Development work is filled with “what ifs” and missed opportunities. There is always more to be done than time to do it, yet many people spend time on activities that aren’t moving their highest priorities forward. Often, when critical initiatives fail, we realize that too much of our time has been diverted to lower-return activities. In this session, we’ll discuss common challenges and learn how to tackle them. You’ll return to your office ready to make the best use of your time and help others do the same.

Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will gain insights into the key elements that contribute to time management frustration.

2. Participants will be empowered with systematic and behavioral tactics that can impact their effectiveness and efficiency.

3. Participants will leave with two to three actionable strategies for proactively taking control of their time and priority management.

Laurel McCombs

Senior Philanthropy Advisor

The Osborne Group

Laurel McCombs brings more than 18 years of experience in the non-profit sector and a passion for the role philanthropy can play in changing the world to her work as a consultant, partner, and trainer.

Laurel works closely with clients on a variety of topics, including donor retention, development operations, planning, donor management, board development and more. Clients include the National Minority AIDS Council, La Clinica de la Raza and the University of Missouri. In addition to well-received workshops at national conferences, such as Junior Achievement and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Laurel has presented at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference, CASE-NAIS, AFP Congress, and several local development professional associations.

Laurel is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is an alumna of the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy.  She lives in Portland, OR.