Day One

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome Breakfast

8:40 AM - 9:00 AM

RAISE 2017 Kick-off

Speakers: Courtney Camps & Brent Grinna, EverTrue

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Spotlight: Adam Grossman, Boston Red Sox

When the face of your institution moves on, how can you celebrate a legacy while concurrently looking to the future? Join Boston Red Sox CMO, Adam Grossman, to hear about the strategy surrounding Big Papi’s “Succession Tour.” Learn how the Red Sox said goodbye to their biggest and most beloved star in a way that evoked a real connection with the franchise’s most loyal fans.

Speaker: Adam Grossman
Moderator: Field Yates

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Panel 1: Mobilizing Your Peer-to-Peer Network

Your volunteers can be your institution’s best advocates. But are you providing them with the right resources and tools to be successful? In this session, we’ll discuss how you can better equip your volunteers to drive real results for your institution and how you can tailor the volunteer experience to create greater impact.

Panelists: Ben CarcioLeah DavisParks Smith
Moderator: Jesse Bardo, EverTrue

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Networking Break & Refreshments

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Spotlight: Josh Newton, UConn Foundation

Breaking down silos has been a recurring theme in Josh Newton’s four-year tenure as president and CEO of the UConn Foundation. Learn why he’s breaking up with the traditional annual giving model and embracing new modes of thinking to help build a collaborative, donor-focused advancement office.

Speaker: Josh Newton
Moderator: Mike Nagel, EverTrue

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Panel 2: Fundraising is the New Sales

You can hire the world’s most personable talent to cultivate relationships with donors, but is that enough to bring dollars in the door? Learn about how you can build a team of the best talent and equip them with the right narratives, metrics, and management structure to drive ROI.

Panelists: Guy Hart, Janet Comenos, Matt Ewing
Moderator: CeCe Aparo, EverTrue

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM


1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Spotlight: David Cancel, Drift

Let’s get personal; hear from Drift CEO, David Cancel, about his mission to reintroduce the human element into outreach.

Speaker: David Cancel

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Panel 3: The Infinite Expansion of the Social Universe

Facebook has changed the communication landscape. Period. The way we communicate and engage with alumni will never be the same. In this session, we’ll discuss how colleges, universities like Colgate University are tapping into best-in-class resources like Facebook to engage, educate and inspire audiences.

Panelists: Rodney Robinson, Matt Hames
Moderator: Brent Grinna, EverTrue

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

Panel 4: Where You Lead I Will Follow

How do you get people behind an idea, a concept and turn it into something tangible? Join us for a session on leadership strategy with two veteran CEOs.

Panelists: Dave Balter, Diane Hessan
Moderator: James Newman, EverTrue

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Networking Break: Beer Tasting

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Panel 5: Game Changers: Disrupting the Status Quo

If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” – Albert Einstein

Hear from three different organizations that are disrupting the status quo in their respective industries to drive adoption and loyalty among consumers.

Panelists: Josh MillerEmily Mullins, Justin Robinson, Tina Vaz
Moderator: Courtney Camps, EverTrue

5:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Cocktail Hour: RAISE the Roof: Cocktails & Dinner

Join us for cocktails, conversation, cornhole, and summer time eats on the Revere Hotel’s stunning rooftop. Enjoy a spectacular sunset view of Boston’s Back Bay while you connect with friends old and new. All RAISE attendees are encouraged to invite a plus one!

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dessert & Dancing: Live Music from The Vincent King Band

You can’t miss one of EverTrue’s famous after 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.