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Introducing CASE xChange, a new channel for the voices of CASE that we hope will help connect you with ideas, best practices, and innovations in advancement. Whether you are at your desk, commuting to work, or even just taking a walk, you can take a few minutes and hear from leaders across the globe who are doing great work. Be sure to subscribe to xChange so you don't miss new episodes as they become available.
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NEW! SEASON 2: LEADING CHANGE — This season of Leadership Conversations pays special attention to leading during a period of unprecedented change on multiple fronts, beyond the initial challenges of responding to the COVID-related immediate closures during the early part of 2020. As the pandemic continues to affect institutions, it is becoming more clear that leaders will be engaged in a long period of change leadership and resulting needs for fast innovation.
Episode 10: Standards Matter in Advancement: A Conversation About the CASE Global Reporting Standards
A Leadership Conversation with Matthew Eynon, Vice President for College Advancement, Franklin & Marshall College, and Brian Hastings, President and CEO of the University of Nebraska Foundation
For the first time, the educational advancement profession worldwide has a global set of standards for its work. Founded in the CASE Statement on Ethics and the Principles of Practice for Professionals in Educational Fundraising, Alumni Relations and Communications and Marketing, the recently published CASE Global Reporting Standards usher in a new era for transparency in educational philanthropy. The CASE Global Reporting Standards set the stage for benchmarking across other advancement disciplines in future editions. This conversation with the fearless co-chairs of the Standards Working Group, Matty Eynon and Brian Hastings, provides insight into this work and why the Standards are important for every advancement professional, trustee, and institutional leader.
A Leadership Conversation with Dr. Kaarle Hämeri, Chancellor of Helsinki University
Dr. Kaarle Hämeri, Chancellor of Helsinki University, holds a role unlike other chancellors around the world: his primary responsibility is specifically advocating for the university and higher education on a national scale. His work includes taking care of the external relationships for the university, and engaging with external constituencies in support of the university. This conversation explores how higher education is viewed by the public in Finland and the Nordic countries; his insights on the public benefit of science, and how to communicate about it; and the importance of respecting your audience and not underestimating them when explaining complex research and discovery. Bonus tip: practice your talks on your family.
Episode 8: Path to Being Passionate
A Special Leadership Conversation with Centenarian Philanthropist Dr. Violet Patton, recipient of the 2020 CASE James M. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education
In this special episode of Leadership Conversations, Sue Cunningham speaks with Dr. Violet Patton, the 2020 recipient of the CASE James M Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education. Dr. Patton was nominated for the award by the team at Ohio University, based on her longtime support of and generosity to the university. Hear about Dr. Patton’s path to becoming a passionate about advancing education, from her very early days with her family where her commitment was fostered through their dedication to teaching and education. Her story brings light to the season of giving.
Episode 7: On Self-Determined Reading Lists, the Importance of Listening, and Giving Advancement a Seat at the Table
A Leadership Conversation with Professor Michael Arthur, University College London
Professor Michael Arthur describes his leadership at University College London, on the eve of his forthcoming retirement. The conversation spans the rationale for taking a long view in the UCL’s strategic planning process and why a twenty- year planning horizon made sense; the importance of listening, and how an institution needs to take responsibility for histories of institutional racism in order to set a starting point for making progress in racial and ethnic equity. He and Sue Cunningham discuss why he elevated advancement to the university’s leadership table upon his arrival at UCL, and why that was an easy decision though it isn’t as common in the UK as it is in some other regions. Hear why advancement is among the best part of his job, and why he advises empowering others so leaders have the headspace and time to think through the complexities of what they seek to achieve.
Episode 6: A Journalist’s Insight on Philanthropy Amidst the Pandemic: How Inclusion, Creativity, and New Ways of Connecting are Paving the Way for Future Success
A Leadership Conversation with Stacy Palmer, Editor, Chronicle of Philanthropy
Stacy Palmer, Founding Editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Sue Cunningham discuss how the charitable sector has responded over the past months to COVID-19. Stacy’s insights cross many interesting areas, with a focus upon how the sector’s standing amongst the public has increased through the crisis after years of declining trust. Their conversation explores the urgency of inclusion and equity, and how The Chronicle is addressing inclusion within the organization and, importantly, through its coverage of the sector. Hear how successful nonprofit organizations have changed their approaches over the course of the crisis, and the creativity generated in response to this necessary change. Finally, hear the impact younger donors are having on the work of philanthropy and what that might mean about how you approach your planning and engagement.
