Two hours. One documentary. Five keynotes. Three giveaways.
Countless lessons on how to RAISE better.


Keynote Sessions


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RAISE Live speakers:

Amanda Trabue, VP of Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement at Western Kentucky University on why she is flipping the traditional fundraising script and embracing new strategies to connect more donors to WKU.

Jahari Burnett, Donor Experience Officer at Western Kentucky University on his experience as a DXO and the impact the work has had on his life. 

Ron Wilson, Associate Vice President, Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement at Western Kentucky University on how in 5 years he sees everyone being all in with Donor Experience 

Melissa Korn, Reporter at the Wall Street Journal and Co-author of “UNACCEPTABLE: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal”, on the effects the Varsity Blues scandal has had on higher education and how advancement teams can rebuild trust in their institutions.

Jessica Elmore

Jessica Elmore, Ed.D, Associate Director of Diversity Programs at the K-State Alumni Association and Founder of JElmore Cross Cultural Consultants, on how we should re-think 1:1 donor engagement to historically underrepresented populations, as well as actionable ways we can improve the DEI initiatives at our institutions. 

John Morris, SVP for Advancement at Auburn University will talk about the changes advancement must make to build critical talent pipeline and high-performing, high-impact teams.

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