The Leadership of Change: How to Successfully Navigate Change at the Executive Level

Sunday, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Whether you’re on-boarding a new vice president, navigating a presidential transition, or anticipating one of these occasions happening soon, change at the top can be a scary thing. But, how does that change trickle down to your team, your work and your constituents? How do you inform your alumni and donors? Who gets to meet the new person and when? What are your staff members thinking? How do you turn an uncertain, anxiety-ridden situation into an exciting, forward-thinking opportunity?


Erin Sudrovech, Director of Alumni Engagement, Oakland University

Joye Clark, Director of Alumni Relations, Wayne State University


Yeah, I've got Skills!

Monday, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

We expect our teams to be creative in the ways they raise money, engage alumni, and market our campuses, but how creative are we in our leadership skills? With all the pressures of higher education, are we bringing out the best in our team members through a variety of activities, including meaningful conversations, valuable field trips, and effective one-on-ones? I'll be sharing some proven ideas to help develop your team in ways you might not thought of. We will take a hands-on approach to learning and discuss how this can affect our teams in a positive, productive way. Attendees will be asked to share their ideas as well.


Marie Lindskoog, Director, Office of Media and Marketing, Indiana University Kokomo


Making the most of a student life to advancement career transition

Monday, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Have you ever noticed how many people you talk to in advancement who come from a student affairs background? In this session, we will unpack many of the differences between working in the two areas and how to make a smooth transition. Whether you plan to continue your career in advancement, want to transition back to student affairs, or just aren’t sure yet, we will discuss how to build your marketability and reflect on the sometimes opposing philosophies. In typical student life fashion, there will be an icebreaker!


Lindsay Seminara, Assistant Director, Early Engagement, The Ohio State University


The Millennial MGO: How to be Successful When Everyone Sees You As Their Kid

Monday, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Millennials have officially surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest living generation in the United States. From trendy coffee shops to taking selfies other generations have their stereotypes of Millennials, and publications routinely claim to have the newest formula for managing Millennials in the workplace. But have you as a Millennial thought about managing your own career? This session will discuss career strategies, including dealing with multi-generational offices and successfully building relationships with your organization’s donors. Finally, here is a career conversation for Millennials, by Millennials.


Nick Kulik, Director of Development, College of Engineering, University of Toledo


Women In Advancement Leadership

Tuesday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

This powerful session will highlight women in higher education advancement.  As more women shatter the glass ceiling to take leadership roles, it  is important that we understand the challenges and opportunities that she faces along the journey.  Bring your ideas of how we all can work together to promote and empower all women leaders. Join this interactive session to connect, empower, honor and inspire women advancement leaders.


Jeri Pat Gabbert, Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Affairs, Indiana University

Paula Jenkins, Vice President for Development, Indiana University Bloomington


Managing Advancement, Personal Pitfalls

Tuesday, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This session will focus on the challenges that new managers face within development careers.  Often successful major gift fundraisers are promoted into management positions without any training.  This session hopes to provide tools to make them better prepared


Tom Herbert, Senior Vice President for Advancement, Miami University and President, Miami University Foundation