Conferences & Training
Faculty - International Advancement Conference: North American Strategies for Global Alumni Relations and Fundraising

Conference Co-Chairs

Marc Weinstein

Marc Weinstein
Vice-Principal of University Advancement
McGill University

Marc Weinstein is vice-principal of university advancement at McGill University, where he spearheaded "Campaign McGill: History in the Making." "Campaign McGill" was the university's most ambitious and comprehensive fundraising effort ever and raised a remarkable $1.026 billion in just eight years.

He has previously served as vice-president and general counsel of the MUHC Foundation, playing a key role in the $300-million "Best Care for Life Campaign," and as executive director of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation in Montreal. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Philanthropic Career Award from the Quebec Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Weinstein holds degrees in arts and law from McGill, as well as a master's degree from York University in Toronto. He is a member of the Quebec Bar.


Benjamin Zoll

Benjamin Zoll
Assistant Vice President, Principal and Major Gifts
Boston Children’s Trust

Benjamin Zoll is the assistant vice president for principal and major giving at Boston Children’s Hospital. He oversees a number of teams at BCH, including international giving, which features two dedicated front-line officers. Zoll and his team develop and implement the international fundraising strategy for the hospital’s current $1.3B campaign. His team oversees international development travel for leadership and hospital faculty, as well as creates new materials and communications tools for a global audience, working to expand and build the BCH brand among grateful patients and unaffiliated donors alike.

Prior to working at BCH, Zoll served as senior director of international advancement at Harvard University, where he oversaw university-wide international giving and policy. He has more than 15 years of experience working internationally, including development roles at Conservation International and Johns Hopkins University. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, has a master's degree from the Jackson School at the University of Washington in East Asian Studies, and a bachelor's degree from Hamilton College in world politics.



Faculty

     

David W. Cashman

David W. Cashman
Senior Director, International Advancement
University of Chicago

David Cashman has more than 13 years of experience in higher education development and is currently senior director, international advancement for the University of Chicago. In this capacity he leads a team to increase philanthropic support of the University from alumni, parents, friends and organizations in key markets outside the U.S. In addition he helps implement a coordinated program of activities which expand the University's international fundraising capacity globally. From January 2013 to April 2015, he was Director of International Advancement-Asia, with a focus on India and China and, since April 2015, his work includes oversight of global advancement initiatives.

Prior to this, Cashman spent 8 years at Chicago Booth, most recently as Senior Associate Director for Alumni Affairs and Development where he served as principal relationship manager for the dean's advisory boards, including cabinets in Asia, Central/South America, and Europe/Middle East. He managed a portfolio of high-capacity individuals in support of fundraising and alumni engagement goals globally, helped establish the school's first Global Advisory Board, and managed global board recruiting.

Cashman has an M.B.A. from Chicago Booth, a master's degree in social science from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor's degree in history from Boston College.


Verónica Martini

Verónica Martini
Senior Executive Director, Global Initiatives
Columbia University

Verónica Martini is senior executive director for University Development at Columbia University, in which capacity she leads a centralized team of fundraisers with international and regional portfolios, while providing managerial leadership and strategies relevant to Global Initiatives programs, functions and mission. Previously, she served as associate director for strategy and development at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, leading that center's strategic planning, communications and fundraising activities, managing key relationships to outside individuals and constituencies, such as alumni, high-profile visitors, corporations, foundations and institutions throughout the United States and Latin America. Additionally, she has been a consultant for the Massachusetts State Government, as senior strategic adviser for Latin America, and has served on staff and board of directors of the now-former New England-Latin America Business Council, a Boston-based trade organization for which she managed special development projects.

Martini holds a bachelor's degree from the Patagonian Institute of English Teacher Training in Argentina, an master's degree in English education from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, and a master's degree in international education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.



Speakers

 

Barett T. Christensen

Barett T. Christensen
Director, Marketing and Digital Services
Bentz Whaley Flessner

Barett T. Christensen is the director of marketing and digital services at Bentz Whaley Flessner specializing in digital and social media engagement. With 11 years of digital experience, he has helped organizations raise millions of dollars using social media. He is a recognized expert in social advertising and campaign strategy, multivariate audience segmentation and wealth targeting, message and channel selection, and real-time campaign analysis and optimization.

Before joining the firm, Christenson served as professor and director of the Social Media Marketing Department at LDS Business College, where he developed the country's first accredited degree and certificate in Social Media Marketing. Previously, he led development teams at Brigham Young University in marketing and communications, donor engagement and stewardship, planned giving, prospect research and portfolio management. He earned a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in secondary education, both from Brigham Young University. Christenson is a Certified Fundraising Executive, Facebook Certified Advertiser, and a Certified Quality Process Analyst.


