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Planning Your Own Pathway to Grant Guru

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For your convenience, you can download the webinar slides here, and the Self-Assessment and Training Plan Worksheet here.

Do you have a firm grasp of what skills and knowledge a successful grant professional should have? Would you like to learn a logical way to create or contribute to your own professional development plan? Or perhaps you are curious about what knowledge and skills your peers have determined to be the pillars of their own success? 

Julie Assel has combined change theory with the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) Competencies and Skills to create an innovative self-assessment tool you can use to evaluate your own knowledge, experience, and comfort in the nine competencies and sixty-four skills. Learn how to utilize a self-assessment tool to create your own professional development plan and become more confident in your areas of strength.

In this recorded session, you will learn how to:

  • Determine your personal areas of strength and growth
  • Craft your professional development plan to address areas where there are gaps in knowledge, experience, or comfort
  • Identify opportunities to utilize your strengths to help local organizations, communities, and the greater grant profession in general


Julie Assel, GPC, President/CEO and Senior Writer, Assel Grant Services
Julie has written awarded grants totaling more than $100 million since 2003, writing both federal and foundation grants for non-profit organizations, healthcare organizations, universities, and school districts. She currently serves as Board President for the national Grant Professional Certification Institute and holds a Fundraising Certificate from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Luther College.

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About the Author

Julie Assel is President and CEO of Assel Grant Services, a professional grant services firm she founded in 2007. She has over fifteen years of experience in prospect research, proposal writing, and grant management. She is one of less than 400 grant professionals who hold the Grant Professionals Certified credential through the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, and one of just 25 GPCs who are also Approved Trainers through the Grant Professionals Association. Julie manages a deep training portfolio of over forty different training sessions annually through Assel Grant Services’ professional development programs. Her current portfolio includes training series on federal grants, grants and ethics, basic grant training, and more advanced topics related to grants. In addition to speaking at Grant Professional Association and Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter trainings, regional conferences, and national conferences, Julie also provides live and webinar trainings upon request to targeted audiences and the broader nonprofit field.

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