Rockin’ Out with Nonprofit Tech Superstars – #11NTC

Rockin’ Out with Nonprofit Tech Superstars – #11NTC

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I am excited to be heading out to the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference next week from March 17 – 19 (although my experience starts on March 16) in Washington, DC.

NTC is a crossroads of nonprofit genius, a mecca for do-gooders in technology and communications. My experience at last year’s event was inspiring and I cannot wait to pack my bags!

This year I’m lucky enough to present during two workshops:

  • We Are Media Sessions: Blogging co-presented with Leandra Ganko Thursday, March 17 at 8:00 – 11:00 am & Noon – 3:00 pm – Have you been thinking about setting up a blog? Now’s your chance to do it with some help so you get off to a great start. In this session, we’ll talk different options for layout and strategy to creating a blog that is attractive and shares your message.
  • Beginner Social Media – Where do I start? (11NTCSMStart) co-presented with Kate Bladow Friday, March 16 at 7:30 am – Have you heard people talking about Facebook, Twitter, or other social media tools, and made a mental note to figure out how to get your organization started?  If so, this is a session you’ll want to attend. We’ll start at the beginning by explaining basic concepts and demonstrating tools, and then will talk about small ways that organizations can get started with social media.

I’ve also been accepted to be a member of the 11NTC Storytelling Team. On Wednesday evening the assignment begins with at 2-hour workshop and then all conference long I’ll be practicing my modern bard (sans singing I’m sure). I’m really excited to flex my writing and photography muscles through this unique opportunity. Do you have something you’d like to experience from afar? Email me with an assignment!

Along with all the learning and enriching experiences, I’m looking forward to spending time with some of my favorite people. These are seriously my crew. I can’t wait to assimilate!

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Kate Runy


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.

Mishel Gomez Cespedes


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

creative director

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.