Stone Soup Nonprofit Capacity Building Conference

Thank you to everyone who made Stone Soup IV a success!





Click HERE for complete Schedule with full workshop descriptions

Click HERE for complete Bios of all workshop presenters 


Keynote Speaker: Karl Yena

Karl retired from RJR Nabisco, Inc. as Director of Worldwide Organization Development & Training. He served over 20 years as a senior level manager providing consulting services to RJR corporate and operating company management of Del Monte, Nabisco, Sea Land Shipping , Kentucky Fried Chicken, etc. on a national and international (over 30 countries) basis in the areas of strategic and operational planning, organizational analysis, staffing structure, training and leadership development. He also served as Special Assistant to the Chairman and CEO. Karl has designed and facilitated over 100 distinct training programs and he continues to provide training and development to several Fortune 500 firms.

An avid volunteer, Karl works annually with over 100 nonprofits in North Carolina and in the Eastern US. He provides on-going mentoring/coaching to several current Executive Directors and assistance to municipalities, churches, civic organizations/associations, and non-profits in the areas of strategic planning; Board development & assessment; staff development training; coaching; business planning; organization analysis & structure; executive search processes; potential merger discussions; mediation/facilitation; and human resources policies. Most recently, Karl has worked with: CCCS, Food Bank, Komen Affiliates, Forsyth Medical Center, WFUBMC, Winston-Salem State University, United Way of Forsyth, Hands-On NWNC, Imprints, HHH, Association of Agency Executives, Arts Council, Forsyth County Government, NC Sickle Cell, NC Professional Health Administrators, NC Medical Society. He currently Chairs one board and serves on ten local nonprofit Boards, including Komen Breast Cancer, Shepherd’s Center, Leadership Winston-Salem, Second Harvest Food Bank, Forsyth County Youth Council, and Twin City Stage. Over the past 30 years, he has served on over 200 non-profit Boards.

He received his BS in Industrial Management from Univ. of Tennessee and furthered his education with MBA program at UNCG and executive programs at Penn State, Michigan, Columbia, MIT and Harvard.


Schedule of the day

8-8:30 Registration, Breakfast by Stick Boy Kitchen

8:30-8:45 ASU welcome, announcements

8:45-9:45 Keynote: Karl Yena, "Community, Connection, Capacity"

9:45-10 door prizes, workshop announcements

10:15-11:15 Workshop session I

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Workshop session II

12:30-1:30 Extended Networking Lunch

1:30-1:45 Closing Announcements, Door prizes

2-3 workshop session III

3-3:15 break

3:15-4:15 workshop session IV




Interested in applying for a Stone Soup scholarship to partially or totally offset the cost of attending Stone Soup IV? APPLY HERE!

Sponsored by the Watauga County Community Foundation. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis based on need.


 Lodging for Stone Soup IV - Courtyard by Marriot - $89 Special Conference Rate

To book the special $89 conference rate, call the Courtyard directly at 828-265-7676 and mention that you are with Stone Soup IV. Space is limited, this rate is only good until May 10th! 



Stone Soup is brought to you in part by High Country United Way, The Watauga Community Foundation, and DonorExpress Software, with additional planning support from Western Youth Network, The Hospitality House of Boone, Watauga County Habitat for Humanity, Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, and Caldwell Community College Small Business Center.

Special thanks to Stick Boy Bread Company for their generous contributions to the day's food selection.


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