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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.  

AT28. Digital Engagement, Podcasting, and Conversations about Race with Viannca Velez

What’s Up Trendsetters!

Today, I talk with Viannca Velez, Director of Alumni Communication and Digital Engagement at Seton Hall University. Our trend lines include:
– ramping up digital engagement,
– podcasting, and
– conversations about racial equality.

Bio
Viannca Velez
Director, Alumni Communication and Digital Engagement, Seton Hall University

Viannca Velez is the Director of Alumni Communication and Digital Engagement at Seton Hall University, her alma mater. Prior to her start in the Advancement profession she worked in media in New York, including as a Video Journalist for FiOS1 News -Long Island, Manager of the Digital Video Advertising Program at New Generation Latino Media, and as a freelancer for SNY sports network. She spends her free time dancing and drumming in a Puerto Rican Folkloric band, Segunda Quimbamba and podcasting.

AT27. Examining How Alumni Make Sense of Their Relationships with their Alma Maters with Dr. Kevin Fleming

What’s Up Trendsetters!

Today, I talk with Dr. Kevin Fleming, Co-Founder and CEO of Prosper, a consulting firm that provides guidance to nonprofit organizations to transform their engagement and philanthropic programs, specializing in fundraising practice, Board management, volunteer programs, event planning, and communications.
Today’s trend lines include:
– student experience is the strongest indicator of alumni involvement,
– pots of water framework for alumni engagement, and 
– trends in higher education.

Bio
Kevin has 20 years of expertise in alumni engagement and non-profit management, paired with exceptional knowledge and skills within the realms of college student development and teaching.  Through experiences at Mount Holyoke College, Emerson College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bowling Green State University, the University of Connecticut, and James Madison University, he has led transformations of alumni boards of directors, overall alumni engagement and communications strategies, volunteer programs, signature events, staffing alignments, and cross-departmental collaborations at several institutions.  Kevin approaches organizational change through excellent listening skills, a positive and collaborative nature, collegiality, humor, and gratitude, providing the foundation through which he fosters unity and common purpose amongst community members and the accomplishment of shared successes.

An educator and researcher by nature, Kevin’s background in teaching makes him an excellent meeting facilitator. Additionally, he is a thought leader in the areas of alumni engagement and fundraising.  He authored his dissertation on “Examining the Influence of Graduate Student Experience on Graduate Alumni Giving,” and has published a ground-breaking theory of alumni engagement in the peer-reviewed Journal of Philanthropy and Education, entitled “The Pots of Water Framework for Alumni Engagement.” He also serves as a member of the Council and Support of Education (CASE) District I Board of Directors, and serves as the co-chair of the Horizon Issues Committee.

AT26. Advancement through the eyes of a new professional, CASE resident Alisha Hartley

What’s Up Trendsetters!

Today, I talk with Alisha Hartley, CASE resident and Assistant Director of Leadership Giving at Penn State.
Today’s trend lines include:
– perspective of a new professional,
– self-care and grace,
– CASE residency program, and
– development in Covid times.

Bio

Alisha Hartley is a native of Monroe, NC. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise and African Studies from Wake Forest University in 2018. Following graduation, Alisha served her alma mater as the Campus Life Fellow, where she created workshops and programs to promote wellbeing across the Wake Forest Community. After her fellowship, Alisha decided to reconnect with her love of traveling the world by leading a group of high school students on a Leadership and Social Change program in South Africa and later, studying abroad and interning in Barcelona, Spain. Her love for people, serving others, and higher education has led her to join the Nittany Lion Family.

She is now an Assistant Director of Annual Leadership Gifts here at Penn State, where she reaches out to Penn Staters in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, and Northeast, PA.

AT25. Leadership in Challenging Times with Mo Cotton Kelly

What’s Up Trendsetters!

Today, I talk with Mo Cotton Kelly, the Vice President for Alumni Relations and Communications at the UConn Foundation
Today’s trend lines include:
– COVID-19 engagement,
– UConn’s advancement model, and
– Leadership in Challenging Times.

Bio
MONTIQUE (MO) COTTON KELLY
Vice President, Alumni Relations and Communications

Mo Cotton Kelly leads the University of Connecticut Alumni Relations staff and hundreds of volunteers to connect UConn’s 255,000-plus alumni worldwide. With nearly 22 years in the higher education advancement field, she has a national reputation as a strategic and visionary leader in alumni relations. She joined UConn in 2014 and is a member of the Foundation’s Senior Management Team. Previously she was executive director of Bowling Green State University’s Alumni Association. Mo received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BGSU. She is active in the Council for Alumni Association Executives and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).