Thursday, January 31, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The seminar will be taking place at the University Center Conference Center Chicago, which is located in the heart of Downtown Chicago, at State Street and Congress Parkway. Cabs are continually on call if you have to get back to the office quickly. Parking is nearby, abundant and inexpensive.
The full address is:
525 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
For the September 26th seminar, we will be in the Park Fountain Room.
For area map and directions, please visit: http://www.universitycenterconference.com/overviewnew/location
The closest CTA stop is the Library/Van Buren Stop on the Orange and Brown Lines. University Center is one block South on State Street. The Red Line stop is at the corner of Harrison and State which is across the street from the building.
From the Southwest (I-55 Stevenson Expressway)
Proceed east to the end of I-55 to North Lake Shore Drive. Continue north (towards downtown) on Lake Shore Drive to Balbo Street. Turn left on Balbo to State Street; turn right on State Street. Continue one block. University Center will be on your right between Harrison Street and Congress Parkway.
From the South (I-57 to I-94 Dan Ryan Expressway)
Exit at Congress Parkway. Drive east towards downtown to State Street. Turn right on State Street. University Center will be on your left between Congress Parkway and Harrison Street.
From the North (I-90/94 Kennedy/Edens Expressway)
Exit at Congress Parkway. Drive east towards downtown to State Street. Turn right on State Street. University Center will be on your left between Congress Parkway and Harrison Street.
From the West (I-290 Eisenhower Expressway)
I-290 turns into Congress Parkway at it nears downtown. Continue driving east to State Street. Turn right on State Street. University Center will be on your left between Congress Parkway and Harrison Street.
University Center does not have dedicated parking. However, there are a number of parking garages and lots surrounding the building. Parking locations are shown on the Area Map: http://www.universitycenterconference.com/documents/map.pdf
Most hotels near the venue are within the $135 - $250 per night range. The following hotels are within a one-mile radius of the venue:
Holiday Inn Chicago-Mart Plaza BOOK NOW .2 miles from venue
Residence Inn Downtown Chicago River North BOOK NOW .5 miles from venue
SpringHill Suites Chicago Downtown BOOK NOW .5 miles from venue
Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown BOOK NOW .5 miles from venue
Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown BOOK NOW .6 miles from venue
Joseph has been involved in board development for five years. In his current position, he actively recruits candidates for Board positions and assists the Board to perform several important functions: assess the external environmental factors affecting the organization; determine how the organization can best anticipate and fulfill the needs of its members; and develop strategies to effectively accomplish the organization's annual and long-term goals. Previously, as Senior Vice President - Public Affairs at Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, Joseph was responsible for developing the public affairs components of the organization's strategic plan and working with the Board to implement these strategies. Joseph currently serves as member for Our Lady of Perpetual Health Men's Club and the City of Hope Insurance Industry Fundraising Committee. He earned a B.A. in English from University of the Pacific, and is a member of American Society of Association Executives and Association Forum.
Paul has been involved in board development for 15 years. In his current position, he is responsible for coordination of all board activities, including quarterly meetings and the executive, finance, development, and board governance committees. He meets regularly with the Board Chair to discuss long-term organizational strategy and board engagement. Previously, as Executive Director at Families on Track, Paul collaborated with a family foundation to establish the organization as a legal entity and to attain its 501c3 status. This included recruiting the founding board. Paul currently serves as board member for National Network for Youth (Washington, DC) and the Illinois Collaboration for Youth (Chicago). He earned a Master's in Nonprofit Administration from University of San Francisco and a Master's in Theology from Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology. The Chicago Community Trust named Paul as one of three Nonprofit Experienced Leader Fellows for 2012, and his Fellowship has focused on the development of Programmatic Performance Measurement and Leadership Development. In July of 2012, he was awarded a Champion of Change Award by the White House and the Federal Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Janine has been involved in board development for 10 years. In her current position, she is responsible for recruiting board prospects and orienting new Board members to the organization’s mission. Janine reports to the Board officers which comprise the Executive Committee, and has responsibility for management of the Governance/Finance, Marketing, Program/Policy, and Fundraising Committees. Previously, as Director of Health Promotions at Westside Health Authority, Janine was responsible for informing the Board on health-related topics via quarterly reports, and presenting on emerging issues. Janine has also served on Boards, including the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Board of Directors, the March of Dimes Illinois Chapter Board of Directors, and the Family Focus Evanston Auxiliary Board. She earned an MPH in Int'l Health from Boston University and a BS in Biology from Georgetown University. She is a member of the American and Illinois Public Health Associations, City of Chicago Early Learning Executive Council, and Illinois State Health Improvement Plan Implementation Coordination Council.
