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Think your project’s off track and over budget? Learn a lesson or two from your fellow nptech consultants and the tech sector’s most infamous project flameouts.

No matter how often you work with nonprofits organizations. Every project seems to be different, and, you still get blindsided once in a while, and a project fails. What causes a project missing deadlines? What are the warning signs of inadequate buy-in and what are avenues you can pursue to turn a disaster into an opportunity? How to find the right clients? Have you ever fired a client?
Meet with other consultants to exchange experiences on failure, on disasters. Have a laugh at yourself and inspire your peers to learn without the heart and head ache. Share your surprises.

Mistakes make us smarter. Clearly one is not enough. — Magdalena Pauli

Birgit Pauli-Haack
NPTech Projects

Birgit Pauli-Haack is a web & mobile developer for Pauli Systems and Relevanza. She serves businesses, professionals and nonprofits with websites, mobile apps and digital marketing. In 2015, she founded NPTechprojects - a nonprofit assisting other nonprofits with IT strategy, project management, and online learning spaces. In her spare time, she supports the WordPress community as a deputy and a local Meetup organizer. Since 2013, she is also an NTEN Tech club co-organizer of Tech4Good SWFL and a Netsquared Regional Ambassador at TechSoup When she gets off the computer, she plays tennis or goes for a run.

Cindy Leonard
Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
Consulting Team Leader
Cindy Leonard is the Consulting Team Leader at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. She works with the consulting team to maximize client satisfaction and identify areas for growth. Additionally, she creates and teaches a variety of Bayer Center classes, convenes Bagels & Bytes meetings and organizes the annual TechNow conference. Cindy’s consulting specialty is helping nonprofits to leverage technology to meet their missions. An experienced website designer, she adds website planning, design and assessment to the portfolio of services at the Bayer Center. She has trained several thousand nonprofit professionals over the past 11 years. Cindy holds a B.S. in Computer Science, an M.B.A. and a M.Ed. in Instructional Design Technology, all from Seton Hill University. She blogs at www.cindyleonard.org.

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