Apra is pleased to present OverDRIVE/, an analytics-based educational program that takes place following the DRIVE/ Conference. Taking place May 25 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Apra OverDRIVE/ 2017 will provide a deep dive into the world of analytics.
Register before April 28 to receive early-bird pricing!
What Should I Expect?
In this one-day intensive, attendees will learn methods and processes to demystify and optimize data. Whether you use – or aspire to use – Excel, SPSS Statistics, R, ArcGIS, or SPSS Modeler, this faculty has you covered. Through case studies and hands-on opportunities, learn how you can impact your organization and bring unmatched value. Topics will include real-world applications of data mining, modeling, mapping and text analytics currently used in small, big, higher education and non-profit fundraising shops. Interactive discussions will also include how the analyst fits into the organization and how to ensure that your findings are not only heard but influence decisions.
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Stephen Lambert, Advancement Researcher & Analyst, Susquehanna University
A native of Bridgewater, Virginia, USA, Stephen has served as an Advancement Researcher & Analyst at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania since January 2015. He curates data that identify, characterize and rank prospective donors through traditional research methods and advanced analytics. His introducing advanced analytics to the University's Office of Advancement is providing experiences in strategic applications that aim to maintain and extend fundraising capacity in challenging times. Stephen is a graduate of the Nonprofit & Community Leadership doctoral program in the School of Strategic Leadership Studies in the College of Business at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Drawing on his past as high school teacher, university instructor, community coalition founder, and lay minister, Stephen works to advance higher education and philanthropy because he knows their transformational powers.
Audrey Geoffroy, Senior Director of Data Services, University of Florida Foundation
Audrey Geoffroy is senior director of Data Services for University of Florida Advancement, overseeing three departments: Data Integrity, Development Information Systems, and Prospect Management, Research and Analysis (PMRA). She specializes in constituent analysis, segmenting, and modeling for major gifts, planned gifts, and annual giving and has been at the University of Florida since 2001. Before joining the University of Florida team, Audrey spent nine years teaching in an inner-city school in South Carolina. She has volunteered for the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) International for many years, including serving on the faculty of the Data Analytics Bootcamp in 2014, as chair of the 2013 APRA International Data Analytics Symposium, and as a member of various committees. She served as technology director and webmaster for APRA's Florida chapter for over a decade and spends much of her free time listening to podcasts, reading, and learning to play guitar. Audrey holds a bachelor’s degree in German language and literature from Washington University in Saint Louis and a master’s in early childhood development from Tulane University.
Michael Pawlus, Director of Prospect Development, The Trust for Public Land
Michael has five years of experience in prospect research, management and analytics. He is currently the Director of Prospect Development at The Trust for Public Land. Prior to his current role, he held prospect research positions at Grand Valley State University and St. Francis College. Michael has presented his work at APRA-International, APRA-Canada, regional APRA conferences and local AFP conferences. He has also assisted with the creation of two online training courses and was programming chair on the APRA-Michigan Board as well as a member of the first APRA-ARC Planning Committee. In addition, Michael contributed a section on predictive modeling to the recently published APRA-Canada book and was featured in an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on text analytics. Michael earned his MA, Librarianship degree from the University of Sheffield and his undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University. He has also completed courses on data analytics and R through Coursera and continues to learn through his involvement in Kaggle competitions.
Ben Olsen, Senior Program Manager, Data & Analytics, Microsoft; Teacher and Founder; Certificate of Analytics, Seattle Pacific University
Ben Olsen is an analytics educator and evangelist for Microsoft, local Universities, national speaking engagements, and worldwide online audiences. His edX MOOC "Interpreting and Communicating Data Insights for Business" has been taken by thousands of students in over 160 countries. He recently founded and is teaching at Seattle Pacific University’s Certificate of Analytics through his company Insight Consulting, which is dedicated to furthering people’s data careers and company assets through education and professional coaching. Before that, he was an instructor in Data Visualization at the University of Washington. He specializes in decision science and its application to data science, analytics assessments for organizations of all sizes, and executive-level analytics products, engagement, and presentations. Currently, he works for Microsoft as Sr. Program Manager for internal analytics tools, focusing on educating engineers across the company.