Audrey has been involved in board development for 9 years. In her current position, Audrey works with the board in the implementation of the organization's strategic initiatives. This involves staffing four board subcommittees. She is also responsible for board recruitment and cultivation as well as board orientation, development and retention. Previously, as COO at Deborah's Place, Audrey was responsible for coordinating board recruitment and development for the organization's two subsidiary housing corporations and staffing those boards. Before that, she worked as Program Director at Deborah's Place where she was responsible for evaluation and staffing of the Program Committee of the Board of Directors. Audrey currently serves as Co-Treasurer for Logan Square Housing Cooperative. She earned a B.A. in English from Nyack College in Nyack, N.Y. and a M.A. in Applied Professional Studies from DePaul University's School for New Learning in Chicago. She is a member of Logan Square Housing Cooperative and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.
Jessica has been involved in digital marketing for over 6 years. In her current position as Community Director, she is responsible for planning and executing her organization's own digital marketing strategies, and specializes in email and social media marketing to help nonprofits drive more traffic to their websites. Previously, as Marketing Communications Manager at Theater League, Jessica was responsible for managing all direct marketing including direct mail, offline and email marketing to drive traffic to the Theater League's website for season ticket purchase. She earned a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism - Strategic Communications from the University of Missouri - Columbia. She is a member of the Direct Marketing Association, the Social Media Club and the American Advertising Federation.
Patrick has been involved in marketing for 5 years. In his current position, he oversees media partnerships and paid media including online advertising. In addition to determining advertising strategy, Patrick serves as the project manager for the Chicago Architecture Foundation's new Search Engine Optimization (SEO) initiative and a multi-million-dollar Google AdWords campaign through Google Grants. Prior to joining the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Patrick worked as a social media and brand consultant and as the New Media Manager for a 2008 presidential campaign. In that role, he directed the campaign's national social media strategy to increase organizational web traffic. He received a BA summa cum laude from Lawrence University in History and Linguistics. Patrick recently spoke about Google AdWords and increasing web traffic at the annual conference of the Association of Architecture Organizations in Dallas, Texas.
Ben has been involved in website marketing for 5 years. In his current position, he is responsible for all content and strategic development for Prevent Child Abuse America's website, blog, Twitter and Facebook platforms. In addition, he develops all content for his literary and arts blog This Blog Will Change Your Life and the related ventures This Podcast Will Change Your Life and This Zine Will Change Your Life. He earned an AM in Social Service Administration from University of Chicago and 2 Bachelor's degrees in Honors English and Psychology from State University of New York at Albany. He co-scripted the 2010 Emmy award winning Ounce of Prevention of Florida “Prevent Child Abuse” public service campaign.
Gordon has been involved in website marketing for 8 years. In his current position, he is responsible for managing website design and technology for the Erikson Institute, and uses search engine optimization to ensure that Erikson's content strategy is reflected in its online communications. Previously, as the webmaster at the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Gordon was responsible for maintaining and updating MacArthur’s entire online portfolio of websites and social media presences. He managed the foundation's email list of more than 300,000 subscribers, and he oversaw the annual announcement of the foundation's prestigious and secretive Fellows Program, including the coordination of multimedia and social media components. Before that, he was a webmaster at the American Bar Association, where he oversaw the online properties of a large division of the ABA serving solo and small firm lawyers. This work included the division's website, 100+ listserves, and an email list of more than 30,000 subscribers. He earned his B.A. in Psychology with honors from Brown University in 1998.
Kim has been involved in financial management for over 23 years. In her current position, she is responsible for strengthening financial controls, as well as budget development and oversight. She also does bookkeeping and reconciliation, produces financial reports, maintains a monthly cashflow spreadsheet, processes payroll and payments, and prepares for all financial audits. Prior to becoming executive director, Kim was a managing partner of O-H Community Partners (OHcp) where she provided fundraising services and budget development to over 60 nonprofits. Kim has also worked for the Chicago Transit Authority for nearly 15 years. As a senior planner she was responsible for finding alternative sources of funding for new projects, developing welfare-to-work programs, implementing audits, and developing public outreach programs. Kim is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Harris School for Public Policy Studies and has a Master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a published author, who has written and presented research papers on public policy, transportation planning and policy, and social justice.
