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2020 Symposium Schedule




Please enjoy our 2020 Symposium Program Book!

July 22 - 23


wednesday, 22

The New Normal in Philanthropy - post covid-19

9-11:00 am
Dr. Vita Pickrum, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, President of Delaware State University Foundation

Dr. Harry Williams, President and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Dr. Tony Allen, President, Delaware State University

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
Daryl Graham, Strada & Jaime Fall, UpSkill America, The Aspen Institute
Supplemental Presentation: HBCU Employment and Skills Data
Rob Sentz, Chief Innovation Officer, Emsi
11:15 - 12:45 pm
TMCF Sponsored Session
1- 2:00 pm
Fundraising for Student Success/Minority Serving Institutions
Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva, Complete College America (CCA)
The New Normal for Philanthropy in Higher Education: A Funders Perspective
Daryl Graham, Strada Education Network

Bill Moses, The Kresge Foundation

Scott Dalessandro, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Danette Howard, Lumina Foundation

Moderator, Dr. Devona Williams 


3:15-4 p.m.

Virtual Townhall

Rodney Trapp, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, University of District of Columbia

Lois Russell, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Alabama State University

Angela Minniefield, Sr.Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Charles R. Drew University


Thursday, 23

The New Normal in Philanthropy - post covid-19

9-9:30 am
Charitable Legislative Update
Brian Flahaven, Senior Director for Advocacy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
9:30-11 am
Retooling Development with Technology
United Negro College Fund
11:15-12:15 pm

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR)

12:15- 1 pm
Fundraising in times of COVID-19:  Sharing Best Practices
Moderator: Marcus Ward, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Alcorn State University

Ann-Marie Thornton, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Community College of Baltimore County

Denise Smith, Director for Major Gifts, Morgan State University

Sandra Yates, Sr. Director of Advancement Operations & Donor Relations, Morehouse College

1:15-2:15 pm
Rethinking Corporate Partnerships: Advancing Collaborations
DuPont, Toyota, PepcoHoldings, Vanguard, JPMorgan Chase, Discover Financial Services

Moderator: Rob Henry, Vice President, Education, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

2:30-3:15 pm
Developing your Fundraising Plan

Moderator: Adrienne Lance Lucas, President, Lance Lucas & Associates

Carme Williams, CFRE, Vice President of Development, Prairie View A&M University

Ken Westary, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Community College of Baltimore County

Dr. Harriet Frink Davis, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement, Fayetteville State University

3:30-4:15 pm
University and Alumni Association Engagement Strategies in the midst of COVID-19
Moderator:  Marcus Burgess, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Claflin University

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

4:15-4:30 pm
10th Anniversary Flashback
4:30-5 pm
Virtual Performance - Grammy Award Winner, Regina Belle 

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For additional information please contact:

LaShawne Pryor
(302) 505.4286
lpryor [at] desu.edu