ADRP Conference Program Schedule

*schedule is subject to change

Pre-Conference Activities | Tuesday, September 20

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Board Meeting

3:00 - 6:00 PM


5:00 - 7:00 PM

Newcomers' & Mentoring Happy Hour

Day 1 |  Wednesday, September 21

6:30 - 7:30 AM

Morning Yoga
Instructor: Rebecca Phillips

7:00 - 8:00 AM


8:00 - 8:30 AM

Exhibitor Demos

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Sponsored by: EverTrue

9:00 - 9:30 AM

Welcome & Announcements

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Opening Keynote: The Art of Perception: Innovation in Plain Sight
Amy Herman

Sponsored by: 1157 designconcepts

10:30 - 10:50 AM

Networking Break

10:50 - 11:50 AM

ADRP Video Awards Viewing #1 (Black Diamond Room)


10:50 - 11:50 AM


1A Top 10 Ways Gift Officers Can Be Donor Relations Officers


Marissa Hoechstetter
, Smith College

Note: This session was previously session 7C

1B You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em, Know When to Fold 'Em... Donor Retention Strategies


Leah Nicoletti, Cook Children's Health Care System 

Jennifer Jonhnson, CFRE
, Cook Children's Health Care System

1C Maximizing Your Strengths
Limited Attendance Session - 50 person max


Jenn Robinson, George Mason University

1D Houston We Have A Problem!


Laura Bolduc, University of Cincinnati

1E Harnessing The Power of Social Data For Development and Donor Relations


Brent Grinna, EverTrue

 11:50AM - 1:00PM

Networking Lunch

Sponsored by: Mindseye Project Partners

 11:50AM - 1:00PM

Speaker Book Selling/Signing


1:00 - 2:00 PM


2A Foundations in Donor Relations (Part 1 of 3)


Lynne Wester, Donor Relations Guru LLC 


Mary Solomons
, Skidmore College

2B Our Shot: The Changing Face of Philanthropy and Diversity in Donor Relations

Mitra Keykhah
, Princeton University

2C Recognition Events Where Everyone is the Victor!


Jenny Jones, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

2D Video ROI: Getting the Most from Everything you Produce


Milinda Fraley, Mindseye Project Partners

2E | Engaging Donors Systematically: How a Community Foundation engaged donors on a deeper level


Lindsay Aroesty, The Pittsburgh Foundation

2:00 - 2:20 PM

Networking Break

2:20 - 3:20 PM

ADRP Video Awards Viewing #2 (Black Diamond Room)


2:20 - 3:20 PM


3A Foundations in Donor Relations (Part 2 of 3)

Lynne Wester, Donor Relations Guru LLC 

Mary Solomons, Skidmore College

3B Managing People, Projects, and Deadlines: What We Wish We Knew

Kathleen Diemer, CFRE George Mason University,

Jeff Muller, World Wildlife Fund 

Anne Marie Halsey, Children's National Health System

3C The Doctor Will See You Now

Jacqueline Lindley, Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation

3D Are You Telling Your Story with a Blank Screen? Best Practices for Content Creation and Deployment for Digital Donor Recognition

Ben Golding, Advancement Resources  

Andrew Pickering, Presentation Design Group

3:20 - 3:40 PM

Networking Break


3:40 - 4:40 PM


 4A Foundations in Donor Relations (Part 3 of 3)

Lynne Wester, Donor Relations Guru LLC 

Mary Solomons, Skidmore College

4B High Impact Less Effort: The Keys to Developing a Sustainable Video Stewardship Program


 David Carrillo, University of San Francisco 

 Tara Kyle, Stanford University

4C Grant Administration and Reporting Best Practices

Christie Thomas, The Nature Conservancy

Katie Kallmyer, The Nature Conservancy

4D A Minute to Win It - Communications

Debbie Meyers, University of Maryland


5:00 - 7:00 PM

Networking Reception

Day 2  | Thursday, September 22

6:30 - 7:30 AM

Morning Yoga
Instructor: Rebecca Phillips

 7:30 - 8:00 AM


8:00 - 8:30 AM 

Exhibitor Demos

8:00 - 9:00 AM


Sponsored by: The Frame Theory

8:45 - 9:00 AM


9:00 - 10:00 AM

KEYNOTE: Go To The People

Dr. Jim Withers

Sponsored by: Global Thinking

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 - 11:30 AM

ADRP Video Awards Viewing #3 (Black Diamond Room)

10:30 - 11:30 AM



5A SNAP OUT OF IT! Changing Your Outlook on Donor Communications

Debbie Meyers, University of Maryland

5B Celebration Central! One Shop's Story of Consolidated Alumni & Donor Event Management
Matthew Helmer, Colorado State University 

