What Happened at Innovate This Year?
Innovate Conference Supports Nonprofit Mission Throughout the Year
Recently, JMT Consulting hosted our annual customer conference Innovate 2017. Hundreds were in attendance to receive hands-on training for financial management solutions along with thought leadership sessions geared toward C-Level nonprofit financial executives.
INNOVATE 2017 was kicked off at an open-air welcome reception at the Margaritaville restaurant inside of Mohegan Sun, sponsored by Adaptive Insights. Over cocktails and light appetizers, attendees had the opportunity to meet with JMT employees, speak with Vu Le, the opening keynote speaker and network with their peers.
The popular blogger, Vu Le (nonprofitaf.org), keynoted INNOVATE 2017, giving a thought provoking and entertaining talk on “Weaponized Data, and the Role of Finance Professionals in the Fight for Social Justice.” The talk was filled with pictures of baby animals and unicorns.
Innovate featured five tracks, with more than 60 sessions presented throughout the week. Session topics included cost allocation, cloud financials, financial reporting and mastering both Abila MIP and Intacct, as well as HR and performance management subject matter.
The Financial Leadership track was very popular and featured sessions on increasing efficiencies, providing visibility and new accounting standards. Speakers included well-known thought from the nonprofit accounting sector – John Alfonso of CohnReznick, Thomas Peff of Adaptive Insights, Thomas Mclaughlin of McLaughlin & Associates, and John and Jacki Davidoff of Davidoff Mission-Driven Business Strategy.
On Wednesday evening, the fun continued at a mock Casino networking event, hosted by our friends at Intacct. From craps to blackjack and Texas hold ‘em to roulette, attendees learned tips and tricks from professional dealers. They also were able to network with JMT staff and one other as they played.
A lot happened at Innovate this year. And to make sure you’re up-to-date, we’ll be writing a series of articles that share highlights from the incredible sessions that took place this year. The first article, gives insights from Davidoff’s session on how to create a drama free work environment. You can read it here.
JMT will also be offering ongoing training through our webinar events. Coming up July 13, Jacki Tiso will discuss current trends in nonprofit financial solutions and how true cloud technology can help you serve your mission for the long term. This webinar is free to attend. Click here to register.
Additionally, we will be sharing some of the technical content through our ongoing EVP Webinar series. Contact JMT to learn more about the EVP Support program.
From our overall conference survey, 37.7% of attendees said INNOVATE 2017 was the best INNOVATE to date with 47.8% surveyed saying it was better than INNOVATE 2016! We can’t wait to see you at INNOVATE 2018!
Here’s what a few of them had to say:
“Leaving with new ideas and ways to better my company’s financials with this product.”
“Very helpful and well done. The JMTstaff did a wonderful job and I can tell they care and enjoy what they do.”