Episode 5: Less Heat; More Light: How Humour, Inclusivity, and Nurturing Talent are Vital Leadership Tools
A Leadership Conversation with Professor Carolyn Evans, Vice Chancellor and President, Griffith University
This conversation explores important strands of leadership: how to deploy humour at the right times, and when to know it is not your most effective tool; the joys of nurturing people to achieve more than they ever thought they could; and the fundamental belief that excellence is a biproduct of inclusivity. At a time where the political divide is growing, Professor Carolyn Evans shares her academic expertise in comparative religious freedom, and what her scholarship has taught her about leading a university during complex times. (Hint: work hard and try to understand the roots of others’ concerns and anxieties and you can find more middle ground.)
Episode 4: The Powerful Public and Civic Good Provided by Higher Education
A Leadership Conversation with Dr. James Harris, President, University of San Diego
“Be the Living Embodiment of the Institution.” This is the early advice Dr. Jim Harris received as a young college president 25 years and three institutions ago. There is not a better moment than right now to hear his insights on how the college presidency – and higher education – has changed. This CASE xChange conversation explores powerful and pertinent issues around higher education as a public good; addressing inequities and racism; the imperative to change; and living the mission and values of your institution. He shares valuable insights into the importance of open dialog and deeper conversations for our institutions. You will also learn what it is like for an advancement officer to become a college president.
Episode 3: How Time Zones Teach Empathy
A Leadership Conversation with Fernando León García, President of CETYS University System
President Fernando León García brings rich perspective to this CASE xChange. His international experience, in addition to his academic journey, have deeply informed his leadership. This conversation highlights how he to bring global perspective to his work both at CETYS and across higher education through his international board positions. Listen, too, for his thoughts on the importance of empathy in leadership.
Episode 2: From Academic to Administrator to Advancement Champion
A Leadership Conversation with Dr. Deep Saini, President and Vice-Chancellor, Dalhousie University
This thoughtful conversation takes us through President Saini’s path as an “accidental academic” to an “accidental administrator” to a champion of educational advancement. He has served as a university president in two countries, at Australia’s University of Canberra, and now at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sue Cunningham asks President Saini about his perspective on international education, how higher education in Australia changed between the time he studied there as a graduate student and his return as a Vice-Chancellor; what his outlook is on philanthropy in education in India, and what inspires him about leading Dalhousie University, and its remarkable relationship with its local community.
Episode 1: How An Accidental Advancement Career led to a Global Network of Colleagues
A Leadership Conversation with James H Moore, President and CEO, University of Illinois Foundation
Jim Moore’s career in advancement had an accidental start: he thought it would be a means into another profession as an athletics administrator. Instead, he became “Intoxicated by the work and by educational advancement,” a field that makes such a difference for our institutions, students, donors and communities. In this conversation Sue Cunningham and Jim discuss his pathway to his current role, the key turning points for him along that journey, and the changes he has seen over the arc of his advancement career. Hear about how the University of Illinois has responded to community needs during the pandemic, and how the three-campus system has approached its campaign activities. This conversation is a must-listen for advancement professionals at all levels of their career – hear about why this work matters, how donors have changed, and the power of the CASE global network.
Leadership Conversations Season 1 Episodes
In this podcast series ‘Voices from the Field’, we will hear from members of our community as they share their knowledge and insights, covering all facets of advancement from a practitioner, leader and industry expert’s point of view. Join Heather Hamilton, Executive Director of CASE Asia-Pacific and Brad Entwistle, Founding Partner of imageseven as they chat with our guests.
Episode 36: A Conversation with Nuzhat Kamran – An Award Winning DEI Programme and Philanthropy in Pakistan
Nuzhat Kamran, Director, Office of Advancement at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan is our voice from the field for this episode. Heather and Brad congratulate Nuzhat on the LUMS national outreach programme Changing Destinies that won the 2021 CASE Platinum Awards - Best Practices in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion category. She shares how this programme is positively impacting the Pakistani community and her vision, including institutional partnerships. Listen in to hear her insights into the philanthropic landscape of Pakistan and how LUMS navigates this to encourage donors to give.
Episode 35: A Conversation with Toni Lawrence – From the US to Australia; The Culture of Giving and CRM Solutions
Toni Lawrence, Director of Advancement at James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville, Australia joins us for this episode. Listen in to find out how Toni took her learnings from her early career work at Wendy Finerman Productions (producers of Forrest Gump and The Devil Wears Prada) and applied them to her roles in advancement. Hear about her experience when moving from a role at a large university in the United States to a smaller Australian institution, and the exciting things to come at JCU.
Episode 34: A Conversation with Nick Jaffer – Fundraising in Asia and Matched Giving
Our voice from the field this episode is Nick Jaffer, President & CEO (Asia Pacific) at Global Philanthropic in Sydney, Australia. Listen in to hear how Nick went from backpacking in Europe to a stint in banking on his way to a 30-year (and counting) career in fundraising. Nick shares the key themes from Global Philanthropic’s recent annual worldwide forum ‘Talking Philanthropy’ which focused on the philanthropic ecosystem in Asia. With a culturally deep-seated notion of giving, hear how a more intentional approach to philanthropy is taking root in the region and why the government is a critical partner in driving this change—in Asia and across the globe.
