Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives

Cultivating Resilience: Mindfulness to Recognize and Resist Burnout

  • Tuesday, January 08, 2019
  • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Jefferson Lakeside Country Club
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  • A special offer for participants in IOP programs to join VAFRE for a complimentary meeting.
  • For those individuals who are members of VAFRE.
  • For individuals who are not personally members of VAFRE but whose organization has one or more paid members.
  • For individuals who are not members of VAFRE and whose organizations do not have another member.
  • For members who have purchased their season pass only.
Online registration for this event has now closed. Please e-mail for availability.

The World Health Organization has named stress as the global health epidemic of the 21st century. Chronic stress leads to personal burnout – and organizational chaos. Burnout is one of the biggest reasons people leave development.  Resilience is the antidote – and mindfulness is one powerful tool for building it, creating more effective Development Offices in the process.

In this special two-hour session, participants will:

  • Discuss connections between stress & burnout 
  • Recognize signs of burnout
  • Build concrete skills, including contemplative practices, to prevent burnout 
  • Reflect on past inspiration and times of deep resilience
  • Create an action plan for integrating resilience practices into daily work life

Approved for 2 hours of CFRE Credit.

Our Presenter

Robyn Fehrman is a recovering perfectionist, passionate about the intersections of mindfulness, yoga, overall wellness, and leadership.  As a classic Type A, former nonprofit executive, social entrepreneur and mama of young children, she has personally experienced the many benefits of mindful movement, intention-setting, and breath work. Robyn's goal is to help high-impact (and often high strung!) leaders, teams, and organizations find more focus, resilience, and joy as they pursue transformational results. 

With a Masters in Public Administration, nearly 20 years of executive experience, and a personal yoga & meditation practice spanning more than 10 years, Robyn offers a purposeful and practical approach to thriving in both work and life. In her teaching, writing, and speaking Robyn shares lessons from her own leadership journey and leaves students with tools they can use right away.  Based in Durham, NC, she earned her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification through Carolina Yoga Company and studied Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Training at Duke Integrative Medicine.


  • 10:30 a.m. Registration
  • 11:00 a.m. Presentation Part 1
  • 12:00 p.m. Luncheon
  • 12:30 p.m. Presentation Part 2
  • 1:30 p.m. Adjourn
  • Regular/Gluten Free: Chicken Caprese with Gluten-Free Pasta and Vegetables
  • Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Portobello Cap Caprese served with Gluten-Free Pasta and Vegetables
  • Warm Rolls will be available.
  • Dessert: Brownies   

    $20 for members (no additional fee for Season Pass holders), $30 for nonmembers employed by a member organization, and $40 for nonmember guests. Fees support program costs and administration. Registrations should be received by end of day January 3rd.


    Contact VAFRE Administrator Mary Kidd, CMP, CAE at (804) 368-3398 or by e-mail to


    Credits for a future meeting or refunds will be given if notification of cancellation is received at VAFRE’s office prior to noon on the Thursday before a regular Tuesday meeting. If cancellation is received after the Thursday before a regular Tuesday meeting, credits and refunds will be given at the discretion of the Management Company based on the number of late registrations received. In the event of illness or an emergency, credits or refunds may be granted at the discretion of the Management Company.

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