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Virtual Lunch-In: Raising Money, Ambassadors and Community Leaders Through Young Professional Boards

  • Tuesday, June 08, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Zoom
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  • For individuals who are not personally members of VAFRE but whose organization has one or more paid members.
  • For those individuals who are members of VAFRE.
  • For individuals who are not members of VAFRE and whose organizations do not have another member.
  • For members who purchased their season pass last year.

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More and more organizations understand the value of young professional or associate boards to engage this passionate group of supporters in their mission, advocacy and fundraising. Whether your organization is considering creating a young professional board or already has one, tune into our panel discussion to learn about how these groups can best support the organization’s mission, how to leverage their members’ unique skills, and how to keep them engaged and excited in a virtual world. We’ll also dig into what motivates young professionals to join and how to create a mutually beneficial relationship so that your organization will thrive.

Approved for 1 hour of CFRE credit.

Our Presenters

Michelle Adcock oversees VCU Massey Cancer Center's Community Advisory Board and Massey Alliance Board. Her role is to facilitate the strategic engagement of board members through education, communication, and participation and ensure they are equipped to be effective fundraisers, friend raisers, and advocates for Massey. Additionally, she serves as Chief of Development Operations where she oversees office management, development communications, stewardship, and strategic planning. She has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Canisius College and has actively worked in development for the past 15 years.

 Leigh Busby (Moderator) is the Development Director at Greater Richmond Fit4Kids where she oversees individual giving and donor relations, special events, and board engagement, including Fit4Kids’ Young Professionals Board. Prior to working at Fit4Kids, Leigh worked for YWCA Richmond and created their young professionals board – the Young Women’s Leadership Association (YWLA).  She has served on several nonprofit boards and YP boards over the last 10 years.

Katelynn Sundheim graduated from James Madison University in 2016 with a degree in sport and recreation management. Since then she has worked with the Fiesta Bowl Foundation, NBC Sports Philadelphia and now serves as the Director of Development for Special Olympics Virginia. In this role she oversees fundraising events, corporate relations, and development programs in central Virginia including the Law Enforcement Torch Run and RVA Young Professionals Board. 

Breanna West is counsel at BrownGreer and is the Chair of Peter Paul’s Board of Associates. In 2016 a friend who worked at Peter Paul invited her to participate in a career day they were having. Breanna enjoyed interacting with the young students and was drawn to Peter Paul’s commitment to assisting residents in the East End. She wanted to get more involved with the organization and began mentoring at Peter Paul in Fall 2016 and has mentored ever since. In 2019, Breanna joined their newly created Board of Associates and currently serves as its first Chair.

Our Schedule

  • 12 p.m. Program begins
  • 1:15 p.m. Adjourn

Registration Fees

Although there are no meal and facility costs associated with a virtual event, there are still expenses involved. In light of this, VAFRE will be charging as follows for this webinar:

  • Member Registration. There is no fee for members to register for this event. Guests of members will be $8. You must log in to select this option. 
  • Member Organization. If you are not a member, but you work in the same office as a VAFRE member, select this option to register yourself and your guests at $8 each.
  • Nonmember Registration. If you are not a VAFRE member and do nor work in the office of a VAFRE member, select his option to register yourself and your guests at $16 each. Or consider becoming a member of VAFRE in order to access reduced registration fees. 
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