22NTC Session: Leadership
From Accidental to Intentional: Taking Your NPtech Career to the Next Level
Submitted by: Johanna Bates


Nonprofit staff are often asked to wear many hats: the program director who manages social media, the office coordinator who doubles as a web developer, the grant writer who manages the database. This can be an opportunity for people without a formal tech background to learn new skills. For years, we’ve used the term “accidental techie” to describe this role, and it can be a wonderful opportunity to turn accident into intention.

If you enjoy the tech part of your job, but are unsure how to do more of it, get paid better, effectively advocate for smarter technology in your organization, and move from an “accidental” role to an intentional, professional one, this session is for you. We will talk about the benefits of approaching technology careers from non-traditional or unexpected backgrounds, concrete strategies for how to make this shift, and share our best resources for ongoing learning. We have planned a workshop-like session with discussion and networking, so come ready to dig in!

Session Type



Delaware B


March 23, 2017


3:30pm – 5:00pm PST

CFRE Credits


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