Minority Advancement Institute

The Minority Advancement Institute was created in 2006 to focus on the management, leadership and mentoring of professionals of diverse backgrounds in the field of advancement. The program attracted professionals of diverse backgrounds (i.e., ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age) who have the potential to rise to the ranks of senior management in advancement. At MAI, case studies and small group exercises are combined with lectures and discussion to facilitate provocative intellectual dialogues. More than 120 professionals have participated in the program, with more than 20 percent today in leadership positions.

For more information, visit the last year's Minority Advancement Institute page.

Testimonies from former MAI attendees:

Dino HernandezDino Hernandez, Vice President for Advancement
Notre Dame de Namur University

"I had the distinct privilege to be a member of the inaugural CASE Minority Advancement Institute in 2006. CASE and the MAI program were pivotal points in my career path. At that time, I was serving as an executive director for major gifts and campaign at Lawrence Technological University. The professional development, access to a peer cohort and stellar speakers in addition to the start of a long friendship with Rob Henry [CASE executive director of emerging constituencies and online programs] has been nothing short of transformative for my career.

"Since that time, I was promoted twice at Lawrence Technological University to assistant vice president for major gifts and then assistant vice president for advancement and executive director of the campaign. In my portfolio of accomplishments, the MAI Program and CASE nurtured me, inspired me and helped me broadly execute two comprehensive capital campaigns—a $20 million campaign that wrapped up at $46.6 million and then a $75 million that stands at $95 million-and institute best practices. In November 2013, I accepted a new leadership role as vice president for development at Sierra Nevada College in the midst of planning a comprehensive capital campaign—the first in their history—with a proposed goal of $50 million to coincide with the college's 50th anniversary in 2019.

"My career success is directly related to CASE and the Minority Advancement Institute. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity that MAI provided."

Angelique Grant HutchinsonAngelique Grant Hutchinson, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Development
Florida International University

"The inaugural Minority Advancement Institute (MAI) was phenomenal. The content was truly valuable and the information gained during the leadership sessions were irrefutably an asset to anyone's career. MAI was an incredible and meaningful experience."