Past Programs

2015-2016 Programs

June 14, 2016
University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, “How Our Personal Journeys Impact Our Leadership”
Presenters:
Mr. Dennis Bisgaard, Head of School, Kingswood-Oxford School
Dr. Rhona Free, President, University of Saint Joseph
Dr. Elsa Núñez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University
Moderator: Christine Pina, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, University of Hartford

June 13, 2016
Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH, “Is your own career path clear? Interested in learning how you can best manage talent on your team?”
Presenters:
Kate Malone Hesser, Director of Capital Projects, Dartmouth College
Elizabeth “Libby” Roberts, Vice President, Business Development at Lois L. Lindauer Searches
Cynthia Woolbright, President, The Woolbright Group
Moderator: Sylvia Racca, Executive Director, Dartmouth College

April 26, 2016
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, “Motivating Your Constituents to Become Valued Volunteers”
Presenters:
Colleen Cronin Duffy, former president of the Providence College National Alumni Association
Peter N. Silva, former president of the Bristol Community College Alumni Association
Sara Larrabee, young alumni volunteer, Bryant University
Keynote: James A. Hopkins, longtime alumni volunteer for the University of Rhode Island and former Interim President of the URI Foundation
Moderator: Michael Verzino, Major Gifts Officer, Brown University

March 16, 2016
Northeastern University, Boston, MA, “The Makings of a Good Leader”
Presenters:
Dave Nuscher, Chief Communications Officer, Academy of Arts and Sciences
Christine Pina, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, University of Hartford
Theresa Lee, Executive Director of Annual Giving and Operations, UMass Lowell

2014-2015 Programs

April 28, 2015
Omni Hotel, Providence, RI, “Building the Pipeline: A Collaborative Approach to Funding your Needs”
Presenters:
Robert Ferreira – Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, Providence College (Alumni Relations)
Doug Smith – Assistant Vice President for Advancement and Director of Development, Stonehill College (Annual Giving)
Susan Detri-Souve – Regional Development Manager, Bryant University (Major Gifts)
Jackie Nowell – Associate Vice President for Development, University of Rhode Island (Stewardship)
Elizabeth Crabtree – Assistant Vice President for Strategy and Resource Development, Brown University (Advancement Services)

April 24, 2015
Trinity College “Engaging Young Alumni”
Presenters:
Jocelyn Kane (keynote), Director of Development, Yale College Alumni Fund
Taylor Kenyon, Assistant Director of the Hotchkiss Fund
Tyler McClain, Associate Direct of Leadership & Professional Development, Fairfield University
Stefanie Stevens Seslar, Director of Alumni Relations, Albertus Magnus College

April 9, 2015
Dartmouth College “Developing Leadership for 2025: What Will It Require?”
Presenters:
Laurie Fenlason, Vice President for Public Affairs and Strategic Initiatives, Smith CollegeTrish Jackson, Assistant Vice President for Advancement and Chief of Staff, Dartmouth CollegeMichele Nota, Director of Alumni Relations, University of Rhode Island;Isaac W. K. Thweatt, Director of Alumni Outreach, American University

March 31, 2015
John Molson School of Business & Concordia University “The Secret of Giving. Why People Donate: From Boomers to Millenials”
Presenters:
Howard Davidson, President and Trustee, R. Howard Webster Foundation
Michèle Paulin, Professor, Department of Marketing, John Molson School of Business
Niamh Leonard, Vice-Chair of the Board, Apathy is Boring, and student at McGill University
Elizabeth Gomery, co-founder of Philanthropica and volunteer

March 19, 2015
Emerson College, “Professional Networking Event”
Presenters:
Andy Tiedemann, Vice President for Communications and Marketing, Emerson College
David Satterthwaite, Director of Philanthropy, Babson College
Ki Perry, Director of Institutional Advancement, Fessenden School
Lori Jacques, Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, Northeastern University
Maureen Donnelly, Senior Director of Development, Donor Relations, Massachusetts General Hospital
Stephanie Katz, Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement, St. Marks School
Anne Boudreau, Director of Advancement Services, The Fenn School
Brooke Anderson, Senior Director of Gift Planning, Tufts University
Cynthia Woolbright, the Woolbright Group

November 13, 2014
University of Hartford, “Enhancing, Measuring, and Leveraging Engagement Through Social Media”
Presenters:
Jesse Bardo, Founding Team Member, Director of Higher Ed Sales, Evertrue
Caroline Deveau, Associate Director of Digital Communications, Trinity College
Sarah McMaster, Director of Marketing & New Media, Mount Wachusett Community College
Carolyn Russell, Director of the Annual Fund , Greenwich Academy
Sponsor:
BCG Connect

November 14, 2014
Boston College, “The DNA of a Major Gift”
Presenters:
Rebecca Scott, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Tufts University School of Medicine
Erica Broman, Vice President, Institutional Development, Holyoke Community College
Bea Sanders, Director of Development, The Park School
Sponsor:
The Woolbright Group and William Spelman Executive Search

