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Sunday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Yesterday You Said Tomorrow: Using Current, Evidence-Based Success Theory to Positively Impact Your Productivity In and Out of the Office

Chicago Ballroom IX 

American entrepreneur Victor Kiam once said,
“Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.” 
Why do we procrastinate, even when we know avoidance behaviors are
productivity and relationship killers? 
What can we do to ensure we stay on track when we are dependent on
others who are procrastinating?  Using
current neuroscience and social psychology theory and research, we can add
clarity to the sometimes murky world of motivation and productivity.  This session goes beyond self-help tricks and
techniques and delves into the larger issues associated with avoidance
behaviors with the understanding that we cannot change what we cannot see.





Presented by:

  • Kathryn Zoromski - Associate Dean of Academic Success, Lawrence University

Sunday 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Building a "One Team" Culture

Chicago Ballroom X 

You have been on the job six
months and five people have already left the organization, including your boss!
Did you make a mistake? What is going on?
While a little extreme, it is not uncommon in our profession to see high turnover rates and individuals
leaving organizations for “better” opportunities. This session will walk you
through the process our team used to reshape the culture with an emphasis on
collaboration and inclusion. Additionally, you will learn how this new “one
team” culture lead to the creation of strategic priorities with buy-in from the
whole team.

Presented by:

  • Patrick Lynch - Director, Strategic Engagement & Alumni Relations, The Ohio State University, College of Engineering

Monday 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Morning Yoga

Columbus A and B 

Wake up and get moving
with an all levels yoga class at 7 a.m. Monday.  In this class, breath and
movement will be utilized to stretch the body and awaken the mind in a perfect
mix of light workout and morning stretch. This class is appropriate for any
level of practitioner, including those interested in trying yoga for the first
time.  In addition to the practice, Chicago yoga instructor Natalie McGreal will also be providing attendees with simple stretching exercises
that can be performed between conference sessions to keep the body comfortable
and mind alert for the duration of the conference.  Wear comfortable
clothing and start your day right by participating in this complimentary
session. Towels will be provided for those who are unable to bring their own
mat.

Presented by:

  • Natalie McGreal - , Natalie McGreal Yoga

Monday 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Design Thinking for Development

Erie 

Has your team ever fulfilled specifications for a project perfectly, and then
watched that perfect work as it was filed into a drawer?  On the Prospect Management and Decision Support team at the University of
Chicago, we are using design thinking methods to make sure we are
addressing the “right problem” before we begin projects, and in doing so,
making our work more impactful and relevant to the organization. We are not doing this perfectly (yet), but will share our experience,
strategies, resources, and ideas about the impact that design thinking could
have on advancement services.

Presented by:

  • Kimberly Priebe - Senior Director, Prospect Management and Decision Support , The University of Chicago

Secondary Tracks:  Critical Issues


Monday 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Is Your Career Healthy? Four Annual Critical Check Ups for Your Professional Wellness

Chicago Ballroom X 

How do you thoughtfully create your career experience? This session will provide the tools to conduct your own
annual checkup for your career and continued growth. We will discuss how to
do this by focusing on four critical areas: cultural mastery and skill building,
strategy immersion and direction, interpersonal network development and career
support. The presenters will share tips based on research and provide a
resource list. The ideas presented can be applied for individual application and managers to collaborate with team
members.

Presented by:

  • Sue Frost - Assistant Vice President of Development, Health Sciences, The Ohio State University
  • Elizabeth McGreal Cook - Assistant Vice Chancellor for Talent Management and Human Resources, Advancement, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Secondary Tracks:  Personal Development


Monday 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Embracing Your True Colors

Missouri 

Describe yourself. The answer to this common question can affect
every aspect of your life both professionally and personally. In this session,
we will use the True Colors® personality inventory to help attendees
gain a better understanding of themselves and those around them. An activity in
self-awareness, individuals will become more aware of their own personality
styles while beginning to understand and appreciate the styles of co-workers,
constituents, and others around them. We will discuss each color’s approach to
work, leadership, and stress.

