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Rhynda Stephens

Girls Inc. of Santa Fe
Event Manager
Santa Fe, NM
I began delivering speaking engagements when I was employed with the Intel Corporation and was an internationally certified Instructor of "Seven Habits for Highly Effective People." Since 2000, I have focused on motivational speaking concerning women's leadership, empowerment, and instructional talks about creating lasting partnerships between nonprofits and business sponsors. For the past five years, I have run a national Arts & Crafts Show that was the third largest in Santa Fe, and saw an average of 30,000 visitors. Additionally, I have grown a gala from raising $24,000 its first year to $130,000 its third year. Recently, I have replaced the upcoming Arts & Crafts Show with an urban rappelling event that broke records last year as a first year event, earning $70,000. The projection this year is doubled. I have developed a robust benefits plan that ensures a win-win for sponsors and nonprofits.  The combination of corporate, business ownership, and nonprofit experience has led to developing a multi-pronged approach to successful event fundraising with a fresh take on old methods and bold look at new methods.