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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).

AT24. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Dr. Anthony McAdoo

What’s Up Trendsetters!

Today, I talk with Dr. Anthony McAdoo, the Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association.
Today’s trend lines include:
– COVID-19 innovation,
– the new WKU diversity, equity and inclusion council, and
– his advice to new professionals.

Bio
Dr. Anthony McAdoo currently serves as the Executive Director of the WKU Alumni Association. He holds three degrees in agriculture and education from the University of Arkansas, including a doctorate in higher education leadership. 

As an 21-year professional in higher education, Anthony has spent the last 18 years in alumni relations in progressive leadership roles.  He served 10 years at the University of Arkansas Alumni Association where he oversaw all programming and engagement opportunities for alumni. After serving the University of Oregon as the Assistant Vice President for Advancement and Senior Director for the University of Oregon Alumni Association, Anthony moved to the Hill in June 2016.

AT23. Engaging Graduate and Doctoral Alumni

What’s Up Trendsetters!

Today, I talk with a panel of experts about engaging graduate and doctoral alumni from alumni relations, career development, and philanthropic perspectives.  Our panelists include:

  • Anna De Cheke Qualls, Director of External and Alumni Relations, Graduate School, University of Maryland (Linkedin)
  • Natalie Lundsteen, Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Past President of the Graduate Career Consortium (Linkedin)
  • Tiffanie Purvis, Director, Office of Gift Planning, University of Maryland (Linkedin)

Our trend lines include:

  • what makes graduate and doctoral alumni unique,
  • examples of impactful engagement and philanthropic projects, and
  • issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.

AT22. Alumni Career Services with People Grove CEO Adam Saven and Jen Pollard, Interim Executive Director Wellesley College Career Education

What’s Up Trendsetters!

Today’s trend lines with People Grove CEO Adam Saven and Jen Pollard, Interim Executive Director Wellesley College Career Education, include:

  • using technology to scale career services;
  • making technology decisions;
  • COVID-19 collaboration for innovation;
  • micro-internships and gig projects sourced from alumni for students.

About Adam Saven
About Jen Pollard

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.