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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.

Upcoming Events


We typically offer one program 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.

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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 2023

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

Sarah Taylor, Unbound

Vice Chair

Alix Carruth, Woodruff


Jay Gilman, CCS Fundraising


Megan McCranie, Starlight Theatre

Past Chair

Dane Sosniecki, Cornerstones of Care

Nonprofit Connect Liaisons
AshleyMarie Marie, Nonprofit Connect
Hannah Bernardini, Nonprofit Connect


Torey Berndt, Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City

Matthew Briggs, Children's Mercy

Chelsey Buseck, Agriculture Future of America

Travis Jackson, Burns & McDonnell

Lauren Schaumburg, Mid-America Regional Council

Kate Schroeder, KU Endowment

Connor Stangler, Children's Mercy Hospital - Kansas City

Kristine Vainovska Twidwell, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce

Chanelle Zak, Lents Mazur & Associates

Questions about Connext?

Contact the Board of Directors.


Thank you to our generous series sponsors for 2023!