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Newcomers Workshop


Tuesday, May 15
8:00 AM-NOON
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.


8:00-8:30 AM
Registration and Breakfas

Welcome to CFR
Melissa Whipps,
Senior Director, Foundation Relations, Syracuse University

Welcome to Foundation Relations
Anthony Nicotera, Director of Foundation Relations, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey9:45-10:00

Welcome to Corporate Relations
Melissa Erekson, Executive Director of Corporate Foundation and Research Relations, Tulane University

CFR in a Small Shop/Doing it All
Susan Ferrari, Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations, Grinnell College

11:30 AM-NOON
Bringing It All Together 
Q&A Session


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