Sessions and Speakers

Sessions and Speakers

Meet the Keynote Speakers

Laura Fredricks

Laura Fredricks, JD

The Billion-Dollar ASK-Maker Powerhouse, Laura is an attorney turned philanthropic advisor. Laura Fredricks knows how to ask. She comes from a career in industries best known for making the most high-profile asks, law and philanthropy. THE ASK is the name of her literary series, speaking tour, personal consulting firm, and her latest book.

Justin Maust

Justin Maust

With a passion to develop leaders, inspire teams and build legacies, Justin is a Keynote Speaker, Trainer and Coach helping leaders and their teams overcome habitual mediocrity and achieve intentional team success. He is founder of the EntreLegacy Group and developed the 7 Practices for Building Powerful Teams Leadership Program, and is a Certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach for the John Maxwell team.

36 Breakout Sessions for Nonprofit Development Professionals at All Levels

Education Session Tracks

Education Sessions are organized in the following tracks:

*The AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action planning committee is pleased to introduce a new track which is designed exclusively for Directors and C-level staff to better understand, discuss, and collaborate on key issues facing nonprofit leaders in 2016 and beyond. It will include discussions facilitated by high-level professionals on the economy, talent recruiting and management, leadership, and social entrepreneurship.

Click here for a list of all sessions including program descriptions, presenter bios, and learning objectives. These presentations (and handouts or presentation decks as provided) are copyrighted by the respective author(s). These materials are not to be distributed, copied, or duplicated without the author's express consent.

Annual Giving

Fundraising with SOUL
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Shawn L. Wills, CFRE (Dallas Women's Foundation), Lenita Dunlap (Heart House)

The Party's Over - Now What?
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Cameron D Hernholm, CFRE, (Resource Center)

Underdog Fundraising: How
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Taylor Shanklin (Pursuant)

Resources for the Lone Development Director
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Leslie W Clay (Hope Cottage, Inc.)

Best Practices

How to be promoted in a nonprofit organization!
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Jan Murfield, CFRE (Junior Achievement of Dallas), Jan Murfield, CFRE (Juhttnior Achievement of Dallas)

Quick Start: Prioritizing And Focusing Your Top Ten Development Responsibilities
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Paul A Dunne, CFRE (thinkpadsolutions)

How to Navigate the Perilous Waters of Facebook Fundraising
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Mark W Santiago (Converge Digital)

Board & Volunteer Leadership

Details coming soon.


Millennials in Motion: Managing Your Development Career
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Ashley Noelle Agnew (Interfaith Family Services)

Develop Yourself: Strengthen the Skills You Have, and Sharpen the Ones You Need
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Kristina E Jones, CFRE, (Stronger Organizations)

Donor Relations

Secrets of the 2nd Gift — the Key to Donor Retention
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Jay B. Love (Bloomerang)

How to be a Donor Relations Superstar
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Michelle Crim, CFRE (The Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas)

How to Create Donor Surveys That Improve Your Fundraising
Experience Level: TBD
Presenter(s): Rachel Clemens (TradeMark Media)

Does saying thanks really matter? If so, how much?
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Rachel Muir, CFRE (

Executive Leadership

Details coming soon.

Gift Planning

The Evolution of Planned Giving Marketing: Debunking 4 Common Myths
Experience Level: TBD
Presenter(s): Nathan Stelter (The Stelter Company)

Major Gifts

How Startup Nonprofits Can Break Into the Big Leagues
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Carolyn M Appleton (Carolyn M. Appleton, Inc.)

Impact Investing 101
Experience Level: Advanced
Presenter(s): Heather Ferguson Himes (Girls Inc. of Tarrant County)

The Anatomy of a Successful Capital Campaign
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Brad Cecil, CFRE (Brad Cecil & Associates, Inc), Vickie Mathews (Brad Cecil & Associates, Inc), Erin Fincher, CFRE (North Texas Food Bank)

Donor Experiences Like Disney
Experience Level: All
Presenter(s): Chuck Anderson (Mission Advancement), Schuyler Lehman (Mission Advancement)

Marketing & Communications

Details coming soon.

Research & Analytics

Best Practices in Data-Driven Fundraising
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Andy Suther (DonorSearch), Andy Suther (DonorSearch)

Using Online Databases in Prospect Researching
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Monique R Waggoner (CNM Connect)

The Strategic Formula for Nonprofit Email Appeal Success
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Jon Powell (NextAfter)

What Funders Want: Outcomes for the Frontline Fundraiser
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Annie Rhodes (Blackbaud), Sally Ehrenfried (Blackbaud)


Transforming Volunteers into Donors
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Amy B Rasor, CFRE, (Girls Inc. of Tarrant County)

Creating a Culture of Philanthropy: 9 Tools for Engaging Your Board in Building Relationships
Experience Level: Mid
Presenter(s): Carole Rylander, CFRE (Rylander Associates)

Harness the Power: Volunteer Engagement through Inspirational Leadership. Motivate volunteers to deepen their involvement through leadership that creates connections.
Experience Level: Entry
Presenter(s): Thomas Hutter (CNM Connect), Monique Waggoner (CNM Connect)

Hotel Accommodations

Omni Mandalay

We are pleased to announce that once again, The Omni Mandalay is the official hotel for the DFW Conference with a special AFP Deluxe Guest Room Rate of $159 per night (plus taxes) for single / double occupancy. The Mandalay Suite rate is $189. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI and referring to the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The special room rate is only good until May 12, 2018.

2018 AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Conference
Presented by Brad Cecil & Associates

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