Discover Important, Trending Topics at Apra Talks: The Friendly Debates

Passionate advancement professionals are always ready to share their thoughts on "hot" topics in the industry. Included with registration to The Prospect Development Virtual Experience, join us for this year's session, Information Overload: Navigating the Landscape of Tools and Technology, for an interactive and informative discussion with industry thought leaders as they share their perspectives on the rapid evolution of technology in our sector.

Presented by Jenny Johnson, Director of the Family Philanthropy Resource Center, The Minneapolis Foundation and Katie Turcotte, Deputy Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations, George Mason University, the first topic is titled "Verification Necessary or Not?" With so many vendors providing near delivery-ready resources – push-button research profiles, capacity ratings, relationship maps, etc. – should prospect development share the unverified resources directly with our gift officers? Two front line fundraisers will discuss the merits of a quick turnaround versus pre-verified details.

Presented by Celeste Bannon Waterman, Partner and Research + Analytics Lead, KCI and Steve Grimes, Assistant Director of Analytics, NYC Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA), the second topic will cover "Artificial Intelligence: Use It or Lose It (or Something In Between)?" Is AI the magic solution we’ve all been searching for? How do we understand its limitations, and what are the critical factors to address when evaluating it? Two professionals in the field will engage in a conversation around two perspectives: 1) full steam ahead; and 2) a more critical evaluation regarding the organization’s readiness to adopt these tools.

Register by Friday, July 24 to save $100 with the early bird rate, and join us for a spirited discussion around data quality, verification, the ethics of AI and more. Don't forget to view the full education grid and download our justification letter to gain approval from your employer. We hope to "see" you there! Register now.

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