Covering critical issues in Nonprofit Leadership!

Our Nonprofit Leadership Lecture series will provide a unique learning opportunity, networking, and a Q&A time with each presenter. This first in East Texas will take place in the historical Hudnall Auditorium in our new home, The Woman’s Building. Registration is available for a single lecture or a discounted “Full Lecture Series” option for all THREE dates.

Presented by: 

Sponsored by: 

Sept. 12th- Dr. Michael Tidwell

“A Social Identity Model of Prosocial Behaviors Within Nonprofit Organizations”

Oct. 16th- Jonathan Fanning

“Creative Leadership: Building a Culture of Innovation”

Nov. 13th- Suzanne Smith

“Collaboration as a Key to Success in the 21st Century”

Meet the Panel

Your Lecture Series Experience at a glance:

1:00pm- 1:45pm: Networking Reception in the Robert M. Rogers Conference Room


2:00pm-3:15pm: LECTURE Presentation in Hudnall Auditorium……………………………………………..         


3:15pm-4:00pm: Meet & Greet w/ Presenter in the Robert M. Rogers Conference Room

*Complementary Valet Parking for all attendees

More about the Topics & Presenters: 


Sept. 12th- Dr. Michael Tidwell, UT Tyler President

TOPIC: “A Social Identity Model of Prosocial Behaviors Within Nonprofit Organizations”

Dr. Michael Tidwell has served in the field of higher education for 16 years as an administrator and professor at universities around the nation and abroad, and 2017 in he was appointed to serving as the president of UT Tyler.  He has quickly become part of our East Texas community and serves on the East Texas Center for Nonprofits Leadership Advisory Committee.  His understanding and passion for the nonprofit sector is evident in his published work, A Social Identity Model of Prosocial Behaviors Within Nonprofit Organizations, which has been cited numerous times.  Over his career, Dr. Tidwell has been published in various scholarly journals, including the International Journal of Management Theory and Practices, the Journal of Business Communication, and Nonprofit Management and Leadership.  He has been a speaker at numerous national and international conferences.  In our first lecture of this series, Dr. Tidwell will discuss his published study focused on nonprofits.  This study draws from the social identity theory, while developing and testing the Social Identification Model of Prosocial Behavior among voluntary participants in nonprofit organizations. His lecture will include a Q & A session, and is a great start to this new and exciting opportunity for East Texas.

OCT. 16TH- JONATHAN FANNING, Best Speaker at Ted Talks Convention

TOPIC: “Creative Leadership: Building a Culture of Innovation”

Jonathan Fanning is the author of Who are you BECOMING? and has been coaching leaders for over 15 years.  He has inspired and challenged audiences with his message in over 45 states and on 3 continents, and he will be coming to East Texas as the second lecturer for the 2018 ETCN Nonprofit Lecture Series. Jonathan’s topic will be “Creative Leadership: Building a Culture of Innovation”.  Johnathan’s TED Talk on this topic won the best speaker at a recent TED Talk conference.  Innovation and creativity are absolutely necessary to thrive in any sector but particularly for the competitive culture of nonprofit leadership.  This particular topic will bring immediate innovation to a leader’s hiring, motivating, marketing, parenting, educating, and mentoring.   Are you and your organization becoming more – or less – creative?   Participants will learn 5 core strategies to build a culture of creativity.

NOV. 13TH- SUZANNE SMITH, Social Architects CEO

TOPIC: “Collaboration as a Key to Success in the 21st Century”

Suzanne Smith (@snstexas) has a deep belief that everyone is a changemaker. As a serial social entrepreneur, she strives to harness the powerful force of organizations, including nonprofits, foundations and socially responsible businesses, and individuals to maximize the potential of the social sector to create real, scalable impact. Suzanne is the founder & CEO of Social Impact Architects, a public speaker, and top-rated blogger. As a third-generation Texan, her roots run deep through her work to improve her community, and she will be speaking on the important topic of “Collaboration as a Key to Success in the 21st Century” as our final lecturer of the series.