Nathalie Ray

Development Director

Nathalie Ray is the development director for Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, North Carolina. She double majored in Arts Administration and Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. At Burning Coal, her primary focus has been building donor relationships and sponsorship programs. As a speaker, she aims to bring her experience from the nonprofit arts sector and expand those concepts to bridge across the nonprofit industry.

10:30 AM

Friday, April 30

Panel: Directing at a Distance

The pandemic caused most of our teams to scurry to work from home in a hurry. In the past year, many nonprofit communicators have thrived in this new environment engaging co-workers and supporters in novel, exciting ways. On this panel learn from a few of those thrivers and get tips on how to direct at a distance.

Zoom: Friend or Foe

Presenter: Nathalie Ray

A panel to discuss tips for using Zoom effectively and for a multitude of purposes.


  • Zoom recordings can be very powerful for testimonials
  • Use Zoom to present a united front with your industry
  • Focus groups and donor meetings build your support via Zoom

How Collaborative Planning Saved our Sanity in Covid-19

Presenter: Kate Brown

Sharing how Covid-19 created our necessity for collaborative planning and why we choose it over and over again. Hear about our journey and walk away with our top 3 recommendations to increase collaborative planning with your teams - starting tomorrow!


  • Identifying the how and who to implement collaborative planning
  • How collaborative planning allowed us to elevate and center community voices in storytelling
  • The value of joy & appreciation: both for teammates and your audience
Making Remote Working Work for Communications Directors
Presenter: Anna Mullen

2020 was the year of Zoom, physical distancing and mass migration to home offices. The learning curve for directing a remote communications department (or any nonprofit team!) can be steep - but you don't have to navigate it on your own. As many of us continue settling into the new normal of virtual workplaces, pick up some new tips, tricks, tactics, and tools for making remote communications work work for you.


  • Quick tools and low-budget hacks for keeping organized in your remote work setup
  • Strategies for effective remote team and project management
  • Pitfalls to avoid & benefits to make the most of when working from home