Volunteer Leadership Summit

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Volunteer Leadership Summit

With the Big Ideas Symposium

Friday, October 18, 2019
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Our biennial summit is an opportunity for volunteer leaders to network and share information while establishing a common foundation of knowledge about UC Davis today and its future. Topics will be shared through interactive presentations, panel discussions and facilitated conversations. The summit will feature a morning symposium on the Big Ideas. We hope to see you here!

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Agenda

8:15 - 9 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast
UC Davis Conference Center
Check-in to receive your program materials, enjoy breakfast and network with fellow participants.

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Big Ideas Symposium 
This interactive university-wide symposium will feature new and existing Big Ideas in a fun, fast-paced format. Participants will have an opportunity to meet faculty innovators and provide important feedback on initiatives that will help to shape the future of UC Davis.
Guests welcome to attend.

12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Volunteer Leadership Luncheon
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center

Enjoy lunch and network with fellow volunteer leaders.
Late check-in available to receive your program materials.

1:30 p.m. 

Volunteer Leadership Summit
UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom

Opening Session:
The Future of Philanthropy: Emerging Trends and Opportunities in Higher Education
Shaun Keister, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor, Development and Alumni Relations
President, UC Davis Foundation

2:05 – 2:20 p.m. 

Break

2:20 – 3:05 p.m.

Session I (Choose one - click here for session descriptions)                    

  • UC Davis by the Numbers: Financials at a Glance                                                                                 Ballroom A
  • Capital Projects in the Campaign                                                                                                            Ballroom B
  • More than Cash: A Planned Giving Strategy for Any Donor                                                                 Ballroom C
  • Advancing Health Worldwide: The Future of Research and Discovery                                              Conference Room B
3:10 – 3:55 p.m.         

Session II (Choose one - click here for session descriptions)    

  • Shaping the Conversation: Talking Points for Success                                                                       Ballroom A
  • Capital Projects in the Campaign                                                                                                         Ballroom B
  • A Roadmap to Outreach and Relationship Building                                                                           Ballroom C
  • Advancing Health Worldwide: The Future of Research and Discovery                                            Conference Room B
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.         

Session III (Choose one - click here for session descriptions)             

  • Shaping the Conversation: Talking Points for Success                                                                       Ballroom A
  • UC Davis by the Numbers: Financials at a Glance                                                                              Ballroom B
  • A Roadmap to Outreach and Relationship Building                                                                            Ballroom C         
  • More than Cash: A Planned Giving Strategy for Any Donor                                                               Conference Room B
4:45 – 5:00 p.m.         

Break

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.         

Closing Session (click here for session descriptions)
UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom

University and Campaign Branding

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Volunteer Appreciation Reception
With special guest Chancellor Gary May
Conference Center Patio

Guests welcome to attend.

Dress: Business casual

Questions or inquiries, contact Kristen Tinson, director of volunteer engagement at (530) 754-2092 or kgtinson@ucdavis.edu.


