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Yolanda F. Johnson

Yolanda F. Johnson

President
YFJ Consulting, LLC
Founder
Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC)®

Morning Keynote — All the World's a Stage
Session Description

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."
— William Shakespeare

Whether it is the boardroom, a major donor meeting, a social occasion or an annual work review, everywhere you go is your "stage." How can you get into character to make the ask in work and in life? We must prepare as though we're about to have the performance of our lives. When she was sitting in the private dining room of a major financial institution about to make an ask for a very large sum of money to a donor who was literally highlighting questions from her organization's Form 990 with a marker, Yolanda was unafraid, ready to go and knew that she was at a distinct advantage because of her years of being a professional musician and performer.

Yolanda F. Johnson has had a simultaneous career as both a successful fundraiser, DEI expert, philanthropy leader and acclaimed Lyric Soprano. Her extensive background as a successful performing artist, presenter and keynote speaker, has given her a unique, creative perspective on the communications and presentation aspects of everyday life and work.

With this in mind, she developed All the World's A Stage, a special workshop using performance practice for fundraising and philanthropy. She presents All the World's A Stage to professionals and leadership groups across the country. Through it, you will learn proven performance techniques and advice that will help you to project confidence when you are nervous; relax in high-pressure situations, and make the very best possible impression in your career in fundraising.

Bio

With a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector, Yolanda F. Johnson, a leader in fundraising, philanthropy and Inclusion, Equity and Diversity, has developed training methods for boards and leadership groups in effective fundraising strategy and in racial and gender equity, in addition to successfully launching fundraising and marketing initiatives; creating special streams of earned income and special events, including creative strategies for partnerships and sponsorships; securing foundation, corporation and government funding, and cultivating a diverse major gifts portfolio. Her philanthropic work includes counseling philanthropists on where to direct their resources, and through her own YFJ Philanthropies, she personally gives back to causes supporting racial and gender equity, those with disabilities and the arts.

A trailblazing figure on the nonprofit landscape, from 2019 - 2022, Yolanda was the first African American President in the history of Women In Development (WID), NY, one of the NY Metro Area's premier professional fundraising organizations; she is the founder of Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC) and the founder of Allies in Action Membership Network, specializing in transformational anti-racism training and programming for the nonprofit sector.

Yolanda is a sought-after keynote speaker, panelist, and moderator for various presenting organizations nationwide and internationally on topics related to DEI, Women's Philanthropy, Fundraising and Public Speaking. She spearheaded WID's first Diversity and Inclusion Task Force — a two-year endeavor — which culminated in a final report and accompanying article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, where she served on a DEI Advisory Committee. She also served on a special DEI committee for the fundraising sector, established by Salesforce. Yolanda also conducts Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from the Inside Out, a special workshop on IED for nonprofit organizations. Her work has been featured in the recent publication, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Advancement: A Guide to Strengthening Engagement and Fundraising Through Inclusion, published through CASE. She serves on the Marketing Committee of Advisors in Philanthropy.

Her other leadership roles include serving on the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Museum, Lehman College Art Gallery and PowHer NY. She is also a Special Advisor to the American Composer's Orchestra and the former United Nations NGO Rep and current International Advisory Board Member for the Foundation for Post Conflict Development.

Yolanda's career as a successful performing artist and public speaker (www.yolandafjohnson.com) has given her a unique, creative perspective on the communications and presentation aspects of organizational development. With this in mind, she developed All the World's A Stage, a special workshop using performance practice for fundraising, philanthropy, and DEI. She presents All the World's A Stage to professionals and leadership groups across the country. Yolanda was awarded the 2021 Changemaker Award from the Institute of Nonprofit Practice and is a founding member of the Women's Philanthropy Alliance, a core group of industry experts and thought leaders on Women's Philanthropy.



Holly Hull Miori

Holly Hull Miori, PhD, MPA, MTS, CFRE

Senior Director of Development
University of Texas at Dallas

Luncheon Keynote — Millennial Philanthropy
Session Description

Are millennials interested in more than avocado toast and lattes? Join Dr. Holly Hull Miori — fundraiser, researcher, and elder millennial herself — to hear the latest (surprising) research on the next generation of philanthropists and volunteers.

