Day One

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

RAISE 2018 Kickoff

Speakers: Courtney Camps & Brent Grinna, EverTrue

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Spotlight: Mike Troiano, G20 Ventures

“Friends knock with their feet.” Confused? After this talk, you’ll be knocking down doors feet-first. Hear from venture capitalist, Mike Troiano, about why you should shift your thinking when it comes to making an ask.

Speaker: Mike Troiano, G20 Ventures

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Panel 1: Flip the Funnel; Embrace the Donor Journey

Today, our donors expect communication to be personalized – and they’re not wrong. Marketing experts from Drift, Puma and Wayfair weigh in on how marketing has shifted from a calendar-based approach to a persona-centric strategy. Learn how donor behavior can be your most valuable tool when it comes to creating content and driving communication.

Panelists: Dave Gerhardt, Drift | Courtney Lawrie, Wayfair | Ann Unger, Puma

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Spotlight: Matthew Bellows, Yesware

Learn why Yesware’s Matthew Bellows is on a mission to bring mindfulness to the workplace. Pick up some pointers for how you can practice being fully aware and present in your office.

Speaker: Matthew Bellows, Yesware

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break & Refreshments

11:00 AM - 11:30 PM

Spotlight: Jessica Naeve, LinkedIn

Why LinkedIn is THE alumni network and directory… where it’s going and what that means for higher ed.

Speaker: Jessica Naeve, LinkedIn

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Panel 2: A Sales-based Model for Fundraising

Here’s how higher ed can (and is) creating gift officer programs patterned after best practices from the for-profit world.

Panelists: Pia Heilmann, Threat Stack | Dave Wishart, Syracuse University | Geshri Gunasekera,

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Spotlight: Beri Meric, Ivy

Inspiration, network, lifelong learning, life transformation — this is what everyone wants from their network. Get the backstory on why Beri Meric set out to create the world’s most impactful community with Ivy. Walk away with ideas for how you can add more value to your alumni network.

Speaker: Beri Meric, Ivy 

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Panel 3: Driving Loyalty Through Tech

Great stewardship is about constantly inspiring your audience, communicating value, and creating personal connections. In this session, learn how innovative brands like Hotel Tonight and Rent the Runway are using technology to enhance user experience and drive loyalty and retention.

Panelists: Drew Burch, Hotel Tonight | Paul Costello, SessionM | Lauren Joseph, Rent the Runway

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Spotlight: TBA!

Announcement COMING SOON! Hint: This talk will be LEGENDARY.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Networking Break & Refreshments

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Spotlight: Andrew Kletzing, Facebook

Let’s look at how the biggest brands are using Facebook, then apply those strategies to every aspect of development and alumni engagement.

Speaker: Andrew Kletzing, Facebook

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Spotlight: George Foreman III, EverybodyFights

Get up and be inspired! Professional Boxer and Entrepreneur, George Foreman III, will share how the fighter mentality can help you power through life’s everyday challenges. You’ll also learn how to throw a punch like a pro.

Speaker: George Foreman III, EverybodyFights

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Spotlight: Brent Grinna, EverTrue

Big things are on the horizon! Don’t miss your chance to hear what’s next for EverTrue.

Speaker: Brent Grinna, EverTrue

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Drinks & Dim Sum @ China Pearl

Get a change of scenery! Join the EverCrew at one of Chinatown’s most famous traditional banquet halls, The China Pearl. China Pearl is within walking distance, just .4 miles away from the Revere.

Want to roll with a crew? EverTrue team members will be stationed outside the venue and the hotel lobby to bring you over to China Pearl. Look for them in their RAISE t-shirts!

Need a ride? We’ve partnered with Lyft to provide roundtrip transportation for those who need it. Download the app and use the promo code ETRAISE18.

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Live Music @ China Pearl: Vincent King Live Band

You can’t miss one of EverTrue’s famous dance parties, featuring live music and dancing with Boston’s own Vincent King band. From Motown, R&B, and funk to today’s hits, Vincent will have you grooving all night long.

9:30PM - ???

Karaoke @ China Pearl

The EverCrew will be sticking around to close out the night with some good old-fashioned karaoke. Don’t miss the fun!