Fail Forward

Fail Forward

It’s time to change the way we talk about failure in the nonprofit sector
and to acknowledge the ne
ed to be daring.

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DANA’s Fail Forward Event for Nonprofit and Philanthropy leaders considers failure as a condition of innovation. Errors are built-in learning labs for creating opportunity.

Registrants will participate in two sessions – with time for networking, gameplay, refreshments, and idea sharing throughout. Camp Arrowhead is a beautiful property located on Rehoboth Bay, with a rustic outdoor environment. Participants will need to walk on uneven ground to reach the Wright Pavilion, so casual attire and closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.

Session One:
“F’ing Up” – having fun with the F word
Julia Byren and Njideka Wiggins in a mini workshop designed to help you build a more positive relationship with failing.
Session Two:
Improvisational Leadership: Yes Every Gift, Face Every Fear, Calm Every Chaos
Mike Eppehimer will lead participants through a practice using
techniques to incorporate improvisational leadership into their personal
leadership work as well as the experiences of the teams they support.


Generously Underwritten By

Thursday, September 23, 2021

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Rain date: October 14, 2021

Camp Arrowhead
35268 Homestead Way
Lewes, DE 19958

Save Your Seat

Registration – $50.00

*Registration is limited to one leader per
organization due to limited seating capacity.

Julia K. Byrem, M.A. – next world collective
Founder & Facilitator 

Julia is a dynamic and inspired educator and facilitator dedicated to restorative equity and social justice. For nearly a decade, Julia has been engaged in equity work and holistic wellness. She found her home when she discovered the transformative power of restorative practices: actionable methods of connecting and relating that serve to support culture shift and true equity. Julia holds a master’s degree in Equity and Social Justice from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Liberation Psychology from the same. She has had the honor of learning from globally recognized facilitators and organizations. For example, she has attended trainings with David Yusem of the Oakland Unified School District, Sonya Shah and the Bay Area Ahimsa Collective, and Kay Pranis at Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute. Julia is a certified yoga and meditation teacher at the 500-hour level, and has further certifications in somatics, movement, and Āyurveda. She teaches and develops curricula for various training and equity programs and guest-lectures at West Chester University and the University of Delaware. Julia is the Director of Restorative Equity at Sussex Academy of the Arts and Sciences (a Delaware K-12 charter school).

Mike EppeheimerMike, MHA, LSSBB, FACHE –  ThreefoldYes, LLC

Mike Eppehimer, MHA, LSSBB, FACHE is an executive, author, speaker and improvisor with over 20 years of experience in healthcare strategy, operations, and consulting. He is the Founder of ThreefoldYes, LLC, an organization focused on transforming individuals, organizations and communities through leadership, health, and equity. He served most recently in multiple leadership roles at ChristianaCare, including President of the ChristianaCare Medical Group, Senior Vice President, Service Line Operations and Vice President, Department of Medicine. He has also served in leadership roles at the George Washington University Hospital and the Advisory Board Company. Mike has nearly three decades of experience studying, performing, and teaching improvisational theater starting at the University of Maryland and then continuing in Chicago and Washington, DC.   Mike earned his Master of Health Administration from George Washington University and his BA in Theater and Communication from University of Maryland, College Park. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and an ASQ Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

Njideka Wiggins – N.O.W. & Associates


Ms. Wiggins is a licensed clinical therapist, a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist (CCFS) and the founder of N.O.W. & Associates. Njideka holds a Master of Science in Human Services Administration and Community Psychology from Springfield College SHS (2002) and a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Eastern University (2005). In 2012, she obtained her certification as a Compassion Fatigue Specialist at the Traumatology Institute in Toronto, Ontario under the instruction of Dr. Anna Baranowsky, one of the field’s leading experts. Njideka has over 30 years of corporate management experience in the financial industry. She spent 15 years at MBNA America (now Bank of America) where she was the first African American First Vice President. A self-described “Artivist – an activist who believes in the power of the arts to yield transformative, sustainable change,” Njideka strives to fuse these two ideals in all she does. Under the umbrella of N.O.W. and Associates, Njideka is honored to work with such partners as Next World Collective as a Restorative Equity Program facilitator; – a leading, online mental health service, as a Therapist; ARTFusion Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes understanding of difficult social issues via live theatrical experiences; and the YWCA of Delaware where she facilitates equity dialogues and professional DEI trainings, among others.

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“Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

British Statesman and Prime Minister