Bio

Holly Hull Miori, PhD, MPA, MTS, CFRE has a nearly twenty-year career in fundraising and foundation work, where she has raised funds both locally and nationally in higher education, healthcare, arts and human rights and Holocaust education. She serves on multiple boards locally and nationally including AFP chapters, AFP Global Government Relations Committee, AWARE Dallas at The Dallas Foundation, and Paper for Water. She also teaches fundraising for graduates and undergraduates and is a sought-after speaker nationally usually dispelling the myths of millennials. Her book on millennial philanthropy will be published with Palgrave Springer, an imprint of MacMillan, in summer 2023. She also enjoys speaking on her other research which includes family foundations, conscious capitalism, faith-based fundraising, ethical fundraising, and the trends in philanthropy. Dr. Miori is a past recipient of the ARNOVA Fellowship, fellow of the Lake Institute at Lilly School of Philanthropy, and is the co-owner of CTD Initiative, LLC. Dr. Miori holds a master's and PhD in public affairs from The University of Texas at Dallas, her master's in theological studies from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, and her undergraduate degree from Austin College in Sherman, TX.



Breakout Sessions — 9:35 AM - 10:30 AM


Michelle Crim

Michelle Crim

Dynamic Development Strategies

Kathryn Keaton

Kathryn Keaton

Program Director, Project Access Tarrant County
Tarrant County Academy of Medicine

How to Ignite Your Fundraising
Speaker Sponsor: Frost Bank

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Vanessa Hadox

Vanessa Hadox

Director of Institutional Giving
Nasher Sculpture Center

Demystifying Institutional Giving: Fundraising from Corporate, Foundation, and Government Sources

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Cameron Diane Hernholm

Cameron Diane Hernholm

Chief Philanthropy Officer
Nexus Recovery Center

Superhero Fundraising Without a Cape
Speaker Sponsor: YFJ Consulting

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Kelsey J. Picken, PhD, CFRE, CSPG

Kelsey J. Picken, PhD, CFRE, CSPG

Director, Legacy and Gift Planning
Children's Medical Center Foundation

10 Ways to Use Planned Giving Conversations to Increase Your Fundraising Dollars

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Amy B Rasor

Amy B Rasor

Fort Worth Regional Director
Better Business Bureau

Give.org Donor Trust Report 2022: Five-Year Review of Trust and Giving Attitudes

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Rebecca Gregory Segovia

Rebecca Gregory Segovia

GivingDNA

Netflix Does It, Shouldn't We: The Power of Personalization at Scale

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Suzanne Smith

Suzanne Smith

CSR As More Than PR How to Leverage It for the Benefit of All

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Aaron H Stroman

Aaron H Stroman

Consultant
Stroman & Associates

Kent Stroman

Kent Stroman

Founder/Consultant
Stroman & Associates

Volunteer Leadership Training
Speaker Sponsor: TCU

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Lauren Fleming Zastany

Lauren Fleming Zastany

Executive Director
Northeast Texas Child Advocacy Center

Real Stewardship: Find the Donors who become Lifelong Supporters

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Breakout Sessions — 10:55 AM - 11:50 AM


Vickie Lynn Allen-Brown, MA

Vickie Lynn Allen-Brown, MA

Educational First Steps

Reach, Revenue, and Reputation (Goal Setting for Your Nonprofit)
Speaker Sponsor: TCU

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Ashley Gatewood

Ashley Gatewood

Communications & Marketing Director
CFRE International

How to Become a Certified Fund Raising Executive

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Joe Hancock

Joe Hancock

Vice President and General Counsel
HighGround Advisors

Katie Warren

Katie Warren

Client Partner Communications Specialist
HighGround Advisors

Your Mission and Donor-Advised Funds
Speaker Sponsor: ThinkGiving

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James Ryan Jillson

James Ryan Jillson

Director of Development
Nasher Sculpture Center

Turning Around a Membershp Program . . . Twice

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Diana Marquis

Diana Marquis

Founder/Chief Strategist
DMGroupConsulting

Fundraising and Ethics

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Victoria Mathews

Victoria Mathews

Brad Cecil and Associates

PIVOT: Capital Campaigning During Uncertain Times

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Joshua Meyer

Joshua Meyer

VP, Demand Generation
Bloomerang

Keep them Coming Back: How to Use Stories to Drive Donor Retention and Authentic Relationships

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Kim Richardson

Kim Richardson

AVP, Client Strategy
Pursuant

Leonor Salgado

Leonor Salgado

Associate Development Officer, Annual Giving
Children's Medical Center Foundation

Where Vision Meets Vision: The Critical Importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Direct Response
Speaker Sponsor: Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC)

