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AT34. The NDSU Integrated Model and the Power of Service to CASE

On this episode,  I talk with Sara Wald, Senior Director of Development with the NDSU Foundation:
Today’s trend lines include:
– her career journey,
– support of colleagues through COVID -19, 
– and a little NDSU Bison sports talk.

Bio
Sara Wald has worked in higher education advancement for 19 years at North Dakota State University. Passion for keeping alumni and students connected has driven Sara’s career. She has seen how connecting people creates synergy in alumni, donors, faculty, and students. She has been active in CASE District VI for her entire career and currently serves on the Cabinet for the district.

AT33. Digital Engagement Strategy with Finalsite Co-founder Rob DiMartino

What’s Up Trendsetters!

On this episode, I talk with Rob DiMartino, Co-founder and Chief Evangelist at Finalsite:
Today’s trend lines include:
– the entrepreneurial journey,
– key elements of an engagement strategy,
– UConn sports, and
– life and leadership lessons learned from Dee Rowe.

Bio

Rob DiMartino, Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist at Finalsite, has presented globally on effective use of strategic web communications for independent schools.  Rob brings 25 years of experience working with the internet in the education arena.  For the past two decades, Rob has been a thought leader at Finalsite guiding their way through web strategy, marketing, communications, data integration and most importantly digital engagement.  

Rob brings experience, trends, and real world “takeaways” to audiences about maximizing technology to increase efficiencies in the independent school environment.  Prior to Finalsite, Rob led innovative efforts in digital engagement for Athletics and Alumni Relations at his alma mater, The University of Connecticut.  Rob resides in Connecticut with his wife, Liza and their four children, Skylar, Jackson, Tristan, and Lucas. 

AT32. School and College-based Alumni Engagement with Caitlin Johnson

On this episode,  I visit with Caitlin Johnson, Director of Alumni Engagement at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Trendlines include:

  • building a college-based engagement program;
  • college-based affiliate groups; and
  • engagement through COVID.

Caitlin Johnson facilitates, maintains, and grows relationships connecting alumni back to the business school and bring people together to continue to support the mission of the school; building a better world through positive business.

As Director of Alumni Engagement for the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, she manages and executes various alumni programs that connect Michigan Ross alumni with the school through new and existing programs for engagement. She has expertise and experience in engagement strategy, program execution and relationship building with both internal and external audiences.

AT31. Data and Customization in 2021 with Jennifer Heisey

On this episode,  I visit with Jennifer Heisey, Chief Alumni Relations Officer for the University of Cincinnati and we discuss data and customization for richer alumni engagement. 

Trendlines include:

  • learnings from 2020;
  • optimism for 2021; and
  • her plan to leverage data to customize alumni engagement.

Jennifer Heisey is the executive director of UCAA and vice president of alumni relations for the University of Cincinnati Foundation.

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.

AT30. What did you learn in 2020 with Mike Worley

A conversation with the Vice President for Advancement at Lander University (SC), Mike Worley, about learnings from 2020 and the state of higher education advancement.

Trend lines:
– learnings from 2020;
– looking forward to 2021; and
– launching a campaign in 2021.

With more than 20 years of  experience in philanthropy, Worley became the Vice President for Advancement and Executive director of the Lander University Foundation in October of 2018.  Prior to Lander he served as Senior Associate Vice President for Constituent Relations at Georgia State University, where he led a team of fundraisers and helped steer the university’s $300 million capital campaign.

Worley also had stints at Washington University (St. Louis), East Carolina University, and Ohio University. He has served in leadership roles with Sisters of St. Mary (SSM) Health Care Foundations and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in Missouri. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport Sciences and a master’s in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.

Connect with Mike on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/advancement/ and instagram at @bearcatphilanthropy.