Lisa has been involved in financial administration for 18 years. In her current position, she is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing a $2.5 million budget for a small non-profit. She prepares all financial reporting for the Executive Director and board of directors by providing accurate and timely financial statements. She is also responsible for all Human Resource functions including payroll, benefits, and PTO tracking. Previously, as Vice President of Finance at Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Lisa was responsible for all financial management of an $18 million budget. This included conducting financial analysis of expenditure trends; preparing budgets; and supervising accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll functions. Lisa earned a Master's in Business Administration from University of Illinois at Springfield, and a Bachelor's in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University.
Carin has been involved in financial management for over 5 years. In her current position at La Casa Norte she oversees LCN’s fiscal management, which includes budgeting, fiscal reporting and audits, fiscal projections and managing cash flow. In her previous position as Operations & Finance Director at La Casa Norte, she oversaw both fiscal and operations management. She earned her MSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC, and her Bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of Spencer Foundations CFO Professional Network and a graduate of Pierce Family Foundation's Top Talent Institute.
Kathryn has been involved in major gifts fundraising for 10 years. In her current position, she is responsible for managing a major gifts portfolio of 50 donors and prospects for her school, directing Annual Fund strategies and activities, and building the school's first alumni relations program. Her major gifts activities include identifying, qualifying, cultivating, and soliciting major gifts in the $1,000-$50,000 range by matching donors’ philanthropic interests with needs of the school. Kathryn also works with trustees to maximize their fundraising impact and coaches them to engage as active solicitors. Previously, she served as the Development Director at Chicago’s housing advocacy organization, La Casa Norte, where she implemented new individual and corporate giving strategies centered on targeted appeals. This included coordinating advancement events and donor relationship building. Kathryn volunteers for a number of arts and education organizations and guest lectures at Michigan Technological University. She holds a Bachelor's in Political Science and German from the University of Michigan.
Sheila has been involved in major gifts fundraising for 8 years. In her current position, she is responsible for research, assessment, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of major donors throughout the state of Illinois, as well as donor communications such as the annual report, website and e-newsletter. In addition, she is the Illinois liaison with the Special Olympics Inc. national direct marketing program. Previously, as Director of Major Gifts at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Sheila was responsible for cultivation and stewardship of donors locally and in the western half of the United States. She earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Marquette University and a Master's degree in International Management from the University of Denver.
Elizabeth has been involved in fundraising for 20 years. In her current position, she is responsible for the planning, oversight, and implementation of a strategic and comprehensive major gift and planned giving program. She plays an integral role in matching qualified, targeted major donors and prospects with the zoo’s highest funding priorities while integrating major and planned giving initiatives. Elizabeth oversees the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of the zoo’s largest leadership donors, including trustees and advises Lincoln Park Zoo’s senior leadership team on donor strategy. Previously, as the Director of Development at Resurrection Health Care - Saint Joseph Hospital, Elizabeth was responsible for the annual and major giving program and fundraising for special events. She also served as the direct liaison for the hospital’s Development Committee. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Politics from Lake Forest College in Illinois and a Master's in in Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University.
Molly has been involved in major gifts fundraising for 17 years. In her current position, she manages the chapter's major gifts program. This includes partnering with the Major Gifts Chair to identify, cultivate and solicit individual donors. She personally solicits board members and has secured her chapter's first $500,000 gift. Previously, as Vice President of External Affairs at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Molly was responsible for developing a solicitation strategy to secure a $1.5 million gift, as well as establishing solicitation strategies for each Trustee. She completed 12 successful solicitations in 13 months, and developed strategy and materials to launch a proposed $10 million endowment campaign. Before that, she worked as Vice President of Development at Resurrection Development Foundation, where she was responsible for initiating and completing a 90-day, $1 million leadership campaign. She also developed a system-wide grateful patient and family initiative to identify potential donors. Molly currently serves as volunteer for for the Junior League of Chicago. She earned a Bachelor's in Advertising/Marketing from Drake University and is a member of AFP. Molly led roundtable discussions on "How to Launch a Major Gifts Program" at the 2007 AHP Conference.
Judi has been involved in volunteer management for 20 years. In her current position, she is responsible for all facets of the hospital's volunteer program including recruitment, interviewing and placement, training, retention and recognition. In 2012, 271 volunteers gave more than 11,900 hours of service to the hospital. She earned a B.S. in Marketing from Northern Illinois University and is a member of the Administrators of Volunteer Resources (an affiliate organization of the Illinois Hospital Association), in which she has held many district and statewide offices. The tutoring program at La Rabida, which Judi designed and implemented, won the American Hospital Association's H.A.V.E. award for Community Service in 2003. Her public speaking experience includes being a service excellence facilitator at La Rabida and a presentation on "Acquiring and Managing Volunteers" to a graduate level class in non-profit management at North Park College.
