PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
Build the Future
Facilitated by Shaun Simpkins, PFLAG Portland and Brooke Smith, PFLAG National
Workshop Block 2: Saturday, October 21 - 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Databases, websites, and other technology services can enable your chapter to track members, donations, and the work you do. Even more importantly, using tech tools can help reduce workloads for volunteers and ensure smoother leadership transitions. But it isn’t always easy to learn about new options and implement them with your chapter. This roundtable discussion will give you a chance to ask questions, share information, and network with others who are working to leverage evolving technology to be more effective. Bring your questions and expertise to the roundtable!
Shaun Simpkins handles IT and Communications for PFLAG Portland’s 3-chapter family. Formerly an electronics engineer in Portland’s high-tech corridor, he revamped PFLAG Portland’s backoffice, website, and social media tools to support its growth from a single chapter to a family of chapters. In 2015 he launched Chapter Chatter, a private social network bringing together the leadership teams of all the chapters in the 5-state Pacific Northwest region. Although he enjoys all this techy stuff, he believes you don’t need an advanced degree or much of a budget to bring your chapter into the electronic age.
Brooke is a Field Manager and has been with PFLAG 2004. Brooke holds degrees in journalism and English from the University of Kansas and graphic design from Johnson County Community College.