Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hello Hollywood - update on PEAK Grantmaking (formerly GMN) Annual Conference

SmartSimple took to the skies and followed a warmer jet stream down to Hollywood, CA, last week to attend the much anticipated GMN (Grants Managers Network) Annual Conference (March 20-22).

The three-day event is one of the biggest gatherings for grantmakers, and a key event in SmartSimple’s calendar.

This was our 6th year there, and as always, it was a valuable opportunity to catch up with grants managers and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) professionals from across the country, and share the unique benefits of our grants management solutions.

The highlight was a SmartSimple-led seminar on Predictive Analytics, delivered by guest presenter, John McConnell, Founder of Analytical People​. Based in London (England), Analytical People has helped businesses and organizations to interpret data intelligence for over 20 years.
Our time in Hollywood came to a wrap with a networking reception, co-hosted with our partners at The Innovation Network, a nonprofit evaluation and research firm who work closely with the voluntary sector.

Eric Lauer, Director of Customer Experience at SmartSimple comments:

"GMN’s Annual Conference is a fantastic opportunity to spend time with grantmakers and listen to their evolving needs. Sharing information on what to watch out for when choosing a grants management system is an important part of discussions. For us as technology experts, the conference gives crucial insight into the opportunities and challenges within granting - as we strive to push the limits on some of the biggest process hurdles facing our clients. Sincere thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat with us!"  

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Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the U.S., looked to SmartSimple in 2014 to help track, manage and report across multiple grants programs, and give true understanding into the impact of their funding efforts. Find out what they have to say about us here

Friday, March 17, 2017

SmartSimple exhibits at ACCP Annual Conference

SmartSimple representatives made the trip to San Antonio, Texas earlier this week to exhibit at the ACCP (Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals) Annual Conference (March 12-15).

The three-day gathering brings together CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) professionals from across the U.S., to discuss CSR strategy and the value of corporate giving.

It was our first time attending the conference, and it proved to be a valuable opportunity to meet with CSR Executives working in the private sector. We took the opportunity to share a sneak peek at CSR360°, our end-to-end CSR management solution.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to chat with us. To find out more about how CSR360° makes it easy to track and report on the full spectrum of CSR activities, join us at one of our upcoming demo webinars to see the full solution in action. Click here to register.

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Pictured above: Laura, Peter, Gary & Todd from SmartSimple  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Celebrating SmartSimple women on International Women's Day

The theme of this year's International Women's Day is “Be Bold For Change”. It's a message intended to push people toward concrete action on gender equality. Here are the career stories of five SmartSimple women. 

#BeBoldForChange #IWD2017

Dr. Teresa Clarke
Director of Research Solutions

As Director of Research Solutions, I work with some incredible women in research funding organizations from around the world. From an early stage, I made clear choices to follow a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). Having graduated in Biochemistry, I completed a PhD in structural biology, followed by an post-doctoral position in a leading pharma firm. You can’t know that you will have a successful career among the twists and turns, but if you set goals and remain flexible to take advantage of every opportunity, it will work out. Doing just that is probably what led to my promotion to the post of Senior Scientist, followed by a leadership role as Director of Research Programs. As a client of SmartSimple, I became something of a ‘superuser’ and when the opportunity arose to join the SmartSimple team, I decided it was time to explore new possibilities. 

In North America, there are many efforts to increase the number of women in STEM. This has resulted in good progress in establishing gender equality in STEM careers and an overall more positive culture shift. Although often the only woman in the room, rarely have I encountered barriers in my career. Not everyone has had the same positive experience, so continued education and change for gender balance and inclusivity is necessary.

Lijun Wu
Bilingual Technical Community Support

Technology colors every industry sector, which is why I made the decision to study Computer Science in college. At SmartSimple, I’m privileged to enjoy work and learn new things every day alongside many other talented women. The tech sector is constantly evolving and requires new knowledge, which encourages me to keep on developing my skills. With the support of others, I’m excited not only to build networks with the clients I support, but also increase my technical expertise. That support will be crucial to elevating my career in the long-term. 

Madhulika Sharma 
Director of Community Support

When I moved to Canada over 10 years ago, I aspired to apply my skills in a client-facing role. From early on, I was clear about my career ambitions, while remaining committed to my first priority – being a mum to my two beautiful children. I started out by working my way up in a Support Services Center, and later joined SmartSimple as Support & Training Specialist. In 2016, I was promoted to Director for Community Support and today, I manage a team of 12 and oversee our support offering to our 250+ clients globally. As women rise through the ranks, it’s important to be supportive of one another – not just cheering the accomplishments, but having the courage to offer constructive feedback so everyone rises together. As we make life decisions as women, we may learn that some of those decisions were wrong, but learning from mistakes allows us to become stronger and more resilient.

Sharon Courtney 
Product Business Analyst

I made the move to Toronto back in 2014, having worked in the finance and game design industry in Ireland, when there were times I was made aware of my gender. From starting out in implementation at SmartSimple, I recently made a lateral move into the product team and am fortunate to have benefitted from great learning opportunities and the support of mentors. On a world scale, you don’t have to look far to see there’s a lot more progress needed to achieve true gender equality, particularly in education and self-selection. 

Shivani Shah
Senior Business Analyst

When I consider my career with SmartSimple, the word that comes to mind is “diverse”. I first joined SmartSimple as a Java Developer and later made a lateral move to the post of Business Analyst. A graduate in engineering, I began my career as a Software Engineer and went on to complete an MBA. I’ve always had my sights set on a career in tech, and thrive on the challenge of thinking analytically, logically and taking design solutions into considerations. I consider myself fortunate to be living in an age and a country that offers women the opportunity to work in any industry we choose and celebrates our endeavors.