2022 Plug In to Leadership

2022 Plug In to Leadership

Apra is excited to announce this year's signature virtual learning event, Plug In to Leadership! Scheduled for November 2-3, join your fellow prospect development professionals for two days of interactive education and networking. This year's event delivers industry-leading education, curated by your peers, for experienced leaders and those beginning their leadership development journey. The best part? You can enjoy this educational event from your office or home, making it both a convenient and affordable option. Plug In to Leadership content will expand on the competencies featured in Apra's NEW Body of Knowledge Leadership Domain, launching in September 2022. 

Keep an eye out for more information, including the education and speaker line-up, to come soon. In the meantime, secure your seat by registering for the event, and share your excitement about the excellent education you'll experience using #PlugIn22.

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What Can You Expect at Plug In to Leadership?

Before the Event

Take advantage of these pre-event engagement opportunities kicking off in the fall:

  • Participation in the Plug In to Leadership cohort, including an online discussion forum and access to resource material.
  • Access to the attendee list to establish connections and networking ahead of the live events
During the Event

You'll participate in live, interactive learning opportunities via Zoom webinars and meetings on Wednesday, November 2, and Thursday, November 3. Check out the Schedule of Events tab for more detailed information.

After the Event

Attendees will have continuous access to the Plug In to Leadership Course via Apra University and all session recordings.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/02/2022 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

    How can your leadership abilities be strengthened? How much time does becoming a good leader require? Although leadership is a skill that is developed over time, are there any shortcuts? In her session, "Achieving Your Leadership Potential," Jenea Oliver, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Children's Mercy Kansas City, will provide the answers. She has studied leadership for more than fifteen years and will reflect on her professional history, offering both aspiring and experienced leaders advice that will leave you inspired to achieve your leadership potential with confidence and joy!

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/02/2022 at 12:55 PM (EDT)

    Ted Lasso, the head coach from the Apple+ Emmy-winning TV series of the same name, has become a cultural phenomenon and a great example of how kind and empathetic leadership has the power to change a team or an organization for the better. Whether you have watched the show or not, this session is for anyone who wants to build their toolkit and think creatively about developing and using emotional intelligence (EQ) at work. During this Ted Lasso-themed session, we will discuss how prospect development professionals can develop and grow emotional intelligence, which in turn can help you: 1) build and wield influence within your organization and 2) be a driver of positive change (whether it's implementing new prospect management processes, rolling out new analytics tools, helping to lead campaign planning efforts, etc.). Presented by Emily Walsh, Chief Operating Officer at Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/02/2022 at 12:55 PM (EDT)

    Are you feeling invisible or underutilized? Show your value to your organization and advocate for yourself and your professional growth! Are you in a leadership position and want to build a strong team and increase retention? Learn how to make an impact as a leader by championing your team! From making a case for additional staff or resources to promoting current talent, the presenter will share practical tips for Advocacy in Prospect Development. You will learn how to utilize the Apra Advocacy Toolkit to help your organization understand the value of Prospect Development staff and their impact on your fundraising efforts. Presented by Prisca Zaccaria, Senior Director of Prospect Development at the University of Georgia.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/02/2022 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    Presented by Jon Garrow, Director of Prospect Research & Development at Williamette University Apra has a brand new domain in the Body of Knowledge - Leadership! This interactive session will review the new domain and introduce ways you can use it to develop your own leadership skills and support the leaders on your team. We'll discuss skill assessments, mentorship, performance reviews, career goals, stretch projects, and more. Bring your questions, challenges, and ideas!

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/02/2022 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    Join Michelle Brownlee, Assistant Director of Philanthropic Prospect Development at Children's Mercy Kansas City, in a guided book club discussion to dive into the book, Leading So People Will Follow by Erika Andersen, ​a unique take on leadership from a popular Forbes blogger and nationally-known leadership coach.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/02/2022 at 3:40 PM (EDT)

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  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/03/2022 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    You know the importance of prospect development and the value it brings to a development team, but does everyone outside the prospect development team know it, as well? As prospect development professionals, we have opportunities every day to showcase our skills and present real results but what is the best way to do this? How can we move the needle on our impact within our development teams while also growing as leaders? Join me to hear lessons I've learned while leading small and large-ish teams. Presented by Beth Trammell Inman, Director of Schools Research at George Washington University.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/03/2022 at 11:00 AM (EDT)

    Join a panel of experts who will discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion in the prospect development community. Learn about the critical work being undertaken by Apra's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, Justice and Access Committee (DEIBJA).

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/03/2022 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

    Giving and receiving feedback, when done skillfully, is an act of compassionate leadership. As leaders, we take a stand for the growth of ourselves and others. We want to understand our impact and be open to new perspectives. We commit to offering feedback that helps our teammates grow. And yet both giving and receiving feedback is, for many, a topic that inspires dread. Janice Cunning and Margaret Katz Cann of Fundraising Leadership will present why feedback is an essential leadership skill.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/03/2022 at 1:25 PM (EDT)

    In a fireside chat, Diane Crane, the former Associate Vice President of Strategic Engagement at Oklahoma State University Foundation, will be interviewed by Courtney Wolfe MacNelly, Assistant Director of Development for Academic and Student Affairs at Oklahoma State University Foundation. Becoming a leader is a matter of choice as opportunities present themselves throughout your career, but positioning yourself as a leader within your organization requires additional choices and actions. You can lead from any position; to advance and enjoy having a larger role, greater responsibility, and more significant impact, you will want to work well with others and deliver results with consistency to convey your values, establish your brand and position yourself for the right conversations with the right people about future opportunities. Courtney Wolfe MacNelly, an emerging leader, asks questions that you submit ahead of time to Diane Crane, a former Apra board member, as she begins her retirement after a rewarding 37-year career in Advancement with a series of leadership roles.