Insider’s View During Uncertain Times
A Leadership Webinar
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This session will feature aasp advancement services leaders in arts, healthcare and higher ed will discuss how they are supporting their organizations through these uncertain times by seeking innovative ways to engage donors and prospects. These leaders will also share best practices in engaging their teams to work more effectively in the new virtual workplace.
About the Presenters:
SHOMARI WHITE is currently the Associate Vice President, Foundation Operations at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation (CHOP).
Prior to his arrival at CHOP, Shomari spent 13 years as Associate Vice President of Foundation Business Operations for Children's Hospital Foundation in Washington, DC where he oversaw prospect research, information systems, gift processing, financial management and reporting, and quality assurance and compliance.
Prior to his arrival to Children's of Washington D.C., Shomari spent 7 years at Verizon where we he served in several senior management roles in finance and data reconciliation and won numerous management awards for leading the top sales and service call centers in the Verizon Potomac region.
Shomari has a bachelor's degree in business management from Howard University, and an MBA from the University of Maryland University College, Graduate School of Management and Technology.
ANITA LAWSON has been a development professional for more than 20 years and has enjoyed a rewarding career supporting diverse non-profit organizations with expertise in gift administration, process re-engineering and database conversion management.
In April 2015, Anita accepted a position as Director of Development Operations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LA Phil) to build the capacity of that team in support of a major campaign for the orchestra's 100th anniversary. Prior to the LA Phil, she was Advancement Services Manager at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA.
Anita has held advancement services leadership positions at Communities Foundation of Texas and Susan G. Komen For The Cure headquarters, both in Dallas, TX, as well as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.
Anita has served on the board of CASE IV and is a founding member of aasp.
JESSICA SCHRIDER LABORDE is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Advancement Services for the University of California, Davis. Jessica and her team develop and provide advancement services solutions with the front-line fundraiser in mind.
With nearly 25 years of experience in corporate sales, political and nonprofit fundraising, and philanthropy operations, Jessica is passionate about improving both internal and external processes to drive a leaner, more efficient business while supporting the UC Davis philanthropic goals and priorities.
Jessica is active in CASE as both a speaker and an awards judge for Advancement Services Programs. She holds a BS in Mass Communications and a BA in English Literature from Appalachian State University and has completed her Executive MBA. When not fearlessly leading her team to new professional heights, she takes pleasure at home and abroad by gardening with her tween twins, supporting farm-to-fork initiatives, and sampling family-owned wineries and microbreweries with her charming husband. She is also a voracious reader who enjoys napping nearly as much as turning pages.
About our Moderator
LYNNE WESTER strongly believes that donor relations is the key to unlocking fundraising success and that organizations must be as dedicated to the donor experience, or DX, as they are to the ask itself. Sometimes referred to as the Olivia Pope of fundraising, Lynne helps organizations when they need it the most – when crisis or opportunity arrive.
Lynne and her teammates at the Donor Relations Guru Group partner with nonprofits large and small on a variety of initiatives from developing sound strategy and vision to utilizing technology and creating meaningful donor engagement - all designed to positively affect the fundraising bottom line. Her guidance has led her clients to be recognized on the national stage for fundraising innovation, creative communication, and groundbreaking donor relations work.
The DRG website in a unique industry tool filled with resources, samples and thought leadership on donor relations and fundraising. Lynne is regularly featured in publications such as the Washington Post, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and CASE Currents and has authored four books of her own on a myriad of industry topics.
Lynne received her B.A. from the University of South Carolina, holds a Masters in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from BayPath University, and proudly sports a DUCKtorate from the Disney Institute.
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