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Connext: Emerging Nonprofit Leaders

Connext is a group of volunteer leaders that promote the recruitment, development and retention of emerging professionals in the nonprofit sector to support and enhance a strong, dynamic nonprofit community. We offer emerging nonprofit leaders the assistance they need as individuals and as a group to realize their full potential.

Since our inception in 2007 as the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Kansas City, we’ve hosted over 100 programs for professionals growing in their nonprofit careers. Our group has evolved over the years with new events, new board members, and new goals, but we’ve always aimed to support and empower emerging nonprofit professionals in Kansas City.

We’ve been successful in large part to the tremendous support of Nonprofit Connect, who shared their resources, staff support and vision.

Connext Board Recruitment 2022

Do you enjoy attending Connext events, and maybe have a few great event ideas of your own? Are you interested in building your network? Do you want to get some board experience in preparation for the next step in your service? We are seeking people like you to join the Connext board!

Official applications to join the 2023 Connext board are now open. Click the 'Connext Board Application' button below, and fill out the corresponding Google form with your information and the Connext team will get back to you.

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Upcoming Events

We typically offer one or two programs per month. Connext programs include:

All-Access Tours of local nonprofit organizations

- Skills Sessions on professional development topics

Coffee Talks with local nonprofit CEOs and experts

Happy Hours and social events

Join us at our next program!


Stay Connected

The best way to get involved with Connext is to sign up for our emails.

We typically send one to two emails per month with information on upcoming events and how you can join in.

Click the button above and select "Connext: Emerging Nonprofit Professionals" for your mailing list preference.


All you have to do to get involved with Connext is join us for an event!

We have no membership fee, and we offer both free and paid social and professional development programs. You do not have to be a member of Nonprofit Connect to attend. Connext welcomes people of all ages, although most of our attendees are in their 20s and 30s and are working in the nonprofit sector.

Connext Board of Directors 2022

The Connext Board of Directors is a working board of dynamic, diverse leaders that help steer the course of Connext's program and activities.

To contact the board, send an email to

Dane Sosniecki, Cornerstones of Care

Vice Chair
Mary Maxine Luber, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Kristine Vainovska Twidwell, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Sarah Taylor, Unbound

Past Chair
Kristen Wood, Goodwill of Western MO and Eastern KS

Nonprofit Connect Liaisons
Colin Bennett, Nonprofit Connect
Hannah Bernardini, Nonprofit Connect


Torey Berndt, SAVE, Inc.

Alix Carruth, Woodruff

Brenna Duffy, City of Overland Park

Jay Gilman, CCS Fundraising

Leslie Hernandez, Unbound

Christina Hofer, Cornerstones of Care

Stephanie Lankford, Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation

James Maiden, McCownGordon Construction

Megan McCranie, Starlight Theatre

Kate Schroeder, Thrive Allen County

Evan Woods, American Red Cross

Questions about Connext?

Contact the Board of Directors.


Thank you to our generous series sponsors for 2022!