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Alumni Leaders Conference 2020

July 21-29, 2020

This year was our first-ever virtual conference. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to join us! If you missed any of our sessions, check out conference recordings below.

Keynote

Keynote w/Matt Folk

Matt Folk, president and CEO of Purdue for Life Foundation and vice president for university advancement and alumni engagement for Purdue University, will discuss the Purdue for Life Foundation’s integrated advancement model designed to deepen ties to alumni and drive and coordinate all alumni-facing activities for the University.

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Events

Altering Events Due to COVID-19

Emily Richter, director of alumni events; Christopher Pullins, assistant director of alumni events; Jimmy Cox, director of student-alumni programming; and Maureen Huffer Landis, director of alumni career advancement, will share tips, tricks, and best practices for altering your in-person events during a worldwide pandemic.

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Boilermaker Bragging Networking Session: Events

Share best practices and learn from other volunteer leaders about planning and hosting engaging in-person and virtual events. Idlir Proseku (M’03), Purdue Alumni Network of Toronto and Andreas Dewald (MS T’18), Purdue Alumni Network of Germany, will share their experiences hosting social events virtually, including pub quiz style trivia events using various technology platforms.

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Virtual Events and Virtual Fundraising

Fred McCracken, president of the Purdue Alumni Club of Hendricks County, will provide insights for planning and executing successful virtual events and discuss ideas for virtual fundraising efforts.

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Leadership

College Alumni Board — Utilizing the Resources You Have

Amber Watkins (Krannert School of Management) and Andrea Hatch (College of Liberal Arts) will discuss ways that college alumni boards can support the efforts of their schools and colleges, even with limited resources.

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Give to Grow: How Nonprofit Engagement Benefits Self, Career, and World

Have you wondered how your involvement in nonprofit work can benefit you individually and professionally? Hillary Gramm, chair of the Houston chapter of the International Council of Purdue Women, has devoted her career to the nonprofit sector and will discuss the impact that reaches far and wide.

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Leading in a Time of Social Unrest

Maria Whipple, assistant director of regional outreach, will lead a panel of diversity and inclusion experts to tackle questions surrounding social inequity and provide tips on how to address them as an alumni volunteer leader.

Panelists

  • Meara Habashi, PhD. Krannert Faculty and Director of the Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Management, Purdue University
  • Natalie C. Murdock, student board member, Purdue Black Alumni Organization
  • Natalie Shen, president, Purdue Alumni Club of Washington D.C.
  • Henry E. Williams, PhD, MBA. Provost Fellow/Diversity & Inclusion, Purdue University

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Passing the Torch: How to Endure a Smooth Leadership Transition

Natalie Evans, assistant director of regional outreach, will lead a panel of alumni leaders on best practices for transitioning leadership to ensure the continuity of alumni engagement, programming, and Boilermaker pride.

Panelists

  • Tasos Kaiafis, president, Purdue Alumni Club of Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Michael Stull, president, Purdue Alumni Club of Falls Cities
  • Sunny Ting, president, Purdue Alumni Network of Shanghai

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Top Three Hacks to Recruiting, Retaining, and Engaging the Best Boilermaker Alumni Leadership

Almira Yllana, member of the Purdue Alumni Association Board of Directors, and Giovanna Krozel, president of the Purdue Alumni Club of N/NW Suburbs of Chicago, will share some tips and tricks to help attract and retain alumni leaders to clubs and networks.

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The Role of Business and Industry in Achieving Racial and Economic Justice

Brenda Covington-Johnson, board member of the Purdue Black Alumni Organization, will examine the role of business in changing social norms to drive measurable impact in providing marginalized communities with equal access to economic opportunity. She will discuss how, as our country engages in renewed conversations on systemic racism and economic inequality, corporations have a critical role in influencing and driving scalable positive change.

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Volunteerism — Board Leadership

Jillian Henry, vice president of organizational development and strategic leadership, will discuss the importance and responsibilities of volunteer leadership as well as the importance of volunteerism outreach efforts.

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Marketing & Communications

Communications in a Nutshell

Kat Braz, senior director of creative communications, will discuss how to source compelling stories, take engaging photos, and get your social media questions answered.

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Making a Digital Connection

Martin Sickafoose, vice president of marketing and digital strategy, will share an update of the Purdue Alumni Association’s existing digital solutions as well as how these solutions will be evolving in the new Purdue for Life Foundation.

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Multi-Generational Engagement

Bridging the Gap: Generational Awareness

We live, work, and play within multigenerational environments. Maureen Huffer Landis, director of alumni career advancement, will provide an overview of the following generations: the matures, baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y/millennials, and Generation Z/iGen. Is it true that attributes associated with each generation impact communication styles, demonstrated value systems and expectations, and abilities to interact? If so, understanding some of those attributes can help you develop strategies to bridge the gap.

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Thinking Outside the Box — Engaging Age Population Diversity

Thomas Mavronicles, president of the Purdue Alumni Club of Northwest Indiana, will discuss some of the most engaging activities and events — beyond football/basketball watch parties and golf outings — that appeal to our diverse alumni population both now and in the future to stay relevant.

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Purdue – Past, Present and Future

Purdue Traditions, Heritage, and History

John Sautter, senior advisor and Tuesday Tours host, will remind you of traditions, history, and perhaps your favorite spot on campus. At the end of the guided video, we welcome your comments, stories, and questions.

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What’s New, Purdue?

Kat Braz, senior director of creative communications, will share the latest construction on campus, how Purdue pivoted to address COVID-19 concerns this spring, and the Protect Purdue premise that will prepare campus to safely welcome students in the fall.

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Scholarships

Club Scholarships

Interested in starting a club scholarship, or are you new to serving on a scholarship committee? Courtney Magnuson, senior director of alumni outreach, will review Purdue University’s scholarship awarding process and timeline for clubs with funds at the University who choose their own recipients.

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Scholarship Endowments

Zachary E. Bailey, J.D., director of development and Jill Anderson, senior director of development from the University Development Office’s planned giving team will talk about the benefits and logistics of creating a scholarship endowment at the University.

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Treasurer

Budgeting Insights: A Budget Doesn’t Limit Your Freedom— It Gives You Freedom!

Tracey Wolpert, senior vice president of finance, and Jessica Brooks, director of finance and membership operations, will share why a budget is important and offer tips and tricks to be successful at budgeting.

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So You Want to Be Treasurer? Learn the Ins and Outs of Managing Club/Network Finances

Sharetha Marshall, assistant director of regional outreach, will lead a panel of club/network treasurers to discuss best practices, secrets, and how to best use funds throughout the entire fiscal year.

Panelists

  • Andrew Stover, treasurer of Purdue Alumni Club of San Diego,
  • Roland Brown, treasurer of Purdue Black Alumni Organization 

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Young Alumni

Connecting with Recent Graduates and Young Alumni

Rochelle and Sara Zou, board members for the Purdue Alumni Club of Chicago, will share best practices, ideas, and collaborative brainstorming for engaging with recent graduates and young alumni.

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Generation Z – How to Get “Lit”

Once upon a time, you were planning for millennials, but now it’s all about Generation Z. Jimmy Cox, director of student-alumni programs, and Haley Atwell, assistant director of recent graduate initiatives, will share tips on how to communicate with Generation Z, what kinds of events to plan, and what is most important to this generation.

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Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony and Group Picture

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