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 2016 Fall Symposium: Advancing Leaders Schedule of Events


Thursday, November 3, 2016

8:00am - 4:30pm Registration Open
8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast Provided
9:00am - 10:30am Keynote: Lead Me, Follow Me, or Get Out of My Way!
Melanie Sabelhaus, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

This quote by general George Patton is a humble, inspirational but demanding leadership approach that inspires others to achieve extraordinary results. Hear how Melanie applies this philosophy to her business, fundraising, board leadership, government work and life.

Opening Session: Understanding Your Personal Leadership Style 

Leadership can come in all shapes and forms, but understanding your own style can increase the impact that you have on your team and others. From communication to executive behaviors, learn your strengths and focus areas to develop.
10:30am - 10:45am
Refreshment Break
10:45am - 12:00pm Acquiring and Retaining Your Top Talent
Tahsin Alam, Director of Talent Management, Rutgers University

In this interactive session, you will learn how to recruit and retain the best staff for your organization. We will explore the best models for successful employee engagement, demonstrate how you can measure it, and provide actionable tips for performance management and evaluation tailored to your needs.  
12:00pm - 1:30pm 
Lunch Provided 
1:30pm - 2:45pm Relationship Building: The Art of Managing Up, Down and Sideways
You are in a critical role as a conduit between your team and your stakeholders. Positive relationships you establish across all the impact areas to your budget, strategy development and projects will help you produce stronger outcomes. Learn what others are doing to communicate, collaborate and generally just co-exist within an organization and share your own stories. 
2:45pm - 3:15pm Refreshment & Networking Break
3:15pm - 4:45pm Solutions Place
Think of a problem you are facing in your role as a leader in your organization. Now, imagine having dedicated time with your peers to work through potential scenarios to help you find a winning solution. The Fall Symposium Solutions Place is your chance to get diverse advice for your biggest challenges. Connect and collaborate with your fellow attendees in this engaging and interactive session.
5:00pm - 6:30pm Networking Reception

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Friday, November 4, 2016

8:00am - 11:30am Registration Open
8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast Provided
9:00am - 10:15am Leading Fundraising into the Future
Moderated by: Stacy Palmer, Editor, The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Jennifer MacCormack, Immediate Past President, APRA; Jason Lee, Interim President & CEO, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP); Steven Churchill, President & CEO, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP); Sue Cunningham, President, CASE

Hear from top leaders on what will impact philanthropy and fundraising in the coming years. Their stories and visioning will empower and guide you in the next strategic plan for your office and your own personal leadership plan for the future.  
10:15am - 10:30am
Refreshment Break
10:30am - 11:30am Developing a Strategic Vision
Kevin Sturtevant, Chief Development Officer, United Cerebral Palsy 

What questions need to be asked before your strategic direction gets put on paper? How do you think creatively on where your department needs to be in the future and identify the roadblocks that could prevent success? In this session, we will discuss the work required on the front end of planning to create a sustainable and meaningful plan for your team. 
11:30am - 1:00pm Board Panel Luncheon
Moderated by: Melissa Bank Stepno, Practice Manager, Target Analytics, a division of Blackbaud, Inc.
Panelists: Caroline Oblack, Director, Research and Prospect Management, Oregon Health and Science University Foundation; Jill Meister, Director of Prospect Research and Management, University of New Hampshire; Ashutosh Nandeshwar, AVP, Relationship Management and Data Sciences, University of Southern California; Liz Rejman, CRFE, Associate Director, Operations, Pathways to Education Canada
1:15pm - 2:15pm Secrets of Data Driven Nonprofits
Steve MacLaughlin, Vice President of Data & Analytics, Blackbaud

Big data is completely transforming how companies drive their decision making, but many nonprofit organizations are unprepared to make the most of this opportunity. How do senior leaders across the nonprofit sector help to embrace these new possibilities and drive change at their organizations? Join Steve MacLaughlin as he shares insight, ideas, and examples from his best-selling book, Data Driven Nonprofits. Together, we will explore how successful organizations have unlocked the keys to becoming more data driven through sound strategies, empowering their teams, and willingness to evolve their cultures.
2:15pm - 3:00pm Closing Remarks & Wrap Up
Share your top takeaways from the event and your action plan for change.  


10:00am - 10:15am
Coffee & Tea Break