Chapter Membership Annual Meeting and Presentation: Uncharted Terrain: Mastering a $5.4M Project Without a Map

Business Acumen

In 'Uncharted Terrain: Mastering a $5.4M Project Without a Map', we embark on a journey through the unconventional project management landscape navigated by non-profit leaders with limited prior experience. This presentation delves into the initial project and challenges, strategic adaptation, and innovative problem-solving that propelled the Foundation 2 Crisis Services $5.4M capital campaign to success. Attendees will gain insights into the transferable lessons and cross-sector innovations gleaned from managing a complex renovation project, highlighting the process that emerged when traditional methodologies were redefined in real-time. This short presentation will offer a fresh perspective on flexibility, stakeholder engagement, and the lessons learned by utilizing a “fly by the seat of your pants” approach!

 Registration and payment holds your spot. When you check-in members will be reimbursed for the cost of registration.  

Prior to the program, please come early to enjoy food from Cliff's Grill as you walk around and learn more about PMI Eastern Iowa Chapter's accomplishments in 2023 and plans for 2024 through a "poster style" annual meeting. Current chapter members will also have the opportunity to vote on proposed changes to the Chapter By-Laws.


5pm - 6pm: Check-In, Networking, Annual Meeting (Poster Style) and Appetizers/Food

6pm - 7:15: Program and BuildingTour

7:15pm - 7:30pm: Wrap Up



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Emily Blomme, She/Her/Hers

Emily Blomme, She/Her/Hers
Chief Executive Officer, Foundation 2 Crisis Services
Emily Blomme serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Foundation 2 Crisis Services, a 24/7 non-profit organization that has been headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for more than 50 years. In her role, Emily leads a dedicated team of 170 who provide transformative and life-saving services through various channels, including crisis phone, chat, text, in-person interactions, school-based programs, and children and family services. Foundation 2’s mission is to be a trusted support when life gets tough. All people. Any time. Every time. Emily and her team provide support across the state as a 988 (national) provider, Your Life Iowa (statewide crisis line) contract holder, and various other independent lines. Emily’s passions include advocacy for initiatives that improves quality of life for everyone and authentic leadership mentoring and engagement. Since 2018, she has been a Crisis Accreditation Program Examiner with the American Association of Suicidology seamlessly blending her passion for policy and practice with a dedication to delivering high-quality services. Emily has a Bachelor of Science degree in human development and family studies from Colorado State University and for the last 23 years, much of her work has been in crisis response, suicide prevention and social justice initiatives. Beyond her professional commitments, Emily resides in Cedar Rapids with her husband, Jeremy, and together they are the proud parents of three adult children. Fueled by a love for coffee, vegetables, and sunshine, Emily finds joy in outdoor activities such as backpacking, running, cycling, and travel. Her leadership and personal interests converge to create a dynamic force for positive change and well-being in her community and beyond.

Katie Curtis, She/Her/Hers

Katie Curtis, She/Her/Hers
Chief Development Officer, Foundation 2 Crisis Services
Katie joined Foundation 2 Crisis Services as the Chief Development Officer in 2018. Katie is passionate about philanthropy, suicide prevention, and creating access to mental health services for all people. Katie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services with an emphasis in Youth Administration and Nonprofit Development, she also holds a minor in Family Services and a master’s degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development from the University of Northern Iowa. Katie is a member of the Junior League of Cedar Rapids, the Iowa Giving Crew, and the Downtown Rotary. Katie is a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, a Forty under 40 Honoree, and enjoys volunteering for the Cedar Rapid Metro Economic Alliance through the Community Development Innovation Council and Leadership for Five Seasons. She is married and has a son Calvin. Their family enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending as much time outside as possible!
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Type of category: Meetings

Type of activity: Business Acumen

Date: March 21st, 2024

Hour: 5:00PM to 7:15PM

# of PDUs: 1.5


Members: $15.00

Non members and Guests: $25.00


Foundation 2

305 2nd Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA, 52401