Anne E. Cunningham

Anne E. Cunningham
Executive Director International Development Initiatives
Case Western Reserve University

Since July 2016, Anne Cunningham has been a leader of the International Development Initiatives at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. At CWRU she leads a team of cross-divisional leaders to engage alumni and parents in global markets to support the $1.5 billion Forward Thinking Campaign. Anne is responsible for planning strategic international travel for the President, Board of Trustee members and Deans of individual schools as well as staffing a volunteer committee focused on specific markets in Asia and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining Case Western Reserve University, she was the senior director of development for the Case Alumni Association seven years. She has a bachelor's degree in Political Science and is currently working towards a master's degree in nonprofit management at Case Western Reserve University.


Ginger Dagli

Juhi Ginger Dagli
Director, Global Leadership Development--Middle East, Turkey, Scandinavia & India
Boston University

Juhi Ginger Dagli joined Boston University's Global Leadership Development team in 2009 and was named director, global leadership development for India and Middle East in 2010. Since that time she has expanded her regions to include Turkey and the Nordic countries. She solely focusses on fundraising in international markets. She also develops regional/country specific strategies to energize alumni and parent networks in untapped markets and leverages those networks to discover, connect and cultivate new donors for the university. She has successfully raised leadership level gifts across these regions towards the university's $1.5B capital campaign. She works closely with the university president, deans of all the schools and colleges and senior members of the development team, to engage alumni and to identify members for the President's International Advisory Board and dean's advisory boards.

She collaborates closely with the university's international alumni relations team to help identify opportunities to enhance alumni engagement and develop strategies to strengthen networks through local alumni leadership empowerment. These networks play a dual role: to enhance the university's presence in these regions and increase alumni engagement and alumni giving internationally.

Prior to joining Boston University, from 2005 -2008, Dagli served as the executive eirector for The Dubai Initiative at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. During her work as executive director she collaborated with the Government of Dubai to help establish a Dubai School of Government for public policy. From 1999 - 2005, she worked as a senior analyst for Abt Associates Inc.-- a public policy research consulting company--on domestic public policy projects in health, education, science and workforce development and international development projects focused on the health sector in the Middle East and Africa. All of these projects were funded by U.S government agencies.

Dagli was born in Mumbai, India. She finished part of her schooling in Dubai, UAE and grew up in Dubai, UAE and in Salalah, Sultanate of Oman, before relocating to Boston. She has a bachelor's degree in marine science and aquaculture from the University Professors Program at Boston University.


Matt DeVecchi
Senior Associate Dean of External Relations
USC Marshall School of Business

Matt DeVecchi is the senior associate dean for development at the USC Marshall School of Business, where he oversees the school's alumni relations, corporate relations and fundraising activities, managing a 27-person external relations staff. He and his team recently completed a $400M campaign for Marshall, which finished ahead of schedule. The effort was part of the University of Southern California's university-wide $6B fundraising campaign designed to advance the university's mission of academic excellence and support research and scholarship to address society's most pressing challenges.

Prior to joining USC Marshall, DeVecchi spent nine years in major gift, capital giving and annual giving roles at Harvard University, where he managed the strategic planning and execution of a South Asia-focused fundraising campaign that raised $60M for the construction of a new building on the Harvard Business School campus.

DeVecchi holds a bachelor's degree in management from Gettysburg College and a master's degree in higher education administration from Harvard University.


Andrew Elrick
Executive Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS)
Harvard University

Andrew Elrick has been named executive director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), to begin February 1. Elrick will depart his position as director of administration of the Global Initiative at the Harvard Business School (HBS). He will take the helm of one of the most active area studies centers at Harvard, managing a staff of nearly 30 carrying out activities in main office in Cambridge as well as overseas offices in Santiago de Chile, São Paulo, Brazil, and Mexico City. DRCLAS was founded in 1994 with the mission of promoting teaching and learning about Latin America and related fields at Harvard, strengthen ties between Harvard and institutions throughout Latin America, and enhance public understanding of Latin America in the United States and abroad.

Elrick brings 15 years of experience at Harvard, including work at LASPAU, HBS, and as the interim executive director at the Harvard University Shanghai Center. 

