• Free Webinar

    Alumni Relations: Dos, dont’s, and what-ifs? of preparing for fall
    Monday, July 20 from 1-2 p.m. EDT
    Register at: https://bit.ly/AlumniRelationsFallPreparations
    Panelist include: 

    • Ralph Amos, Assistant Vice President, Caltech Alumni Relations and Executive Director, Caltech Alumni Association – ramos@caltech.edu
    • J Thomas Forbes, CEO, Indiana University Alumni Association – forbesjt@iu.edu
    • Mo Cotton Kelly, Vice President, Alumni Relations and Communications, UConn Foundation – mcottonkelly@foundation.uconn.edu
  • Bonus Episode | AT06

    What’s Up Trendsetters!

    This is a bonus episode of the Alumni Trending podcast and is a re-airing of an episode of the #OnTheStacks podcast hosted by Bill Corcoran Jr. Check out the #OnTheStacks podcast at www.onthestacks.com.

    I was honored to be a guest on the May 13 episode of #OnTheStacks and I thought that this might be a good way to introduce myself to my Alumni Trending audience.

    On this trend line you will hear about my professional and personal background, the Penn State Alumni Associations COVID-19 approach, and an amazing story about how the Penn State Alumni Association helped Bill propose to his wife.

    Quick listening guide:
    3:45 My career progression
    5:53 My 90 days as a college football player
    8:04 How I become my college mascot
    9:14 What I love about my work: “No two days are the same.”
    13:30 The Penn State Alumni Association’s approach to COVID-19 
    14:56 Form Three Prides (Digital First, Class of 2020, Lifting Up Lions)
    17:48 Using membership as the key for ALL alumni
    21:53 Advice to the Class of 2020
    23:51 Celebrating milestones
    24:48 The power of technology
    28:14 A great wedding proposal

    Thanks for staying #OnTrend with the Alumni Trending podcast.

  • Jay Dillon | AT05

    What’s Up Trendsetters!

    Our guest is Dr. Jay Le Roux Dillon, chief alumni strategist at the University of California – Berkeley and today’s trend line includes:

    • Alumni Identity,
    • Building a Community of Practice during COVID-19,
    • and his career in higher education advancement.

    Here’s a quick listening guide:
    At 4:30 – About me and careers in higher education
    At 7:30 – My ultimate frustration with advancement work (hint: lack of research)
    At 9:50 – What do music and fundraising have in common?
    At 16:15 – What is the best thing alumni and alma mater can do for one another right now?
    At 23:30 – My favorite alumni relations brainstorming exercise
    At 29:30 – Identity making and the alumni experience
    At 34:45 – Creating professional community without “gurus”
    At 40:20 – How to test your own Alumni Identity

    Dr. Jay Le Roux Dillon is a redhead, father of a redhead, social scientist, and executive director of alumni relations for the University of California, Berkeley. His research is focused on “Alumni Identity” – a new approach to identifying ideal alumni donors through the lens of social psychology and data science. He was previously director of alumni engagement at the University of San Francisco and executive director of alumni strategic initiatives at UCLA. Jay is dedicated to improving philanthropy in order to bring social justice and equity to education. He is the founder and principal of Alumni Identity Fundraising Consultants and holds a doctorate in organization and leadership from USF and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in music from UCLA.

    A bit about Alumni Identity:
    Your Alumni Identity is that quantifiable part of who you are – your own self-identity – that is related to your alma mater. It’s both a measure of engagement and a predictor of future philanthropy. You can test your own alumni identity in under two-minutes at https://score.alumniidentity.com

    Website: https://alumniidentity.com

    To test your own Alumni Identity: https://score.alumniidentity.com

  • #StopHateForProfit

    I’ve made the decision to stop promoting the podcast on Facebook and Instagram in support of the #StopHateForProfit campaign. People have used this platform to reconnect stay in touch, and find community with others; Facebook should not be a place where racism and hate can thrive. You can connect with the podcast on our website, www.alumnitrending.com and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/alumni-trending

  • Jennifer Heisey | AT04

    On this episode,  I visit with Jennifer Heisey, Chief Alumni Relations Officer for the University of Cincinnati and we discuss power of integration and the value of the Alumni Association brand.  Today, she talks about:

    • her career and advice;
    • the integrated model at Cincinnati; and
    • the metrics they drive towards annually.

    On April 14, 2014, The University of Cincinnati named Jennifer Heisey to the dual role of executive director of UCAA and vice president of alumni relations for the UC Foundation.

    Heisey’s core responsibilities will be to provide strategic leadership and vision for UCAA while managing the daily operations of alumni staff and volunteers. She will work closely with the UC Foundation president to connect with alumni and cultivate development opportunities for the university. Her efforts, along with those of UCAA staff and volunteers, ensure that alumni stay engaged and active in the UC community.

    Before Cincinnati, Heisey served as associate vice president for alumni relations and annual giving as well as the executive director of the alumni association at the University of Louisville. Prior to that, she led alumni affairs efforts for SUNY College at Buffalo. She has more than 21 years of experience serving higher education institutions where she developed exemplary leadership, advancement and relationship building skills.

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