She is Founder of “The Rooted Collaborative” – a global learning community for Black and brown women in the social sector and host of ManageMint Made Easy formerly Let’s Take This Offline: The Podcast for Everyday Leaders. When she is not starring in the Life of My Queenager (okay it’s not a real show, but it could be), she is dropping knowledge about leadership and life! She is your daily dose of Claire Huxtable with a side of Blanche Devereaux.
Cherian Koshy is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP), & AFP Master Trainer. He is the Chair of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (Volunteer Iowa) and serves on the global board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. With 20+ years of experience in annual funds, major gifts, planned giving, and capital campaigns, he is one of the most sought-after trainers and speakers in the nonprofit sector. As the head of fundraising for various nonprofits, he’s personally raised more than $100M including several seven and eight-figure gifts. He works with hundreds of nonprofits each year and is committed to helping them solve their most intractable problems.
His industry-specific thought leadership has been featured in Advancing Philanthropy, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Institute of Fundraising (UK), and dozens of keynote presentations, blogs, webinars, workshops, and podcasts. He can be reached at http://www.cheriankoshy.com.
A highly rated international speaker, she is passionate about giving back to the profession as a thought leader and volunteer. She has held the CFRE credential since 2009, is the immediate past Chair of the CFRE International Board of Directors and is Chair of Rogare, the international fundraising think tank.
Heather received the Jay Bleeke Award in 2014 for outstanding service as a young Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) member and the ALDE Creativity Award in 2017 for her “#thanksGivingTuesday” initiative. She was named a Thrivent Fellow in 2013.
As founding executive director, she led all aspects of organizational development, including corporate governance, strategic planning, fundraising, program evaluation, program expansion, and succession.
In her consulting practice, Ashley partners with clients on various capacity-building efforts, including fundraising, governance training, and strategic planning. In addition to strategic counsel, she provides expert donor communications services for select clients.
She is a Council Member for Rogare, an international fundraising think tank. Additionally, she co-chairs the professional development committee of Rhode Island’s Association of Fundraising Professionals chapter; advises nonprofit ventures at the Social Enterprise Greenhouse; and serves on the Providence Juvenile Hearing Board.
Emily is a life and leadership coach at ejpitman.com. With 30 years of experience leading and serving in business, civic, and faith organizations, Emily works with individuals who are on a path of self-discovery, who are feeling stuck, and who are facing a Transition. Emily’s toolkit includes strategic thinking, a clear communication style, compassion, intuition, a sense of humor, and a pair of knitting needles.
Emily is an outgoing introverted creative who brings deep wells of hope and love to a working relationship with you. Emily is mom to three young adults who have been her greatest teachers and has been married to her best friend for 26 years.
Emily loves words, fabric, fiber, reading, and the worms who assist with her composting.
She provides strengths based coaching using Strengthsfinder assessment tool; life coaching and spiritual direction for individuals, couples and small groups; retreat planning and facilitation; and speaking on issues related to urban ministry, racial reconciliation, community development and healthy relationships.
She lives with her husband, Bil, in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and has three amazing adult children. Paulea loves all things sci-fi and her favorite movies include Black Panther and Lord of the Rings.
Jessica has a Master of Public Affairs and is a Doctoral Candidate at William James College where she is obtaining a degree in Leadership Psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience. Additionally, Jessica is a certified Quadrant 3 Leadership Coach.
Jessica can be found on Instagram at @jessica.e.sharp.
Christal earned a MA in Counseling from Hampton University, a BA in Liberal Arts from Hofstra University, and multiple professional development certifications.
She currently serves on the board of the Greater Atlanta chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Villages of Carver YMCA. She is on faculty at CANDID where she teaches courses in fundraising and board development. She also enjoys a membership in the African American Development Officers Network, Toastmasters, and F3, Fabulous Female Fundraisers which she founded.
Mr. Korin received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University he and his graduate education at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, Zelikow School of Jewish Communal Service. He was awarded an honorary degree by HUC in recognition of his outstanding service to the field in 2001. Korin is a certified Quadrant 3 Leadership Coach with a particular interest in strengthening the development practices of directors of development and the organizations they lead.
