This professional development conference will provide all non-profit professionals the tools we need in this ever changing world of philanthropy.  

Cost for this all day conference:

Members - $160.00

Non-Members - $210.00

Breakfast, lunch and parking included for all attendees.

Morning Keynote Speaker and Morning Breakout Speaker: 

Marianne Minton, Wake Forest University  

Marianne Minton is currently Southeast Region Director of Development at Wake Forest University. She brings more than 14 years of experience in nonprofit organizations, higher education and development. Built a reputation of leadership, loyalty and the ability to thrive in a collaborative and diverse work environment. Natural at creating strategic relationships and managing various personalities and people. Areas of expertise include: Fundraising, stewardship, strategic planning, alumni relations, annual fund, capital campaigns, planned giving, nonprofit management, external relations and leadership.

Afternoon Keynote Speaker and Afternoon Breakout Speaker:          

Alyssa Wright, Wright Consulting

Having spent time as a human right's activist in Eastern Europe and Africa, Alyssa brings a decade of experience in international philanthropy to Alyssa Wright Consulting. An accomplished facilitator, consultant and coach, she builds new revenue streams, shifts cultural perspectives and inspires people to believe that change is possible no matter what. Recent work includes the design of a successful giving circle at the Massachusetts domestic violence and sexual assault coalition and the creation of a brand new global donor movement at an international environmental organization that raised over $500,000 in a single year.

Morning Breakout Speaker: 

Kristin Leutz, Valley Venture Mentors

Kristin has spent her career building philanthropic resources and organizational capacity in a variety of roles, raising nearly $100 million. She is the COO of Valley Venture Mentors, a startup accelerator in Western MA. Kristin has advised hundreds of impact-driven organizations on how to build their operational and financial strength, with a focus on how to use data, storytelling, and technology. Kristin specializes in building and strengthening philanthropic communities. She spent a decade as the Vice President for Philanthropic Services at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, where she led donor services, fundraising, and communications. She worked internationally as Director of Development for RefugePoint, an NGO working to help at-risk refugees by improving humanitarian systems.  She also consulted with the global philanthropic membership organization Women Moving Millions, helping catalyze unprecedented resources for women and girls. Kristin has worked in advancement at both Amherst and Smith College. Though the bulk of her career has been in philanthropy, Kristin also has a background in Organizational Development and worked at MassMutual. She has her M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Springfield College and has her B.A. from Colgate University.  She lives in Amherst, MA with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of pets. She devotes her own volunteer time and talent to causes that create safer, stronger lives for women and girls. 

Afternoon Breakout Speaker: 

Teresa Utt, Director of Nonprofit Marketing, Andrew Associates

Teresa has been an integral part of the Andrew Associates team since 1990. She works closely with clients to develop strategic and creative direct mail and marketing campaigns, and oversees all client projects from data management to content development. Her focus is creating campaigns that get results.A transplanted Southerner, Teresa earned a B.A. in Communications from Lee University in Cleveland, TN.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County, is a past president of the Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts, and is a current William Pynchon trustee.

Schedule:    (Click here for full details)

8:00 a.m. 
Registration opens

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  
Morning Keynote: “Strategic Relationships; External and Internal” from Marianne Minton

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. 

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  
Morning Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  
Afternoon Keynote:  “The Changing Nature of the Nonprofit and the Future of Philanthropy: Staying Ahead of the Learning Curve” from Alyssa Wright

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. 

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. 
Afternoon Breakout Sessions

2:15 p.m. 
Conference concludes

Register here!

Conference Sponsors: 

Beveridge Family Foundation  PeoplesBank

Conference Partners: 

Andrew Associates
 United Personnel

Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts (WiP),  PO Box 224, Northampton, MA  01061-0224

Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization registered in Massachusetts.

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