He holds an undergraduate degree in Latin American studies and international relations from Tulane University  and a master's degree in international education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Elrick speaks both Portuguese and Spanish and has lived and studied abroad in Venezuela, Portugal and Spain. He has spent much time in Latin America in his professional endeavors, including two years researching telecommunications markets for the Economist Intelligence Unit.


Peter Fissinger

Peter Fissinger
President & Chief Executive Officer
Campbell & Company

Throughout his 30-year career in institutional advancement, Peter Fissinger has successfully designed and implemented major capital fundraising, annual giving programs, planned giving programs, and marketing and publication efforts. He has extensive experience working with academic clients, including College of Saint Benedict, Latin School of Chicago, Lovett School, Marquette University, Saint Mary's College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Seattle University, and University of Notre Dame.

Prior to joining Campbell & Company, Fissinger served in advancement roles in institutions of higher education, independent schools and medical organizations. He is a member of the board of the Giving Institute, a past chair of the Giving USA Advisory Council on Methodology, a past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), a member of the CASE Industry Advisory Council, a member of the board of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and a member of the Naperville Historic Preservation Commission.

He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.


Jennifer Good
Director of Development, Europe
Stanford University


Emily Kessler

Emily Kessler
Senior Director of Development, International
Georgetown University

Emily Kessler brings more than 10 years of international development experience to her role as senior director of development, international at Georgetown University, most recently from Johns Hopkins University where she oversaw international fundraising with a portfolio focused on Asia.

She has a master's degree in international public policy, concentrating on China and Middle East Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and an undergraduate degree in art history and religious studies from the University of Oregon.


Wendy Kuran

Wendy Kuran
Associate Vice President for Business Development: Duke Kunshan University (DKU) and China
Duke University

Wendy Kuran is Duke University's associate vice president for business development: Duke Kunshan University (DKU) and China. With her team in China and the United States, she is accountable for attracting philanthropic and other types of support from within and outside of China to build the brand and the ecosystem for Duke's joint-venture independent research university that opened in fall 2014. Reporting jointly to Duke's provost and the vice president for development, and working closely with the executive vice chancellor of Duke Kunshan, Kuran built the development, alumni relations, corporate relations and executive education functions at this start-up university.

From 2007-2012, she served as associate dean for centers and global corporate relations at Duke's Fuqua School of Business, accountable for the school's industry-facing strategies and initiatives. She created and managed centers in entrepreneurship, leadership, international business, energy/environment, financial services, consulting, consumer goods and technology/entertainment/media. Prior to that, she held a series of senior executive positions at UnitedHealthcare, PacifiCare Health Systems and St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, CA.

Kuran earned her A.B. in English magna cum laude from Princeton University and her master's degree in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has lived abroad and traveled extensively on six continents.


Peter Lasher

Peter Lasher
Senior Vice President
Grenzebach Glier + Associates

Peter J. Lasher is senior vice president at Grenzebach Glier and Associates. He brings to the firm more than 20 years of successful fundraising experience, including five billion-dollar capital campaigns at both private and public institutions. Throughout his career, he has specialized in driving fundraising performance by utilizing philanthropic analytics and performance metrics to achieve campaign goals. He has particular expertise in campaign operations, major and principal gift program management, performance analytics, fundraiser training and volunteer management.

Lasher most recently served as the associate vice president for university development for Michigan State University's Advancement team, where he directed campaign operations and managed a fundraising staff. Previously, he was associate vice president for university development at Georgetown University. He has experience with all facets of campaign operations, including the articulation of campaign priorities and goals, the development of cases for private support, and the building of partnerships with academic and volunteer leadership.

Prior to this work, Lasher served as associate senior vice president of development at the University of Southern California. He has also held leadership positions at other premier institutions, including associate dean for development and alumni relations at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School and assistant dean for external relations at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business.

He has a master's degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree in history from Hamilton College.


Justin Michalka

Justin Michalka
Executive Director of International Advancement
University Development Office, The University of Texas at Austin

Since September 2016, Justin Michalka has served as the executive director of international advancement within the University Development Office at the University of Texas at Austin. As part of the Principal Gifts Team, he and his teammates, Jenn Wang and Celeste Mendoza, work with constituencies around the world toward increased involvement with and support of the university’s priorities, in alignment with their particular interests and passions. He and his team also coordinate and manage strategic international travel for the president, provost, and other university leadership. Justin

Michalka has been with UT-Austin for more than 15 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University.