A resident of Scottsdale, Arizona he has served on several nonprofit boards, including Jewish Major Leaguers Inc., The American Jewish Committee, The New England Aquarium, Hillel Foundation at Brandeis University, Friends of Brandeis Athletics. After serving on their alumni board, he was appointed a member of the President Councilors of Brandeis.
Dr. Edwards founded Solutions by Shawn Edwards, LLC in 2018 to provide essential services to businesses in need of guided DEI, HR and culture strategies, but were unsure of how to begin.
Today, Solutions by Shawn Edwards collaborates with many clients from various industries and sizes helping them maximize on their stakeholder base and increase their potential.
Taylor is a TEDx speaker, podcast host + producer, and marketing innovator in the social impact sector.
Taylor is the Founder and CEO of Barlele, a brand and marketing strategy firm that helps businesses and nonprofit organizations grow through clear storytelling, branding and strategic growth coaching. She has helped hundreds of organizations tell their story in digital channels.
Taylor lives in North Carolina with her husband, two children and a dachshund named Lady. In her free time she loves to swim, ski, hike and also spends a lot of time chasing Lady around because that dog always has something in her mouth that she shouldn’t.
In addition to her work at Barlele, Taylor works with select small business owners on growth coaching. You can find her growth coaching content at www.tshank.com.
Kathy founded KDD Philanthropy after a career that included serving as Associate Vice Chancellor of University Development at University of California, San Diego, Vice President of Philanthropy at Sharp HealthCare Foundation, and Associate Vice President of University Relations and Development at San Diego State University. In these roles, she honed her approach to supporting both the leaders and the advancement staff who are building a better, more generous world through their work.
As coaches and consultants, Kathy and her team quickly assess a client’s landscape, identify needs, engage with staff at a variety of levels and functions, and provide tools to build the individual and the culture. Their approach is informed by a strong belief that the best investment an advancement leader can make is in the people who carry out the work of inspiring and securing philanthropy every day.
Kathy is a sought-after consultant, author, and speaker for industry associations, including the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP). She teaches for Academic Impressions and authored Productive Conversations with Donors: A Handbook for Frontline Fundraisers.
Stoked by his education and love of learning, Glen’s commitment and versatility have turned struggling organizations into agencies informed by best practices and innovation. Chief among Glen’s passions is coaching and empowering young professionals to fan their own values nurturing their skills into energetic flames.
Glen is a Certified Fundraising Executive and a Certified Fundraising Manager (Lilly School of Philanthropy).
Additionally, Glen is a Quadrant 3 Leadership coach, has received a Blackbaud RENXT Pro Certification, and enjoys volunteering and serving on Nonprofit boards for community organizations.
Glen enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer and their three children. He enjoys movies, writing, landscaping, cycling, and training their family dog, Baby.
ActionAid is a global movement working to end poverty and injustice. It has been working in Vietnam for more than 30 years to advance women’s rights, climate justice, and an end to poverty.
Thao has been leading ActionAid Vietnam to serve 4.6 million people in country building a better life. Under her leadership, ActionAid Vietnam is recognized by communities, local authorities, and partners for its contribution to advance the people’s rights to quality education, gender responsive health care and climate resilient livelihoods. Thao and her team managed to maintain a diversified and stabilized funding base for ActionAid innovative and impactful programmes in the country. Thao is an expert on tax and financing for climate change, with a focus on ASEAN and EU. As a student of Concord Leadership Cohort 2023, Thao believes that adaptivity and integrity will make all leaders successful and happy.
She is happy to provide coaching/mentoring support to CEOs and middle management leaders, who are ready to find out more about their own strengths and opportunities, and take actions to move forward, happily.
Ms. Hue helps other leaders at their tipping points of career development, transitioning across sectors, especially those from small business or nonprofit organizations to thrive, recognizing challenges of power dynamics and imbalances they normally face in their work. Ms. Hue was awarded global fellowship at the Obama Foundation, the Acumen Academy, recognized as a mentor from the women in business development program at the Cherie Blair Foundation and successfully completed Quadrant 3 Leadership Coach certification program accredited by the International Coaching Federation.