Preconference Workshop

A Solid Start for Newcomers to Advancement


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Wednesday, Oct. 3

New to community college advancement? Looking for a fresh start?

Plan on arriving in Palm Springs early to attend a special preconference workshop designed for newcomers-those who have started their community college advancement career in the past two years. Learn the essentials about key aspects of advancement and gain the skills needed to make for a stronger team and more success in the years ahead.

Separate registration fee required.



7:30-8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast and Networking

Elective Sessions (choose one)

  • Better Understand Yourself and Others to Increase Your Fundraising and Productivity
    Everything DiSC—a behavioral style instrument that can be used with everyone in an organization, regardless of title or role, to improve the quality of the workplace—can help you learn how to better understand yourself, your donors and others in order to raise more money and increase productivity. The information shared and the techniques learned can be applied to all situations from internal interactions to conversations with donors to personal situations. And can help you answer that age-old question, "Why is it so easy to work with some people and more challenging to work with others?"
    Tammy Thayer,
     CEO, Madison College Foundation8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • What Role Can a Foundation Play in Helping to Pass a Successful Bond Measure?
    This 3-panel discussion will include a strategy/communications consultant and two Executive Directors who have been involved in helping to pass successful bond measures. This is an incredible opportunity that community colleges have to raise millions of dollars, with a ROI that few Foundations can raise on their own through traditional fundraising methods. Hear about different ways they supported the bond efforts. Learn how you can motivate your board to become engaged and supportive in helping the college pass the bond. Avoid the pitfalls of having your board question whether it is ‘worth' the expenditure. Have an opportunity to ask questions and/or share your expertise with others in the session. Help position your college for a successful bond passage. Learn whether or not you need to hire legal counsel, and how to get expert advice from your auditors, and how you might work with strategists to help achieve passage of the bond. You will come away with a better understanding, soup to nuts, on how a bond measure works and what the Foundation's role is in the process.
    Lisa H. Brooks, Executive Director, Glendale College Foundation; Charles Heath, Partner, TBWB; and Shannon Hill, Executive Director for Institutional Advancement and the Foundation, Cuesta College

Things We Wished We Knew When We Were Newcomers
Reginald Best, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Henry Ford College; Doug Ferguson, Director of Alumni Programs, Delaware County Community College; and Lisa Vasquez, Vice President of Advancement, Collin College

Elective Sessions (choose one)

  • Kill the Gala
    Lisa Skari, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Highline College

  • Meaningful Alumni Engagement
    Doug Ferguson, Director of Alumni Programs, Delaware County Community College

  • Working with Foundations
    Donna harwood, Senior Marketing Specialist, Harper College

How to Make "Work" Work For You: Tips for Achieving Alignment Between Work and Life
Adults employed full time report working an average of 47 hours per week, which equates to nearly six days a week, according to Gallup. The percentage of U.S. workers in 2015 who Gallup considered engaged in their jobs averaged 32 percent. The majority of employees were "not engaged," while another 17.2 percent were "actively disengaged." 53 percent of Americans are unhappy with their work/life balance. This is a huge problem. We work too many hours, we don't take vacation, we ignore our family and friends, and we stress ourselves out. We eat more, sleep less, and take horrible care of ourselves. Advancement professionals are not immune to this condition and we have just as much responsibility for role modeling balance and self care as any other professional in higher education. Learn how to unplug, engage, self-advocate, communicate and relate...and make your work actually "work" for you.
*Caution: attending this session COULD change your life forever.
Kris McPeak,
Director of Operations/Programs, Pasadena City College Foundation

Workshop Adjourns

Sponsors Host
Blackbaud Foundation for California Community Colleges Network of California Community College Foundations

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