Wednesday Schedule

All times are Central time zone

8:00 AM 8:30 AM Breakfast & 2021 EDF Announcement
8:30 AM 9:30 AM Plenary 5:

Crisis Management and Ethics in Fundraising

Lindsey Burkholder, Director of Corporate Relations, Smithsonian Institution

Lindsey Burkholder will draw upon her extensive experience with the Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Center and National Children’s Museum to help us understand how to proactively form a crisis management plan and how to assess and deal with unexpected surprises and ethical issues in an effective and thoughtful manner.

9:30 AM 9:45 AM Break & Swag Swap
9:45 AM 10:45 AM Break Out Session 4

Diversity and Inclusion in the Development Profession
“Detail coming soon”

Artificial Intelligence and Major Gifts
Can Artificial Intelligence Help You Know Donors Like the Back of Your Hand And Inspire Giving? All major gift officers strive to know their donors like the back of their hands. But, as we all know, it’s not always an efficient or scalable process. This session will show leadership how artificial intelligence (AI), specifically built for advancement, empowers gift officers to reach beyond their current portfolios to develop and deepen relationships with 2-3x more donors and prospects while prompting action that inspires giving at entirely new levels. Come learn from Northeastern University’s Director of College Advancement Initiatives, Taylor Brown and Gravyty’s Chris Campbell, as they show you how AI transforms what’s possible in advancement.

Career Track Session TBD
“Detail coming soon”

Stewardship Best Practices
Texas A&M Foundation prides itself on donor relations and stewardship. We continue to be creative in our “Thank You’s” to our donors and innovate next level stewardship. Our strategies involve managing gifts as donors intended, updating donors on the progress and impact of their gifts, and cultivating donors by keeping them involved at the Foundation and in the College of Engineering. Will discuss a wide variety of examples of ways we show our appreciation to our major endowed level donors to create lifelong donors.

10:45 AM 11:00 AM Break & Swag Swap
11:00 AM 12:30 PM Box Lunch and Closing Plenary 6:

First Things First – Who Are YOU?
Developing Your Personal Leadership Values and Philosophy

Danny Butler, Thomas Walter Center Professor, Auburn University

Leaders need to have a process in place which allows them to plan, act, and measure their performance against a benchmark. A big part of one’s success as a leader is found in one’s personal values, which shape how we plan and lead. This session will be one of theory and application as Dr. Butler presents a workshop from Auburn’s Executive MBA program to help us explore our personal leadership values and understand how they impact our leadership philosophy.


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