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Program

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This program includes four dynamic key sessions and up to eight elective sessions over a two day period, as well as plenty of time to network and interact with industry-leading sponsors.

Also included in the registration fee is continental breakfast and a networking lunch each day, along with admission to a pre-event party and welcome reception.

Track Sessions

Create your own curriculum by attending the sessions you want to round out your program. Look for these color-coded track sessions:

Collaboration Collaboration
Digital Strategy Digital Strategy 
Hands-On Analysis Hands-On Analysis 
New Tech/Strategy New Tech/Strategy 
Visualization/Storytelling Visualization/Storytelling 

Monday, Feb. 26


8:00 AM-4:30 PM

OverDRIVE/ 2018

Join us prior to attending DRIVE/ and take a deep dive into the world of analytics. An understanding of analytics demonstrates your value, advocates for the profession of prospect research and development and empowers you to make strong recommendations. In this one-day intensive, attendees will learn methods and processes to demystify and optimize data.


5:00-7:00 PM

DRIVE-in Party

Join your colleagues the night before the DRIVE/ conference kicks off for fun evening and casual networking. Games, entertainment, food and drinks will be offered.


     

Day 1, Tuesday, Feb. 27

Day 1 Day 2

The DRIVE/ Conference 2018


7:00-9:00 AM
Registration/Breakfast


9:00-10:00

Welcome and Opening Key Session

Big Social Data

Part creepy and part surprise, this session looks at how scientists and companies are leveraging big social data to develop new insights into what customers want. Jennifer Golbeck, a world leader in social media research, tracks the rise of social networks and data analytics, how new computational techniques are revealing hidden traits of millions of people online, and how this impacts the future of business.

Jennifer Golbeck, Director, Social Intelligence Lab, and Associate Professor, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland


10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Track Sessions

10:15-11:05 AM

Collaboration Collaboration
Holistic Engagement: Moving Beyond Capturing Data to Building Two-way Relationships
Hands-On Analysis Hands-On Analysis
Developing Ways to Tie Predictive Analytics for Prospect Scoring to Development Officer Performance
Visualization/Storytelling Visualization/Storytelling
Implementing Data-Informed Decision-making in Higher Ed Career Services
Digital Strategy Digital Strategy
Dissecting Digital Donors What's New? What's Not?
New Tech/Strategy New Tech/Strategy
The Man Who Mistook Alexa for an Oracle

11:25 AM-12:15 PM

Collaboration Collaboration
The Data Science of Alumni Connection: Implications for Practice in Fundraising and Alumni Relations
Hands-On Analysis Hands-On Analysis
Measuring Alumni Engagement: A Model-based Analytical Approach
Visualization/Storytelling Visualization/Storytelling
The Art and Benefit of Great Storytelling
Digital Strategy Digital Strategy 
Digging Into Digital Data for Enhanced Major Gift Solicitation Strategies
New Tech/Strategy New Tech/Strategy
The AI-Enabled Nonprofit: Using Artificial Intelligence as a Major Gifts Fundraiser


12:15-1:45

Networking Luncheon and Demo Sessions
List of participating companies coming soon.


1:45-2:35
Track Sessions

Collaboration Collaboration
Creating an Effective Training Plan
Hands-On Analysis Hands-On Analysis 
Prospect Probability Engine: Using Data Science to Optimize Fundraising at a Leading Academic Medical Center
Visualization/Storytelling Visualization/Storytelling 
Designing for Data
Digital Strategy Digital Strategy 
Marketing Automation: Early Learnings for Fundraisers, Communicators and Researchers
New Tech/Strategy New Tech/Strategy 
Data Science for Fundraising: Build Data-driven Solutions Using R

2:55-3:45
Demo Sessions
List of participating companies coming soon.


