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2016 Fall Symposium: Advancing Leaders Speakers


Melanie Sabelhaus
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist, 2016 Fall Symposium Keynote

Melanie R. Sabelhaus has more than 30 years of successful small business, corporate, and federal government experience. Most recently, Ms. Sabelhaus was Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Former President George W. Bush nominated her for the post and she was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. As SBA Deputy Administrator, Ms. Sabelhaus served as second in command in managing an agency with more than 80 offices across the country. She was responsible for policy development, lending and program supervision for the SBA. Ms. Sabelhaus has devoted her energy and passion toward supporting many non-profits. She has served on numerous boards of directors including the United Way, the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Maryland, the Nantucket Historical Association, Women’s Leadership Board, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, the Foundation Board of Ohio University, Trustee of Johns Hopkins Health Systems, Women’s Philanthropy Institute Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

She is the former Vice Chair of the National Board of the American Red Cross and is the Honorary Chair of the Red Cross Philanthropic Board. Ms. Sabelhaus twice co-chaired the National United Way’s Summit on Women in Philanthropy and Co-Founded the National Women's Leadership Council, a billion dollar women's leadership society. She is the Co-Founding national chair of the Tiffany Circle, a Society of women leaders in the USA and

Internationally, for the American Red Cross. She is a member of the Belizean Grove an international women’s leadership organization and twice chaired the Nantucket Boston Pops, with 8k in attendance, benefiting the

Nantucket Hospital. She is a recipient of the 2002 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Award presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland’s Pro Urbe Award for her contributions to the community and as a successful small business entrepreneur, the Girl Scouts Outstanding Woman of the Year and Ohio University’s School of Business Award for Achievement in Business. Ms. Sabelhaus is also a recipient of the Artemis Award presented by the European-American Women’s Conference, and the Senator William Proxmire Award from the Copper Ridge Institute for her support of the model of care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s. She gave the 2010 commencement address at Ohio University. She speaks nationally on the Power of Women In Philanthropy. She is a Senior Principle with Panas Linzy, consulting non-profit organizations in Philanthropy.

Steve MacLaughlin.jpgSteve MacLaughlin
Vice President of Data & Analytics at Blackbaud, 2016 Fall Symposium Speaker

Steve MacLaughlin is the Vice President of Data & Analytics at Blackbaud and best-selling author of Data Driven Nonprofits. MacLaughlin has been featured as a fundraising and nonprofit expert in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and on National Public Radio. MacLaughlin serves on the board of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events. Steve earned both his undergraduate degree and a Master of Science degree in Interactive Media from Indiana University.

Tahsin Alam.jpgTahsin I. Alam
Director of Talent Management at the Rutgers University Foundation, 2016 Fall Symposium Speaker

Tahsin I. Alam is Director of Talent Management at the Rutgers University Foundation. He serves as a member of the Foundation’s Executive Leadership Group and reports dually to the President and the Chief Financial Officer.

A higher education search industry veteran with over 14 years of experience in Presidential and Advancement professional searches, Mr. Alam began his career as an Associate with Isaacson Miller, a Boston-based national search firm. After eight years of working with and building the development and alumni relations search practice, Mr. Alam went on to become a Managing Associate with the Nonprofit Professional Advisory Group (NPAG), a boutique national search firm with clients across the nonprofit sector. Here he served as an establishing partner for the development and communications search practice, where in four years, the practice grew from inception to the most profitable practice at the firm. Tahsin has also conducted Presidential, Dean of Faculty, and Dean of Student level searches. In all, Mr. Alam has closed over 200 searches in his career.

At the Rutgers University Foundation, Tahsin leads a 8-person team responsible for the recruitment, on-boarding, performance appraisal, professional development and retention of professional fundraisers, alumni relations professionals and associated staff. His team includes the Human Resources function for all employees. He is also in charge of organizational change and management, having reconstructed several of the departments at the Foundation. Mr. Alam holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Politics, Economics and Theater from Bates College. .