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From Surviving to Thriving: Leading through a Crisis

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  • Kimberly Churches

    Kimberly Churches’ experience spans senior executive and fundraising roles. She is currently the chief executive officer of the American Association of University Women and was formerly managing director and vice president of institutional advancement and external relations at The Brookings Institution. At Brookings, she strategically guided what is considered the most influential think tank in the world while also directing a $650M campaign. Kimberly earned her B.A. at Florida State University and the CFRE credential in 2002.

  • Birgit Smith Burton

    Birgit Smith Burton is the Executive Director of Foundation Relations for the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She is a respected leader in the fundraising profession and a well-regarded speaker on the topics of fundraising and diversity. She has authored articles on diversity in the fundraising profession and co-authored several books including, The Philanthropic Covenant with Black America and Collecting Courage.

    Birgit serves on the global board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and recently was voted chair-elect. She founded AADO, the African American Development Officers Network, which for 23 years has provided professional development, education, employment support, mentorship, and networking opportunities for fundraisers of color.

    Birgit earned a bachelor's degree in media communications from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York.

  • Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA

    Mike Geiger, MBA, CPA, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), representing individuals and organizations that raise more than $115 billion in charitable contributions every year for countless causes around the world.

    Mike has over 25 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector and was recently ranked as #15 in Onalytics’s list of Top 100 Charity Social Media Influencers. Prior to accepting the President & CEO role for AFP, he served as executive director of the Chief Executives Organization, Inc., an international membership organization with a focus on education. He has previously served in senior executive positions for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

    Mike sits on the board and is chair of the Finance and Investment Committee of the Romanian American Foundation, created by a 1995 act of the United States Congress, which promotes a democratic society to ensure access to opportunities for all segments of the Romanian population.

August 25, 2021
Wed 1:00 PM EDT

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