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Carole Rylander

Carole Rylander

Principal
Rylander Associates

Mark Parker

Mark Parker

Director of West Coast Sales
DonorSearch

Using Smart Data to Drive Breakthrough Fundraising Results

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Sarah E Sebastian

Sarah E Sebastian

Director of Corporate Communications
OneCause

Fundraising Event Marketing Tips to Bridge the Generational Divide

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Matthew Slay

Matthew Slay

Vice President
Brad Cecil & Associates

Tim Entzminger

Tim Entzminger

Senior Account Manager
Brad Cecil & Associates

Growth Mindset: Explode Your Direct Response Program

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Tawnia Wise

Tawnia Wise

Founder & CEO
Wise Resource Development

Persuasive Grant Writing: Stop Focusing on Your Need & Demonstrate Your Qualifications

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Breakout Sessions — 1:40 PM - 2:35 PM


Marcus D Cunningham

Marcus D Cunningham

Director, Institutional Giving
Movement Strategy Center

Transforming Philanthropy Through Community-Centric Fundraising
Speaker Sponsor: UNT Dallas Public Leadership

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Alexandra Dunn

Alexandra Dunn

Millionaire Grant Lady LLC

The Template for Grant Writing Success

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Michel Hudson

Michel Hudson

Owner/Founder
501(c)onsulting

Can You Plan for the Unplanned?
Speaker Sponsor: TCU

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Elizabeth Liser

Elizabeth Liser

Communities Foundation of Texas

Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Easily Super-Charge the Giving Process for Your New and Existing Donors
Speaker Sponsor: Brad Cecil & Associates

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Ashley Meruani

Ashley Meruani

Vice President
CCS Fundraising

Holly Hull Miori

Holly Hull Miori

Director of Development and Alumni Relations
UT Dallas

Engaging Millennial Donors - From Theory to Action
Speaker Sponsor: The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

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Kelsey J. Picken, PhD, CFRE, CSPG

Kelsey J. Picken, PhD, CFRE, CSPG

Director, Legacy and Gift Planning
Children's Medical Center Foundation

Values-Matching Legacies: How to Build a Relevant Planned Giving Program in a Changing Society

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Sarah E Sebastian

Sarah E Sebastian

Director of Corporate Communications
OneCause

Building a Foundation of Trust with the Generosity Ecosystem

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Breakout Sessions — 1:40 PM - 3:40 PM (Workshops)


Pam Anderson

Pam Anderson

Nonprofit Mentor
Compacity

Get a GRIP (Grant Readiness and Intro to Process)

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Beth Hatcher

Beth Hatcher

Principal & CEO
Beth Interactive

All About The Data: How to Drive Your Giving Pipeline

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Clint Riley

Clint Riley

M. Gale & Associates, LLC

Christina Cavalier

Christina Cavalier

Salvation Army North Texas Command

Barbara Shelton

Barbara Shelton

M. Gale & Asssociates

Capital Campaigns: Success Through Effective Leadership and Consultant Partnerships

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Carole Rylander

Carole Rylander

Principal
Rylander Associates

Your Impact Speech: Is it Boring or Compelling?

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Rebecca Gregory Segovia

Rebecca Gregory Segovia

GivingDNA

Leading Boldly in Volatile Times
Speaker Sponsor: TCU

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Teri Walker

Teri Walker

CommonTeri Services

Solutions for Sticky Salesforce Situations

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Breakout Sessions — 3:00 PM - 3:55 PM


Jonathan S Blum

Jonathan S Blum

Attorney
Holland & Knight

Anatomy of a Grant Agreement

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Amy R Britton

Amy R Britton

Owner
Britton Development Consulting

Taylor Bunn

Taylor Bunn

Executive Director
Hope 4 All

Leading Off The Page

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Michelle Crim

Michelle Crim

Dynamic Development Strategies

Don't Try to "MacGyver" Your Grant Strategy

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Ashley Franks

Ashley Franks

Vice President Nonprofit Strategist (Institutional Asset Management)
PNC Bank

Amber Scanlan

Amber Scanlan

Senior Vice President and Director, Client & Community Relations
PNC

National Trends In Philanthropy
Speaker Sponsor: Dini Spheris

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Alexander Fruth

Alexander Fruth

Director of Community Advancement
East Texas Food Bank

That's the Way We've Always Done It — How to Innovate While Sticking with Best Practices to Maximize Performance
Speaker Sponsor: Brad Cecil & Associates

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Michael Halloran

Michael Halloran

Managing Director
Clearfork Wealth Management/Ameriprise Financial

Understanding Your Donor's Money Story
Speaker Sponsor: Dallas Council of Charitable Gift Planners and Lone Star Council of Charitable Gift Planners

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Bryce Johnston

Bryce Johnston

Digital Strategy Director
Brad Cecil and Associates

How to Optimize Your Online Donation Page for Success

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Jeff Schreifels

Jeff Schreifels

Principal
Veritus Group

The Anatomy of a $28 Million Gift

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We hope to see you on June 16, 2023!