthcare Bluebook
Bert Wachtelhausen,
President, WellSpark Health

11:00 – 11:55 AM
Channel 2

Cost Reductions while still Embracing New Technology through Pure Savings and New Innovations

Unify your communications with robust collaboration solutions to improve both your end user experiences and communications internally and externally all continuing to decrease your bottom line by 33% savings.   Prelude Solutions will present our bill auditing and optimization services and how we can earn a return on investment through alternative collaborative solutions.

Guest Speaker:
Cate Heaman, Principal/CEO, Prelude Solutions

11:00 – 11:55 AM
Channel 3

Protecting Workers in your Building Environment: What you Need to Know!

Every company is facing the challenge of bringing people back to a physical work environment. Although there may be a mix of work from home in the “new normal”, having a physical space will always be a need for most companies. Join us for an informative session on how to keep your employees safe in their work environment.

This session is geared towards Building Owners, Facility Managers and those who lease office space where we will examine ways you can protect your greatest asset, your employees and customers, while making them feel safe.

Learn about:

  • Increasing Air Flow
  • Sanitizing Duct Work
  • Elevated Body Temperature Scanning
  • Contact Tracing . . . and much more! We will also discuss how your company may be eligible for significant savings while improving your energy efficiency!

Guest Speaker:
Patrick Sullivan, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Environmental Systems Inc.
Joe Boissonneault, HVAC Business Development Consultant, Environmental Systems Inc.
Matt Amedeo, Energy Solutions Representative, Environmental Systems Inc.
Jack Cunningham, Director of Energy Solutions, Environmental Systems Inc.

12:00 – 12:50 PM
Channel 1

Video in the New World – 2021

The power of video is undeniable. Now that we have become remote and decentralized, video is critical to your organization and its mission, for internal and external communication. Marketing, communication, and training are just a few of the reasons you need video. We’ve all adapted to working from home, and Zoom is now just as important as your mobile phone.

Are you tired of others staring at your ceiling while video conferencing? Learn how to get the most out of your video conferencing tools with a few simple steps: the video and audio options that take your video conference live feed to the next level!

Learn why you need to know how to be creating and pushing out video content on a regular basis. Go live with your message on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube and look like a seasoned pro!

Guest Speaker:
Albert Petrunti, President, Awecast

12:00 – 12:55 PM
Channel 2

Layoff and Unemployment Costs: The Short- and Long-Term Impact of COVID-19
Certification: HRCI / SHRM

We all know the global coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on nonprofits. In relation to nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, it has had a large impact on talent management via layoffs and unemployment costs.

Were you forced to close your doors and lay off staff thereby creating a load of unemployment paperwork for your organization? Do you have employees you are hesitant to return to work after they’ve been recalled? Have you seen fraudulent claims attributed to your current or former employees?

Join our panel of experts for a look at how the pandemic, and the government’s reaction to it, have created increased stress on your organization via layoffs, unemployment claims and numerous other talent management matters. We’ll also examine the potential long-term impacts COVID will likely have on state unemployment insurance costs for taxpayers and reimbursors.

Guest Speaker:
Eric Elmendorf, VP of HR, Allied Rehabilitation Centers, Inc
Nicole Korn, Client Relationship Manager, Equifax Workforce Solutions
Sonya Llewellyn, Director of Program Development, 501(c) Services
Heidi Posada, Senior Producer, 501(c) Services

12:00 – 12:50 PM
Channel 3

Think Like A Hacker: Protect Your Donor Information

If your nonprofit engages in any of the three activities below, it’s time to get serious about taking steps to address cybersecurity risks. Join us today if your organization. . .

  • Collects donations or event registrations through your website.
  • Stores and transfers “personally identifiable information,” about anyone, including donors. (Common examples of personally identifiable information include: clients’ medical information, employee records, drivers’ licenses, addresses, and social security numbers.)
  • Sends out newsletters and collects information on preferences and habits of your subscribers.
  • If so, there are real risks to your nonprofit’s own data security as well as to its donors, and individuals it serves. Your donors are your livelihood and we can help you protect them.

Learn more about protecting the future of your nonprofit’s data by learning to think like a hacker. Understanding why hackers are after your business and what methods they use to break into your systems can help you stop attacks before they happen.

Guest Speaker:
Michael Giuffrida, President, Kyber Security

1:00 – 1:55 PM
Channel 1

Revisiting Commerciality in the Context of Today’s Business-Minded Nonprofits

Nonprofits are encouraged to “think like a business” in pursuing their mission but, at the same time, they must be cognizant of the rules and requirements related to their tax-exempt status. This presentation will explore various commerciality legal principles and arm nonprofits so they may responsibly navigate the landscape in order to thrive. With a clear and practical understanding of the rules, nonprofit leaders can responsibly cultivate the confidence to act boldly.

