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Fall Forum Sessions and Schedule


Marketing & Communications Morning Session: $125 Members | $200 Non-Members

Includes a continental breakfast and networking time, two breakouts focused on Marketing and Communications topics, and a keynote by Tracey Snoyer.  The Morning Session does NOT include Lunch, however, Morning Session attendees not staying for the Afternoon Session will have the option of purchasing a Lunch only add-on ticket during registration.

7:30 am
Registration Opens
8am - 9:15am

Welcome and Breakout I (Breakfast will be served in the Breakout rooms)

  • Compelling Outcomes to effective reports: inter-departmental communication
    • Presenters: Chari Smith, Principal, CRSmith Consulting and Elaine Charpentier Philippi, Student Programs Director, Business Education Compact
  • Video Storytelling on Social Media
    • Presenter: Colby Reade, APR, Strategic Tactician, Colby Reade Consulting
  • No More Guessing: The Case for A/B Testing for Nonprofits
    • Presenters: Ben Patinkin, Principal at Patinkin Research Strategies and Sara Patinkin, Principal at Sara Patinkin Fundraising
9:30am - 10:45am

Breakout II

  • Drive Fundraising Results with a Strong Brand and Compelling Case
    • Presenters: Lani Faith, MMFT, Director of Resource Development, Bridge Meadows and Jennifer Ruwart, MBA, Agency Director, Roger That
  • Let's Try Something New: Creative Fundraising That Gets Results
    • Presenters: Dianne Alves, Development Director, Columbia Land Trust and Jay Kosa, Communications Manager, Columbia Land Trust
11am - 11:45am
Morning Keynote: "It's All Fun and Games 'till You Get Back to the Office" with speaker Tracey Snoyer
  In this interactive keynote address, Tracey will give you a framework and methodology (and the inspiration!) to turn your learning into action.  We will discuss how to be a change agent in areas for which you may not be directly responsible, how to enroll others in your vision, and to make a case for action.  You'll even get the chance to put your plan together.
  Tracey Snoyer brings more than two decades of Corporate Leadership, from small and startup to Fortune 100 organizations.  She spent nearly nine years at Nike in various leadership positions. For more than 30 years, she has been on the front lines facing the difficult challenges of running an organization and rallying staff behind a vision and aggressive goals.
Thank you and Closing of Morning Session



Major Gifts Afternoon Session: $125 Members | $200 Non-Members

Includes lunch with a panel discussion on "The Voice of Philanthropy" featuring Vu Le and others, and an afternoon of breakouts focused on Major Gifts.  This ticket does NOT include Vu Le's afternoon keynote presentation.

Noon Afternoon Session Welcome
12:15pm - 1:30pm

Plated Lunch and Panel Discussion: The Nonprofit Voice with Moderator Vu Le.


  • Carmen Rubio, Executive Director | Latino Network
  • Diego Hernandez, Co-Executive Director | Momentum Alliance
  • Adam Davis, Executive Director | Oregon Humanities


1:45pm - 3:15pm

Breakout III

  • Major Gift Systems & Strategies Panel - Small Shop
    • Panelists: Bianca McCarthy, Executive Director, Echo Theater Company, Brennan C. Wood, Executive Director, The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families, and Paul F. Morris, Development Director
    • Moderator: Chris Otis, Executive Director, Start Making a Reader Today (SMART)
  • Major Gift Systems & Strategies Panel - Large Shop
    • Panelists: Mary Lee Alder, Chief Development Officer, Girl Scouts of Oregon & SW Washington, Liz MacDonell, CFRE, Director of Advancement, Oregon Episcopal School, and Shawn Fincher, Director of Development, Heart & Vascular Institute, Providence Foundation of Oregon
    • Moderator: Luisa Adrianzen Guyer, Independent Consultant, Nonprofit and Foundation Leadership
  • Your Event & Moves Management: Cultivating Major Donors - General Interest
    • Presenter: Sam Swaim, Owner and Strategic Director, Swaim Strategies
  • 1:1 Coaching (limited availability) Priority given to Afternoon Session registrations prior to September 1, 2016
 3:15pm Thank you and Closing of Afternoon Session


Rock Star Keynote Session: $75 Members | $150 Non-Members

Includes the Keynote presentation by Vu Le, and a Happy Hour social event.

3:30pm - 4:45pm
Rock Star Keynote: "Nonprofits' Role in the Coming Zombie Apocalypse" with speaker Vu Le

The nonprofit sector, comprising passionate and really good-looking people, faces all sorts of challenges, from society’s unrealistic expectations, to restricted funding, to bizsplaining, to the endless quest for sustainability. But with society’s changing demographics and the increase in quantity and complexity of problems plaguing our community, we must challenge our ways of thinking, own our awesomeness, and do things differently. Vu Le will discuss the changing nonprofit landscape and what we as a sector must do to prepare ourselves for the metaphorical and possibly literal zombie apocalypse.

  Vu Le is the writer behind the humor blog He is also the humor writer for Blue Avocado. Vu is the Executive Director of an organization in Seattle, Rainier Valley Corps, which aims to bring more leaders of color in to the nonprofit sector. He was recently recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as a “Writer with Attitude.”
 4:45pm Closing Remarks
 5pm - 6pm
Happy Hour

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