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Creativity and Innovation: Fundraising for the Future

Start your year off strong! Join us for this five week virtual course to hone, develop and strengthen your fundraising muscles. Learn exciting trends from expert guest contributors to discover how to build your own effective fundraising strategy.

The course will include recorded lessons, worksheets, assignments and interactive live virtual small group discussions to meet and learn from your peers.

Participants: Deans, future deans, and those looking to strengthen and master fundraising skills.

  • Lesson 1 Your Fundraising Mindset, Context & Getting Started (February 21, 1:00 ET)
  • Lesson 2 – Framing Out Your Fundraising Network (March 1, 11:00am ET)
  • Lesson 3 – The Dean’s Role: Your Sweet Spot for Stewardship (March 9, 11:00am ET )
  • Lesson 4 – Your Fundraising Flow: Creating Systems (10:00am, March 17 ET)
  • Lesson 5Building out Your Fundraising Strategy (1:00, March 21 ET)

*All live sessions will be recorded, except for breakout small group discussions


WiBE Members – Free! (learn more about joining)  (Please log-in to remove registration fees)
WiBE Non-Members – $399 (Early Bird before January 21), $499 (General – after Jan. 21, 2023)

Hourly Schedule

Tuesday, February 21 2023

1:00 - 2:00 ET
Lesson 1 - Your Fundraising Mindset, Context & Getting Started (Live, Jan. 18 1:00 ET)

Wednesday, March 1 2023

11:00 - 12:00am ET
Lesson 2 - Framing Out Your Fundraising Network

Thursday, March 9 2023

11:00am - 12:00 ET
The Dean's Role: Your Sweet Spot for Stewardship

Friday, March 17

10:00 - 11;00am ET
Lesson 4 – Your Fundraising Flow: Creating Systems

Tuesday, March 21

1:00 - 2:00pm ET
Lesson 5 – Building out Your Fundraising Strategy


Mar 09 - 21 2023

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 09 - 21 2023




Zoom Event


  • Elizabeth Davis
    Elizabeth Davis
    Retired Dean, School of Economics and Business Administration, Saint Mary's College of California

    Elizabeth Davis is the Retired Dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration at the Saint Mary’s College of California. Before joining Saint Mary’s she has over 20 years experience working in higher education. Her experience goes beyond education as she has also worked in both biotech and medical fields serving as Managing Director for the National Disease Research Interchange and Director of Organizational Development of the Moss Rehabilitation Hospital. She has earned grants both nationally and internationally for her work on global sustainability.

  • Joel Balzer
    Joel Balzer
    Education Partnerships, AstrumU (Former Associate Directory of Development, Major Gifts, University of Kansas Endowment)

    Joel Balzer is a self-directed and driven nonprofit development professional with a comprehensive background in business to business sales that have transitioned to success in major gift acquisition and building authentic and meaningful relationships with donors.

  • Lance Nail
    Lance Nail
    Dean, University of Texas Rio Grand Valley, Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship

    Lance is a higher education leader with 25+ years experience in business education, entrepreneurship, innovation, economic development and financial analysis. He has improved student success and faculty research outcomes at every institution served through teamwork and collaboration and created new or elevated existing academic programs through over $80 million in philanthropic support secured.

  • Larisa Genin
    Larisa Genin
    Dean, W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University

    Larisa Genin is the Dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University with 20+ years teaching and leading in academia. She strives to foster a student-centered environment is committed to supporting and empowering her faculty, staff, and stakeholders. She was also selected as 1/29 participants in the American Council of Education one-year fellowship. She exemplifies the characteristics of a strong and influential leader.

  • Lisa Leander
    Lisa Leander
    Founder & CEO
  • Taleb Salhab
    Taleb Salhab
    Senior Private Partnerships & Philanthropy Officer, UNHCR

    Taleb Salhab is the Senior Private Partnerships & Philanthropy Officer for UNHCR. With a passion to inspire organizations to drive positive change through philanthropic efforts, he has spent his career leading and inspiring millions of people around the world to make positive change. He has worked to grow numerous non-profit organizations and taken on many responsibilities including fundraising, talent management, operations, and more in order to do so. He has developed expertise in international and strategic organizational leadership, stakeholder management and scaling impact, strategic partnerships, and business development and fundraising.

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