Guest Speaker:
Julia Boisvert, Associate Health Care and Tax-Exempt Organizations, Practice Group, Murtha Cullina LLP
Ed Spinella, Chair of Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Group, Murtha Cullina LLP

1:00 – 1:55 PM
Channel 2

Risk Alert and Industry Update for Nonprofit Organizations

This workshop will provide information and updates to assist you in achieving a more robust understanding of the business, economic and regulatory environment in which Nonprofit entities operate.  We will discuss the State of Nonprofits as we approach 2021, along with popular risks and recent industry updates associated within the Nonprofit world.

Guest Speaker:
Patrick Gill, Director East Coast Operations CFO/Business Development Officer, Financial One Inc.
Jennifer Lohrer-Elstone, CFO and Director of Quality Assurance & Process Improvement, Financial One Inc.

1:00 – 1:55 PM
Channel 3

FREE Resouces From Google For Nonprofits: Connecting You to the People Who Matter Most

Google offers several FREE services to connect you to people, including those who need your help, those looking to support your mission, and those who carry it out. Learn how to save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars each year using free resources from Google as well as how to add $120,000 to your digital marketing budget with the Google Ad Grant. Discover how to use these powerful tools to make the greatest impact on your mission and those you serve.

Guest Speaker:
Eric Heinman, Senior Business Development Consultant, Cause Inspired Media

2:00 – 2:55 PM
Channel 1

Navigating PPP Loan Forgiveness

As guidance continues to come out regarding PPP and loan forgiveness it can be challenging for businesses to keep up with the latest news and updates.

Topics Discussed:

  • Review PPPFA and SBA Rules That Have Been Recently Issued
  • Discuss the Forgiveness Applications
  • Detail the Filing and Approval Timeline

Guest Speaker:
Christine DiMenna, Principal, blumshapiro

2:00 – 2:55 PM
Channel 2

Nonprofit Endowments and Foundation Investment Portfolios: Is Your Portfolio Properly Managed?

Stewardship of non-profit assets is critical to the future potential opportunities for operational success and requires fiduciary responsibilities of the Board/Trustees and any professionals hired. An appropriately managed Nonprofit Endowment/Foundation generates a message of planned long-term stability, fiscal accountability, and financial capability to all members of the organization. It is essential for a Nonprofit  Endowment/Foundation to work with professional expertise that can advise on investment strategies, consistently monitor market trends, and maintain the mission and goals set forth in the Investment Policy Statement. A properly managed Nonprofit Endowment/Foundation will not only allow the organization to fulfill its fiduciary obligation, but more importantly, help the organization succeed in furthering the mission into the future. Is your portfolio properly managed?

Guest Speaker:
Ben Kille, Managing Member, Private Capital Group (PCG)

3:00 – 3:55 PM
Channel 1

A Glimpse Behind the Curtain of Front Office Sports

Brent Rossi of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and Mike Abramson of the Hartford Yard Goats, share their experiences working in a professional sports front office. Learn about their journey to their current position, navigating the clubs during a pandemic, how their teams work with the nonprofit sector & the community as a whole, and more.

Guest Speaker:
Brent Rossi, President of Business Operations, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Michael Abramson, General Manager, Hartford Yard Goats

3:00 – 3:55 PM
Channel 2

The Basics of Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave and What it Means for Your Business

The Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) offers Connecticut workers the opportunity to take time to attend to personal and family health needs without worrying about lost income. The CT Paid Leave Authority provides Connecticut’s workforce access to paid family and medical leave benefits by offering helpful tools and resources to help administer this new program.

Guest Speaker:
Andrea Barton Reeves, CEO, CT Paid Leave Authority

3:00 – 3:55 PM
Channel 3

Not for Profit Issues and Solutions in the Current Environment

Nonprofit organizations are facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis as they are forced to rethink their business strategies. Diminished revenue streams have resulted in employee health and welfare concerns, resource limitations, and uncertain futures for many organizations.  By prioritizing and managing critical disruption across core business functions, nonprofit leaders can identify priorities for immediate action, so as to remediate the disruptions endangering their organization and start planning for the new way of conducting business.

Join us as Paul Ballasy and Cynthia Romano, CohnReznick’s Global Director of Restructuring and Dispute Resolution Services, shares insights and strategies for recovery for a post-Covid marketplace starting with what is Now and moving on to what is Next and what should be or will be New.

Guest Speaker:
Paul Ballasy, Partner, CohnReznick
Cynthia Romano, Global Director Restructuring and Dispute Resolution Practice, CohnReznick

Thank you to our Partners

TANGO has put together a team of partners who can provide seasoned advice and counsel within many areas of expertise. We have learned there are often times when nonprofit organizations are faced with strategic or operational business decisions where consultation from an outside voice can ensure they are making the best decision for the organization’s future.

TANGO Alliance Partners

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With over 1,400 nonprofit organizations throughout New England, TANGO has become a powerful community helping nonprofit organizations reach their mission.

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