Conversations with thoughtleaders and practitioners on the future of alumni and donor engagement.

Scaling alumni and student engagement at Denison University

Hear from Sallie Sistare, Executive Director of Alumni & Family Engagement, Melanie Murphy, Director of Career Communities and Coaching, Alyssa Smith, Senior Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Alumni and Family Engagement, and Ryan Brechbill, Director of Employer & Alumni Relations how the team researched and identified AI engagement technology, launched it in record time to graduating seniors, and integrated Ask A Denisonians into its alumni and career services.

Reimagining lifelong learning in alumni engagement

Join panelists Dr. Maria Gallo, Founder and Managing Partner of KITE - Keep in Touch Education, Anne-Ev Enzmann, Executive Director of Alumni Engagement, Advancement at INSEAD, and John Jensen, Executive Director of Alumni and Career Service at Washington & Lee University for a panel discussion on how lifelong learning career support is evolving to address the diverse needs of alumni.

Investigating modern donor engagement strategies

Lynne Wester of The DRG Group, Tyrell Warren-Burnett from Oregon State University, and Colin Hennessy from The University of Iowa Center for Advancement discuss lead generation using cutting-edge digital fundraising technologies and the tactics that underpin them.

Analyzing the latest trends in alumni engagement metrics

A panel discussion on the shifting paradigms in alumni engagement metrics with Jenny Cooke Smith from CASE, Jennifer Cunningham of Lehigh University, and Allison Dewitt from the Indiana University Alumni Association, facilitated by Ryan Catherwood (Network Strategist, Protopia).

Alumni Engagement Strategies to Support a University Strategic Plan

Panel discussion with Erika Jordan (Vice President, Alumni Engagement at Boston University), Duane Wiles (Chief Alumni Officer, University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Lyndsey Crum (Assistant Vice President for Alumni & Community Relations, University of Northern Colorado), and Ryan Catherwood (Network Strategist, Protopia).

Modernizing regional engagement

Join host Ryan Catherwood and our panel of experts for a discussion with leaders at the University of Southern California, Ohio University, and the University of Miami on how they are modernizing and aligning regional alumni engagement.

Scaling career connections through advancement partnerships

A panel discussion featuring Kathleen Powell, Chief Career Officer and Associate Vice President, Advancement at William & Mary, Denise Smith, Assistant Vice President for Alumni and Career Services at the University of Richmond, and Carol Bassie, Director of the Center for Mentoring at Drew University.

Webinar - May 25th, 9 am EST

Strategies for strengthening admissions through alumni engagement

Join host Ryan Catherwood and our panel of experts for a discussion on how to leverage alumni in the admissions process with experts from Bates College, Georgia Tech, and the University of Virginia.

Strategies for engaging women alumni and donors

Join host Ryan Catherwood and our exceptional panel of experts for a discussion on strategies for engaging women alumni and donors. Our panel features Elise Betz from the University of Pennsylvania, Christina Walker from North Carolina State University, and Carme Williams with Washburn & McGoldrick, LLC.

Leading engagement for B-School alumni

Host Ryan Catherwood and a fantastic panel of experts discuss business school alumni engagement. Our panel features Renee Hirschberg from the Stanford Business School, Mark Forrest of the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and Jennifer Hildebrandt from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Predicting the future of alumni career services

When alumni are surveyed about the types of initiatives they want to see developed on their behalf, career-focused programs almost always rank at the top of their list. But do these career services initiatives stimulate the alumni engagement activity our surveys suggest?

Join industry experts Gloria Ko, Allison McWilliams, Pat Fligge. and Ryan Catherwood for their take on where the field of alumni career services is headed.

Beyond counting: Advancing stakeholder engagement strategies

Now that the field has successfully aligned around what counts, how do we advance strategies specifically engineered to activate the unengaged, stimulate and retain ongoing participation, and deepen each individual’s engagement with the university? Join host Ryan Catherwood for a stimulating conversation on advanced engagement strategies with panelists Dr. Jay Dillon, Chief Alumni Officer at University of California, Berkeley, and Sam Frost, Assistant Vice President for Constituent Experiences at The Ohio State University.

Scaling engagement at NC State

Hear from NC State how institutional leaders built a broad coalition -- from admissions to career services to colleges -- to unlock the power of the Wolfpack and grow constituent engagement.

NC State's Marcy Bullock (Director, Professional Development) and Jesse Thill (Associate Executive Director of Membership and Affinity Partnerships) will be joined by Protopia Founder and CEO Max Leisten.

The changing talent landscape in university advancement

Are roles in university advancement not as attractive as they once were? What can advancement leaders do to attract top engagement and development professionals and establish a talent pipeline in this unique environment?

In this webinar, we’ll discuss the changing landscape in talent and recruitment in university advancement. Join host Ryan Catherwood for a great discussion with expert panelists.

Profile - Ashley Budd
Profile - Adam Compton

practitioner webinar - MAY 20, 1 PM est


The good, the bad, the ugly of 2022 Day Of Giving with annual giving rock stars Ashley Budd and Adam Compton. Because "they know."

Cindy Fredrick
Chris Marshall
Andy Shaindlin

The Alumni & Donor Experience Crystal Ball

A panel discussion of what’s next for advancement teams, foundations, and alumni associations, and the broader forces that will shape our post-pandemic engagement strategies forward into the future.

Ali Gant
Matthew Winston

Embracing alumni communities of color and difference

A conversation about establishing strong partnerships with volunteer-led alumni communities and affiliate organizations.


How to effectively engage digital volunteers so they’ll stay active

What motivates and sustains volunteer activity levels in an era that, due to COVID-19, has become vastly more digitally focused?

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