Episode 33: A Conversation with Adam Ruble – From the CASE Graduate Trainee Programme in Australia to Fundraising and E-sports in the US
Adam Ruble, Associate Director of Development – Student Affairs at Illinois State University, discusses his experience as a participant in the CASE Graduate Trainee Programme and being a fundraiser in both the United States and Australia. Listen in to find out why young advancement professionals are assets and what motivates them to stay within any one institution. Also hear Adam’s insights into the world of e-sports and its untapped potential for educational fundraising.
Episode 32: A Conversation with Lea Sublett – Taking Your Advancement Career Global
We welcome Lea Sublett, Manager of Alumni Affairs at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in this episode. With a career that has taken her from Australia to Vietnam and Saudi Arabia, Lea shares how a global career enriched with different cultural experiences has been achievable by working within advancement. Also, hear her advice for advancement professionals who want broaden their international experience.
Episode 31: A Conversation with Jay Goulart – The Emergence of Cryptocurrency in Philanthropy
Our guest for this episode is Jay Goulart, founder of Big Philanthropy and former vice president for institutional advancement at Gulliver Prep in Miami, Florida, United States of America, as well as a recipient of the prestigious CASE Crystal Apple Award. Jay shares his first encounter with cryptocurrency and how he received a philanthropic gift in Bitcoin. Hear his insights on how the relationship between cryptocurrency and fundraising is a natural progression for streamlining the transfer of value from donors to institutions.
Episode 30: A Conversation with Cara Giacomini – The Importance of Capturing and Analysing Institutional Data
Our guest for this episode is CASE’s own Cara Giacomini, Chief Research & Data Officer who also leads the CASE AMAtlas team. She takes us back to basics in discussing why the capturing and analyses of data is critical for institutions of any size, as well as the ‘where’ and ‘how’ to begin in incorporating data to understand your institution. Through explaining the resources and support that AMAtlas provides, Cara highlights how the recently released CASE Global Reporting Standards is creating a foundation for global benchmarking and what it means to be working in an ethical manner within the educational advancement community.
Episode 29: A Conversation with Joel Terwilliger – Launching an Award-Winning Volunteerism Campaign
In this episode, Joel Terwilliger, Alumni Relations Manager at The University of Auckland shares about the university’s campaign on the advocacy and awareness of volunteerism – Volunteer Impact Week, which was a regional finalist in the 2020 CASE Platinum Awards. Listen in to find out how encouraging alumni to donate an hour of their time per week can have a positive impact for students, society, and the environment. Hear Joel’s insights on how any institution can implement a volunteer-centric campaign in both face-to-face and digital environments to inspire the next generation of change-makers.
Episode 28: A Conversation with Dr. Bervyn Lee – Leaving a Legacy and Understanding Your Alumni and Community
Our guest for this episode is Dr. Bervyn Lee, Director of Alumni Relations at Singapore Management University (SMU). Bervyn shares how the words of a past Singapore prime minister triggered a shift in his outlook on life and legacy giving. Also, listen in to find out how he has initiated alumni and community surveys that will better enable SMU’s understanding of their community’s interests and affinity.
Episode 27: A Conversation with Emma Silva – Strategic Planning and Advancement in Vietnam
Join us for this episode with hosts Heather Hamilton and Brad Entwistle, along with guest Emma Silva, director of advancement at United Nations International School (UNIS) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Hear how Emma began her career in journalism and what led her to where she is now, working as an advancement leader in an international school. Also, hear her views on a new way of thinking around strategic planning and how the Vietnamese culture has helped to shape the goals and achievements of UNIS Hanoi.
Episode 26: A Conversation with Jayasudha Bandi – Alumni and Career Development in India
In this episode, Jayasudha Bandi, Senior Manager of Alumni Career Services at Indian School of Business (ISB) shares her extensive experience in human resources prior to joining ISB. Listen in to find out how ISB works with alumni and recruiters and manages their programmes; the alumni and graduate recruitment landscape in India; as well as ISB's CASE Platinum Award entries for best practices in alumni relations.
Episode 25: A Conversation with Ovidia Lim-Rajaram – Strategic Planning and the Future of Communications and Marketing
Ovidia Lim-Rajaram, Chief Communications Officer at National University of Singapore, explores pertinent topics in communications and marketing with hosts Heather and Brad. Listen in to find out what the letters M-O-B-I-L-E mean in reference to her thoughts around future trends and challenges in communications and marketing. Also, hear from Ovidia her top three tips for communications and marketing professionals and what she values in being a part of the CASE community, both regionally and globally, and the 2021 Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference (APAC). Ovidia also shares about the importance of having a 'living' strategy for your institution, and what she looks forward to in 2021.
