Master Sessions are three-hour sessions on Sunday morning, which take a more in-depth look at a topic and requires registration and an additional fee of $75.

#MeToo in Advancement

Sunday, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

#MeToo has awakened a call to action across all industries, including Advancement.   

This session includes a professional panel discussion with representation from top-Advancement leadership, legal counsel, executive search, and investigative journalism.  Through Q & A, discussion, interactive small group dialogue, and case studies, attendees will gain the information and tools needed to navigate today’s environment with integrity and respect.   

You will learn what is and is not appropriate, understand how to handle tough situations, and stay focused on building successful relationships between constituents and your institution.

This session is for the newest professional and most experienced leader.


Nancy Wilder
Senior Consultant, Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations at T & M Protection Resources, and former Managing Director of Leadership Giving at Dartmouth College

Libby Roberts
Vice President, Lois Lindauer Searches, LLC, and former Vice President of Campaigns and Major Gifts at Boston Children's Hospital

Holly Johnson
Chief Advancement Officer, Culver Academies, and former Director of Women's Philanthropy at Indiana University

 Holly Hall
Contributing Editor, Inside Philanthropy and former Features Editor, Chronicle of Philanthropy

 Eileen F. Savage, Session Convener
Chief Advancement Officer, Cranbrook Educational Community and Adjunct Faculty Member, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy/The Fund Raising School


Gender Matters: A Practical Approach to Grow Women's Philanthropy

Sunday, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

What if we knew that our engrained fundraising “best practices" gain only minimal support from women when so much more is possible? We have quantifiable research showing how women give differently, yet what are the practices and behaviors to adapt to engage women donors as they prefer?

Participants will learn specific research data about why gender matters. They will discover what current practices may unconsciously get in the way of connecting with women, what their own data may be telling them, and what their women stakeholders care about. Finally, they leave with a practical process to tailor new approaches.


Kathleen E. Loehr, Principal, Kathleen Loehr & Associates, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Andrea Pactor, Associate Director, Women's Philanthropy Institute, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


If you get the culture right, the rest is easy

Sunday, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

We believe that philanthropy is not about money, but about leaving the world a better place than when we found it. We will share with you how we have doubled philanthropy with the same staff, using office culture and values to drive us. This session is intended to transform the way participants understand philanthropy. Presenting a shift from transactional philanthropy to relational philanthropy, presenters will stress the importance of relationships, office culture, and leading with joy. We will also examine changes we have made in our office staffing structure, the measures of success we have redefined, and adjustments as to how we approach benefactors. Not only has this allowed us to greatly exceed our fundraising goal, but we have experienced a higher retention of staff and professional satisfaction.


Scott Arthur, Vice Chancellor for Advancement, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus  

Jim Hodge, Associate Vice Chancellor for Advancement, UC Denver


Strategic Plan…the two most overused and misunderstood words in an organization

Sunday, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

What are your guiding principles? Does your organization’s mission and vision read like a mad lib…with little to distinguish you from the institution down the street? How does a strategic plan become part of the culture and the culture of an organization become part of a strategic plan?  How do you build ownership into the planning process?

Building from the experience of crafting and implementing The Ohio State University Alumni Association’s 2017 Strategic Plan, session participants will engage in discussions and in-session exercises to set a course for their own strategic planning efforts. The presenters will share their efforts that engage staff at all levels of the organization and build strong relationships between leadership volunteers and institution leaders.

Presented jointly by leaders of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, session participants will hear directly from a member of the Association’s Board of Directors, the Chief Operating Officer, and board liaison.

This session will provide tools, examples, and in-session exercises for you to apply to your strategic planning efforts at all levels of the organization.


Kimberly Gray, Senior Director, Special Projects, The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Dr. Catherine Baugardner, Treasurer, Ohio State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Dr. Justin Fincher, Senior Associate Vice President, Advancement and Chief Operating Officer, Alumni Association, The Ohio State University Alumni Association


Partners in Success – How to Leverage Campus Partners for Your Day of Giving Campaign

Sunday, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Online day of giving campaigns are breaking new ground in terms of engaging first-time donors,creating a social media buzz among young alumni, and raising difference-making dollars. But you can’t go it alone. The most successful day of giving campaigns, and the ones building momentum toward the future, require teamwork between development, alumni relations,stewardship, and campus partners. Join members of Miami University’s team to learn how their collaborations on the #MoveInMiami campaign, produced a Pride of CASE V platinum award winner and a triumph for the entire University community.

Attendees will learn how to:

· Partner with faculty, staff and students to help meet their fundraising needs;

· Educate and involve the campus community in the important work of fundraising;

· Focus on alumni engagement as well as raising money;

· Make it a fun donor experience that will encourage repeat donors;

· Sustain momentum and excitement from one year to the next.


Emily Berry, Assistant Vice President, Annual Giving, Miami Univeristy