19NTC Ignite-Style Talks
19NTC Presenting Sponsor, EveryAction, will share a short welcome before NTEN CEO, Amy Sample Ward, emcees the Ignite-style talks.
Ignite-style talks are fun, fast-paced, thought-provoking presentations. But, there’s a catch: speakers are strictly limited to five minutes, and 20 slides, which advance automatically every 15 seconds. This year’s theme is “how I used the internet to change the world.” The six presenters share both personal and professional stories that range from business failures to thriving communities.
Driven by a belief that the nonprofit technology community can be a movement-based force for positive change, Amy is NTEN’s CEO and former membership director. Her prior experience in direct service, policy, philanthropy, and capacity-building organizations have also fueled her aspirations to create meaningful, inclusive, and compassionate community engagement and educational opportunities for all organizations.
Amy inspires the NTEN team and partners around the world to believe in community-generated change. She believes technology can help nonprofits reach their missions more effectively, efficiently, and inclusively, and she’s interested in everything from digital equity to social innovation.
Director of Engineering
Afua Bruce is the director of engineering for New America’s Public Interest Technology program. Bruce joins New America after spending several years working in the Federal government—at the White House and at the FBI. From 2015 to 2017, Bruce served as the executive director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy’s National Science and Technology Council at the White House. In this role, she oversaw 100 different Federal inter-agency working groups, tackling challenges on environment, and sustainability, homeland and national security, science, technology, and STEM education. While at the FBI, Bruce held a variety of strategy and program management positions. She led work on data challenges, technical project management, process improvement, and strategic change for the Bureau’s engineering, lab, and financial programs. Prior to joining the Federal government, Bruce was a software engineer at IBM. Bruce holds a degree in computer engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Kayleigh is the co-owner of OpenTent where she leads a consulting team of community-driven problem-solvers. Kayleigh helps organizations achieve their missions faster by implementing the transformative relationship-building strategies and technological tools that are right for their staff and their vision. She brings to this work a commitment to unlocking both organizational and individual growth along the way.
Before joining OpenTent, Kayleigh led the operationalization of Knowledge Management initiatives at Echoing Green, a global organization providing seed funding and support to social entrepreneurs. She served previously as a family services caseworker in Rhode Island and an education policy advocate in Washington, DC.
Kayleigh has degrees in Community Health and Public Policy from Brown University. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, Sean, where they own a powerlifting gym and enjoy spending quality time with their cat, Demetri.
Rachel Clemens builds things. First, she built a career as a designer – working for some of the most recognizable names in advertising, including stints in London and Australia. Then, she returned to Austin, Texas and built Creative Suitcase – her own strategic communications firm. Over the next 11 years, Creative Suitcase helped organizations like United Way, Habitat for Humanity, The University of Texas, and countless others, raise money and awareness to improve their communities. In late 2016, Creative Suitcase was acquired by Mighty Citizen. As the Chief Marketing Officer, Rachel splits her days between promoting Mighty Citizen’s digital and marketing services and working directly with nonprofit clients on their branding, marketing, and campaigns. She is also a frequent speaker at local and national conferences and events.
Executive Director/Assistant Teaching Professor
Arts Management and Technology Lab/Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Brett Ashley Crawford is an Associate Teaching Professor of Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.
Dr. Crawford has worked extensively as a professional arts manager, primarily in theatre, and as professor in both arts management and theatre history. The highlights of her private sector work include serving as Managing Director with Imagination Stage, an arts education and professional theatre located in Bethesda, MD, the managing director / production manager of Rep Stage and the Horowitz Center for the Arts in Columbia, MD, managing director for St. Bart’s Playhouse in New York City. She is a member of AEA in stage management and has held myriad independent management, marketing and consulting engagements in theatre, film, and arts festival work in PA, NY, GA, TN, TX, and MD.
She currently serves as the executive director for the Arts Management and Technology Laboratory, a Research Center in Heinz College. AMT Lab serves the field through active research and engagement into the technology solutions artists and institutions are utilizing in their workdays and public programs. Recent national research studies include emerging digital fundraising pathways and a recurring study of ticketing and CRM systems used in the field. AMT Lab also provides interviews of leaders in the field as well as reviews of new software, apps, or unique technology implementations.
Outside the Frame
Bi-lingual, bi-cultural and the daughter of independent film makers, Nili thinks the best way to change the world and have a good time is to make movies. A supplemental educator for over a dozen years, Nili brings an allergy to injustice and a tested vision for the program. Before founding Outside the Frame, Nili created and ran an innovative and visible media program at Outside In for three years, with support from the Office of Minority Health. She continued amplifying the voices of youth with a mental health awareness campaign through Clackamas County, leading an educational program at Planned Parenthood and teaching film making with POW Girls.
Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s Tribal Epidemiology Center
Stephanie Craig Rushing, PhD, MPH is a Project Director at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s Tribal Epidemiology Center, and has worked at the Board for 16 years. Dr. Rushing’s work focuses on designing technology-based interventions to improve AI/AN adolescent health, overseeing mixed methods community-based participatory research activities at the regional and national level. Recent research activities include: a national multisite RCT to adapt and evaluate It’s Your Game (an online teen pregnancy prevention curriculum for middle school students), the adaptation and evaluation of Native VOICES (an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention) for Native young adults, a dissemination and implementation study building tribal capacity to implement Native STAND (a healthy decision-making curriculum for high school students), design of an online portal for tribal health educators to access effective sexual health curricula (www.HealthyNativeYouth.org), and the delivery of a national multimedia health resource for Native teens and young adults (We R Native: www.weRnative.org) that empowers teens to get actively involved in their health and wellbeing. Stephanie completed her Masters of Public Health concentrating on International Health Development at Boston University, and her PhD in Public Administration and Policy at the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, focusing on Community Health and Social Change.