True Colors is a registered trademark of
True Colors, Inc. and copyrighted by RAI Communications.

Presented by:

  • Charlene Gaus - Regional Director, Volunteer Services, Penn State Alumni Association

Monday 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Move Up, Sideways, Back Home or Out: Making the Right Career Choice

Missouri 

Eileen and Libby have each had exciting and robust careers as they juggled balancing family, careers and community life.  Each also have had the enormous joy of working for their alma maters in leadership roles.  These nonprofit veterans will offer career-making – and breaking – observations for both candidates and hiring managers.  They will describe how they decided to stay put, and how they knew when to leave some of the nation’s premier organizations.  Each will present an exclusive history of how they navigated their careers, reinvented themselves and kept it healthy, lively and fun.

Presented by:

  • Libby Roberts - Vice President, Lois L. Lindauer Searches
  • Eileen Savage - Chief Advancement Officer, Cranbrook Educational Community

Secondary Tracks:  Personal Development


Monday 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Acclimating to an Unfamiliar Institution

Huron 

Congratulations - You got the job! As an Advancement
professional, you must acclimate to your new campus quickly in order to be an effective ambassador
of your institution.  This can be a challenge when you’re not a graduate of that institution.  In this session, speakers from a small, a medium
and a large institution will offer advice on ways to gather institutional
knowledge, suggest internal partners to seek out, and share their stories as
leaders of institutions from which they did not graduate.

Presented by:

  • Caryn Korman - Executive Director, University of Illinois Chicago Alumni Association
  • Jake Heuser - Vice President for Advancement, Bradley University
  • Wayne Webster - Vice President for Advancement, The College of Wooster

Secondary Tracks:  Advancement Fundamentals


Monday 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Work a Room, Not a Corner! Tips for Success at an Advancement Event

Chicago Ballroom X 

How can you make the most of interactions at university events?  What are the best practices for ‘working' events that development and alumni officers can use to achieve desired outcomes?
 This session will provide practical advice tailored to development and alumni professionals to help you work the
room at an event, feel confident and develop or strengthen your skill set that will advance
donor relationships and increase alumni engagement at any event.  Be prepared to be part of an interactive
presentation.  And...yes, bring your business cards.

Presented by:

  • Anne Panter - Director of Major and Planned Giving - Office of Development, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • William Falk - Assoc. Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, St. Norbert College

Secondary Tracks:  Advancement Fundamentals


Tuesday 7:00 am - 8:00 am

Morning Yoga - Travel Focus

Columbus A and B 

Wake up and get moving with an all-levels yoga class at 7 a.m. Tuesday.  In this class, breath
and movement will be utilized to stretch the body and awaken the mind in a
perfect mix of light workout and morning stretch. This class is appropriate for
any level of practitioner, including those interested in trying yoga for the
first time.  In addition to the practice, Chicago yoga instructor Natalie McGreal will also be providing attendees with simple stretching exercises
that can be performed easily while on the go, at airports, in hotel rooms, etc.
 Wear comfortable clothing and start your day right by participating in
this complimentary session. Towels will be provided for those who are unable to
bring their own mat.

Presented by:

  • Natalie McGreal - , Natalie McGreal Yoga

Tuesday 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Make The Most Of Your Meetings

Huron 

Time management is very important in the workplace.  One of the most inefficient uses of time is often sitting in
meetings with no defined goal.  Learning how to guide a meeting,
regardless of role, can greatly improve outcomes while allowing more focused
time to get the work done.  Meeting types differ, but the basic
format remains.  Taking control of your meetings will lead to less time
working outside of business hours and less frustration in the workplace.


Presented by:

  • Lucy Cryan - Executive Director of Organizational Planning and Events , Otterbein University

Secondary Tracks:  Advancement Fundamentals