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AT40. When Your Career Lightbulb Flickers with Dr. Yonette Thomas

On this episode of the podcast, I talk with Dr. Yonette Thomas of Strategic Transitions LLC.  Our trend lines include:

  • when your career lightbulb flickers;
  • incorporating all your passions; and 
  • the ongoing social justice movement and push for equity in higher education.

Bio
Dr. Yonette Felicity Thomas is a globally acknowledged thought leader, urban health champion, and an advocate for valuing the health of women and girls as an economic imperative.  A social epidemiologist/medical sociologist, she founded UrbanHealth360, an NGO focused on the health of urban populations in the Global South and has served as the chief of Epidemiology in the NIDA/NIH, held academic positions at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Howard University, and as a vice president for research. Following her passion, she founded Strategic Transitions LLC to help individuals at all stages of their journey make strategic professional transitions while keeping their passion alive.  See more about Dr. Thomas’ work at https://www.linkedin.com/in/dryonettefthomas/.  As a founding board member of Women’s Economic Imperative (WEI), she leads the organization’s focus on the health of women and girls as an economic value. Her work as a board member of LVCT Health in Nairobi, Kenya, and as a global advisor for Evidence for Sustainable Human Development Systems in Africa (EVIHDAF) and the Centre for Urban Health and Development within the Asian Institute of Poverty Alleviation (CUHD-AIPA) extends her focus on the global south and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals in this last decade. She is the Associate Editor for Women and Girls for Cities & Health.

Email: ythomas@yfthomasdr.com

Website: www.yonettethomasphd.com

LN: www.linkedin.com/in/dryonettefthomas/

Twitter: @YFThomasPhD

AT39. Career Transitions, CASE Service and Equity in Advancement with Dale Wright

On this episode of the podcast, I talk with Dale Wright, Associate Dean of Advancement in the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois.  Our trend lines include:

  • the transition from alumni relations to development and the tough decision to leave your alma mater;
  • preparing young professionals for a career in advancement;
  • helping Deans and academic leaders build their fundraising acumen; and 
  • the ongoing social justice movement and push for equity in higher education.

AT37. Launching Your Campaign During a Pandemic with Shaun Keister (UC-Davis)

This episode’s trend lines include:

  • the impact of developing your team;
  • launching a campaign during a pandemic; and
  • and service to CASE.

Bio
Shaun Keister became UC Davis’ first vice chancellor for development and alumni relations in 2011 and functions as the campus’s chief development officer, leading a team of over 300, and president of the UC Davis Foundation. In his role as vice chancellor, Keister also serves on the Chancellor’s Leadership Council. He led UC Davis in completing its first comprehensive campaign raising more than $1.13 billion from 110,000 donors. He led the planning and recent execution of the university’s $2 billion Expect Greater campaign launch. 

Previously, Keister served in leadership development roles at Penn State, Florida State, and Iowa State. 

Keister is an active member of CASE, having both chaired and participated in many district, national, and international conferences. He is a recipient of the CASE Crystal Apple award in recognition of his outstanding performance at CASE international educational programs. Most recently, Keister has served on the CASE Philanthropy Commission.  

Keister has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Penn State and a master’s and doctoral degree in sociology from Iowa State. 

AT36. Engaging Diverse Alumni with Oregon’s A. Philanda Moore

On this episode of Alumni Trending, we dive into engaging diverse alumni with the University of Oregon’s, A. Philanda Moore.  Trend lines include:


Bio
A. Philanda (A.P.) Moore is the assistant director for alumni engagement, affinity groups. As the point of contact for the minority, special interest, and professional alumni constituencies groups, A.P. provides support for event and programming planning, implementation and execution, membership growth, and volunteer recruitment for the various groups. A.P. graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 2011 with a BBA in supply chain management, after moving cross-country to Atlanta from his hometown, Sacramento. Post-graduation, he became an IT consultant for three years and during his training lived in India for five weeks. He moved back to Sacramento where he became a substitute teacher and then later began working for UC Davis Development and Alumni Relations-Advancement Services. During his free time he enjoys watching, coaching, and playing sports–go Kings!–playing trivia, and watching movies.

AT35. Disruption in Alumni Engagement with Missouri’s Todd McCubbin

On this episode of Alumni Trending, we talk with Todd McCubbin, Executive Director of the Mizzou Alumni Association.  Trendlines include:

  • learnings from Covid-19;
  • building a diversity, equity, and inclusion infrastructure; and
  • disruption in Alumni Engagement.

Bio
Todd is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Mizzou Alumni Association. As the chief alumni relations officer, Todd leads the alumni relations, annual giving, donor relations and advancement marketing and communication teams. Todd joined the Mizzou Alumni Association staff in 1995 and recently celebrated 25 years at Mizzou. During his tenure, he has served on two advancement leadership teams who completed $1 billion campaigns.

Since 2000, the Mizzou Alumni Association has won 26 national programming awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Todd has served in numerous district and national roles for CASE including the Commission on Alumni Relations. He is a longtime member and former board member for the Council of Alumni Association Executives.