Lunch and Learn program on tough conversations set


Jackson County nonprofit organizations, churches and others can learn about navigating tough conversations during the final segment of a four-part nonprofit board training program this year.

The fourth session of the 2017 Lunch and Learn Series is set for Nov. 9 and is titled Crucial Conversations.

June Miller will present the program. She is regional director of Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network.

Those attending can expect to learn the concepts from the best-selling book “Crucial Conversations” by Vital Smarts on how to have the difficult conversations at work, at home or in just about any setting to improve your results, Miller said.

“Whether it is a co-worker who is holding you back because he or she is not living up to commitments, a spouse who is spending beyond your budget or a boss who is sending mixed messages, you will gain the understanding and skills to successfully address these issues with candor and respect and improve your results,” she said.

The training will take place in the conference center at the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 107 Community Drive, Seymour.

The foundation, Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce, Brownstown Chamber of Commerce, Jackson County Visitor Center and Jackson County United Way have teamed to bring the robust board governance training series to the community.

The topics for this year’s training were selected to offer helpful information for the executive directors leading area nonprofits, said Tonja Couch, executive director of the United Way.

“June will offer valuable information and training aimed at helping our executive directors, their staffs, their board members and even prospective board members better serve their constituents and our community,” Couch said.

The session is from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The $20 cost includes lunch and materials.

You can enroll online through the community calendar at the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce’s website,

“We encourage our community partners in the nonprofit sector to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Dan Davis, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We’re happy to help our community partners present this series and pleased to host the sessions here at our conference center.”

The series is aimed at more than nonprofit directors and their staff, however.

“It’s a great opportunity for business people to learn more about their volunteer responsibilities in our community by participating on the boards of area nonprofits, including what their responsibilities might be and what kind of questions they might want to ask,” said Tricia Bechman, president of the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce.

This is the second year for the board leadership training classes for area nonprofits. New to the sponsoring partners this year are the Brownstown Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County Visitor Center.

“We’re excited to be a part of this effort to help nonprofits and volunteers throughout Jackson County,” said Arann Banks of the Brownstown Chamber and Jackson County Visitor Center. “We hope to see participants from Brownstown, Crothersville, Medora and elsewhere sign up and benefit from this training.”

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