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2022 Conference Sessions Overview

Thursday, July 28

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Opening Session – Dr. Andrew Mccabe, AAVMC

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

AVAP First Timers: Understanding the nuances and language of Veterinary Medicine (Dianne Dunning, Associate Dean of Advancement, NC State)

The Pitfalls of Partnerships: Exploring Stakeholder and University Misalignment (Marti Brick, Senior Director of Community Relations and Continuing Education, University of Georgia)

Growing an Engaged Community by Hosting a Free Event Series (Panel led by: Jens Odegaard, Director of Marketing and Communications Oregon State University)

11:15 – 12:00 p.m.

Planned Giving: Planting Seeds for Future Success (Heidi Kramer, Senior Director of Development, University of Wisconsin)

Unique Projects for Donor Recognition: the Butler Garden (Elizabeth Guest, Regional Director of Development, University of Georgia)

Fireside Chat: A Career in Transformational Gifts (with Linda Kronfeld, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, University of Pennsylvania)

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch & Networking

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Unique Profiles: Making Your School Stand Out (Panel led by: Marty Hackett, Chief Communications Officer, University of Pennsylvania)

Referring Veterinarian Relations (Panel led by: Danielle Johnson, Senior Director of Development, Ohio State)

Cultivating your “Alumni in Residence” (Led by: Gretchen Morgan, Louisiana State)

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Corporate Engagement (Angela Reynolds, UC Davis)

Extraordinary GraduatesCollecting Oral Histories of Alumni (Tony Ballard, Kansas State)

Building a DEI Program in Advancement (Wylie Thomas, Associate Vice President for Development, School and Center Program & Nadina Deigh, Vice Dean of Advancement, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Keynote: Leading in an Environment of Uncertainty

Kathy Pearson, PhD, President and Founder, Enterprise Learning Solutions, LLC

5:00 p.m.

Social Activities

Double-Decker bus tour of Philadelphia (departs outside Hill Pavilion)

Sunset Social Happy Hour (129 S. 30th St.)

Friday, July 29

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Breakfast & Alumni Panel

Moderated by: Penn alumnus: Nathanael Oster VMD V’12

Malcolm Kram DVM, Cornell ’74
Katie Holmes DVM, Tufts’13
Kerry Loughran, DVM, Tufts’17
Charlie Broussard DVM, Georgia ’84

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Improving Reputation Through Collaborative Storytelling (Debbie Wakefield, Communications and Marketing Specialist, Ohio State University)

Collaborating with Faculty on Major Gifts (Helen Radenkovic, Director of Development, University of Pennsylvania)

Managing Talent in Institutional Advancement (Led by: Bill Venne, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, University of Minnesota)

11:30 – 12:15 p.m.

Minute to win-it: Quick Success Stories (Karen Johnson, Assistant Director of Constituent Engagement, University of Florida)

The Partnership Between Advancement and Student Affairs (Mary Berger, Director of Annual Giving and Advancement Services, University of Pennsylvania)

Beyond the Traditional Receptions (Led by: Bill Venne, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, University of Minnesota)

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Business meeting