Jessica L. Miley

Jessica L. Miley
Senior Director, International Development
Boston Children’s Hospital Trust

Jessica Miley is the senior director of international development at Boston Children's Hospital Trust. She oversees the international fundraising team and is responsible for developing and implementing the global fundraising strategy for the hospital's current $1.3B campaign. She unites donors all over the world with hospital leaders, physicians, scientists and nurses to create and implement philanthropic projects that target all disciplines of the hospital—from genetics to surgical simulation to art therapy.

Prior to working at Boston Children's Hospital, she was the national director of development at the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation where she oversaw the organization's fundraising program ranging from major gifts to direct mail. She also has experience in higher education where she served as the stewardship officer for the University of Pittsburgh and developed stewardship strategies for the university's seven-figure donors.

Early in her career, Miley lived and worked in both Karagwe, Tanzania and Zibo, China, which sparked her interest in international philanthropy. Graduating Summa Cum Laude and with highest honors from the University of Pittsburgh, she went on to the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.


Scott Nichols

Scott Nichols
Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Boston University

Scott Nichols is the senior vice president for development and alumni relations at Boston University. He is responsible for all areas of advancement. He joined BU in May 2006 as vice president for development and alumni relations, overseeing a staff of 150. Formerly, he was chief advancement officer and associate dean at the Harvard Law School for 20 years. During his tenure at Harvard, which consolidated all advancement functions, he helped to engineer two long-range planning processes that both led to successful campaigns. The first was the $150 million "Campaign for Harvard Law School," an unprecedented effort that was five times larger than any previous capital campaign in legal education. Nichols also spearheaded "Setting the Standard: The Harvard Law School Campaign" that raised $480 million.

Nichols served DePaul University from 1980-86, initially as director of development then as associate vice president. He was also director of annual giving at Northwestern University and held a variety of advancement positions at Bucknell University, including director of alumni relations. He began his career teaching in Morocco as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Holding an undergraduate degree in economics from Bucknell, he obtained masters and doctorate degrees in educational administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Active in the profession, Nichols is a co-author of five books on advancement and was a longstanding trustee of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), chairing the International Committee of the Board and the At-Large Nominating Committee. He was also a trustee of CASE Europe and vice chair of the CASE Commission on Philanthropy. Nichols has also served as a trustee of Bucknell University for over 17 years and is on the Executive Committee.

At Boston College, he serves as an advisory board member for the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy. In addition, he has taught the philanthropy module for many years in the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents, the Management Development Program and the Institute for Educational Management. He is currently leading a potential $1 billion campaign for Boston University.


Colleen O'Grady

Colleen O'Grady
Philanthropic Strategist
Lipman Hearne

Colleen O'Grady has more than 15 years' experience in the nonprofit sector, and her expertise focuses on philanthropic communications systems and strategy. She ensures Lipman Hearne's clients benefit from insights about the evolving needs and behaviors of donors and would-be donors. Her Lipman Hearne clients have included the Juilliard School, the Chicago Community Trust, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Marine Biological Laboratory, Rush University Medical Center, Children's Hospital Colorado, the Imagine No Malaria initiative of the United Methodist Church, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Miami.

Prior to joining Lipman Hearne in 2007, O'Grady spent seven years as a nonprofit management consultant with a national firm, developing five-year strategic plans, annual and long-term philanthropic marketing plans, seven- to nine-figure gift proposals, campaign communication strategies, and cases for campaign support.

She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English from Oberlin College.


Gayatri Penmetsa

Gayatri Penmetsa
Director, International Giving and Engagement
University of Michigan

Gayatri Penmetsa has more than 20 years of experience in the higher education industry, specifically within development offices across different universities. She is currently the director of international giving and engagement for India, at the University of Michigan where she works with major gift prospects in India, both individuals and corporations, to identify and cultivate gifts for student support, student engagement activities in India, research opportunities and other school related priorities. She also manages the university's India Advisory board.

Prior to this role, she worked at the Emory University Office of Development on the University's Capital Campaign planning. She has also served as the director of prospect research and management with the Eastern Michigan University Foundation for more than a decade overseeing major gift prospect research, data analytics and prospect strategy.

Penmetsa is quite familiar with the University of Michigan and their partnership with India, as she previously held a role at the Stephen M Ross School of Business for five years managing the school's India initiatives and operations.


Joe Rively

Joe Rively
Managing Director, International Development
University of Pennsylvania

Joe Rively started his fundraising career in 1995 at AID Atlanta, an AIDS services organization (ASO). In 2008, he relocated to Nashville to serve as director of development at Nashville CARES, another ASO. In 2001, he made the transition to higher education, becoming a regional development officer for Vanderbilt University. In 2007, Rively progressed to the Ivy League, joining the University of Pennsylvania in International Development.

