AFP Presents the Distinguished Speaker Series
Carlos Dominguez, Senior Vice President, Office of Chairman & CEO, Cisco Systems
Carlos Dominguez is a Senior Vice President at Cisco and a technology evangelist, speaking to and motivating audiences worldwide about how technology is changing how we communicate, collaborate, and especially how we work. Dominguez gives humorous, highly animated presentations full of deep insight into how technology, and the right culture, can create winning companies. Drawing from his 20 years at Cisco, he talks about how technology is changing the rules of business and how to not get left behind. He also addresses many questions about collaboration, including what motivates people to collaborate, how to establish rewards for collaborating, how to find the right experts both inside and outside your company, and how to keep people coming together both online and in person.
Penelope Burk, President, Cygnus Applied Research, Inc.
Penelope Burk is one of the foremost authorities on fundraising and among the best-known educators in her field. She has an uncanny ability to articulate what donors want and backs that up with solid and compelling research. At the same time, her witty and disarming presentation style makes delegates want to rise to the challenge of bringing fundraising practice in line with donors’ modern-day sensibilities.
Penelope and her company, Cygnus Applied Research, Inc., are known for their leading-edge research with donors and their evidence-based solutions for raising money in the twenty-first century. She first came to the attention of senior fundraisers with her revolutionary, best-selling book, Donor-Centered Fundraising, which remains the only statistically-based philosophy ever published on the effect of meaningful communication on donor retention and gift value.
Penelope Burk’s training sessions and forums are widely acclaimed as unique, engaging and among the most effective in the third sector. In addition to her books and national research studies on donor behavior, she is also the author of more than sixty seminars, training programs, and dramatic plays, all written specifically for not-for-profit organizations. Penelope’s latest book, Donor-Centered Leadership , offers a research-based model to Boards of Directors, CEOs and Development Chiefs for building and sustaining a high performance fundraising team.
Penelope Burk is an author, researcher and mentor celebrated for some of the most important innovations in modern-day fundraising.
In 2000, Penelope introduced the not-for-profit industry to the concept of Donor-Centered Fundraising®, transforming the way the sector communicates with donors and bringing fundraising in line with donors’ needs. Today, Penelope’s groundbreaking research continues to gain international recognition for challenging long-standing but ineffective fundraising practices and showcasing evidence-based methods that raise more money.
Adrian Sargeant, Ph.D., International Fundraising Consultant
Adrian Sargeant is a world class plenary speaker and international fundraising consultant. He is the Robert F Hartsook Professor of Fundraising at Indiana University, Professor of Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising at Bristol Business School (UK) and an Adjunct Professor of Fundraising at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities in the domain of nonprofit marketing and fundraising. He was the founding Managing Editor of the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing and is the author of numerous books including‘Fundraising Principles and Practice’ and ‘Fundraising Management' published by Jossey Bass and Routledge, respectively.