Conference Schedule

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
5:00–7:00 PM Newcomers' and Mentoring Happy Hour


Wednesday, October 3, 2018
7:00–8:00 AM Breakfast
8:00–9:30 AM
Welcome and Plenary Session: Blair Scholarships
Keynote Session: Forward through Ferguson: Philanthropy and the Fight for Racial Equity
Reverend Starsky Wilson 
9:30–10:00 AM Break
Session 1 A B C D E F

10:00–11:00 AM

Donor Retention: Where Do You Even Start?
Abby Fox and Cristy Racy
Campaign Launch on a Shoestring
Ana Conant, Kari Anderson-Pink, and Susan Mendelson
Getting a Seat at the Table: Using Donor Relations to Drive Principal Gift Cultivation
Carol Wilkie and Joe Plante
Donor Relations as Mission Control
Suzanne Duncan and Dawn Green
So You Think You Want to Lead?
Kathleen Diemer
Getting More Done in Less Time
Carrie Casper and Joni Jordan
11:00–11:30 AM Break
Session 2 F 


11:30–12:30 PM

End of the Campaign: Now What?
Allison Rubin and Kathy Baer
Better Together: Developing a Strong Partnership with Advancement Services
Carin Huffman Grinch and Stefanie Gray 

Advocacy for You, Your Team, Your Program, Your Institution, and Our Profession
Nancy McKinney and Michal Shaw

Redefining Tribute Recognition
Lindsay Gilbert
Live, Learn, Play: Creating Behind the Scenes Donor Experiences
Liz Jacoby and Brandy Polo 
The Evolution in Acknowledgments
Trish Morgan
12:30–1:30 PM Lunch
Session 3 A B C D E F


1:30–3:00 PM

New Professionals Cohort Pilot Operations Plan
Angela Altamore and Michal Shaw
The Power and Impact of Donor Relations Professionals
Erik Daubert
Positioning Yourself for Your Next Move
Gail Freeman,  Kathleen Casanova and Chris Spagnola
Establishing Meaningful Measures of Success for Donor Relations and Stewardship
Anne Manner-McLarty and Debbie Meyers
Framework for the Future
Lynne Wester
Diversity and Inclusion Through a Donor Relations and Stewardship Lens
Brandon Braud
3:00–3:30 PM Break
Session 4 A B C D E F
3:30–4:30 PM Engage Your Experts in Philanthropic Work
Mark Foncannon
Minute to Win it: The Original
Mary Solomons
Scholarships: From Messy to Clean and Pristine!
Diane Calhoun
Spread the Love: Educate, Elevate, and Thank All in One Day
Stephanie Murphy and Tracy Baldelli

Mythos and giftmap
Two Exciting Sessions from our Sponsors!

Here to There: How to Drive Career Growth
Kapria Jenkins and Marletta Boyd II
5:00 PM Networking Reception and Stewardship Awards
7:00 PM Optional Dine-Arounds


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Thursday, October 4, 2018
7:30–8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30–9:00 AM Welcome and Plenary Session: The Little Bit Foundation
9:00–10:00 AM Keynote Session: A Scientific Perspective: The Origins, Promise, and Practice of Gratitude
Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD
10:00–10:30 AM Break
Session 5 A B C D E F


10:30–11:30 AM

Extreme Makeover: Metrics Edition
Kelly Brennan
Building Stewardship and Cultivation
Jen McGrath and Corey Smentek
Go the Distance: Event Follow-Up for the Long Game
Kara Cafasso and Nicole Mastrianni
On-Site and Hands-On with The Little Bit Foundation Streamlined for Success
Victoria Tejera and Jackie Sewell
Mo Money, Mo Problems
Lynne Wester
11:30–12:30 PM Lunch and Annual Membership Business Meeting
Session 6 F 


12:30–1:30 PM

Designing Stewardship Strategies
Trish Morgan
Stewardship TechXchange
Cheryl Lintner

Personalized Impact Reporting in a Small Shop
Christine McMains

Becoming Business Drivers
Carolyn Vivaldi
The "Secret Sauce" to Creating Best-in-Class Events
Mary Fisher and Katherine Lane
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Capital Campaign
Natalie Knight and Molly Freed
1:30–2:00 PM Break
Session 7 A B C D E F


2:00–3:00 PM

Inspiring the Masses
Kailyn Gramly and Devin Lynn
Strategic Volunteer Engagement
Cristy Racy and Michal Shaw
Pamela Rainville and Maria DiCuccio

The Dream Team: Relationships that Build Impact
Melanie Armstrong

How Will You Grow?
Paige Eubanks-Barrow
Ambassador Programs That Will Boost Your Bottom Line
Malika McCray and Jeff Muller
3:00–3:30 PM Break
Session 8 A B C D E F
3:30–4:30 PM Taking Care of Everyone at the Top
Cheryl Lintner
The Journey of a Campaign Launch
Brittany Fowler and Avery Howard
Breaking Out of the Box: Special Reports
Mari Putney and Trish Morgan
Re-Thinking Board Development and Engagement
Adam Doyno
Using Web-Based Tools to Bring Impact Reporting to Life
Lesley Schack and Patricia Peluso 

1157 designconcepts and AcademicWorks
Two Exciting Sessions from our Sponsors!

6:00 PM Optional Dine-Arounds


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Friday, October 5, 2018
8:00–9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00–10:30 AM Keynote Session: Being Donor-Centered in Changing Times: How to Use Donor Trends and Changing Technologies to Make a Profit
Penelope Burk
10:30–11:00 AM Break
Session 9 A B C D E F


11:00–12:00 PM

Donor Relations on the Frontlines: Collaborating with Fundraisers for Strategic Stewardship
Mary Fisher
Disrupting the Status Quo: Re-imagining Our Work
Kristin DeLuca and Linda Fletcher
Maximizing Resources and Relationships
Diana Pupillo and Mary Hendricks
A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Personalized Stewardship Reports
Jeannine Bergeron and Anita Mendoza
Stewarding from the Inside Out
Rachel Donahue Loughran, Adrienne Lotoski, and Lauren Edlund
Entrepreneurial Relations: The Next Frontier of Donor Relations
Dee Dee Mendoza
 2:00–6:00 PM Optional Excursion: City Museum and Gateway Arch
6:00 PM Optional Dine-Around