Conferences & Training

Newcomers Workshop

May 10, 2017
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Ill., United States
8 a.m. - 12 :30 p.m. Eastern

New to CFR? Jumpstart your conference experience by attending this half-day session led by some of the nation's top CFR professionals.

This workshop is packed full of new ideas and best practices designed to ensure your success in the field of corporate and foundation relations. In addition to covering a variety of important CFR topics, you'll have a chance to network with fellow newcomers from across the country as you learn creative new ways to navigate the CFR landscape. This session places a priority on answering all questions from participants in a friendly and dynamic learning environment and is especially beneficial for professionals 1-3 years into their CFR roles.

This program is designed for newcomers to the advancement profession and is held in conjunction with the Annual Conference for Corporate and Foundation Relations Officers.

Separate registration fee required.


8:00-8:45 AM
Registration and Breakfast

Welcome, Introductions, and Session Overview

Welcome to CFR: Nuts and Bolts and Everything in Between
Speaker: Deepa Srikanta, Associate Director for Corporate Relations, Key Industries, Michigan State University

Working with Foundations
Speaker: Michael Dettelbach, Assistant Vice President of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Brandeis University

Working with Corporations
Speaker: Stella Wixom, Executive Director, Business Engagement Center, University of Michigan


Fundraising for Liberal Arts
Speaker: Mark DeWitt, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Hope College

11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Working Lunch: Bringing It All Together
Interactive Q&A Session

Workshop Adjourns



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