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Women in Leadership: Growing Together for Stronger Nonprofits and Greater Community Impact

Women in Leadership: Growing Together for Stronger Nonprofits and Greater Community Impact

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 (8:30 AM - 10:30 AM) (EDT)



We want to welcome both aspiring female leaders and supporters seeking to champion women's empowerment in the nonprofit sector to this vital discussion.

Did you know that over 75% of nonprofit staff are women, yet they remain significantly underrepresented in leadership roles? This startling statistic begs the question: How can we ensure stronger leadership and community support for women aspiring to grow as leaders, particularly for those who are smaller nonprofit self-starters?

We will kickstart this crucial conversation, creating a safe space to raise awareness, share concerns, and, most importantly, find solutions together. Whether you're a seasoned leader or starting out, your voice matters.

Navigating the landscape of nonprofit leadership can sometimes feel like a solitary journey filled with questions and uncertainties. We understand that women in nonprofit leadership carry unique burdens and celebrate unique victories. But you are not alone. This discussion is a gathering of minds, a melting pot of diverse experiences, where both men and women come together to brainstorm on how to empower women in nonprofit leadership and support them in growing their confidence and impact.


We will have a fireside conversation with the three distinguished panelists with extensive experience in both nonprofit and for-profit businesses in Palm Beach County.

Vicki Tate, the President of AWE (Alliance of Women Executives), Kathie Kreh, the President of the African Orphan Educational Foundation, and Connor Lynch, CEO of Plastridge Insurance, will share their experiences and perspectives on how we can ensure meaningful leadership and community support for aspiring female leaders in nonprofits.

We will then proceed to a facilitated discussion in smaller groups to experience the power and wisdom of a peer group focused on developing ideas and finding solutions. This will be an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation, share thoughts, and learn from one another.

We will end by sharing the insights and wrapping up with actionable takeaway steps for each participant.



Nina Shepard is an accomplished C-suite executive with over 30 years of corporate experience leading change in high-performing US and European organizations. Today, she is the operations manager at Plastridge Insurance and a certified executive coach, supporting leaders in successful transitions to new roles.


Kathie, with a successful career in advertising, transitioned to volunteer work in Africa after a decade of supporting a local mission group. Witnessing the power of education, she founded the African Orphan Educational Foundation (AOEF) in 2019. Since then, AOEF has provided educational sponsorships, distributed literacy tools, and piloted a leadership curriculum, all aimed at empowering African youth.


Vicki, originally from New York City attended The Dalton School and studied at Centenary College and New York University. Vicki has lived in Palm Beach County since 1985 beginning her career as a professional recruiter with a concentration in the fields of Financial and Legal Services. She founded the Alliance of Women Executives (AWE) a member based Palm Beach County nonprofit whose mission is to award academic scholarships to local young women who stay local for college. Vicki is the Vice President of the Henry Nias Foundation and has donated over $2,000,000 to nonprofits in Palm Beach County, is a past board member of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, and sits on the Advisory Board of Around Wellington. Vicki has volunteered with Hospice of Palm Beach County, Florida Poodle Rescue, Relay for Life, and is a member of the Cancer Prevention Study.


Connor attained his Bachelor of Business Administration & Management from the University of Florida. He then joined Plastridge Insurance, a family insurance agency, along with his Father and brother more than 20 years ago. They have 4 offices and approximately 100 employees. Connor serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer & Sales Executive. Connor has received several designations including Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Associate in Insurance Production (AIP). He is also licensed to teach insurance continuing education classes to licensed property managers in Florida. He received the prestigious Next Excalibur Award from the Sun-Sentinel. He has served on various boards in the community some of which being the Board of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, the board of the YMCA of South Palm Beach County, and past Chair of the Plumosa School of the Arts Foundation.

Nonprofits First, Inc is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.



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