Executive Advisors Program
Hiring diverse leaders is a top business imperative, and retaining these talented individuals is even more critical. The Opportunity and Inclusion Center (OIC) is committed to building diverse leadership and to providing tools and resources that ensure their success.
CASE’s Executive Advisors Program supports the hiring and retention of advancement executives with diverse lived experiences. The team of advisors provide counsel and serve as a sounding board to help diverse executives navigate complex situations, and allows for authentic conversations based on shared understanding of the systemic barrier that exist in the field of advancement.
The CASE Opportunity and Inclusion Center’s mission is to answer the call to drive change and provide social justice solutions that will advance education to transform lives and provide educational attainment for all.
Our vision as a premier leader in advancement is to offer our members practical and evidence-based knowledge through data, trainings, coaching, advising, retention strategies, and resources. The executive advisor program is part of our diverse onboarding strategies.
“It is critical for advancement teams to increase the diversity of their workforces to recruit and retain professionals who mirror students and alumni, establish donor and advocate bases that reflect individuals at institutions, and foster cultures where all professionals can advance,” says Rob Henry, CASE’s Vice President, People, Culture & Talent. “Our vision as a premier leader in advancement is to offer our members practical and evidence-based knowledge through data, trainings, coaching, advising, retention strategies, and resources.”
Executive Advisors Provide:
- Establishing a safe space and high-level of trust between the executive and the executive advisor to solve complex problems and navigate systemic barriers
- Providing encouragement, accountability, and advice to help the executive become more effective through bi-monthly one-on-one meetings
- Providing a clear executive on-boarding curriculum for new leaders to clarify performance expectations, goals, and success measures
- Using feedback and support to assist the executive map their first six months of success
Executive Onboarding Program
The executive advisor programme includes a six-month (20 hours) executive onboarding program that constitutes a full course of study.
Month 1: Setting Expectations
Month 2: Leadership
Month 3: Relationship Building and Branding
Month 4: Strategic Questions/Thinking
Month 5 – Business/Finance Acumen
Month 6 – Program conclusion
*CASE will conduct individual follow-up meetings with the advisor and supervisor.
The Executive Advisors
CASE is powered by its volunteer community. All over the world senior advancement practitioners give their expertise in support of CASE and their advancement colleagues. People at the top of their profession work tirelessly to share their knowledge to help our members grow impact, resilience, and influence. Launched in 2019, the CASE Laureates community helps maintain connection and communication with senior volunteers.
Our advisors* are:
- Members of the CASE Laureates in North America and CASE volunteers in the regions
- Senior leaders in the industry
- Individuals of diverse lived experiences
- Individuals committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for the profession
- Ralph Amos, President and CEO, Caltech Alumni and Assistant Vice President, Caltech Alumni Relations
- Edgar Gonzalez, Vice President, University Advancement, Seattle University
- Robert Henry, Vice President, People, Culture & Talent, Council for Advancement and Support of Education
- Mo Cotton Kelly, Senior Vice President for Stakeholder Engagement and Chief Operating Officer, University of Connecticut
- Diane MacGillivray, Senior Vice President for University Advancement, Northeastern University
- Kim Manning, Vice President for University Communications and Marketing, Rutgers University
- Karl Miller, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, University of Texas at San Antonio
- O'Neil Outar, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Rhode Island School of Design