name: douglas knight
role: chief connector
favorite team: syracuse university orangemen
instrument: trumpet (and a little guitar)
Douglas Knight (DK) is Chief Connector for Connect The Dots Movement, an impact organization dedicated to working with nonprofiteers, small biz rockstars, government leaders, and education institutions who see a need for new policy, practice and attitude in our community revitalization.. and that’s there’s a better way for our communities to connect the dots to all our city’s assets/resources in that development strategy. Consultant? Sure…but he prefers to be called a “community broker” – connecting assets and resources to impact community.
In roles as staff member, board member, coach and consultant, Doug has worked with organizations of various sizes and scopes, to best maximize their abilities to provide impact in their respective communities. From “friendraising” to fundraising, strategic planning to event management, and everything in-between, Doug looks to bring passion and excitement to projects and campaigns with organizations ranging from mid-size associations to small, local start up organizations. Doug’s focus areas include: Leadership Development, Marketing & Public Relations, Board Development, Strategic Fund Development, Strategic Planning, Special Event Management, Social Media Strategy and Communications.
Doug has presented at conferences, seminars and workshops all across the country and via the good old Interwebs. From your hometown to TEDx conferences, DK is a passionate (some might say “crazy”) advocate for a new perspective on leadership, nonprofiteering, community development, and the role of social enterprise and social philanthropy in today’s economy. He is believer in “The Connection Economy” and is proud to share his take on how this new economic reality shapes our organizations, leaders and events.
DK’s got a concert-tour-like life story. Family roots are from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Born in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. Raised a bit in Taylor, Pennsylvania. Grew up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Go Clippers!). District of Columbia resident for sixteen years. Now living in Red Lion, Pennsylvania. He’s an avid New England Sports fan, loves everything about music (don’t play the “name that tune” game with him, it’s unreal and somewhat frightening) and enjoys a good scotch & cigar every so often. In 2011, Doug assisted in designing, developing and launching CForward, the first advocacy and political action committee (PAC) exclusively for the educating and electing of candidates who see the nonprofit sector as more “asset than extra” in their communities as job creators, economic engines and catalysts for change. Proud Sons of American Legion (SAL) and Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks member (Elks Lodge #213, York, PA). MARRIED
Engaged to Ms. Korey Warner. Rockin’ two cats (Lord Izaak Duke of Earl Grey and Lady Day Izzy Grey) and one Blackberry (yes, a blackberry…consider him “smartphone old school”).
DK believes in The Connection Economy and loves nothing more than to travel to organizations, conferences, seminars, backyard BBQs, anywhere.. and share the story of how we can all, as a community, revitalize and restore our cities and towns by first re-tooling our systems and leaders… by kickin’ ass and finding our “why” (thanks Simon Sinek). Bring him to your event or organization.. let’em show you, experience DK face-to-face!
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