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Plenary Session Descriptions – 2017 Osher Institutes National Conference

Monday, 3:30-4:45pm

Welcome to the 2017 Osher Institutes National Conference

The opening plenary session will provide a general orientation of the conference agenda, staff introductions, and some inspiring words from our Bernard Osher Foundation colleagues. An overview of the results from the 2016 Osher Institutes Membership Survey will be presented, as well as the first of three installments of “Woo-hoo!” entries.
Mary Bitterman, President, The Bernard Osher Foundation
David Blazevich, Senior Program Director, The Bernard Osher Foundation
Bernard Osher, Founder and Treasurer, The Bernard Osher Foundation
Steve Thaxton, Executive Director, National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes

Tuesday, 9:00-10:15am

Crossing the Generational Divide: Volunteer Engagement in a Multigenerational World

For the first time in American history, we have four different generations working and volunteering side-by-side. And for the first time in Osher history, we have the potential for tri-generational teams, spanning Silent, Baby Boomer, and Gen X volunteers. Generational differences affect everything from recruitment and team building to how we engage and support volunteers, manage change, and acknowledge volunteer contributions. Discover key characteristics of these generations of volunteers, including their motivations, expectations, and preferred recognition. Gain ideas for new strategies to engage Boomers and Gen Xers through case studies from similar organizations nationally. Leave with ideas to help you assess your generational competence and tips on how to structure roles for and messages to new generations of Osher volunteers.
Beth Steinhorn, President, JFFixler Group, Denver, CO

Tuesday, 1:00-2:00 pm

Keynote Address: Aging Reconsidered

Dr. Bill Thomas, President of the Center for Growing and Becoming, international authority on Eldercare, Harvard Medical School graduate, author, and geriatrician

Wednesday, 9:45-10:45 am

Building on Success: Advancing Member-Oriented Fundraising Programs

Across the country, Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes are building successful fundraising programs by inviting their members to articulate the value and importance of their work.  With heartfelt and often moving testimonials about what their Osher Institutes mean to them, members are not only helping to create an inspiring case for support, they are also becoming generous donors and champions of annual and planned giving among their peers. In this session, panelists will share practical strategies for taking the next steps in generating increased levels of philanthropic support for their programs. They will provide valuable insights into developing consistent and effective member-oriented messages and material, creating annual fundraising calendars, and engaging members in promoting a culture of giving within their learning communities in increasingly meaningful and financially beneficial ways. They will also discuss time-management tactics, launching giving clubs and donor recognition programs, maximizing the benefits of working with consultants, and building productive partnerships with the advancement office of their host institutions.
Carin Jacobs, Director of Lifelong Learning Programs, Sonoma State University
Ann Nikolai, Program Director, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Chico
Kimberly Pittman-Schultz, Executive Director of Philanthropy, Humboldt State University
Sheila Rocker Heppe, Director of Extended Education & OLLI Programs, Humboldt State University
David Blazevich, Senior Program Director, The Bernard Osher Foundation

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