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Workshop-Breakout-Round Tables [clear filter]
Friday, September 29


Navigating Today's Philanthropic Trends
Fundraising plays an increasingly vital role in the fiscal health and institutional mission of non-profits. Yet there are critical trends impacting donor participation, communication and engagement--trends that development staff and leaders must know and address.

1. Key fundraising trends altering the way institutions communicate with donors and cultivate life-long relationships.
2. Emerging strategies to address these trends and chart a course toward healthy development.
3. Critical trends in fundraising management: donor engagement, communication with Gen X and Millennial donors, personalized and peer-to-peer giving, breaking down fundraising silos, and more.

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Ray Alcaraz

Major Gift Officer, Oblates of St. Francis de Sales

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Clarke Gafke

Vice President, Key Account Partnerships, Ruffalo Noel Levitz
Clark Gafke’s first alumni phone solicitation occurred in the fall of 1986 as a freshman student for the University of Missouri - Columbia.  As a student caller, he raised $374,000 ($831,000 today) in alumni pledges for the Mizzou Annual Fund. Since graduation, Clark has traveled... Read More →
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Chad McEachern

President and CEO, Edmundite Missions
 Exciting. Experienced. Engaged. Just a few of the words used by many to describe the ministry of Chad McEachern, President & C.E.O. of the Edmundite Missions. At the Edmundite Missions, Chad provides oversight, vision, and management to all aspects of the organization. He ensures... Read More →
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Leslie Mollsen

Chief Executive Officer, American City Bureau, Inc.
Leslie Biggins Mollsen is the owner and CEO of American City Bureau, Inc., the nation’s original fundraising consulting firm to not-for-profit organizations, specializing in major gift development. The firm is headquartered in West Dundee, Illinois. Ms. Mollsen currently serves... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Marriott Grand 11


Am I Doing The Right Things?
With limited time and resources, we all wonder if we're doing the right things? In this session, I'll share some of the tools and tips that I've learned to measure success, hold myself and my team accountable, and report to leadership and board members.

1. Gain some new tools to measure success
2. Discuss metrics for accountability
3. Report Dos and Don'ts for leadership and board

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Mary Bannon

Gift Officer & Special Events Director, Passionists of the Holy Cross
Mary has been in Catholic fundraising for over twelve years.  In her current position as the Director of Major Gifts for the Passionists of the Holy Cross Province she is responsible for all special events, grant relations, strategic outreach and relationship building with current... Read More →

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Ryan Butts, CFRE

Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Mundelein Seminary
As Vice President for Institutional Advancement for the University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Ryan oversees all fundraising and marketing efforts for the largest Catholic graduate seminary in the United States. In addition, Ryan is a board member for the National... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Marriott Grand 11


Fundraising Works When the Board Works
Many non-profits have a Board. But what role could/should the Board play in an organization and with fundraising? Where is the Board now and where do they want/need to go? How is the Board implementing their plans? This interactive session discusses real-life challenges and successes when working with Boards.

1. Discussion on the Responsibilities and Duties of Fundraising Boards
2. Implementation of Responsibilities and Duties with Fundraising
3. Self-assessment of Implementation, Responsibilities, and Duties for the Board

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Renee Brueckner

Operations Director, Association of the Miraculous Medal

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Dawn M.S. Miller, CFRE

Director of Consulting, Fund Development Services, Zielinski Companies
Dawn joined Zielinski Companies (NCDC Corporate Partner) in 2004, where she leads religious institutes and non-profits with an education-based approach to fundraising/mission advancement initiatives that are integrated with marketing/communication strategies. Throughout her 20+ year... Read More →

Friday September 29, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Marriott Grand 11
Saturday, September 30


Leadership for Change: The Real Work of Leadership
Leadership is a word commonly used, but deeply misunderstood. In this session, participants will unpack what leadership is and what it isn’t, going beyond traditional concepts that base leadership on personality, skills, or behaviors. We will examine leadership as the process of addressing difficult issues and facilitating change, and engage in the deeper work required to move individuals and groups forward. Participants will begin the process of examining the ‘habits of mind’ that often become traps, and learn to explore multiple interpretations when facts are unclear and circumstances are changing.  Participants will learn to cultivate the conditions for change in order to more effectively address the complex challenges they face and achieve their desired goals and outcomes.


Paulette Karas, CFRE

Co-Director of Development, The Marist Brothers


Taylor Harell

Taylor is a doctoral student in Leadership Studies at USD and a lead facilitator for USD’s Conscious Leadership Academy. Originally from St. Louis, MO, she earned her Bachelors and Masters degree from USD. She received her Masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy, and found... Read More →

Saturday September 30, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Marriott Grand 11


Learning and Leading on the Edge
Our problems are becoming increasingly complex, are no longer linear, and often have so many layers its difficult to know where to begin. Additionally, leaders find themselves amidst chaos, whether it’s regarding tasks and projects or people and relationships. Often, we find it’s a combination of the two. How can leaders make conscious choices, take the time to reflect, consider, and engage in inquiry when the demand is for action and answers? How can leaders courageously raise the difficult issues and meet people with compassion and care?

 In this session we will discuss what it means to live and lead consciously, being more aware of our decisions, our actions, and our impact. This way of learning and leading may require giving up what we think we know – allowing ourselves to experience uncertainty – in order to make space for new thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. Benefiting from it requires a willingness to surface and examine elements of personal identity and history that influence the ways we think about leadership, relate to authority, manage boundaries, respond to criticism, and handle conflict.

In this session we will explore methods for a style of leadership that values curiosity, responsibility, awareness, integrity and change.


Sr. Cathy Katoski, OSF

President and Director of Development, Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque


Taylor Harell

Taylor is a doctoral student in Leadership Studies at USD and a lead facilitator for USD’s Conscious Leadership Academy. Originally from St. Louis, MO, she earned her Bachelors and Masters degree from USD. She received her Masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy, and found... Read More →

Saturday September 30, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Marriott Grand 11