2024 Wednesday Morning July 24 – Opening Plenary Sessions at the Harold Washington Library

All times are Central Time.  

Wednesday morning sessions will be at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium directly across State Street (400 S. State) from the DePaul Conference Center building on the lower level of the Harold Washington Chicago Library building.  (Enter on State St.)

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Opening Plenary Session:
Be Mindful:  All The Sessions You Don’t Want To Miss…
Welcome, Introductions and Conference Highlights
Bob Burdenski and John Taylor, Conference co-Chairs

Once-well-known Crystal Apple teachers, CASE authors, listserv moderators, and fundraising curmudgeons Bob Burdenski and John Taylor will launch the 2024 Midwest “Meeting of the Minds” Conference with a festive welcome and a rapid-fire rundown of their favorite advancement services and annual giving conference sessions and speakers to follow. Often in sync, lovingly in conflict,  and always working in support of philanthropic goals, annual giving and advancement services offices play a critical role in advancement success.  Join Bob and John as they provide a preview of the great conference sessions to come. 


10:30-10:45 a.m. – Break 

10:45 a.m.-Noon

Plenary Session:
When Minds Meet – An Annual Giving and Advancement Services Forum
The Past Year in Advancement Headlines
Bob Burdenski and John Taylor, with Lindsey Pearsey, Indiana University, John McBride, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Melissa Stambor, Catholic Charities Chicago, Chris Amherst, University of Chicago, Megan Karwacki, Loyola University Chicago

Join a boisterous and carefully-balanced panel of annual giving and advancement services professionals for a discussion of this year’s hot topics in advancement that impact us all, including: 
✔  The Continuing Use of Alumni Giving Participation as a Metric?!?
✔  The Unrestricted Giving Unicorn
✔  The “Death of Advancement Services”
✔  Once Again, AI
✔  Florida A&M’s Generous Commencement Speaker
✔  A CASE Alumni Engagement Metrics Check-In
✔  Crowdfunding’s Student Group-A-Palooza
✔  Not Enough Stewardship and Too Much Stewardship
✔  The Princetonian’s Senior Gift Analysis
…and Many More.  

Noon – 1:30 p.m.  Lunch on Your Own

(All other conference sessions will be at the DePaul University 8th floor Conference Center – 1 East Jackson St.)