 Jennifer Welding, Colorado State University

5C The Privilege of Donor Relations

Mark Jolly-Van Bodegraven, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

5D Getting to the Bottom of Donor Advised Funds

Emily Fondaw, University of Washington 

Zanne Gerrard, University of Washington

5E Making Your Donor Communications More Human

Jon Budington, Global Thinking

5F | Forging YOUR Future

Lisa Honan, Syracuse University

Jaime Porter, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

11:30 - 12:00 PM


12:00 - 1:00 PM


David Woods

Sponsored by: Brook Recognition 

1:00 - 1:15 PM

Networking Break

1:15 - 2:15 PM


6A A Minute to Win It - Productivity


Sarah Sims, CFRE 
UF Development & Alumni Affairs


6B Innovative Twists on Traditional Recognitions


Roberta O'Hara
, Rutgers University


Lynne Wester
, Donor Relations Guru LLC


6C Partnering for Peak Performance: Planned Giving Stewardship at Mayo Clinic


Laurie Simon
, Mayo Clinic 


Jessie Pridie
, Mayo Clinic

6D | Living Our Cause: Practical Ways to Build a Culture of Philanthropy at Your Institution


Eliza McNulty
, YMCA of the USA

Mary Weingartner
YMCA of the USA

6E | Illuminating the Why Behind Giving in Higher Education: The Student Ambassador Program


Bre Cain
, Western Washington University Advancement

Mark Bagley,
 Western Washington University Advancement


2:15 - 2:40 PM

Networking Break

2:40 - 3:40 PM


7A | Crash Course in Leadership and Management in Stewardship and Donor Relations


Paige Eubanks-Barrow

7B | Four Pillars in Practice:  A Look at How One Shop Reorganized and Put the Pillars into Practice


Angela Altamore
, Creighton University

7C | Crashing a Party You Weren't Invited To: Having a Seat at the Table


Madelyn Jones, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Note: This session was previously session 1A


7D | Planned Serendipity: How to Surprise and Delight the Top of your Donor Pyramid


Sarah Sims
, CFRE UF Development & Alumni Affairs


7E | Make Your Donor Recognition Display Solid as Steel


Evelyn Flock
, 1157 designconcepts

3:40 - 4:00 PM

Networking Break

4:00 - 5:00 PM

ADRP Video Awards Viewing #4 (Black Diamond Room)

4:00 - 5:00 PM


8A A Minute to Win It - Events

Mary Solomons, Skidmore College

8B All Hands on Deck: Setting a Course for Engaging Leadership in Stewardship Activities

 Ashleigh Manktelow, McGill University 

Bonnie King, McGill University

8C Professional Speed Dating


8D Big Little Things: How Focusing On Small Details Can Make a Huge Difference

JD Beebe, ThankView

(Formerly Pitch It)

8E Reporting to Scholarship Donors


Brandon Phipps
, AcademicWorks


5:30 - 7:30 PM


 Day 3  | Friday, September 23

6:30 - 7:30 AM

Morning Yoga
Instructor: Rebecca Phillips

7:30 - 8:00 AM


8:00 - 9:00 AM


9:00 - 9:30 AM

Annual Meeting

9:30 - 9:45 AM

Networking Break


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM


9A | Master Class in Donor Relations for Seasoned Professionals (Part 1 of 2)
Mark Lanum, University of Washington 

Jennifer McGrath, Boston University

9B Writing to a Donor's Heart: Exploring Story and Language that Compel Donors to Give

Elizabeth Stewart, City of Hope

9C Celebrating Donors and Their Scholars

Jeannie Moody-Novak, University of Michigan

Darwin Matthews, University of Michigan

9D This Way to the Afterparty: Using Post-Campaign Stewardship to Keep the Momentum Going

Katie Kutney, The Pingry School

10:45 - 11:00 AM

Networking Break


11:00 - 12:00 PM


10A | Master Class in Donor Relations for Seasoned Professionals (Part 2 of 2)

Mark Lanum, University of Washington

Jen McGrath, Boston University 


10B | "In lieu of flowers…" a Case Study in Stewardship and Retention of Memorial Gifts

 Beth Bryant, Hospice & Palliative CareCenter

Shannon Neal, Hospice & Palliative CareCenter

10C | Retooling the Giving Society for Maximum Impact

 Cristy Racy, Oklahoma State University Foundation

10D | A Minute to Win It - Recognition

Christian Nelson

12:00 PM

Traveling Snacks