General Sessions and Keynotes

NOTE: The first 30 minutes of each General Session will be reserved for seating and conversation. The program will follow.

General Session: Thursday Luncheon

Sponsored by Daxko
Thursday, April 27    
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Raving Fan Donors
Dr. Ken Blanchard

Dr. Ken Blanchard has accomplished much since his days as a regular Y kid experiencing a variety of programs at the New Rochelle YMCA in New York. From a very early age he recognized the important role the Y can play in the lives of kids and families. Throughout his adult life, he has had a passion to turn every leader into a servant leader. Ken Blanchard shares his insightful and powerful message with audiences around the world through speeches, consulting services and bestselling books. Universally characterized by his friends, colleagues and clients as one of the most influential and compassionate leadership experts in the world, Ken is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership. In fact, few people have influenced day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. 

When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. No matter how large the audience, he is able to communicate with each person as if he were talking one on one. Ken is a sophisticated storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand. In the past three decades he has authored or coauthored 60 books, including his iconic 1982 classic, The One Minute Manager, coauthored with Spencer Johnson and still on bestseller lists today. His groundbreaking works - including Raving Fans, The Secret and Leading at a Higher Level - have been translated into more than 42 languages. In 2005, Ken was inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best selling authors of all time. 

Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received his master's degree from Colgate University and his bachelor's and doctorate degrees from Cornell University. Ken has had an influential relationship with the YMCA of San Diego County over many years; serving as a mentor, guide and thought leader on how to run an outstanding Y by empowering leaders to change lives. Ken thrives on effecting transformational experiences and is excited to share his thoughts on creating Raving Fan Donors which has the potential to revolutionize the YMCA giving experience. Visit to learn more about Dr. Blanchard. 

Eagle Award Banquet   

Sponsored by Aire Fitness
Thursday, April 27  
6:30 - 8:30 pm

All Kids Thrive
Jonathan Mooney, President, Project Eye-To-Eye

Jonathan Mooney is a dyslexic writer and activist who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. When his teachers decided Jonathan needed special education because he could not follow directions, sit still or read well, he feared he'd lost his chance to be a regular kid. Suddenly he was "not normal." Suddenly he was a short-bus rider destined to travel a harder road, a distinction that screamed out his "difference" to a hostile world. Along with other kids facing similar challenges, he was denigrated daily. He almost lost hope. But there was one place where Jonathan wasn't labeled or different. A place where, due to the generosity of others, he had an opportunity to become an outstanding member of the soccer team - truly excelling at something. The Westchester YMCA in Los Angeles was Jonathan's outlet and a place where being a regular kid was an amazing gift. Eventually, Jonathan shocked the skeptics, graduating from Brown University with honors and a degree in English Literature. However, he could never shake the voice that insisted he would always be "less than." So he hit the road on an epic journey across the United States in a short bus.

Jonathan is Founder and President of Project Eye-To-Eye, a mentoring and advocacy non-profit organization for students with learning differences. Project Eye-To-Eye currently has 20 chapters in 13 states working with over 3,000 students, parents and educators nationwide. He is also an accomplished author and has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (LD/ADHD) and alternative education. Learning Outside the Lines (now in its 14th printing) was published when he was 23. His second book, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal is a memoir that has been lauded as "a heartfelt rebuke to the rigid definitions of normality" by Kirkus Review. 

Jonathan believes the YMCA plays a critical role in supporting all kids to find acceptance and success. At the Y: All Kids Thrive. 

General Session:  Communications Awards Luncheon

Friday, April 28  
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm  

Communicating our cause is central to the success of the YMCA. NAYDO is committed to recognizing and sharing communications excellence globally across the YMCA movement. Each year, YMCAs of every size, with any level of fundraising goal are encouraged to participate in the annual NAYDO Communications Awards Contest. Learn from the best, take home ideas for increased and improved communications and add to the philanthropic culture of your YMCA. 

Learn more about the Communications Awards

Preview of NAYDO 2018

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans and the Dryades YMCA are proud to come together to host NAYDO 2018 in New Orleans. Join your colleagues for a Culture of Giving at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside which is walking distance to the French Quarter and overlooks the mighty Mississippi River. The conference schedule will be moved up a day with the opening reception taking place on Tuesday afternoon, culminating with the final party on Thursday evening. We hope you wll extend your stay in New Orleans after the conference to attend the first weekend of the world famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Stay tuned for a sneak peak of your New Orleans experience during the Friday luncheon; hotel reservations will be available for the 2018 Conference at that time. 

If you want to serve on the 2018 Planning Committee, contact the NAYDO Office now or join the 2018 Conference Meeting onsite in San Diego, Friday morning 8:00 - 8:45 am.