Session Descriptions

Click on each session to view full description

  • The Future of Philanthropy: Emerging Trends and Opportunities (Opening Session)
  • Private philanthropic support in higher education is becoming a necessity, and institutions must be strategic and efficient in order to grow and thrive. This opening session will present emerging trends and opportunities on how foundations, corporations, and individual donors are driving new and innovative forms of philanthropy. 
    PRESENTER:
    Shaun Keister, Ph.D.
    Vice Chancellor, Development and Alumni Relations
    President, UC Davis Foundation
  • Advancing Health Worldwide: The Future of Research and Discovery
  • UC Davis Health is meeting today’s health challenges through innovative research and bench-to-bedside medicine. Learn from our experts about what makes UC Davis Health an innovative force in advancing medical research, discovery and application.
    PRESENTERS:
    Gene Pendergast
    Chair, UC Davis Health Campaign Board
    Allison Brashear, M.D.
    Dean, School of Medicine
    Jan Nolta, Ph.D.
    Professor and Director, Stem Cell Program, School of Medicine
    Co-Principal Investigator, UC Davis Alpha Stem Cell Clinic
    Mehrdad Abedi, M.D.
    Professor, Hematology/Oncology
    Co-Principal Investigator, UC Davis Alpha Stem Cell Clinic
  • A Roadmap to Outreach and Relationship Building
  • As volunteer leaders, you are university citizens and “match-makers” exploring personal motivations, values and abilities of people to involve them with the mission of the university. This hands-on session is designed to build confidence and provide actionable takeaways focused on starting and building robust donor relationships.  
    PRESENTERS:
    Deborah J. Neff ’76
    UC Davis Foundation Trustee and Vice Chair, Global Campaign Leadership Council
    Chair, College of Biological Sciences Campaign Leadership Council
    Sue Maderious Mayer ’80
    UC Davis Foundation Trustee and Global Campaign Leadership Council Member
    Chair, Washington State Regional Committee
    Shari Kawelo
    Executive Director of Development, College of Biological Sciences
    Gary Fisher
    Senior Director of Development, Regional Giving
  • Capital Projects in the Campaign             
  • Come explore all the ways philanthropy is changing the Davis and Sacramento campuses through new innovative buildings and teaching spaces. Hear from university leadership and faculty overseeing projects and the impact they will have on future generations.
    PRESENTERS:
    Jim Carroll     
    Associate Vice Chancellor and University Architect, Design and Construction Management
    Robert Segar
    Associate Vice Chancellor, Campus Planning and Environmental Stewardship
    Michael Lairmore, D.V.M.
    Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine
    Mark Mannis, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    Professor and Chairman, UC Davis Eye Center                              
  • More than Cash: A Planned Giving Strategy for Any Donor
  • What do stocks and bonds, IRA accounts, vacation homes and other noncash assets have in common? Find out how contributing appreciated assets can help you, your peers and fellow classmates make larger gifts, reduce taxes and potentially create income.          
    PRESENTERS:
    Brian Casey
    Assistant Vice Chancellor of Planned Giving
    Scott Judson ’09, J.D. ’12
    Trusts and Estates Attorney
    Cal Aggie Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Shaping the Conversation: Talking Points for Success
  • Do you ever come across difficult or challenging questions from peers about the need to support UC Davis? Participants will learn helpful points and a straightforward framework to address a variety of frequently asked questions about admissions, crisis communications and our general case for support.
    PRESENTERS:
    Paul Prokop
    Associate Vice Chancellor, School and Unit Programs
    Jason Wohlman
    Associate Vice Chancellor, University Development
    Robert Murphy ’63
    UC Davis Foundation Advisor and Trustee Emeritus          
  • UC Davis by the Numbers: Financials at a Glance
  • There are many ways philanthropy has transformed UC Davis. This session will provide an overview of the institutional financial structure and the important role philanthropy plays in the university's programmatic mission and ability to innovate each year.
    PRESENTERS:    
    Kelly Ratliff ’86, MBA ’93
    Vice Chancellor of Finance, Operations and Administration
    May Seeman, MBA ’89
    UC Davis Foundation Trustee and Finance and Investment Committee Chair
    Michelle Poesy
    Senior Director of Development, Annual and Special Gifts
  • University and Campaign Branding (Closing Session)
  • Learn how UC Davis is defining the story and identity for the institution as a whole to elevate its reputation and awareness among the public, peers and higher education overall. As we gear up for the public launch of the second comprehensive campaign, a compelling campaign brand will encourage engagement with donors and alumni, and articulate a strong case for giving.
    PRESENTERS:
    Dana Topousis
    Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Strategic Communications 
    Becky Furtado
    Director of Marketing and Development Communications, Development and Alumni Relations

Directions and Parking

Directions from Sacramento and Bay Area: Get on Interstate 80 and take the exit titled UC Davis. Turn right on Old Davis Road if you exit coming from Sacramento. Turn left on Old Davis Road if you exit coming from San Francisco. Continue on Old Davis Road and make your first right on to Hilgard Lane. Enter the parking garage on your left and stay in the far right lanes.

Directions from Woodland: Get on Interstate 80 and take the exit titled UC Davis. Turn left on Old Davis Road. Continue on Old Davis Road and make your first right on to Hilgard Lane. Enter the parking garage on your left and stay in the far right lanes.

Parking: Parking for the Volunteer Leadership Summit will be available at the Gateway Parking Structure, across the street from the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center and the UC Davis Conference Center. Complimentary parking permits can be obtained from the parking attendant from 8:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., if needed.


Lodging

Hyatt Place (located next to the UC Davis Conference Center)
173 Old Davis Road Extension
Davis, California, USA, 95616
530-756-9500

A block of rooms is being held for conference participants under the name “UC Davis Volunteer Leaders” for Wednesday, October 16 through Saturday, October 19 at the following rate: $184/night for either a standard double queen or standard king room. Guests can call the hotel directly at 530-756-9500 or click here to make a reservation. Cut-off date: September 27, 2019 – rooms and rates will be offered on a space and rate availability basis after this date.

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