He is involved in the Philadelphia community, serving on the Advisory Board of the Citizens Planning Institute, the education and outreach arm of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

Rively graduated from the College of Charleston, and completed a program in Nonprofit Management at Georgetown University.


Jimmy Robinson

Jimmy Robinson
Co-Founder
PingPong Digital

Jimmy is co-founder and director of PingPong Digital, the EU's leading Chinese marketing agency with offices in London, Birmingham and Shanghai. PingPong Digital services clients in the EU, North America and Asia. Jimmy graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Chinese & Management and then went to work for M&C Saatchi in Beijing for a couple of years before returning to the UK. Jimmy has worked with over 60 higher education institutions to launch their Chinese marketing channels and is also leading the way in how big data will help drive social marketing campaigns in the future through the development of PingPong Analytics.


Kurt Rodgers

Kurt Rodgers
Associate Director, International Development
Princeton University

Kurt Rodgers is associate director for international development at Princeton University, where he has been on the staff since 2008. He works with alumni and parents in Europe and the Middle East to build engagement and raise philanthropic support for university priorities. Rodgers also led an 18-month fact-finding project on Princeton communities outside of the United States, informing the university’s international development strategy and making a case for increased activity in new regions.

Prior to working in development, Rodgers served as an assistant director in the Princeton admission office. He is a graduate of Boston College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Bala Srinivasan

Bala Srinivasan
Vice President for Global Initiatives and Strategy and Senior Associate Provost
University of Chicago

Bala Srinivasan joined the University of Chicago in September 2016. As the vice president for global initiatives and strategy and senior associate provost, Srinivasan oversees the central university's global engagement activities and management of the University Centers in Hong Kong, Delhi and Beijing. He works to build academic partnerships and research collaborations with international partners, create global education opportunities, and strengthen the university's connections to foreign institutional partners, policymakers and civic leaders. He works closely with deans and faculty on academic opportunities, as well as with administrative leadership regarding issues of compliance and risk.

Prior to joining the university, Srinivasan served as managing director of Och Ziff Capital Management, based in India and Hong Kong; executive director of Goldman Sachs Hong Kong; and associate director of Jardine Fleming in Singapore, Hong Kong and Mumbai.

He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from CalTech and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1995.


Sara Stern

Sara Stern
Executive Vice President
Lipman Hearne

Sara Stern leads the philanthropic marketing practice at Lipman Hearne, a national marketing agency focused on the nonprofit sector. She has guided capital, comprehensive and annual campaign positioning strategies and communications for clients with goals ranging from $10M to $4B. In 15 years at Lipman Hearne, she spent eight years leading the creative department before moving into her current role, where for the past seven years she has grown the size and scope of the agency's philanthropy communications services. She became a member of Lipman Hearne's Board of Directors in August 2016.

Stern brings to clients an insider's understanding of nonprofits' issues and imperatives, honed from years of managing the complex demands, techniques and tactics of large-scale integrated marketing, branding, alumni and development communications programs within institutions. Before joining Lipman Hearne, she led marketing and communications for Rush University Medical Center, external communications at the national Alzheimer's Association, and public relations and marketing at Illinois Institute of Technology. She began her career at Burson-Marsteller and Ruder & Finn in Chicago and New York.

A frequent speaker on philanthropic marketing, Stern delights in sharing insights with sector colleagues via CASE, CASE/IRF, Development Dialogues, Academic Impressions, the Annual Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference, and the AMA Nonprofit conference. She serves on the board of the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company in Chicago, and is an alumna of Smith College, where she studied political theory and music.


Sarah Wagoner

Sarah Wagoner
Senior Associate Director of Global Engagement, Northwestern Alumni Association
Northwestern University

Joining the Northwestern Alumni Association in 2011, Sarah Wagoner has been integral in the development and implementation of global engagement programming for the NAA. Since assuming her current role in 2014, she has created numerous globally-focused programs and initiatives to respond to the needs of the 23,000+ Northwestern alumni living outside of the United States. In addition to working strategically with colleagues in international development, Wagoner has focused on building collaborative relationships with Northwestern's Office of International Relations, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the International Office, Undergraduate Learning Abroad Office, and Buffett Institute for Global Studies. She was presented with a 2015 Pride of CASE District V Silver Award for her creation of the Northwestern Alumni Association's Global Ambassadors program which aims to recruit alumni volunteers in international non-club locations.