Julie has been involved in volunteer management for 15 years. In her current position, she is responsible for recruiting, appointing, managing, recognizing and developing Girl Scout volunteers. Previously, as Manager of Short Term Volunteer Recruitment, Julie was responsible for recruitment of non-traditional Girl Scout volunteers. This included recruitment, placement and recognition of college, corporate groups and individual volunteers. Julie has presented webinars on how to use online recruitment tools to recruit volunteers. She earned a Bachelor's degree in English/Secondary Education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. She is a member of DuPage Association of Volunteer Administrators (DAVA), Association of Volunteer Administrators-Metro Chicago AVA-MC. Julie has facilitated for GSUSA and Volunteer Match about Online Volunteer Recruitment. She is also a Master Trainer for the Betty Stallings' 55 Minute Volunteer Management Modules.
Christiana has been involved in volunteer management for 20 years. In her current position, she assists with recruiting, managing and retaining volunteers at her organization. This includes assigning duties and ensuring that volunteers stay motivated. Previously, as grant writer at Our Mother of Mercy School, Christiana was responsible for recruiting and managing a group of volunteers to engage in prayer and social activities with Beaumont Community. Before that, she worked as Bursar General at Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus where she was responsible for approving budgets and recommending project managers a more cost effective volunteer recruitment and management program. Christiana currently serves as Advisory Finance Board Member at St. Jude, Treasurer/ Call Group Leader for St. Victor’s Charismatic group. She earned a DBA in Business Administration from Argosy University and MS in Public Service Management from DePaul University.
Erin has been involved in volunteer management for 6 years and currently is responsible for managing over 1000 active volunteers at Lakeview Pantry. In addition, she manages any future cultivation of current volunteers into greater leadership roles, as well as regular recognition of the dedicated corps. Previously, as Event Volunteer Coordinator at Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, Erin was responsible for coordinating the Volunteer Managers needed for several organized bicycle rides, including Bike the Drive. Before that, she worked as Race Committee Coordinator at Chicago Yacht Club where she was responsible for Coordinating 125 members for the CYC Race Committee, ultimately organizing over 100 regattas. She earned a BA in International Studies from Loyola University Chicago She is a member of the Association of Volunteer Administrators-Metro Chicago.
Jerry has been involved with public relations for more than 25 years. In his current position, he oversees all aspects of marketing communications, media relations, organizational communications, video production and publishing for his organization. Prior to this position, Jerry was Senior Director of Corporate Communications for the NSF International, where he led and promoted a variety of efforts involving B2B communications and consumer awareness, including the "Live safer" campaign, the Scrub Club campaign targeted to children and schools, and other consumer and public relations programs. Jerry also was Director of the Office of Public Relations at the American Academy of Pediatrics, a 60,000 member pediatric member association, where he managed science news and several national promotional campaigns. In addition to his extensive association and nonprofit l experience, he has worked in television at CBS TV in Chicago and ABC TV in Detroit and held positions as reporter and speech writer. Jerry holds a Master’s in journalism from Columbia College in Chicago and a bachelor’s in telecommunications from Michigan State University.
Sharon has been involved in public relations for 19 years. In her current position, she develops communication strategies designed to maximize positive earned and social media exposure for the zoo. This includes traditional tactics such as news media pitches and press releases, but also social media engagement campaigns, creating apps to reach specific audiences with targeted messaging, overseeing institutional blogs and engaging with influential bloggers to increase audience engagement and organizational exposure. Previously, she managed media relations for San Diego Zoo securing widespread national and international earned media placements. She also served as a PR advisor for Project Wildlife and the California Wolf Center helping raise awareness and donations for these non-profit wildlife organizations. Before that, she served as a journalist and public affairs specialist in the US Navy. During this time, she gained extensive crisis communications experience during international humanitarian operations and disaster recovery efforts. Sharon currently serves on the PR Committee for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) . She earned her Master's in Communications Management from Webster University and a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from University of La Verne. She is a member of the Publicity Club of Chicago.
