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Dondi Cupp
Associate Vice President for Development
University of Michigan

Dondi Cupp is a veteran of public higher education fundraising. His passionate approach to building fundraising capacity focuses on strengthening the talent, leadership and culture within the organizations he serves. He has played a leadership role in four major campaigns, including two multi-billion dollar efforts.

In 2012, Cupp was selected to serve as associate vice president for development at the University of Michigan. As a member of the senior management team in the Office of University Development, he is responsible for leading the national major gifts team and supervising constituency fundraising programs that include parent and family giving, foundation relations, and the Business Engagement Center. He also leads the operations teams including finance and administration and the talent management program.

Cupp came to Michigan from the University of Washington, where he led the office of corporate and foundation relations and supervised advancement teams in the health sciences. He joined the University of Washington in 1999 as director of development for the sciences. While at Washington, Cupp founded the Advancement Leadership Class, a comprehensive leadership development program. In 2012, he was nominated by his peers for the UW's David B. Thorud Leadership Award. In 2006, he received the Marilyn Batt Dunn Endowed Award for Excellence in University Advancement.

Cupp began his career at the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and training sessions for CASE and other nonprofit organizations. He is a fellow of the Advancement Leadership Academy.


Eric Barritt

Eric Barritt
Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan

Prior to accepting the role of associate vice president and chief development officer at Michigan Medicine, Eric Barritt served as vice president of development, alumni and community engagement at Oakland University (OU) and as the executive director of the Oakland University Foundation. In this capacity, he led a comprehensive advancement program for the university and oversaw a team of 75, including the offices of Alumni Relations, University Communications and Marketing, Major and Planned Giving, Annual Giving, Events, Corporate and Foundation Relations and Advancement Services

In 2006, he was hired by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) as corporate vice president of development and campaigns. He worked collaboratively with a team of more than 40 fundraising professionals at the DMC and, under his direction, the DMC fundraising increased nearly fourfold. He also led the implementation of a new donor database, a wealth screening system and a grateful patient giving program.

From 1999 to 2006, Barritt served in multiple roles at the University of Michigan, including director of development for the School of Kinesiology; the regional director of major gifts for the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA); and director of development for the Life Sciences Institute (LSI). In all of these roles, he routinely worked with many of the university's largest donors, coordinated high-level volunteers and increased fundraising results significantly.

He began his career in fundraising in 1997 at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He also served as director of major gifts at Oakwood Healthcare System—now part of Beaumont Health—working closely with Oakwood's Board of Trustees, major donors, volunteers and the Oakwood Healthcare Foundation staff.

Barritt has a master's degree in public administration, a graduate certificate in nonprofit management and a bachelor's degree in economics, all from the University of Michigan. He also holds a certificate from Harvard's Institute for Educational Management.

Shari Fox

Shari Fox
Senior Vice President for Principal Gifts, Gift Planning & Trust Services
University of Illinois Foundation

Shari Fox joined the University of Illinois Foundation in July 2014 and has senior responsibility for the principal gifts and gift planning programs across the three universities comprising the University of Illinois System. She also coordinates the University of Illinois System President's advancement activities.

Prior to joining the University of Illinois, she was assistant vice president for development at the University of Michigan, where she had senior responsibility for the Office of Gift Planning, Stewardship and Donor Relations, the faculty and staff campaign, and several constituent fundraising programs. She previously served as director of gift planning with the University of Cincinnati Foundation and began her career in banking and trust administration.

Fox is a past chair and former board member of the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners and a past president of the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council. She has served on the faculty of the Planned Giving Institute at University of Richmond and on the Editorial Advisory Board for the monthly newsletter Planned Giving Today. She is also a fellow of the Advancement Leadership Academy.

She received her bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in finance from Miami University and her master's degree in business administration with a concentration in management from Xavier University.

David Lively

David Lively
Senior Associate Vice President and Campaign Manager, Alumni Relations and Development
Northwestern University

With 24 years of experience in higher education advancement, David Lively has directed successful development strategies across five comprehensive fundraising campaigns. Lively joined Northwestern University in January 2012 and in his current role manages "We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern," a $3.75 billion University-wide fundraising campaign. Additionally, he oversees a team of 60 development professionals responsible for principal gifts, regional and international major gifts (including offices in New York and San Francisco), gift planning, and campaign planning.

Lively earned a bachelor's degree in history from Southern Methodist University (SMU), a master's degree in history from Colorado State University, an MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, and a certificate from the Management Development Program (MDP) at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. In April 2017, he authored Managing Major Gift Fundraisers: A Contrarian's Guide (published by CASE).

Kathi Dantley Warren

Kathi Dantley Warren
Associate Vice President for Development
Rice University

Kathi Dantley Warren joined Rice University in July 2017 as the associate vice president for development. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of individual fundraising programs and oversees various departments within the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, including gift planning, major gifts, school-based fundraising and the annual fund.

She has more than 17 years of experience at higher education and medical institutions. Before joining Rice, she was the senior executive director of development for Duke Cancer Institute. In her development role with one of the original eight comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute, Warren transformed the fundraising program from a yearly $18 million enterprise to a $30 million enterprise and successfully completed a $200 million campaign.

Before joining the Duke Cancer Institute and Duke Health in Durham, N.C., in 2014, Warren served as assistant dean for alumni affairs and development at Cornell University's College of Engineering, where she created its first alumni affairs and development strategic plan and alumni engagement plan. Over a four-year period she increased annual revenues from $22.7 million to more than $56 million and helped achieve the second-best fundraising year in the college's history. Philanthropy secured during her tenure enabled the college to create and endow several new programs, including an engineering leadership program and teaching excellence institute.

She has a master's degree in cell and molecular biology and microbiology from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in biology from Hampton University.

Keynote Speaker

Walter M. Kimbrough

Walter M. Kimbrough
Dillard University

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough was his high school salutatorian and student body president in 1985, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Georgia, Miami University in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education from Georgia State University. He has enjoyed a fulfilling career in student affairs, serving at Emory University, Georgia State University, Old Dominion University, and finally Albany State University in 2000 where he became the vice president for student affairs. In October of 2004, he was named the 12th president of Philander Smith College. In 2012 he became the 7th president of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kimbrough has been recognized for his research and writings on HBCUs and African American men in college. Kimbrough also has been noted for his active use of social media in articles by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and in the book Follow The Leader: Lessons in Social Media Success from Higher Ed CEOs. He was cited in 2010 by Bachelors as one of 25 college presidents you should follow on Twitter, by Education Dive in 2017 as one of 10 Twitter accounts every higher ed leader should follow (@HipHopPrez), and in 2015 he was named by The Best as one of the 20 most interesting college presidents.

A 1986 initiate of the Zeta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Georgia, Kimbrough was the Alpha Phi Alpha College Brother of the Year for the Southern Region and served as the southern region assistant vice president. Dr. Kimbrough has forged a national reputation as an expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise regarding historically Black, Latin and Asian groups. He is the author of the book, Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities.

Dr. Kimbrough was named the 1994 New Professional of the Year for the Association of Fraternity Advisors. In 2009, he was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of 25 To Watch. In 2010, he made the coveted Ebony Magazine Power 100 list of the doers and influencers in the African American community, joining the likes of President and Mrs. Obama, Jay-Z, and Tyler Perry. In February of 2013 he was named to NBC News/The's 100 African Americans making history today, joining another impressive group including Kerry Washington, Mellody Hobson, and Kendrick Lamar. Kimbrough was named male HBCU President of the Year for 2014 by HBCU Digest.


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