Development for Deans and Academic Leaders: Winter Session
Driven by CASE’s continuing efforts to develop the most relevant content to prepare academic leaders for the changing landscape of advancement, this conference has become the standard of excellence in training for deans, presidents, provosts and other academic leaders with fundraising responsibility.
The audience for this conference consists of academic leaders looking for a comprehensive introduction to development. Designed to engage learners, the program provides opportunities for sharing of best practices, reflection and networking and has been found most effective when academic and development colleagues attend together. As a result, attendees are strongly encouraged to register as a pair or team.
Full participation in Development for Deans and Academic Leaders: Winter session is applicable for 12 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.
- Develop practical information for use in fulfilling your fundraising role as an academic leader.
- Recognize how active listening and strategic thinking can positively impact fundraising initiatives.
- Highlight successful collaboration strategies with colleagues and faculty to implement at your institution.
- Strategize on creative and dynamic methods for effective development initiatives.
- Discuss best practices on how to build a successful donor pipeline.
- Enhance your interpersonal skills to build strong professional relationship
Who Should Attend
- Academic deans
- Development officers
- Central development officers
- Administrators who work with academic deans
- Department heads
- Institute directors
- Provosts and presidents
Meet Your Chair
Lorna Somers is recognised internationally as a teacher/facilitator in the field of Higher Education and Institutional Advancement speaking at educational and arts organisations throughout the world. On August 15, 2022 she became Executive Director of the Mohawk College Foundation.
An accomplished and successful fundraiser, Somers spent the past 35 years at McMaster University where she has been engaged in securing some of the largest charitable gifts in Canadian history. She led two university-wide, comprehensive campaigns, both with a focus on volunteer and academic participation. She has also structured and led targeted campaigns for McMaster's Museum of Art and Faculty of Health Sciences, the University's Student Centre, and secured support for numerous endowments establishing scholarships, bursaries, chairs, and professorships.
Somers is co-author of the definitive Canadian fundraising text, Planned Giving for Canadians and the recipient of numerous international awards for excellence in teaching and leadership.