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Day 1, Thursday, April 20, 2017

8:00-9:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Conference Overview

Opening Keynote with Tricia Rose
Storytelling for Social Justice: The Power of Education to Change the World

This talk will consider the ways that colorblind story framing invisibly impedes our understanding of racial inequality and will identify storytelling that lays the groundwork for a just society.

Speaker: Tricia Rose, Brown University Chancellor's Professor of Africana Studies, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

11:00 AM-NOON
Elective Sessions (choose one)

  • Leadership: What Do We Do Now? Harvard Alumni Affairs and Development's Journey on a Mission to Change Our Culture
    Harvard University's central alumni affairs and development team knew we had a diversity and inclusion problem —both in our talent management and how we create programming to represent a significantly changing alumni constituency. We asked for advice, got opinions, analyzed data and learned that diverse and inclusive organizations perform better, but no one offered a roadmap on how to change our culture. Instead of continuing to talk about our diversity and inclusion issues, we took action and started small with a Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. This session outlines one university's journey to changing our alumni affairs and development culture, a journey that needs your voice too.

    Speaker: Siovhan O'Connor, Senior Executive Director, Alumni Affairs & Development Services, Harvard University; Chandra Mohammed, Associate Director of Clubs and Shared Interest Groups, Harvard Alumni Association; Sterling Shury, Business Process and Technology Manager for Alumni Affairs and Development, Harvard University
  • Philanthropy: Demystifying Corporate and Foundation Grant Seeking in 2017: The Changing Landscape of Corporate and Foundation Funding
    How does investment in nonprofit interests benefit the bottom line, or support a foundation's stated mission? We will take a close look at how corporations and foundations engage with nonprofits whose work correlates with their respective enterprise, foci, reputation and self-interests. Join us as corporate and foundation executives address how their investments reflect our collective concerns in a change environment. Learn how today's corporate interests and foundation missions are migrating from historic corporate and foundation philanthropy.

    Speakers: Panel — LaSandra Boykin, Community Affairs, Delta Airlines; Sharnita C. Johnson, Program Director, Arts, Geraldine Dodge Foundation; Janine Lee, President & CEO, Southeastern Council of Foundations; Stan Thompson, Director, Education Program, The Heinz Endowment

    Moderator: Brenda Wilson-Hale, Senior Consultant and Principal at Marts & Lundy, Inc.

NOON-2:00 PM
Lunch on your own

Know Your Why
Panel Discussion
Leaders in the fundraising profession discuss how to understand what motivates you and inspires you in your life and in your job. When you find your purpose, you will be more likely to find success and thrive in a fulfilling career. Topics include what steps to take to find and follow your passion and how to listen to yourself to understand your driving force. Panelists share personal stories and examples which will inspire you on your journey to "know your why."

Leadership Panel: Lori Brookins, Senior Development Officer, Harvard Business School; Steven Carter, Executive Director, Prince George's County Parks and Recreation Foundation; Patricia Watson, Senior Vice President for University Advancement, Brown University, Birgit Smith Burton, Chair, African American Development Officers Network and Executive Director of Foundation Relations, Georgia Tech.

Moderator — Angelique Grant, Aspen Leadership Group

Roundtable Discussions (choose one)

  • How to identify and hire leaders/profession mentoring
  • Ethics in fundraising
  • Using social media and/or crowdfunding platforms, where are donors giving?
  • Donor retention
  • Career mapping
  • Engaging millennials with your organization

Networking Reception

Conference Adjourns for the Day
Dinner on your own

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Day 2, Friday, April 21, 2017

8:00-9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

Star Power: Engaging Celebrities or High-Profile Individuals in Fundraising
If only we could get our top alumni, parents, or partners to headline our event, retweet our cause, sign the year-end appeal or, better yet, donate $1 million. Oftentimes development professionals consider how to best leverage well-known alumni or how to engage a celebrity supporter to ensure fundraising success. How can relationships with high-profile individuals energize fundraising efforts? In this keynote panel, leaders from prominent organizations discuss their experiences collaborating with celebrities to inspire philanthropy for worthwhile causes.

Speakers: Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, President, Spelman College; Cannon Kent, Atlantic Records; Afemo & Elisabeth Omilami, Actors and CEO of Hosea Helps!

Moderator: Charmaine Ward, Director Corporate Relations, Georgia Power and Chair of Board, True Colors Theatre

Elective Sessions (choose one)

  • Philanthropy: Planned Giving and Diverse Donors
    Planned giving includes gifts such as those made through estate plans, beneficiary designations, appreciated stocks and gift annuities. Women, people of color, young entrepreneurs and the LGBTQ community represent growing business owners and emerging wealth holders that are often excluded by outdated donor profiles which narrow the pool of planned giving prospects. Re-examine your planned giving strategies to include diverse populations and help your donors create a lasting legacy on your organization. This session will explore ways to tap into these donor markets with planned gifts.

    Speakers: Lula S. Dawit, JD, LLM, Planned Giving Officer, Spelman College; Ali Gant, Gift Planning Officer, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; Corrine L. Corrine Grant, Director of Development, Clemson University

    Moderator: George R. Cotton, Sr., Vice President, University Advancement, Executive Director, FAMU Foundation, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Leadership: Performance-Based Hiring Techniques for Development: How to Hire Smarter and Increase Diversity
    Many organizations are still using traditional search models and techniques to try and address the lack of diversity on their team and fill their constant stream of development vacancies. But what can hiring managers do to optimize their time and resources to find and hire their dream candidates? By making the simple shift from using traditional job descriptions and behavioral-based hiring to results-driven hiring, you can learn to identify what you need done on your team and who the best person is to accomplish it. In this session you'll learn the basic principles of Performance-Based Hiring (created by famed recruiter and author, Lou Adler), how it's being used at the University of Colorado's Office of Advancement and how it can help reduce hiring bias and increase your teams' ability to recruit, hire and seal the deal with candidates who will deliver results.

    Speaker: Kathleen Casanova, Director of Recruitment, Engagement and Training, University of Colorado, Office of Advancement

11:45 AM-1:15 PM
Building Ties with Diverse Donors (In Partnership with the Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Today's donors are more diverse than ever, and fundraising experts warn that traditional appeals and approaches don't always resonate with Americans of all races and ethnicities. Yet few nonprofits have figured out how to attract diverse donors. How well is your nonprofit connecting with donors of color? Join four experts for an information-filled session, complete with practical ideas for building ties with African American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Latino donors. Our speakers share real-world examples of strategies and appeals that get diverse donors involved and broaden support for your cause. They'll also share insights into some common motivators for giving within different cultures. Don't miss this chance to hear from a big-gifts fundraiser who works with high-net-worth African Americans, the head of a foundation that supports Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, a foundation executive who is building Latino philanthropy in California, and a consultant who has spent most of his career fostering philanthropy among donors of color.

Speakers: Darryl K. Lester, Founder, HindSight Consulting and the Community Investment Network; Terri Bradford Eason, Director of Gift Planning, The Cleveland Foundation; Audrey Yamamoto, President and Executive Director, Asian Pacific Fund; Sara Velten, Vice President of Philanthropy, Latino Community Foundation

Closing Remarks

Conference Adjourns

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