2013-2014 Programs

May 9, 2014
Holy Cross, “International Fundraising”
Presenters:
CJ Menard, Independent Development Consultant, CJM Consulting
Chuck Ramsay, Director of Principal Gifts and International Advancement, Mount Holyoke College
Ming Zhong, Director, Asia Relations and Development, Tufts University, Advancement

April 11, 2014
Springfield College, “Athletics Development for DIII Colleges & Universities: A holistic approach to creating, sustaining and evolving an athletics development program”

March 28, 2014
UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, “Trends, Perspectives and Challenges in Annual Giving”

March 14, 2014
University of Hartford, “Fundraising with the Faculty”
Panelists:
Lou Manzione, Dean, University of Hartford College of Engineering, Technology, Architecture
Kate Pendergast, Campaign Director, University of Hartford
Carol Scully, Director, Office of Corporate, Foundation and Government Grants, Wesleyan University

February 28, 2014
Boston College, “Effective Stewardship and Donor Relations”
Moderator:
Jennifer McGrath, Associate Director, Stewardship & Donor Relations, Boston University
Panelists:
Lindsay Allen, Director of Annual Giving, Marketing & Participation
Lauren Faherty Bagnell, Director of Development and Alumnae Affairs, Mount Alvernia High School
Luanne M. Kirwin, Vice President of Development, Northeastern University
Theresa J. Lee, Executive Director of Annual Giving, Boston College
Sylvia Racca, Executive Director, Dartmouth College

December 6, 2013
Boston University, “Alumni Relations for Different Generations”
Moderator:
Steve Hall, Vice President for Alumni Relations, Boston University
Panelists:
Robert Caldwell, Executive Director for Advancement and External Relations, Holderness School
Megan Hales, Assistant Director for Student and Young Alumni Engagement, University of New Hampshire
Gina Simonelli, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, University of Rhode Island

November 15, 2013
University Club, “Planned Giving”
Presenters:
Shawn Buckless, Fund Consultants, Inc.
Sharon M. Doyle, Planned Giving/Major Gifts Officer, Stonehill College
Lawrence D. Hunt, Partner, Partridge Snow & Hahn, LLP, Counselors at Law
Rita Verespy, Director of Gift Planning, University of Rhode Island Foundation

October 18, 2013
Nashoba Brooks School, “Independent Schools: Fundraising A-Z”
Presenters:
Wayne Loosigian, Director of the Exeter Fund, Phillips Exeter Academy
Debbie Marino, Managing Director of Planned and Major Gifts, St. John’s Preparatory School
Heather Parker, Director of Development, Middlesex School

September 13, 2013
Boston University, “Between These Four Walls: A Conversation on Trustees”
Moderator:
Cynthia Woolbright, President, The Woolbright Group
Panelists:
Allyson Goodwin, Chief Advancement Officer, Northfield Mount Hermon School
Diane MacGillivray, Senior Vice President of University Advancement, Northeastern University
Scott Nichols, Senior Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Boston University

2012-2013 Programs

May 10, 2013
Boston University, “Managing Up, Down & Sideways with Poise, Talent and Strategy”
Speakers:
Steve Hall, Vice President for Alumni Relations, Boston University
Dave Nuscher, Director, Strategic Marketing, University Advancement, Tufts University
Brenda Ricard, Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations and Planning, Boston College

April 19, 2013
Springfield College, “Athletics Fundraising: Maximizing Philanthropy Through Affinity Giving”
Speakers:
Sue Harriman, Director, Friends of Bates Athletics at Bates College
Jaime Domaingue, Former Associate Director, Capital Giving for Boston College Athletics and presently Associate Director, Special Gifts for Babson College

April 12, 2013
Stonehill College, “Major Gifts: What’s Changing?”
Speakers:
Jody MacArthur Johnson, Assistant Director of Advancement, The Governor’s Academy
Erika Peterson Shelburne, Director of Leadership Giving, Amherst College
Chuck Ramsay, Director of Principal Gifts and International Advancement, Mount Holyoke College

March 22, 2013
Boston College, “Social Media: From Marketing & Communications to Advancement and Development”
Speakers:
Karlyn Borysenko, Marketing Manager, Eduventures
Kathryn Gillespie, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Emerson College
Sarah McMaster, Director of New Media, Mount Wachusett Community College

March 1, 2013
University of Vermont, “Women in Philanthropy”
Speakers:
Debra C. Engle, Oklahoma State University Foundation
Patricia P. Jackson, Fullbridge Program
Cynthia Woolbright, The Woolbright Group

January 18, 2013
Boston College, “CFR Café: The Skilled CFR Officer”
Speakers:
Facilitators are from Boston College, UMass Boston, and Tufts University

October 19, 2012
Springfield College, “Parent Giving: More than just the Annual Fund”
Speakers:
Julie Braverman, Yale University
Joe Long, Springfield College

September 28, 2012
Boston University, “A View From the Top: Trends in Raising Philanthropic Support”
Panelists/Presenters:
Trish Jackson, Smith College
Scott Nichols, Boston University
Peter Ramsey, Phillips Academy