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Summit Workshops

PostCon Workshops

October 27th, November 12th, November 18th

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

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aasp’s conference workshops, featuring deep-dives into important Advancement Services topics will now take place after Summit 2020. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, all aasp members can attend any of these post-Summit, deep-dive workshops free of charge. Please note that registration for PostCon will be open until Wednesday, November 18th.

Tuesday, October 27
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Gift Administration Workshop

Preparing for the Unexpected 


  • Sarah Thomas, NC State University
  • Lynne Becker
  • Ann House, Anne House Consultants
  • Gail Ferris, George Washington University
Session Description

Gift administration can be a broad topic and it can be quite complicated from time to time: the devil is in the details. This is something that you can not just learn in school and have a basic understanding but takes years of self-learning and experience. There are a plethora of rules and regulations that one must learn. Gift administration is not black and white but very gray and requires lots of “gray matter” to interpret. This workshop goes beyond the fundamentals of gift administration and prepares participants to: 

  •  Design your gift administration shop
  • Train development officers to talk to donors on gift administration
  • See past the black and white

Thursday, November 12
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Artificial Intelligence Workshop

There’s Nothing Artificial About What AI Can Do For Your Organization


  • Terry Callaghan, AVP, Strategic Advancement Solutions, Rutgers University Foundation
  • David Lawson, Co-Founder & CEO, NewSci, LLC
  • Rodger Devine, Associate Dean of External Affairs for Strategy and Innovation, University of Southern California
Session Description

Are you excited, confused, bewildered, skeptical, or just ignoring all the talk about AI? No matter what your feelings are about it, AI is going to be part of advancement services as it transforms fundraising the same way it is transforming every other sector of our economy and society. This workshop is designed to give you the fundamental knowledge you need to navigate the hype and get to the very real applications of AI in advancement. You will learn how to determine if AI is, or isn’t, the right tool for your problem. You will learn how models are created and watch as they learn in real-time. You will be guided through a process enabling you to frame a problem; identify end-user requirements and challenges; catalog data sources; select the right AI tools; and architect the systems for delivering actionable insights. Finally, you will see demonstrations of both embedded and stand-alone AI-enabled applications being used today to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of advancement.

Wednesday, November 18
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Current Events Workshop

Part I: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Advancement Services


  • Tahsin I. Alam, Alam, Associate Vice President, Talent Management and Organizational Development at the Rutgers University Foundation
  • Shomari White, Associate Vice President, Foundation Operations at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation (CHOP) and current President of the Association of Advancement Services Professionals
  • Angelique S. C. Grant, Ph.D., Senior Consultant and Vice President and certified diversity recruiter with the Aspen Leadership Group
Session Description

This session emerges from our stated core value of being Welcoming which states: “Our network of professionals exhibits a social synergy that is engaging, inspiring and inclusive, and adds an important dimension to our educational events.”

A signature strength of our members is our ability to contribute towards, and then operationalize strategy so, in character with this, this session will focus on how we educated our advancement offices to be a welcoming and enfolding environment for all and then how do we operationalize a recruitment and retention strategy.

Part II: Advancement Services in the Age of COVID


  • Prospect Management: Catherine Flaatten, Director of Research & Relationship Management, George Washington University
  • Event Management: Zachariah L Abrams, Assistant Vice President, Community Engagement, CHOC Children’s Foundation
  • Campaign Management: Angie M. Joens, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Development Outreach, University of California, Davis
Session Description

The current pandemic has posed challenges to the Advancement Services profession unlike any that we have seen. In this session, three experts will discuss how their areas have adapted to the changing environment, working in different ways in order to continue to achieve their institutions’ advancement goals. Come ready with your questions and experiences to share in the session.