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AT20. The Future of Alumni Boards and Strategic Planning with Gary Olsen

What’s Up Trendsetters!

On this episode of the podcast, I visit with Gary Olsen, former associate vice president for alumni engagement at Villanova University and vice president for university advancement at the University of Scranton.

Trend lines include:

  • career in higher education advancement;
  • the future of alumni boards; and
  • strategic planning.


Bio
Gary Olsen is widely respected as one of the most knowledgeable alumni engagement professionals in the country.  His career in higher education spans more than 27 years.  He served for 20 years as associate vice president for alumni engagement at Villanova University.  Following this, he served for five years as vice president for university advancement at the University of Scranton.  He now provides consulting services to numerous educational institutions in the United States and beyond.  His areas of expertise include strategic planning, alumni board training, alumni engagement metrics, program review and assessment, executive leadership coaching and interim executive leadership services. 
A recognized leader in the advancement profession, Gary has served on the CASE Board of Trustees and has chaired the CASE Commission on Alumni Relations. He has presented at numerous CASE conferences including the CASE Summit for Senior Advancement Leaders, the CASE Latinoamerica Conference, the CASE Summer Institute on Alumni Relations, where he served as faculty chair and the CASE peer review team. Gary also chaired the CASE Alumni Relations Metrics Task Force, which established a comprehensive alumni engagement metrics model which serves more than 3,500 CASE institutional members worldwide.

As a consultant Gary has served public and private institutions, liberal arts colleges, independent schools, and faith-based institutions.  

Gary is a principal with eAdvancement Consulting and a senior consultant with MPK&D Partners.  Gary earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Villanova University. 

AT19. Creating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from the Inside Out with Yolanda F. Johnson

What’s Up Trendsetters!

Today, I talk with Yolanda F. Johnson, President, YFJ Consulting, LLC, Founder, Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC), and President, Women In Development, NY.
Today’s trend lines include:
– non-profit philanthropy,
– creating diversity, equity and inclusion from the inside out and
– the Blacks in Advancement pledge.

Links
Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC)™ 
Website: https://www.woc-fp.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woc.fp/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/women-of-color-in-fundraising-and-philanthropy-woc/

Allies in Action Website: https://www.yfj-consulting.com/allies-in-action

Bio

With more than two decades of experience in the non-profit sector, Yolanda F. Johnson has successfully led fundraising operations for a wide range of non-profit organizations, launching creative event, sponsorship and marketing initiatives that produced new streams of both contributed and earned income. Her fundraising expertise includes securing foundation, corporate, and government funding and cultivating a diverse major gifts portfolio.

In addition to leading YFJ Consulting, LLC, Yolanda is the Founder of WOC, Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy™ and President of Women In Development (WID), NY, the NYC area’s premier professional organization for women in fundraising and philanthropy. Yolanda has also had an outstanding career as a performing artist, as a composer, as a producer, as an educator, and she has used her background as a performer to become a sought-after fundraising expert.

Her leadership roles include: serving as an International Advisory Board member and the former Representative for the Foundation for Post Conflict Development to the United Nations; a member of the board of directors of the Lehman College Art Gallery; a member of the board of trustees of the Hudson River Museum and a member of the PowHerNY board of directors. A trailblazing figure on the national fundraising landscape, Yolanda is the first African American President in the 40-year history of WID. She co-established the WID Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and is often a featured expert on incorporating DEI initiatives into organizational culture. She has appeared as a panelist at Fundraising Day in New York, the Women’s Alliance National Conference and CASE events among others. Yolanda is also a member of the Chronicle of Philanthropy Advisory Committee of national leaders in the non-profit sector.

Tying together her life as a successful performing artist and a non-profit leader, she developed All the World’s A Stage, a special workshop using performance practice for getting what one wants out of fundraising, philanthropy and life. She presents All the World’s A Stage to audiences across the country. Yolanda is the Worship Leader/Music Director at the church she attends, a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Women’s Music Fraternity and is on the artist roster for Random Access Music/Queens New Music Festival and the newly formed Westchester Chamber Soloists Orchestra. She holds a B.A. in Voice (Music Performance) and an M.A. in Arts Administration with a focus on Fundraising and Events and is the author of various publications and articles on event fundraising, including A Useful Guide for Special Events.