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20NTC Session Proposal

You Want a Revolution? I Want a Revelation! Getting the Buy-In You Want


Getting stakeholders to buy-in on your fresh ideas can take real nerve. Learn how strengthening your voice, as individuals and organizations, can result in better ideas, stronger missions, empowered employees, and agile strategies. Examine examples from nonprofits that took leaps of faith outside the norm that resulted in success and failure, and what was learned from both. Discuss why taking risks is a good thing and how to encourage it in all aspects of the organization, from employees to CEOs to board members, and how to get buy-in for big ideas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify how using dissent tactics can benefit their case to propose positive change in their organization
  • Hear how others have used rebellion to convince stakeholders to move toward modernization and fresh tactics for their organizations
  • How resistance movement strategies can empower staff to own the mission and encourage board members to take risks


Liz Polay-Wettengel

Vice President, Digital Strategy and Content


Liz is a veteran marketing professional and prolific storyteller with extensive experience in creating thoughtful digital strategy. She digs deep into marketing trends and tools and has a strong background in the online landscape.

She began her professional marketing career in the music industry in the mid-1990s and subsequently moved to the Boston area to bring digital marketing to small to mid-sized business operations. Since 2006, her roles have been primarily in the nonprofit world. She introduced social marketing techniques, creative storytelling in written, photo and video formats and the creation of social media presence for several nonprofits. During this time she also played a leading role in co-creating, she has created roadmaps for planned success and strategic communication implementation and has had many online successes.

Karim Lessard


7 Simple Machines

After 17 years as an intrapraneur in the banking industry, Karim started a consulting company to accelerate growth in non-profits and startups. He went on to found a startup where he learned the power of Lean and Agile methodologies and recognized how they could be implemented within large organizations to streamline technology projects and improve outcomes. Karim is now co-owner and CEO of 7 Simple Machines, an enterprise software development and services company. He’s also a husband, a father of two lovely children, and the owner of an ill-mannered golden retriever.

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March 15, 2019


1:15pm – 2:30pm



CFRE Credits

NFR - 1.25

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