MARC 2013

MARC 2013 Keynote Presenter: Elizabeth Crabtree


In Search of Excellence:  Driving Performance Through Creativity, Innovation and Execution

Drawing on her leadership experience and proven elements of personal and group motivation, Elizabeth Crabtree engaged the MARC audience in a retrospective and interactive discussion of the relationship between creativity, innovation and execution in performance management. By leveraging our natural human abilities to imagine and invent we can turn challenges into solutions and discover new and exciting ways to transform our thinking to achieve excellence in our work and our careers. This enlightening conversation focused on how to foster personal satisfaction and team effectiveness that will increase your impact and success.

Elizabeth is the Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Resource Development at Brown University where she serves as a member of the Advancement Division’s senior leadership team and an advisor to the Sr. Vice President for University Advancement.

Elizabeth is responsible for strategic planning, fiscal, administrative, resource development and operations management at Brown and has particular expertise in campaign planning and management, analysis and reporting, communications and all aspects of prospect development.

Previously, Elizabeth held senior development and nonprofit management positions with Northern Illinois University, Benedictine University, College of DuPage and the Digital Schoolhouse Foundation at Platinum Technologies/Computer Associates.

She is a former president of APRA and a member AFP, CASE, and NEDRA. In 2012, Elizabeth was the recipient of APRA’s prestigious Visionary Award and received NEDRA’s Ann Castle Award in 2007 in recognition of her outstanding achievements and contributions to the fundraising research profession. Under Elizabeth’s leadership, the Prospect Development team at Brown was honored to be named a 2010 CASE Circle of Excellence award winner.

Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Elizabeth spent eight years working as a marketing director and senior analyst in the consumer products and manufacturing industries and six years in arts management as a talent/music agent. Elizabeth is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and is an alumna of the Philanthropic Studies program at Indiana University.