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Symposium Agenda

Wednesday, July 19

9:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.


Closed VP session

WelcomeDover Downs Ballroom C

Dr Vita Pickrum, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Delaware State University
Dr. Harry L. Williams, President, Delaware State University

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Phillip Clay, Kresge Foundation Board Trustee, Professor of City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


11:30 a.m.- 12 p.m. Lunch
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Session 1: Foundations Perspective on Funding in the 21st Century – Dover Downs Ballroom C 

Moderator – Mr. Rob Henry, Vice President of Education, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Mr. William Moses, Managing Director of Education Team, The Kresge Foundation
Mr. Scott Dalessandro, Associate Program Officer, Gates Foundation
Dr. Lorenzo L. Esters, Vice President, Philanthropy, Strada Education Network
Mr. Lee Bynum, Senior Program Associate, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Dr. Danette Howard, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Lumina Foundatio

1:45 p.m.

DSU buses departure Dover Downs front entrance

2 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. DSU campus tour (optional)
3 p.m. -6 p.m. Kresge Foundation’s Closed Funders Meeting @ Dover Downs
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Session 2:  Annual Fund (Sponsored by Hustle) How Spelman College used text messaging to surpass their annual giving goal – Dover Downs Winners Circle


Ms. Nandi Murphy, Annual Giving Officer - Spelman College
Ms. Angelica Weaver, Client Success Manager - Hustle

3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Session 3: Advancing Opportunities through HBCUs Dover Downs Winners Circle

Ms. Jennifer Wider, Executive Director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity
Center for Advancing Opportunity

4 p.m.

Fostering a Campus Culture of Philanthropy – Dover Downs Winners Circle

Mr. David Bass, Senior Director of Research
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

6 p.m.  Networking Cocktail Reception Dover Downs Kent Room

Thursday, July 20

8:30 a.m.


Universities Showcase Dover Downs Ballroom B

9 a.m.

Breakfast – HBCU sustainability: The Advancement Factor – Dover Downs Ballroom B

10:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions – Dover Downs Ballroom B

Alumni Relations – Strategies to Increase Alumni Participation through Engagement and Dollars

Ms. Ralisha M. Mercer, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, North Carolina A&T State University
Ms. Teresa Davis, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations, North Carolina A&T State University
Ms. Barbara Sutton, Director of Alumni Relations, Elizabeth City State University 

Campaigns (Sponsored by Bentz Whaley Flessner) – Dover Downs Ballroom B

Executing Effective Comprehensive Campaigns: The Corner Stone of Philanthropic Impact

Mr. Mark Marshall, Bentz Whaley Flessner

Strategic Leadership (Sponsored by Glenmede)

Bridging and developing the next generation of leaders: Millennials and Gen X

Ms. Nina Cohen, Director of Endowment and Foundation Advisory - Glenmede
Dr. Felecia Commodore, Assistant Professor, Higher Education & Community College Leadership - Old Dominion University    

11:45 a.m. Break
12 p.m.

Luncheon – Alternative Financial Aid Panel – Dover Downs Ballroom B

Moderator – Dr. Devona Williams, DSU Board of Trustees
Ms. Sarah Bauder, Gates Foundation
Mr. Eugene L. Anderson, Ph.D., Vice President, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)

1:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions – Dover Downs Ballroom B

Alumni Relations – Student to Young Alumni: How and when to engage

Ms. Rosalind Muchiri, Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, Bowie State University
Dr. Marcia Taylor, Executive Director for Alumni Relations, Delaware State University

Annual Giving – (Sponsored by Hustle) Leveraging the Power of Stories to Enhance Annual Giving on a limited Budget

Ms. Mautra Jones, Vice President / Institutional Advancement and External Affairs,Executive Director / Langston University Foundation, Langston University
Ms. Felicia Murphy-Phillips, CFRE, Senior Leadership Gifts Officer, Morehouse College

Campaigns (Sponsored by Bentz Whaley Flessner) – Dover Downs Ballroom B

New Fundraising and Alumni Engagement Essentials: Social Media Trends and Best Practices

Mr. Barett Christensen, Bentz Whaley Flessner                                                                                                               

2:45 p.m. Break
3p.m.- 4 p.m.

Strategic Leadership (Sponsored by Glenmede) – Dover Downs Ballroom B

Dr. Noah Drezner, Associate Professor & Program Director, Higher & Postsecondary Education, Columbia University

Donor Centered Fundraising: Three Down and Years to Go – Dover Downs Ballroom B

Mr. Eric D. Hart, Major Gifts, Guilford College

5 p.m.

Bus Leaves for Beach 

6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Dinner at the Beach

Friday, July 21

7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


Buffet BreakfastDover Downs Festival Buffet A

9:30 a.m.

What you need to know about Corporate Philanthropy - Dover Downs Festival Buffet

Moderator – Mr. LaShawne Pryor, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Delaware State University

Mr. John Ridgeway, Corporate Manager, Toyota
Ms. Enid Wallace Simms, Senior Public Affairs Manager, Exelon
Ms. Brandy Akins, Diversity & Inclusion, Altria
Mr. Tony Waller, Senior Director, Constituent Relations, Walmart

11 a.m.

Building the Advancement Pipeline - Dover Downs Festival Buffet A

Ms. Anita B. Walton, Director, Diversity and Talent Management, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

11:20 a.m.

Consortium Imperative - Dover Downs Festival Buffet A

Dr. Vita Pickrum, CFRE, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Delaware State University
Ms. Cheryl Hitchcock, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Morgan State University

12p.m. - 2 p.m.

Closing Luncheon Dover Downs Michelle’s

Mr. Johnny C. Taylor, President & CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)