Sunday, January 26 – 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Collaboration = Winning in 2020 and Beyond
Diane Mendenhall, Associate to the Chancellor for External Engagement, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Diane Mendenhall serves the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s as the Associate to the Chancellor for External Engagement and a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet. She is in her 19th year at Nebraska, having worked as an administrative leader with Husker Athletics and the Nebraska Alumni Association. Read more.
Monday, January 27 – 8:00 to 9:00 AM
Advancing Your Institution During Uncertain Times
Sue Cunningham, President and CEO, Council for Advancement and Support of Education
Sue Cunningham is president and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), which supports more than 3,600 schools, colleges and universities worldwide in developing their alumni relations, communications, fundraising and marketing operations in order to advance their institutions. As CASE president and CEO, she provides strategic and operational leadership for one of the largest associations of education-related institutions in the world with members in more than 80 countries. She became president of CASE in March, 2015.
Cunningham engaged CASE and thousands of its volunteers in a comprehensive strategic planning process resulting in Reimagining CASE: 2017- 2021, an ambitious and comprehensive framework for serving CASE’s members and championing education worldwide. This volunteer and member engagement extends into a comprehensive effort to refine CASE’s governance structure to more effectively support CASE’s global reach and service to members.
Under her leadership CASE acquired the Voluntary Support of Education survey and created AMAtlas. CASE has reinvigorated its global advocacy agenda and is engaged in reviews of the curriculum across all advancement disciplines and an update of CASE’s management and reporting standards and guidelines, which operate as the industry-leading set of standards. She is most proud of CASE’s efforts to diversify the advancement professions and CASE’s commitment to talent management, within the organization and across CASE’s membership.
Cunningham serves on the steering committee of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, is a member of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations, the International Women’s Foundation, and serves on the fundraising committee for the Aurora Foundation.
Prior to CASE, she served as vice-principal for advancement at the University of Melbourne and as the director of development for the University of Oxford. She served as director of development at Christ Church, Oxford, and as director of external relations at St. Andrews University.
She is an honorary fellow of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a recipient of the CASE Europe Distinguished Service Award, and is a CASE Crystal Apple Award recipient. She holds a master’s degree from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree in performing arts from Middlesex University.
Tuesday, January 28 – 10:15 to 11:30 AM
Brian Gawor, Vice President of Research, Ruffalo Noel Levitz
It’s time to close down the conference with a one of a kind “Alumni Engagement Cooking Show.” That’s right, two teams of professionals from different generations and different areas of Advancement will attack our “secret ingredient” in this fun and interactive show and you’ll provide feedback live from the audience. While they’re cooking, you can put all the things you’ve learned at the conference to use in discussions at your tables, but get ready to move and meet new people because the Throwdown is unpredictable! You’ll decide live what happens to each team as they navigate surprise challenges, and we’ll find out who comes out on top at as CASE VI Throwdown winner.
Brian Gawor’s focus is research and strategy to help propel both alumni engagement and fundraising results of clients. Brian has 20 years of higher education experience in student affairs, enrollment management, alumni engagement and development. Read more.