Saying Yes, Being Apprehensive and Lifelong Learning: Tips for Leaders from a Retiring One

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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.

Diane Crane

Former Associate Vice President of Strategic Engagement

Oklahoma State University Foundation

Diane Crane retired in July 2022 as Associate Vice President of Strategic Engagement at the Oklahoma State University Foundation, overseeing Annual Giving, Marketing & Communications and Donor Relations; she previously served as Team Lead for the business school fundraising unit. She began her Advancement career at Texas Christian University where she served as Director of Prospect Research and then joined the consulting firm Bentz Whaley Flessner, where she was a consultant to universities, hospitals and other nonprofits throughout the United States. Diane also has held leadership positions at Cook Children’s Health Foundation and the University of North Texas. Along the way, she helped found the Texas chapter of Apra, served for six years on Apra’s board of directors and chaired the 2000 Apra conference. She has spoken widely at conferences including CASE, Apra, ADRP and AASP.  She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English, both from TCU.

Courtney Wolfe MacNelly

Assistant Director of Development for Academic and Student Affairs

Oklahoma State University Foundation

Courtney Wolfe MacNelly started with the Oklahoma State University Foundation in 2017 after completing her Bachelor of Architecture with Honors and a minor in Ethical Leadership Studies. During her collegiate experience she served as President of the OSU Student Foundation as well as the CASE District IV Representative for the CASE ASAP National Executive Board. Courtney currently serves as the Assistant Director of Development for Academic & Student Affairs where she supports the fundraising priorities of the OSU Provost Office, the School of Global Studies, the Edmon Low Library, and the Honors College, as well as many other various academic and student affairs partners. She completed her MBA with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior and a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management in 2021 while working full time. Most recently, Courtney completed a 3-year stint on the OSU Foundation Staff Advisory Board, where she served as Chair, facilitating a strategic restructure of the board to improve collaboration with leadership, organizational impact, and employee development, as well as spearhead the evaluation and development of newly embraced organizational values. Courtney is a proven leader that is passionate about increasing the impact organizations can have through developing their employees to produce exceptional results for their constituents. 


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Open to view video. Recorded on: 11/03/2022