Wednesday, February 21st | Agenda | Full Program

Are you looking for the best ideas to help you in your fundraising career? Meet a mentor? Hone your skills and learn from others experienced in the fundraising community?

The DMA Nonprofit Federation’s Pre-Conference Rising Star Leadership Workshop will expand your foundation of leadership skills, advance your personal and professional goals, and encourage you to think differently about how you lead as you hone your fundraising skills and career goals as a rising star professional fundraiser.

This year’s pre-conference session is focused on key topics that will help upcoming nonprofit fundraising and marketing leaders learn and discuss current challenges and build leadership skills to help advance their careers within their organizations.

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We will hear from leading experts in both the for-profit/commercial industry and nonprofit sector on topics that include:

• Leading with Emotional Intelligence
• Leading with Intent
• Understanding how to manage up as well as down to achieve your fundraising goals
• Managing multi-generational & remote employees

• How to outreach to a changing donor landscape using the latest fundraising and marketing channels
• Compare challenges and problem-solve with your colleagues in an interactive environment

The format of the 2018 pre-conference workshop will be highly interactive. Keynote speakers and panels will present innovative ideas and thought provoking concepts. This intimate group of up and coming leaders will be will be breaking out into small groups throughout the day to discuss and exchange ideas.  Some of the fundraising community’s most well-known mentors will facilitate the sharing of experiences by participants and provide their guidance.

This is going to be an important event: More than memorable, it’ll be game-changing for mid-level fundraising and marketing managers and director level fundraising professionals.

And we want you to be there.

More than that, you NEED to be there.

Featured Speakers

Eliza Slone, Vice President, Strategy, MKDM
Stacy Hawes, President, Data Practice, Epsilon
Angela Struebing, President, CDR Fundraising Group
Adrian White Slagle, Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Supporter Experience, Operation Smile
Shira Mitchell, Director, Direct Response Marketing, Special Olympics
Ben Harris, President, Production Solutions | PS Digital

Don’t miss this unique opportunity for learning, networking, and sharing ideas to advance your organization and career!

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These leadership sessions are for you if you are:

  • a mid to senior level professional looking to improve your leadership skills and learn new ways to motivate teams, employees, and colleagues.

  • a junior to mid level leader seeking to add new skills that will help you advance your career

  • looking to network with colleagues that want to share ideas about management


8:30AM – 9:00AM

Networking Breakfast

9:00AM – 9:30AM

Welcome & format etc.

9:30AM – 11:00AM

Session: Q&A with Industry Leaders


Kelly England
Director of Strategic Planning
Integral, LLC


Angela Brightman Struebing is President of CDR, a leading full-service agency

Shira Mitchell is Director of Direct Response at Special Olympics, and winner of the 2018 Rising Leader award

Eliza Slone is Vice President of Strategy at MKDM, also a full-service agency and last year’s Rising Leader award winner

Adrian White Slagle is Vice President of Strategic Marketing & Supporter Experience at Operation Smile

11:00AM – 11:15AM


11:15AM – 12:00PM

Session: Leadership: So you think you can lead?

Stacy Hawes
President, Data Practice

12:00PM – 12:30PM

Breakout Sessions

12:30PM – 1:15PM


1:15PM – 1:45PM

Breakout Recap and Group Discussion

1:45PM – 2:30PM

Session: Using Your Heart to Motivate and Inspire Your Employees

Benjamin Harris
Production Solutions | PS Digital

2:30PM – 3:30PM

Breakout Sessions

3:30PM – 3:45PM


3:45PM – 4:15PM

Breakout Recap and Group Discussion

4:15PM – 4:30PM

Closing Remarks

*Agenda subject to change