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How to Lose Your Job, Follow Your Passion and Create Your Own Vital Nonprofit

Wednesday, November 20 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am • Organized By The Beacon
1722 E 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108


When Kelsey Ryan was laid off from her journalism job in 2018, that was the beginning of her new career—one she’d build from the ground up.

On the day she lost her job, she took inventory of her finances, contacted more than 25 editors across the country for leads and updated her resume. By 5 p.m., she realized the traditional 9-to-5 wasn’t for her. That day, The Beacon — a new KC-based journalism nonprofit — was born.

Over the next year, Ryan learned how to formulate a business plan, pitch to funders and launch a nonprofit from the ground up. She’ll share her biggest takeaways and tips for how you can do it, too.

Kelsey Ryan
The Beacon
(785) 506-2122
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