Tuesday Schedule

Tuesday, June 18

7:30 am – 12:00 pm Registration re-opens & Swag Drop-off Atkinson Hall – Foyer
7:30 – 8:15 am Breakfast Atkinson Hall – Foyer
8:15 – 9:15 am Opening Plenary:

Culture Shaping : Building a Shared Philosophy to Drive Success and Advance Your Mission

Creating a cohesive community and strong workplace culture starts with a set of core values that evolve overtime. Hear from one of UC San Diego’s most notable alumna on her approach towards improving organizational, operational, and team effectiveness without losing sight of your individual and collective missions.
Presenter: Dr. Mary Bui-Pham
Atkinson Hall – Auditorium & Theater
9:15 – 9:30 am Break Atkinson Hall – Foyer
9:30 – 10:30 am Entrepreneurs & Philanthropy: What Fundraisers Need to Know about How Startups are Born, Funded, Grow, and Generate Wealth

A fairly straightforward tutorial on how startup growth impacts wealth, and what engagement tactics might work at each growth stage.

Presenters: Christian Shuck and Dee Dee Mendoza

Computer Science Bldg – Room 1242
9:30 – 10:30 am Growth of a Donor: From Discovery to Pipeline

The pathway of leading an alumni through the stages of a successful discovery and assessment and into your pipeline.

Presenters: Natalia Hardin and Sarah Bibelhausen

Bioengineering Bldg, Fung Auditorium – 1st Floor
9:30 – 10:30 am Women and Underrepresented Minorities in Development

A presentation from seasoned development professionals about how being a woman and / or an underrepresented minority has posed challenges and inspiration in our field, and how they have encouraged their alumni to support initiatives to benefit women and underrepresented minorities.

Presenters: Jessie Stone, Anna Walker, Caitlin Buro, and Etta Pittman

Atkinson Hall – Auditorium
9:30 – 10:30 am Building Your Philanthropic Team: Planning Your Way to Successful Philanthropic Board

This session will cover the topic of examining a volunteer board structure (or lack thereof) through the lens of philanthropy. Presenters will provide an examination of the current pre-campaign phase structure at the University of Denver and the presenters’ past experiences with fundraising boards. This session will help you reflect upon whether your institution should build, grow, refine or scrape your current structure and how to optimally build your board member base, metrics, structure and operations to leverage philanthropic success.

Presenters: Michael Ransom, Liz Iracki, Tania Garcia

Computer Science Bldg – Room 1202
10:30 -10:45 am Break Atkinson-  Foyer
10:45 – 11:45 am The Blue Sky Initiative : A New Model for Investing in Research Excellence

Blue Sky Initiative supports transformational concepts – high-risk, high-reward ideas. Selected research teams will progress through a series of defined milestones to consistently assess the development of their concepts.

Presenter: Michael Drake

Computer Science Bldg – Room 1242
10:45 – 11:45 am When the Quiet Phase is not Really Quiet

The Quiet Phase is the most critical period of time for any campaign. This period offers institutions a brief window to set and align priorities across campus, secure leadership gifts and volunteer commitments, prepare deans and other academic leadership, and most importantly engage alumni in the life of the campaign. So if this period is most critical, why so silent? This session will focus on the key years leading to a public launch. What is most important and what are the elements to focus on for the development offices.

Presenter: Chris Higgins

Bioengineering Bldg, Fung Auditorium – 1st Floor
10:45 – 11:45 am International Fundraising – Finding and Cultivating from the Start

Presentation and engaging panel discussion on the keys to successful outcomes in approaching international fundraising from start to finish!

Presenters: Tom Smith Tseng, Judith Moore, and Frank Scioscia

Atkinson Hall – Auditorium
10:45 – 11:45 am
Transforming Your Fundraising Approach

A presentation on unit development officers incorporating a fundraising strategy that supports college programmatic initiatives, while balancing departmental needs and special projects.

The Engineering Academic & Student Affairs program consists of innovative student focused opportunities such as Engineering Entrepreneurship, the Engineering Academies, a First-Generation Mentorship program, ENGR[x], and their Summer Bridge Program.


Presenters: Jay Roberts and Reagan Chessher

Computer Science Bldg – Room 1202
11:45 am – 12:30 pm Lunch Atkinson Hall – Foyer
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Plenary: Won’t you be My Neighbor?

Join the Jacobs School of Engineering to discuss a unique principal gif strategy with a Fortune 100 company. This moderated and interactive panel will explore the dynamic relationship between Development and Corporate Engagement at UC San Diego Engineering who came together to collaborate with a corporate donor in our own backyard.

Presenters: James Williams, Adrienne M. Bolli, Luciana Xavier, Cody Noghera, Zack Smith

Atkinson Hall – Auditorium & Theater
1:30 – 1:45 pm Break Atkinson Hall – Foyer
1:45 – 2:45 pm The Corporate Footprint: Some Assembly Required

Companies seek to build brand permanence on campuses through named spaces and heightened student engagement. During this presentation we will highlight some of the main ways to prospect, qualify, cultivate, and most importantly Steward donors for named spaces. We will also showcase how industry can successfully get involved in student design projects and why this impactful support generates meaningful collaboration. The challenges is, success is complex and requires key stewardship to achieve long-term mutually beneficial partnerships.

Presenters: Iram Hasan and Justin Hines

Computer Science Bldg – Room 1202
1:45 – 2:45 pm Creating a Positive and Rewarding Experience for Brick and Mortar Donors

Whether your institution is planning to raise funds for facilities or is in the midst of doing so, the collaboration between fundraisers and donor relations pros can make or break the donor experience. From managing donors’ expectations about recognition to planning ground breaking ceremonies to creating long-term stewardship plans, our partnership is key. Attend this session to learn about—and discuss—case studies in working together to ensure a positive and rewarding philanthropic experience for your brick and mortar donors.

Presenters: Michelle Milkovich and Anne Murphy

Computer Science Bldg – Room 1242
1:45 – 2:45 pm How to Make the Most of a Donor Meeting

Educating donors on the importance of a university wide campaign while also keeping unit priorities at the forefront.

Presenters: June Losurdo, Guy Hart

Atkinson Hall – Auditorium
1:45 – 2:45 pm The Fork in the Road:  Which Way To Go?

Throughout a DoD’s career one is faced with a dilemma to choose either managerial or donor/prospect path. In this session, a group of experienced Principal gift development professionals will share their experiences on the road traveled to ensure you choose the most suitable path that will guarantee success.

Presenters: Steve Hawthorne and Michael O. Miller

Bioengineering Bldg, Fung Auditorium – 1st floor
2:45 – 3:00 pm Break Atkinson Hall – Foyer
3:00 – 4:00 pm Table Topics Atkinson Hall – Courtyward
4:00 – 4:30 pm Board Charter Buses

*EDF Attendee Name Badge is REQUIRED to board shuttles and embark USS Midway for our private event*

* Guest name tags/access passes can be picked up at registration anytime before 12:30PM on Tuesday, June 18th.

Curbside, Atkinson Hall
4:30 -6:00 pm Travel to Downtown San Diego Buses depart from Atkinson Hall
6:00 – 10:00 pm The San Diego Experience

*Due to high demand for this event, guest access passes were sold out. We are not able to accommodate day-of walk-ups/purchases.*


*Return shuttles to Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines depart starting at 9:30 pm.

USS Midway Museum, Downtown San Diego