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AFP IDEA: Emerging Leaders Virtual Workshop 2022

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  • Cherian Koshy, CFRE

    Cherian Koshy is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP), & AFP Master Trainer. Cherian is a nonprofit investment consultant and principal at Endowment Partners, an investment management firm that solely focuses on nonprofits, foundations, and endowments. He currently serves on the global board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is the Chair of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service (Volunteer Iowa) as well as eight other boards and commissions. With 20+ years of experience in annual funds, major gifts, planned giving, and capital campaigns, he is one of the most sought-after trainers and speakers in the nonprofit sector. As the head of fundraising for various nonprofits, he's personally raised more than $100M including several seven and eight-figure gifts. He works with hundreds of nonprofits each year and is committed to helping them solve their most intractable problems. His industry-specific thought leadership has been featured in Advancing Philanthropy, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Institute of Fundraising (UK), and dozens of keynote presentations, blogs, webinars, workshops, and podcasts.  He holds certifications in Behavioral Economics from Dan Ariely's Irrational Labs as well as Harvard University.

  • Lori L. Jacobwith

    Named one of America’s top fundraising experts, Lori L. Jacobwith is an internationally-recognized master storyteller and fundraising culture change expert. Lori has more than 35-years’ experience helping nonprofit organizations raise more than $500 million dollars from individual donors. And counting. Not your average coach, speaker, or trainer, Lori’s poise, humor, enthusiasm, and best practices inspire and electrify. She teaches how to connect with and engage others by doing the same herself. By sharing easy-to-implement strategies and tools that inspire even the most-weary or overworked staff, Lori makes learning new things effective and memorable.

  • Rachel D’Souza-Siebert

    Rachel D’Souza-Siebert is the Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of Gladiator Consulting in St. Louis, Missouri. Her identity as a justice seeker and community connector started in the home of her immigrant parents and was cemented during her experience at the National Conference on Community & Justice’s (NCCJ) Anytown Youth Leadership Institute which Rachel attended when she was just 17.

    Upon obtaining a master’s degree in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Rachel left her position in for-profit retail leadership to join the nonprofit sector. In her early nonprofit roles, Rachel developed both a deep appreciation for and a critique of philanthropy and resource development. In 2015, she founded Gladiator Consulting, a boutique consultancy with a holistic and community-centric approach to nonprofit organizational development + capacity building.

  • Josh Hirsch, MS

    Josh Hirsch is the Crypto Philanthropy Education Manager for The Giving Block. He has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2006 with a focus on educational philanthropy for both public charter and independent private schools. He has an extensive background in social media, digital communications, and marketing along with experience in grant research and writing, individual giving, special event planning, stewardship, and cultivation of donors. He is the Florida Caucus Representative for the Association of Fundraising Professionals First Coast Chapter and Past-President of the Palm Beach County Chapter. Josh is also a member of the AFPeeps, the social media vanguard for the AFP International Conference and other AFP initiatives. He has spoken nationally on digital communications and has had numerous articles published in professional journals. Josh received a Master of Science in Family, Youth and Community Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Florida. He has a Certificate in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from Bay Path University and is a Certified Social Media Strategist by the National Institute for Social Media.

  • Anna Barber

    Anna Barber is a 20 year fundraising veteran who specializes in individual major gift fundraising and campaign planning. She currently serves as the lead strategist for Barber & Associates. Prior to starting the firm, Barber was a member of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s fundraising team that exceeded its private philanthropic goal of $270M. She also worked as a Major Gift Officer in college athletics at Michigan State University, Miami University of Ohio, and Arizona State University. Barber earned a Juris Doctorate (Intellectual Property) from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Howard University.

  • Maria Guarrera

    Maria Guarrera joined Syracuse University’s Regional Advancement team in the Fall of 2015. In her role, she serves as the front-line fundraiser for the Mid-Atlantic Region, focusing on 24,000 alumni throughout the Washington, DC and Philadelphia region, including surrounding communities, making it the largest alumni base outside of NYC. Working in collaboration with colleagues across campus, Guarrera engages alumni, parents, and donors in the life of the University, helping to build a stronger foundation of support throughout the region. In addition, she also oversees the DC Regional Council, a core group of university ambassadors whose purpose is to help identify and engage key alumni. Originally from Buffalo, New York, she is an avid Buffalo Bills fan, and resides in Syracuse, NY with her husband and two kids.

  • Rachel Vassel

    Rachel Vassel leads diverse alumni engagement and fundraising at Syracuse University. As the associate vice president of the Office of Multicultural Advancement, she has oversight for SU's award-winning Black and Latino alumni reunion, "Coming Back Together (CBT)," targeted regional events and trips, and administration of the Our Time Has Come (OTHC) Scholarship program, which benefits high-performing underrepresented students. Under her leadership, these programs have resulted in a 60 percent increase in Black and Latino alumni gifts.

    In addition to her work in Multicultural Advancement, Vassel is the senior leadership team sponsor for the Advancement and External Affairs Diversity Council and supports the strategic initiatives of Syracuse’s University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She also assists in the DEI efforts of Syracuse University’s Schools, Colleges, and Units, and is an adjunct professor at SU’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Her team works collaboratively with campus partners each year to execute heritage month celebrations for Black History Month, Latino Hispanic Heritage Month, and Asian American Pacific Islander Month and publishes the award-winning Syracuse Manuscript magazine.

  • Phaedra Stewart

    Phaedra Stewart is a recently retired Human Resources executive with over 25 years experience within multiple industries including health care, higher education, manufacturing, State government and data processing. As Vice President of Human Resources, Phaedra oversaw HR Operations for Sinai Hospital, Finance, PDI and LifeBridge Health and Fitness, in addition to the Employee and Labor Relations, Occupational Health and Workforce Development functions for all of LifeBridge Health, Inc. She left LifeBridge Health in August, 2020 to re-launch her business, Seriously…Positive, LLC.

    Phaedra is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for education and training. She built a successful daycare facility, licensed for 40 children, in Edgewood, Maryland in 2005 which she sold to its current owner who is still operating the business. She conducts educational seminars and motivational talks for persons at various stages in life. Her goal is to remind people of who they are, whose they are, and what they are worth. Also, Phaedra and her husband invest in real estate in Maryland by purchasing and restoring distressed properties, primarily in the Baltimore area. In addition, she is an author of children's books. Her first book was published in 2021.

    Phaedra has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and an MBA in Human Resource Management from the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore. Phaedra has an energetic and delightful personality. You can feel her passion behind her activities, and she has a clear vision for her generational wealth. Having left Corporate America, she is now in full swing on her entrepreneurial endeavors.

November 3, 2022
Thu 11:00 AM EDT

Duration 5H 0M

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