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JUNE 14-16, 2020
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The Big 12 Development Conference has evolved into an immersive experience. Take a look at what we have lined up!

Just like our theme, this year's conference has evolved. Throughout the schedule you'll see some staples of conferences past, but you'll also see things like mainstages and interactive sessions offered multiple times that are new to the conference this year. 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Join us as we welcome you to the 2020 Big 12 Development Conference with a reception at Manhattan Hilton Garden Inn & Conference Center. 

 

Take an opportunity to enjoy dinner with your school. Restaurant recommendations can be found here.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Pick up your registration packets and visit our sponsors to thank them for their support and learn how they can help you evolve.

Brought to you by: Advancement Resources

In this highly interactive session, explore five key strategies for coaching your academic partners in sharing highly scientific and technical work that is relatable, meaningful and inspiring. You’ll discover factors that foster creativity and learn crucial questions and techniques to help your subject matter experts simplify and shine with your donors. 

Brought to you by: EverTrue

Speakers: Brent Grinna, Founder and CEO, EverTrue and Carson King, Viral "Accidental Fundraiser"

In this ever-changing world, it's hard to be nimble enough to stay relevant, compete for attention and raise more dollars. Hear from Carson King, the Iowa State football fan who donated nearly $3 million to a children's hospital after raising funds in an unconventional way. Learn how he raised the funds and what motivated him to donate what he raised. Brent Grinna, CEO of EverTrue, shares how universities can meet market demands, reimagine approaches and pivot strategies to focus on opportunities that leverage strengths.

Sessions are being offered multiple times throughout the conference that way you don’t have to choose. If you see a duplicate, it’s not a mistake, we did it on purpose, so you can go to all the sessions on your list! Check back soon for session descriptions and speakers. 

Session A | Unlocking Your Potential: Superstar Secrets to Success

Session B | Advancing the University in Transformational Ways

Session C | Creating Urgency Where There Isn't Any

Session D | Building a Plan: Tools and Tips to Move Donors Forward

Session E |Cultivating Culture

Sessions are being offered multiple times throughout the conference that way you don’t have to choose. If you see a duplicate, it’s not a mistake, we did it on purpose, so you can go to all the sessions on your list! Check back soon for session descriptions and speakers. 

Session A | Unlocking Your Potential: Superstar Secrets to Success

Session B | Advancing the University in Transformational Ways

Session C | Creating Urgency Where There Isn't Any

Session D | Recruiting for Advancement Positions 

Session E |Cultivating Culture

Sessions are being offered multiple times throughout the conference that way you don’t have to choose. If you see a duplicate, it’s not a mistake, we did it on purpose, so you can go to all the sessions on your list! Check back soon for session descriptions and speakers. 

Session A | Unlocking Your Potential: Superstar Secrets to Success

Session B | Advancing the University in Transformational Ways

Session C | Creating Urgency Where There Isn't Any

Session D | Building a Plan: Tools and Tips to Move Donors Forward

Session E |Cultivating Culture

Interested in seeing the Kansas State University Foundation Office Park? Hop on a bus for a short tour before dinner. 

We'll enjoy an evening of lively entertainment from dueling pianos at the picturesque Liquid Art Winery. Transportation provided to and from the venue throughout the evening. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Brought to you by: Aspen Leadership Group

Brought to you by: salesforce.org

Speaker: Steve Koppes, Author, Killer Rocks from Outer Space 

The research news consultant and author of Killer Rocks from Outer Space explains how to make a scientific story understandable. Discover how to turn a hard-to-digest conversation or topic into a story that inspires others. Learn how maximizing great storytelling will lead to raising more money, advance your profile amongst your constituents, capture their attention and enhance their philanthropic journey. 

Sessions are being offered multiple times throughout the conference that way you don’t have to choose. If you see a duplicate, it’s not a mistake, we did it on purpose, so you can go to all the sessions on your list! Check back soon for session descriptions and speakers. 

Session A | Unlocking Your Potential: Superstar Secrets to Success

Session B | Advancing the University in Transformational Ways

Session C | Creating Urgency Where There Isn't Any

Session D | Recruiting for Advancement Positions

Session E |Cultivating Culture

Speaker: Alvaro Luque, President and CEO, Avocados From Mexico

A for-profit CEO describes how you can leverage engagement opportunities and find value in non-revenue generating activities. 

“If your main focus of having an advertisement during the Super Bowl is the amount of money you'll make off it, then it's probably not worth it. But if you view it as a campaign instead, using the opportunity is the most underrated media investment you could make.”

Alvaro will weave together the concepts we’ve explored throughout the conference, helping your entire development team understand its role, from enhancing stewardship to delivering high-value personal visits.

Stick around to hear what key takeaways the CEOs and senior leaders are taking away to help their organizations evolve.