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20NTC Session Proposal

The Future of Work: Looking Through Nonprofit Tech Lenses

Submitted by: Ash Shepherd NTEN Member badge |


How will the future of work trends impact nonprofit internal tech operations and the digital expression of each mission? When considering the evolution of Digital Ethics & Privacy, the Gig Economy, and Augmented Analytics – how might these change the speed and method by which board pitches occur or the means by which donors are engaged? With this session, we’ll don three trendy sets of specs – some with the bifocal of speed to explore the future of work.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of key future of work trends: Digital Ethics & Privacy, The Gig Economy and Augmented Analytics
  • 360 Comprehension: to characterize what the trends bring to nonprofits internally, externally and industrywide technologically
  • Potential Application: how might nonprofit missions demonstrate, implement, and perform at the intersection of all three?


katherine Lagana

Chief Technology Officer

Fidelity Charitable

Katherine Lagana is the Chief Technology Officer for Fidelity Charitable®. The organization’s mission: to further the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that makes charitable giving simple, and effective. Fidelity Charitable launched the first national donor-advised fund program, democratizing philanthropy by making a giving vehicle available to a broad array of people. Today, Fidelity Charitable® sponsor smore than 75,000 donor-advised funds connected to more than 120,000 donors and are the nation’s second-largest grant maker behind the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since founding, Fidelity Charitable® has helped donors support over 219,000 nonprofit organizations with more than $22 billion in grants.

Prior to joining Fidelity Charitable®, Katherine led global product development for LexisNexis, and advanced global product delivery for Microsoft Office. Apple shaped the first decade of her career, engineering developer, consumer and higher education products.

She is an avid volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and STEM programs for young women. Within the broader cosmos, you will find Katherine teaching, and hiking with her husband while tons of sci-fi books fill her iPad.

Rachel Paris

Manager, Digital Strategy and Community Engagement

Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Canada

Rachel Paris is the Manager, Digital Strategy and Community Engagement at the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) Canada, the only Canadian foundation 100% dedicated to participatory youth grantmaking. In her role, she manages the data systems for a national program reaching 20,000 youth, as well as communications, impact reporting and engagement for a community of stakeholders including youth, charities, schools & funders.

Before landing at YPI, Rachel came from a background in community-based interventions with a variety of groups, including youth, women, people living in poverty, and gender & sexual minorities. This direct service experience informs a strong commitment to equity and ethics, and she is interested in the ways that technology as a tool can be used to either empower or disenfranchise communities.

Rachel is a White settler from the traditional territory of Tkaronto (Toronto, Canada), where she participates in the crafting, roller derby and activist communities.

Arjun Reddy

Sr. Technology & Operations Manager

Global Impact Investing Network

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is the global champion of impact investing, dedicated to increasing its scale and effectiveness around the world. Impact investing is an exciting and rapidly growing industry powered by investors who are determined to generate social and environmental impact as well as financial returns. This is taking place all over the world, and across all asset classes.

Arjun Reddy serves as the GIIN’s Technology and Operations Senior Manager. In his role, he supports the organization by designing, evaluating, and implementing technical solutions to address strategic operational and programmatic needs.

Over the course of his career, Arjun has held technical leadership positions in a number of industries, including enterprise software, energy, and financial services. Arjun holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from Rice University, and is an avid tennis player in his spare time.

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March 14, 2019


10:30am – 11:45am

CFRE Credits

NFR - 1.25

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