Programs and Workshops
District VII ToGathers
October 19, 2023 10:30AM - 11:30 AM PST
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, this panel will explore intersectionality and Latinx cultural identity in the advancement sector. Panelists will share their stories of perseverance and success, overcoming imposter syndrome, and how their cultural identity helped them make intentional career decisions. This candid conversation among Latinx advancement leaders aims to address cultural norms in the workplace, advancing your career and prioritizing family, and honoring your aspirations with intentional advocacy. We will offer Zoom breakout rooms to provide an opportunity to network and to continue the conversation in smaller groups.
Belonging and Connection: How can we improve the “B” in DEIB?
Hosted by CASE Districts I, II, and VII
“Connecting” and “communicating” are often used synonymously, but they are not the same thing. We all know how to communicate, but fewer of us have been taught how to connect. And yet without connection, we suffer from a lack of trust on our teams, tension within management, toxic work cultures, and we limit our ability to create a culture of belonging. The good news is you can improve your team’s ability to forge connections with each other – and with donors, too. Being a great connector isn’t only an innate personality trait; it’s also a skillset that anyone can learn.
Conversation moderator: Stephanie Balzer, the founder of Mission and special assistant at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
A Candid Conversation with Asian American Professionals in Advancement
Moderator: Christina Chang, Principal, Christina Chang Equity Consulting
- Tahsin Alam, Associate Dean, Advancement, Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington
- Hieu Nguyen, Vice President for Advancement, Harvey Mudd College
- Patricia Châu Nguyễn, Director of Systemwide Alumni Engagement, University of California Office of the President
Gloria Ko, Senior Director of Alumni Career Engagement, UCLA
Community Colleges — Ready for Resurgence
During this conversation, we discussed ways in which community colleges managed and overcame challenges during the pandemic.
Facilitators: Shannon Hill, Cuesta College (CA), and John Fackler, Salt Lake City Community College (UT)
Interested in viewing the recording? Contact us.
Strategic International Advancement
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Development and engagement teams have made remarkable shifts in their international strategies this past year, as the pandemic continues to impact travel, budgets, and prospects’ individual situations. With a focus on Asia-Pacific and insight into outreach into Latin America and Europe, colleagues will share how they have leveraged institutional assets to help implement virtual strategies abroad while also continuing to keep fundraising strategies moving forward effectively.
Moderated by Bill Johnson, Vice President of University Advancement, California State University - East Bay. Conversation panelists include:
- David Cashman, Senior Director, Major Gifts & International Advancement, University of Chicago
- Marina Tan Harper, Senior Director for International Development, University of California, Davis
Supporting Career Development of African American Advancement Professionals
January 19, 2021 | 11-12 PM PT
African American development professionals and allies joined this ToGather conversation to discuss how to build a network of advocates and mentors, navigate career paths, and overcome race and ethnicity-related barriers.
This event, facilitated by Crystal Jones, Director of Development and Major Gifts, Scripps College, included a panel conversation, Q&A, and breakout sessions. Panelists included:
- Lishelle Blakemore, Panelist
Associate Vice Chancellor, Development, UC Berkeley
- Birgit Burton, Panelist
Founder of the African-American Development Officers Network
Executive Director of Foundation Relations, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Jeff Jackanicz, Panelist
Vice President of University Advancement, San Francisco State University
- Melissa Watkins, Moderator
Executive Director, Major Gifts, Cal Poly Pomona