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Suffolk County Hosts Professional Development Conference

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Office of Minority Affairs Provides Leadership Training to Community Groups

(Hauppauge, NY-January 31, 2014)  Suffolk County hosted a professional development conference Friday, January 31, 2014, for non-profit groups and other community organizations.

The daylong conference, designed by the Suffolk County Office of Minority Affairs,  provided training in such topics as event planning, leadership skills, virtual teams, fundraising, and cross-cultural communications.

“This was a great opportunity for local organizations to strengthen their leadership and fundraising and event capabilities,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said.

Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski, a professor of engineering and applied science at Stony Brook University and the founder of the Virtual Distance Institute, was the keynote speaker. Other scheduled speakers include A. Brian Leander, assistant director of the Long Island Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University;  Sandra Dunn, program director of the Hagedorn Foundation, Chung Chi Chou of the Wellbrook Foundation,  Lenore Paprocky, director of sales at Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook, Robert Wu, a Dale Carnegie trainer, David Newman, and executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island.

The event was sponsored in partnership with the Suffolk County Asian-American Advisory Board, Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island, SUNY Stony Brook, Department of Technology and Society, College of Engineering, Dale Carnegie Training, Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook, Taiwanese American Association of Long Island and the Wellbrook Foundation, Inc.

Approximately 50 organizations participated in the workshop.

The Rev. Roderick A. Pearson of the Suffolk County Office of Minority Affairs and workshop participants.

The Rev. Roderick A. Pearson of the Suffolk County Office of Minority Affairs and workshop participants.



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