Letters from the Committee
Why You Need to Attend DRIVE/ 2022
How thrilled I am at the opportunity to meet once again in-person for DRIVE/2022 in New Orleans!
Much has changed since we were last together in Baltimore for DRIVE/2019. We’ve been through a global pandemic; we’ve learned how to thrive in hybrid work environments while advances in technology, including the ever-increasing adoption of cloud technologies, have pushed the frontiers of digital transformation, allowing us to ask questions of data in more integrated and scalable ways than ever before.
The DRIVE/2022 committee and I have been hard at work putting together a program touching on questions of data literacy and fluency, alumni and donor engagement, data-driven strategic planning, and other topics that explore the potential of data to better connect our donors with their passions and our institutional priorities. We have selected sessions from across the industry that speak to these topics and are excited to learn from the experiences of our presenters.
I have attended several DRIVE conferences over the course of my career and have always come away inspired and energized to try different approaches, new methodologies, and emerging analytical applications to further the work at my own institution. There is no substitute for learning, networking, and collaborating with likeminded individuals engaged in the same worthy cause. Many of the connections I have made at DRIVE conferences have become good friends and trusted collaborators.
I warmly invite each of you to attend the conference and look forward to seeing you in NOLA!
All my best,
Chair, DRIVE/ 2022
Senior Executive Director, Advancement Data Operations
The University of Texas at Austin
I recently returned from my first in-person conference since the start of the pandemic. The opportunity to learn, share ideas, and network with peers across education advancement at the CASE District V Annual Conference left me energized and renewed.
But the energy didn’t end on that last day in Chicago. I’ve continued conversations with many folks I met at the conference, sharing best practices and debriefing on sessions.
Building a network is just one of the wonderful benefits of CASE conferences, and I expect DRIVE/ 2022 will be no different.
You’ll have the opportunity to connect with others while exploring questions of data literacy and fluency, alumni and donor engagement, data-driven strategic planning, and other topics in a terrific lineup of sessions.
The shared experience you’ll have with peers will set the stage for engaging conversations that will enhance your work and provide valuable connections as you grow in your career.
That’s certainly been true for me as I’ve drawn on the network I began building at my first CASE conference more than 10 years ago. I look forward to growing my network at DRIVE/ 2022 and meeting you.
Planning Committee Member, DRIVE/ 2022
Associate Director of Advancement – Performance Management
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PS: Don’t miss out on early bird registration discounts – secure your spot by January 25th!
In my experience, conferences are one of the best ways to grow as a professional, and DRIVE /2022 is no exception.
At DRIVE/ 2022, you'll learn from and network with experts working at the intersection of data and fundraising. This will not only propel your own career trajectory higher, but your institution will benefit from the cutting-edge techniques you bring back. This has certainly been true for me.
Through conferences, I’ve connected with interesting colleagues who are working on similar projects. These relationships persist and have a tangible impact, ranging from follow-up calls to talk through how to apply a set of techniques at other institutions, to successful job referrals.
I’m sure DRIVE/ 2022 will have an equally positive impact on your career, with new contacts who will be an asset for years to come.
Planning Committee Member, DRIVE/ 2022
Lead Data Scientist, Insights and Analytics, Office of Alumni and Development