Jennifer has been involved in public relations for nonprofit organizations for more than 30 years. In her current position as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at The Morton Arboretum, she is responsible for marketing strategy, public and media relations, brand management, web and creative services with an emphasis on distributing the right messages to the right people. Jennifer has built effective PR and media programs that are integrated with marketing efforts designed to help distinguish an organization and its mission from others. Jennifer has developed award-winning marketing, public relations and communications for several organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Red Cross as well as North Central College and Dominican University. She has served as the chief spokesperson and has developed internal and external processes to support crisis communications. In addition to giving presentations on strategic planning, PR and marketing, she is also an active community volunteer with a number of nonprofit organizations. She currently serves as President for Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society Board of Directors and is a board member of EcoMyths. Jennifer earned a Master's degree in planning from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Monika has been involved in development for 8 years. In her current position, Monika is responsible for overseeing all development and fundraising activities for the IHC including the Annual Fund, major gift program, and corporate and foundation giving. In addition, she also plans and executes the annual award benefit gala and other fundraising events. She oversees the IHC's Advancement Committee, its sub-committees and other IHC Board committees. Previously, as Assistant to the Executive Director at Humanities West, Monika was responsible for organizing development activities for the organization. This included fundraising events, annual appeals, and foundation/corporate solicitations. Monika currently serves in the following volunteer roles: University of Chicago, Chair/Member; MAPSS Alumni Board, Events Chair; Chicago Foundation for Women, Asian American Leadership Committee, Grants Committee; Chicago Women in Philanthropy, Chicago, IL, Membership Committee member; Amnesty International, Young Professionals group, Events Committee. She earned a AM in History from The University of Chicago and a BA from The University of New Mexico.
Mercedes has been involved in development for 12 years. In her current position, she runs a one-person development shop and is responsible for planning and implementing all annual development initiatives. This includes building an individual giving program, managing grant proposals, writing communications, and planning events. Previously, as Development Director at American Theater Company, Mercedes was responsible for the organization's entire fundraising effort. Each year, she planned 14 events, three donor campaigns, and wrote 40 proposals. Before that, she worked as Executive & Development Assistant at CommunityHealth where she was responsible for managing solicitations, gifts and grants for over 4,000 constituents and 50 foundations. Mercedes currently serves as Chair for The Belmont Theatre District Marketing Committee. She earned a BSC degree from Northwestern University.
Nancy has been involved in fundraising for 20 years. In her current position as a consultant, she works with nonprofit organizations who have limited staff and resources. Her activities on a limited budget include fundraising planning focused on individual giving, special events, grant research and writing, and leadership involvement. Previously, as a development professional at the Hemophilia Foundation of Illinois, Nancy was responsible for implementing a Development Program, fundraising plan, a newly created golf outing, several giving clubs, and she built upon the existing Gala Event by increasing revenue from raffles, silent auctions, and corporate sponsorships. Before that, she worked as Director of Development at Mujeres Latinas en Accion where she was responsible for implementing a Development Program, fundraising plan, creating an annual giving club, and built upon the existing Gala Event through corporate sponsorships and increased volunteer leadership. Nancy currently serves as Co-Chair of the Membership and Networking Committee for Chicago Women in Philanthropy. She earned her MPA in Nonprofit Management from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor's Degree in English from Kent State University. Nancy is an Adjunct Professor at North Park University, in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management, teaching Fundraising Principles for Nonprofit Organizations.
Joseph has been involved in fundraising for 8 years. In his current position, he runs a one person development shop and is responsible for prospect research, cultivation, and reporting to sustain an annual giving program of nearly $1 million. This includes utilizing direct mail and online communication to solicit annual fund donations (including major gifts) from alumni, as well as current and former families. In addition to the annual fund, he is the sole fundraising event planner, leader of the school's planned giving society, and leader of various capital campaign projects as they arise. Previously, as Director of Development at New Moms Inc, Joseph was responsible for overseeing all fundraising. This included working with current donors to increase the amount and consistency of their giving, while also bringing lapsed donors back to active status. Joseph currently serves as an Associate Board Member for The Lincoln Park Community Shelter. He also volunteers his time helping several other local nonprofits and churches with their fundraising efforts. He earned his Bachelor's in Marketing Communications from Columbia College and a his Master's in Business Administration from North Park University.
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that are specific to your organization. Mentoring sessions cover the same topics as the seminars, and we will assign you a mentor based on his/her availability at your requested times.
Mentoring sessions are available for the cost of $60.00 per session. If you register for a full Summit pass, 2 mentoring sessions are included in the pass.
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Exhibitors for this session will be announced shortly.
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