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Let's Connect: Communicating Your Culture with Fervor Creative

Wednesday, March 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am • Organized By Nonprofit Connect
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Does your organizational purpose do more than hang on the wall? Learn how your purpose can inspire, engage, and encourage employees to bring a thriving culture to life through their interpersonal communication.

The way you talk about your organization matters, especially internally. This conversation is ideal for any marketing, communications, and team building professionals.

During this session, you’ll learn how purpose drives your company culture. Join Debra Risner, interpersonal and organizational communications expert, and Mike Farag, CEO at Fervor Creative, to learn how to strengthen relationships inside and outside your organization. The team at Fervor are experts in helping you articulate your purpose, aligning your messages with your mission, and amplifying your reach. You’ll walk away with actionable tips and best practices for culture communication.

In the second part of the session, we’ll move into breakout rooms to encourage small group discussion and networking. You will have the opportunity to share your perspective, ask questions, and gain insight from your nonprofit peers. 

This is a program of the Let's Connect: Virtual Discussion Series. 


Debra Risner has studied what makes humans tick and how relationships work, earning a master’s degree in interpersonal and organizational communication and spending 16 years in Hallmark’s creative division, managing teams and developing innovative products to enrich lives and help people make authentic connections. Now in her position at Fervor, she’s looking to help brands, organizations, and teams innovate and improve the relationships that matter most. Debra lives in Kansas City with her husband, Brett, and two wonderful boys, ages 9 and 13. She holds an MA in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication Theory, and she is a certified MBTI practitioner.

Debra’s LinkedIn.

Mike Farag brings creative concepts to life as the CEO + Chief Strategist of Fervor. After years climbing the corporate ladder, Mike was on a trip to Haiti when Fervor was born. Today, Mike and his team serve mission-driven organizations in KC and across the country. He is passionate about serving brands at the intersection of faith and business. Under his leadership, Fervor is revolutionizing the craft of helping organizations make a greater impact. Mike is married to Kim, and they have three children.
Mike’s LinkedIn.

Your active participation is highly encouraged. No one has all of the solutions, but everyone has something worth contributing. Your small group discussion participation will help others share, grow, and learn. 

Let's Connect: Virtual Discussion Series

What’s the best way to stay connected? Turn to your nonprofit network. Join Nonprofit Connect for facilitated discussions with your nonprofit peers every Monday morning at 10:00 AM. We will select a new topic each week, and invite you to tune in for learning and sharing. 2021 Round 2 Let's Connect sessions include: 

Disclaimer: Discussions will be recorded and shared as a resource, so participation means you may be recorded as well.

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