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Symposium Recap


Dr. Vita Pickrum, Vice President for Institutional Advancement/ President of Delaware State University Foundation


Opening Remarks

William D. “Bill Hansen, President and CEO, Strada Education Network

Daryl Graham, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, Strada Education Network


Fireside Chat - The Importance of Employer Engagement with Education-to-Employment Ecosystems

Rob Sentz, Chief Innovation Officer, Emsi
Daryl Graham, Strada
Jaime Fall, UpSkill America, The Aspen Institute

Supporting HBCUs Through the COVID-19 Crisis

Kenneth Sigmon, Vice Chancellor, North Carolina State A&T University
Sean Burns, Esq., Assistant Vice President, Government Relations, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Victor Santos, Senior Director, Government Relations, Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Amy Goldstein, Assistant Vice President, Development, Thurgood Marshall College Fund


Fundraising is Everybody’s Business: How Student Development + Fund Development = Philanthropic Success!

This session serves as part II to the Complete College America plenary session presented at the 2019 HBCU Philanthropy Symposium.

Yolanda Watson Spiva, Ph.D., President, Complete College America
Michelle Hite, Ph.D., Honors Director & Associate Professor of English, Spelman College
Tamara Nash, Ed.M., Vice President for Development & Strategic Partnerships, Complete College America


The New Normal for Philanthropy in Higher Education

Foundation Leaders Panel

Dr. Devona Williams, President/CEO, Goeins-Williams Associates, Inc./Chair, Delaware State University Board of Trustees/ Chair, Delaware State University Foundation Board of Directors
Daryl Graham, Sr. Vice President for Philanthropy, Strada Education Network
William F.L. Moses, Managing Director for Education, The Kresge Foundation
Scott Dalessandro, Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Danette Howard, Ph.D, Sr. Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Lumina Foundation




Virtual Town hall

Melinda Spaulding, Vice President for University Advancement, Texas Southern University
Rodney Trapp, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, University of District of Columbia
Angela Minniefield, Sr. Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Charles R. Drew University

Charitable Legislative Update

Brian Flahaven, Senior Director for Advocacy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)



A Year for the Record Books: What 2020 has Taught Us about the Future of HBCUs and Higher Education

Ed Smith-Lewis, Executive Director, Institute for Capacity Building, United Negro College Fund
Angela Van Croft, Director, Foundation & Corporate Relations, United Negro College Fund
Darryl Ann Watkins, Senior Program Manager, Institute for Capacity Building, United Negro College Fund

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

Mautra Jones, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Affairs, Langston University
Dr. Sally Rockey, Executive Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Fundraising in times of COVID-19: Sharing Best Practices

Marcus Ward, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Alcorn State
Ann-Marie Thornton, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Community College of Baltimore County
Denise Smith, Major Gift Officer, Morgan State University
Sandra Yates, Sr. Director of Advancement Operations & Donor Relations, Morehouse College

Rethinking Corporate Collaborations: Leveraging the Moment

Today in light of the death of George Floyd, as the most recent and horrific example of institutional racism and injustice in the United States, anger and frustration have exploded into streets of cities around the world. Since the incident and the subsequent civil and social unrest, several corporations have publicly announced significant investments to help end systemic racism and improve Black communities. During this session we will engage with our corporate panel about how Advancement and Educational leaders can strategically plug into the current energy of corporations. We will discuss the action steps needed to position HBCUs as collaborative partners.
Rob Henry, Vice President, Education, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Robert Winfree, Director of Regional Operations for Customer Service & Engagement, Discover Financial Services
Mellanie Kai Lassiter, Senior Manager, Corporate Relations, Pepco Holdings
Myoshi Aubain, Plant Manager, DuPont
Terrance Bowman, Executive Director, Technology for Social Good, Diversity & Inclusion, JPMorgan Chase
Ayana Pilgrim-Brown, Manager, Diversity Recruiting Strategy, Vanguard

Developing your Fundraising Plan

Adrienne Lance Lucas, President, Lance Lucas & Associates
Carme Williams, CFRE, Vice President of Development, Prairie View A&M University
Kenneth Westary, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Community College of Baltimore County
Dr. Harriet Frink Davis, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Fayetteville State University

University and Alumni Association Engagement Strategies in the midst of COVID-19

Marcus Burgess, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Claflin University
Dr. Marcia Taylor, Executive Director for Alumni Relations, Delaware State University
Tyler Davidson, Director of Development, Stillman College
Brandon Brooks, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Langston University
Carla Henry Hopkins, Director for Alumni Engagement, Bowie State University