Episode 24: A Conversation with Sinéad Collins – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Advancement in the Schools Sector
How does Sinéad Collins, who started off as performing musician and teacher in London, end up as the Director of Engagement and External Relations at United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) in Singapore? In addition, hear what Sinéad thinks international schools can do to cultivate diverse perspectives, and to ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are ingrained in the schools' values. Sinéad also shares why she took up the role of co-chair for the 2021 Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference (APAC), what this means to her, and how advancement professionals in international schools can benefit from attending APAC. Sinéad and the hosts then explored the differences and similarities between higher education and schools in the advancement space, and how they impact her work. Finally, hear what’s coming up for UWCSEA in 2021, including organising a forum on learning to shape the future as a part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.
Episode 23: A Conversation with Rime Sun – Alumni Relations, Philanthropy, and Advancement in China
In this episode, Rime Sun, Director of Development at New York University, Shanghai, shares about her work at NYU Shanghai and an overview of the advancement landscape in China. Listen in for Rime’s career path and how she built NYU Shanghai’s development team from scratch. Rime also shares the strategies that have worked well for NYU Shanghai to engage with NYU Alumni in Asia-Pacific, including the Pan-Asia Alumni Conference held annually; what she values in CASE; and projects that she and her team will be working on in 2021, leading up to the 10th anniversary celebration of NYU Shanghai and a move to a new campus in 2022.
Episode 22: A Conversation with Soleiman Dias – The Role of International Schools in Inclusiveness and the Advancement Landscape in Korea
Our guest for this episode is Soleiman Dias, Director of Alumni and International Relations at Chadwick International in Songdo, South Korea. Soleiman takes us through his career journey from Brazil to South Korea, and from teacher to his current position. He highlights the responsibility and important role international schools and international education plays in inclusiveness; shares how he navigates his work and manages his stakeholders with in-person events still limited; and talks about the advancement landscape in Korea and how it has grown in the last two decades. Lastly, hear from Soleiman how advancement professionals in international schools can benefit from attending the 2021 Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference.
Episode 21: Voices from the Field – A Conversation with Heather Hamilton and Brad Entwistle – Reflecting and Looking Forward
In the first episode for the year, our hosts Brad and Heather are also the guests. Hear Heather share her learnings from 2020, her outlook and some trends for the year ahead for advancement, the focus of CASE Asia-Pacific in 2021, and what listeners can expect at the 2021 CASE Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference. Brad shares what will drive the next era of marketing, a blind spot that marketing and communications professionals can do away with, as well as imageseven’s plan for 2021 – which includes distilling their unique approach to schools communications and marketing.
Voices from the Field Past Episodes
NEW! Episode 4: Voces y Café - A Conversation with Adriana Buiton about the importance of data
Welcome to our fourth episode in Spanish from Latin America of Voces y Café (Voices in the field). In this episode, we invited Adriana Buiton to talk about the importance of data in education. Adriana is the director of advancement services from S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, USA.
Episode 3: Voces y Café - A Conversation with Mireya Landacay about virtual events and alumni engagement
Welcome to our third episode in Spanish from Latin America of Voces y Café (Voices in the field). In this episode, we invited Mireya Landacay from UTPL Ecuador, to talk about virtual events and alumni engagement. Mireya is the alumni coordinator in UTPL, she has a lot of experience working with virtual education and UTPL Ecuador is one of the Latin American institutions with more experience in distance education.
Episode 2: Voces y Café - A Conversation with Vielka Morales about challenges in schools
Welcome to our second episode in Spanish from Latin America of Voces y Café (Voices in the field). In this episode, we invited Vielka Morales, from Carol Morgan School, Dominican Republic, to talk about the importance of advancement in Latin America and the challenges in schools. Vielka is the Manager of Advancement and Alumni Relations of Carol Morgan School. She has an experience of many years in advancement and gift campaigns.
Episode 1: Voces y Café - A Conversation with German Campos about professional development in Advancement
This is the first podcast episode in Spanish from Latin America of Voces y Café (Voices in the field), from our new monthly podcast program. We invited German Campos, from Universidad Anahuac, Mexico, to talk about the importance of professional development in the area of Advancement. As an experienced volunteer, German shares his career path through 27 years of experience. He talks about how he started working in this new field for him in that time, what challenges and obstacles he had to face, and the development of Advancement in his university. He also shares how important the role of the president was for achieving this and what successful outcomes he has had as a result of all his training, particularly through CASE events and involvement.