4:05-4:55

Key Session

Never Split the Difference

After 24 years with the FBI, Chris Voss has assembled a toolbox of effective tactics for high-pressure negotiations. Voss shares the specific things you can do to turn the tide of a negotiation in your favor-illustrating his points with both riveting, high-stakes stories of criminal negotiations and humorous, personal anecdotes from his trips to the mall. From why you always want to get your counterpart to say your name to why "yes" is the last thing you want to hear, Voss explains how to move a conversation along, how to startle people in the right way, and how to uncover someone's real motivation. By the end of this talk, you'll understand why a notorious terrorist once told Voss, "I hope they're paying you a lot."

Chris Voss, CEO, Black Swan Group, and Author, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended On It


5:00-6:00

Networking Reception


6:00

Conference Adjourns for the Day
Dinner on your own

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Day 2, Wednesday, Feb. 28


8:00-9:00 AM
Breakfast and Demo Sessions

List of participating companies coming soon.


9:00-9:45

Key Session

Less Artificial, More Intelligent

Maybe you have an Amazon Echo or Nest product in your home. Perhaps your systems are sophisticated enough in the workplace to put you in the AI space professionally. Or perhaps you know AI's impact on how you could do your work more efficiently and effectively, and its coming soon to your workplace. You'll leave this session understanding more about how machine learning and artificial intelligence works and how it will change the way we approach modern work. Explore how to build good analytic solutions and products in the age of AI and what human components are most necessary in the age of AI.

Scott Zoldi, Chief Analytics Officer, FICO

10:00 AM-NOON
Track Sessions

10:00-10:50 AM

  Collaboration Collaboration 
How to Create an Amazing Data Collection and Analytics Program to Support Alumni Outcomes Reporting
  Hands-On Analysis Hands-On Analysis 
Bridging the Gap Between Fundraising Activity and Budgetary Impact
  Visualization/Storytelling Visualization/Storytelling 
Creative Brainstorming with Data
  Digital Strategy Digital Strategy 
Connections and Clicks: Leveraging Big Data to Gain Engagement Insights
  New Tech/Strategy New Tech/Strategy 
Eating the Elephant: One Data Byte at a Time

11:10 AM-NOON

  Collaboration Collaboration
Can You Repeat That, Please? How Data Analysts and Institutional Leadership and Can Speak the Same Language
  Hands-On Analysis Hands-On Analysis 
Build an Analytics Dashboard from Scratch with Python/Flask
  Visualization/Storytelling Visualization/Storytelling 
Building a Better World Through Data
  Digital Strategy Digital Strategy 
Using Social Listening to Identify Alumni Engagement Opportunities & Influencers
  New Tech/Strategy New Tech/Strategy 
Redefining Major Gift Officer Service Models


NOON-1:30 PM

Networking Luncheon and Demo Sessions
List of participating companies coming soon.


1:30-3:20
Track Sessions

1:30-2:20

  Collaboration Collaboration
Precision Philanthropy
  Collaboration Collaboration 
Driving Collaborative Decision-making Across the Organization
  Hands-On Analysis Hands-On Analysis 
A Predictive Model to Forecast MBA Internship Placement Success
Digital Strategy Digital Strategy
Tapping the Social Media and Text Data Fire Hose
  New Tech/Strategy New Tech/Strategy 
Budgeting for CRM Conversion at a Public Liberal Arts College

2:30-3:20

  Collaboration Collaboration
Knight or Ninja? Advancement Services in the European Market
  Hands-On Analysis Hands-On Analysis
Data-driven Partnerships
  Digital Strategy Digital Strategy
Creating a Personalized Web Experience to Drive Enrollment and Giving
Guiding Advancement Into A Digital First Mindset
  New Tech/Strategy New Tech/Strategy 
Top 10 Mistakes Made When Selecting a CRM or ERP 


3:40-4:30
Closing Key Session

Why Drive When You Can Soar?

You have a choice: set yourself apart, succeed and multiply your help to others; or, set your cruise control and maintain your impact on others. If you made the first choice, you will learn about a three-step structure to help you soar. If you made the second choice, you will hear the stories to help you think again.

Ashutosh Nandeshwar, Assistant Vice President, Relationship Management and Data Sciences, University of Southern California

4:30
Conference Adjourns

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