Before joining Northwestern, Wagoner was the assistant director for development for alumni relations at the Francis. W. Parker School in Chicago, where she increased alumni giving and engagement levels through local, regional and reunion programming.

She received her undergraduate degree from DePauw University and her master's degree in communication from Northwestern.


Brett Wood

Brett Wood
Director of Alumni Relations
University of the Ozarks

Brett Wood is the director of alumni relations at University of the Ozarks. He is responsible for developing and implementing annual goals as it relates to alumni giving and engagement. He is also responsible for planning and organizing all regional alumni events to include campus events such as Homecoming. He is the university liaison for the alumni association, and aids them with strategic plan development, and organization of annual meetings. University of the Ozarks has hundreds of international alumni, primarily in Central America. Over the last couple of years, Wood has built their international alumni program from the ground up.

Prior to joining Ozarks, he served in the United States Air Force, and worked as a sales representative for Paychex. He has a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in economics, and is currently working on his master's degree in public administration with a focus on nonprofit management.


Bin Zhao

Bin Zhao
Director of International Giving and Engagement, Greater China
University of Michigan

Bin Zhao is the director of international giving and engagement, Greater China, at the University of Michigan Office of University Development. He works with major gift prospects in Greater China to cultivate gifts for student support, engaged learning, research and other priorities across campus. He manages development advisory boards for University of Michigan's joint institutes with Peking University Health Science Center and Shanghai Jiaotong University, and provides support to global prospect research, alumni engagement, and corporate engagement activities.

Prior to joining the university in 2012, Zhao had 10years of nonprofit work experience in mainland China covering a wide range of areas, including poverty alleviation, education, health care, community development, and autism awareness programs. He holds a BSE in Environmental Engineering from Beijing University of Technology.

  



Keynote Speaker

 

John Sexton

John Sexton
President, Emeritus and Professor
New York University

John Sexton served as the 15th president of New York University from 2002 through 2015. He is NYU's Benjamin F. Butler Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus of the Law School.

During his presidency, NYU's reach and stature grew tremendously, including the university's largest increase in the number of Arts and Science faculty, record numbers of applications for undergraduate admissions, and a merger with Polytechnic University, now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

A signature of his tenure was the emergence of NYU as a Global Network University, with 11 academic centers on six continents and degree-granting campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Sexton also serves on the board of the Institute of International Education and is past chair of the American Council on Education. In 2015, he received the TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence, recognizing outstanding university presidents, and the Institute of International Education's Duggan Award for Mutual Understanding. In Spring 2016 he held the Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress.

Before coming to NYU, he clerked at the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals. From 1966-1975, he was a professor of religion at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn.

Sexton received a bachelor's degree in history, a master's degree in comparative religion, and a doctorate in the history of American religion, all from Fordham University. He received a law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.



Roundtable Organizers

Cheryl Altinkemer

Cheryl Altinkemer
Senior Associate Vice President for International Advancement
Purdue University

Cheryl Altinkemer, senior associate vice president for international advancement, leads the international advancement office for Purdue and the Purdue Research Foundation. With 25 percent of more than 40K students coming from countries outside the United States, the office engages 9.300 international students while on campus and throughout their careers around the world. Purdue consistently ranks in the top four of public institutions with international students, and is number one with students in STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The Office was established in July 2016.

Altinkemer has worked with Purdue Development for 30 years and has traveled internationally to visit and work with alumni over most of her development career. Her international development experience began as a consultant with Bogazici University in Istanbul in 1994. She has organized presidential international alumni travel since 2008.

She has been a member and held leadership positions in CASE, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the National Committee on Planned Giving. The Indiana Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized her as the 2002 Fundraising Executive of the Year.

Altinkemer is a founding board member of the national Women's Philanthropy Institute and is past chair. Since WPI's merger with the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2004, she has served as a speaker and in an advisory role.


Tia Tracy

Tia Tracy
Director, International Engagement
Purdue University

Tia Tracy, director of international engagement, manages the International Advancement Office (IAO) for Purdue University and the Purdue Research Foundation. She is responsible for communications, including social media, directing international stewardship efforts for UDO, and compiling and analyzing data related to campus international relations. She acts as a liaison for international and global offices across campus.

Tracy has worked at Purdue since 2011 and joined the University Development Office (UDO) in 2016 when the IAO was established. Prior to joining UDO, she was the senior partnership associate in Purdue's Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships and before that she held various positions in the Global Policy Research Institute at Purdue.