#10NTC A Lot Excited, A Little Nervous and Incredibly Awestruck

#10NTC A Lot Excited, A Little Nervous and Incredibly Awestruck

It’s a week until I leave for NTEN’s 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Atlanta, GA. I’m a lot excited, a little nervous and incredibly awestruck.

I’m excited because I’ll get to learn from some of the best in nonprofits. These are the people I’ve admired through social media. All the big stars of nonprofit communications will be there. I”m *hopefully* going to meet some of my professional heroes like Beth Kanter, Kivi Leroux Miller, Danielle Brigida and more. I’m excited to be with over 1,300 of nonprofit’s brightest minds.

I’m a little nervous because…

  1. I’m traveling by myself (every girl has a shy side)
  2. Attending this conference for the first time
  3. This will be my first national conference speaking gig!

I’ll be presenting on three different topics at this year’s conference. The first (and most exciting, but nerve-wracking) is a 5-minute Ignite-style presentation on How to Deal with Social Media Meanies (prepare to geek out people). The second will be two hands-on workshop presentations with fellow superstar Laura Whitehead on We Are Media: Blogging. I’ll finish it up with a presentation on Social Media Basics for Nonprofits with a section dedicated to learning more about Facebook Causes. I think I’m also hosting a dinner in there somewhere on health care nonprofits. Whew – my voice is strained just thinking about that!

I’m awestruck that this is my life! This time two years ago, I was in a job that limited my potential and I had to beg to do anything that expanded my professional landscape. Today, I’m in a great job that allows me to live up to my potential and encourages my dreams. I’m preparing for a huge life-change of moving to North Carolina as soon as one of us lands a job. And I’m off to a national conference to present on what I love to talk about – social media.

There is so much potential to learn and grow as a professional. I’m going to be a sponge, learn from my peers and have a blast. Also, I’m totally looking forward to the After-Party at World of Coca-Cola! I’ll be rooming with Laura, which is going to be a great adventure.

I just cannot wait to pack my bags for a great trip of learning, growing and fun!

(I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Caryn Capriccioso for her encouragement to attend this year’s conference. Since I’m funding this trip on my own, I needed some sage advice and she dealt it with style. Thanks Caryn!)

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A passionate technical wizard, Kate thrives on managing online content, social media for communications, and development projects.  Kate is the workhorse of the team, pulling out amazing feats of content creation and management week in and week out. 

Prior to joining BC/DC Ideas, Kate coordinated website and social media content, communications, and advertising for Go Global NC and Alzheimer’s NC.

Things that make her happy: I love animals about as much as I love working for nonprofits.

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Mishel brings a passion for video storytelling and quippy social media content to the team.  At BC/DC Ideas, she is most likely editing video or scheduling the next moving social media post for our clients.

Her ear for storytelling is her greatest asset. Mishel has a unique ability to assemble content into a concise story that moves audiences to action.

A graduate of Wake Forest University she spent a semester in Spain and years serving her community through the campus organizations. Now, she is putting her passion for good to work.

Brian Crawford

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Mix equal parts nerd and creativity and that’s Brian. A natural problem-solver, Brian’s ability to cut to the core of any problem helps guide our creative team to the correct solution without wasted time or money. It’s the core, this little nugget of truth, that helps our clients take the next step with their audiences.

Brian gets the greatest joy out of helping our clients realize and connect with their story. He is a true believer that everyone and every organization has a compelling story to tell, you just have to listen with an open heart.

Things that make him happy: Hanging out at the park with family, toddler-speak, hitting the focus pull, and good coffee.

Dawn Crawford


The engine behind BC/DC Ideas, Dawn has dedicated her career to good. Dawn brings her considerable experience and expertise to helping elevate the nonprofit sector. Our team’s lead strategist, Dawn is often seen leading our IdeaStorms, penning communications plans, or checking in with clients.

Before launching BC/DC Ideas in 2010, she earned her chops in 10+ years of communications leadership roles for public health, healthcare and youth-focused nonprofits. Working for nonprofits is Dawn’s dream job, and she loves that her 40+ hours a week make the world a better place.

Things that make her happy: A glass of champagne to celebrate big wins, Basecamp, living in the South, seeing the world, and a well-formatted spreadsheet.