Live Q&A sessions: August 12, beginning at 1:00 PM ET
Join our speakers for a live Q&A regarding each of their sessions. Use this time to engage with each of them as they answer questions and provide additional depth and content regarding their session. Live Q&A sessions will begin at 1:00 PM ET with each speaker given 30 minutes.
Employee Engagement: Measuring and Building Productivity
Speaker: Holly Wolk
In today’s world, we are all striving to do more with the same or even less in some cases. We need our employees to be more productive and engaged in their work. So how do we do that? During this session, we will focus on how a group of peer institutions worked together to utilize Gallup’s Employee Engagement Q12. The process measured employee engagement with 12 simple questions and developed strategies to increase productivity across all departments and functions. You will learn about the tool itself, what engagement means and looks like in institutions and lessons learned from the last five years of this consortium.
Growing Our Own: A Model of Early Career Development Training
Speaker: Lynn Slifer
Many higher education advancement offices are encountering challenges in recruiting and retaining high-quality development professionals. To solve this problem, the University of Minnesota hired associate development officers, an entry-level classification requiring minimal experience. To strengthen their development knowledge, and to prepare them to advance, the UM Foundation created and implemented the Early Career Development Program, designed to train and inspire new development professionals. Hear about our experience after two cohorts have gone through the program.
Microlearning for Advancement: Delivering Right Size Knowledge at the Right Time
Speaker: Deb Snellen
Microlearning as a strategy is becoming more recognized and offers a feasible solution to the problem of providing training to a group of learners who must always be on the go. Find out how to incorporate microlearning as a viable option to meet the "need to know now" learning needs of your staff. In this interactive session, you will find out how to capture learning into bite-size amounts, achieve results by focusing on learning outcomes, and build microlearning modules easily and cost effectively.
Returning to the workplace, Anticipating the Job Market
Speaker: Tahsin Alam
One word describes our working world today – ‘pivot’. How quickly can you adjust? What kind of flexibility can you provide to yourself and to others? Do the words ‘business continuity’ cause stress or drive you crazy? All of these factors and many others go into trying to determine our future in the office – physically, socially and mentally. So let’s hypothesize and theorize on what ‘returning to the office’ might look like with the best information we have at hand, how it will affect the fundraising world and then, with a little bit of optimism, spend some time thinking of what the job market is going to look like when a vaccine makes like look a little more normal.
Stewardship, Not Succession
Speaker: Brittany Wilhelm
Succession planning has taken many forms over many decades, but always with two underlying assumptions: 1) that people will leave your organization, and 2) you must be prepared to fill the vacancy in a highly competitive, fast-moving talent market. Recruit, promote, retire, rinse and repeat. What if we treated donor prospects the way we treat our employees? What if we assumed that once someone invested in our institution, that their only options are to increase their giving or to leave? What if we failed to steward their contributions, neglected to recognize and appeal to their passions, decided to engage them with a “one size fits all” approach, or worse, if we spent 90% of our time focused on our least promising prospects? We see and do all of these things, and constantly fall into these traps when managing our teams. But what if we flip this scenario? In this interactive session, you will learn to maximize available tools and you will begin outlining a plan to apply them within the existing cadence and rhythm of your organization.
Building Sustainable Employee Engagement
Speakers: Sonya Allen and Melissa Long
Approximately six years ago, University of Florida Advancement implemented a transformational process called the Talent Review to enhance employee engagement. The Talent Review is a crucial conversation that serves three major purposes: engagement to drive retention, feedback to assist in organizational development initiatives, and development of individual career development plans. During this session, you will learn how to build sustainable efforts toward employee engagement, facilitate the conversation and increase overall employee engagement.