Spectrum 2018 Conference

This year's conference presented opportunities to deepen your knowledge about communications, marketing, development, and leadership, meet up with old friends, and expand your network.

Why Spectrum?

  • It's the only one-day professional development opportunity in St. Louis created for nonprofit communications professionals and leaders, by your peers and colleagues. 
  • If you're new to the field, it's an immersive learning experience; if you're a veteran, you can share your wisdom and catch up on the latest trends.
  • It's an opportunity to get away from the office, make some great connections, and get a fresh perspective without busting your travel budget.
  • It's an INCREDIBLE value! Hosted at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel, Spectrum includes breakfast, lunch, 2 keynotes, 3 breakouts, and endless opportunities for networking and inspiration.

2018 Conference Program

Registration pricing: $130 Members | $145 Nonmembers | $99 Students

Featured Keynote Speakers: Keisha Mabry and Matthew Homann


Morning Keynote: Keisha Mabry

Keisha Mabry is an author, speaker and social entrepreneur on a mission to change the world one connection at a time. She has been featured on National Public Radio, the Nine Network, Fox 2 News, Next Step U, The Business Journal and Blavity for her work in personal branding and networking—or as she likes to call it—friendworking. She will soon be featured on TED.com for her most recent TED talk What I Learned from Meeting 100 People in 100 Days.

Keisha is also a lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis, Director of Innovation at College Bound, and a contributor for the Huffington Post and Watch the Yard. Her new book Hey Friend: 100 Ways to Connect with 100 People in 100 Days is a movement to make the world friendly again—or at the very least friendlier than it’s ever been.

Keisha believes that by connecting people to people and people to resources she can increase movements, access, communication and progress to get the right people in the right seats to end inequality.

Afternoon Keynote: Matthew Homann

Matt Homann's passion is helping people think together better and solve problems in person. A life-long entrepreneur (and recovering lawyer), he's working to reinvent the meeting as the founder and CEO of Filament. He's also the founder of Invisible Girlfriend and Boyfriend—which is a fun story best told over cold beers.

Though Matt jokes that he suffers from a self-diagnosed case of "Idea Surplus Disorder," his ventures share one thing in common: a focus on finding creative ways to solve difficult problems with smart people.

Matt grew up in Highland, Illinois, but now lives in St. Louis with his wife Jessica and daughter Grace.

Presentations in Each of the Following Tracks:

Marketing & Communication Fundamentals

  • Aleshia Patterson, Digital Marketing Strategist and Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit Marketing Magazine – The Content Formula: How to Create a Year's Worth of Content Effortlessly
  • Kristine Gruver, Donor Communications Manager, Missouri Botanical Garden – Issue or Crisis? How Communications Can Deal with Both
  • Maryanne Dersch, Strategist and Resident Extrovert, 501creative – Time IS on My Side: How to Use Time More Effectively to Get Better Results

Marketing & Communication Innovations

  • Elaine Cha, Storyteller/Journalist, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri Content and Practice – Storytelling as Story-listening
  • Dorothy Carlin, Principal Strategist, Simply Strategy – Market Research: Enabling Data-Driven Decision-Making
  • Anne Simon, Digital Marketing Manager, Saint Louis Art Museum – The Art of Instagram


  • Elaine Powers, Consultant/Director of Client Results, Painefree Coaching and Consulting –  Leading Through Change: The Human Element
  • Beth Quick-Andrews, Partner, Q&A Business Solutions – Engaging Volunteers in Mission-Driven Organizations: Trends, Tricks and Tips
  • Cheryl Oliver, Executive Director, Saint Louis Effort for AIDS– An Agency in Transition

Development & Fundraising

  • Jessica Dederer, Chief Development Officer, FamilyForward – Build your Brand: Communications that Inspire and Engage Major Donors
  • Angie Winschel & Nathan Sprehe, Partners, Almanac – Campaigns: The Magic that Moves People
  • Rachel D’Souza-Siebert & Brooke Foster, Founder & Principal, Gladiator Consulting & Founding Principal, Novella – Facing Your Fear: A Fear*less* Discussion of Development & Advocacy

Spectrum 2018 Sponsors

This event would not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors.

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Kama Inc. Presort, Inc RubinBrown Linda Howdeshell CPA

Bronze Sponsors: DEAF Inc. YNPN St. Louis Conference Technologies, Inc. University College at Washington University