Senior Development Professionals Retreat 2021

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Thu, 07/22/2021 - 15:30
Registration Fees:

Prizmah network schools: $200 per person
Non-Network schools: $250 per person

Participants from Canada, enter the following codes in the discount field to receive Canadian pricing:

Canadian Prizmah Network Schools: $150 US per person (Code: CADNETWORK)
Canadian Non-Prizmah Network Schools: $187.50 US per person (Code: CADNON)

For participants from the US, the registration system will automatically charge you the correct price based on whether or not your school has joined the Prizmah Network. For participants from Canada, please check this list to determine whether you should use the network or non-network code.

Alison Walter, Mandi Miller, Traci Stratford
Development Professionals

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Seizing the Moment for Change

The last year forced changes we never could have predicted. We are - by many accounts - more creative, dynamic and resilient than ever before. Now, we have the opportunity to think about what can happen when we proactively imagine and plan for the changes we want to see.

Join your senior development colleagues for the 5th annual Senior Development Professionals Retreat. Unpack the experiences of the last year, drive the evolution of our development realities, explore effective change management and collaborate on what it will take to make our 2021-2022 fundraising dreams a reality.

This year, the Senior Development Professionals Retreat will take place online via Zoom. The retreat is open to school-based day school professionals with 8 or more years of experience.

Please reach out to Traci Stratford if you have any questions.

Program Outline

To make the most out of this experience, please plan on attending each of the three days.

Reflection and Realization

Tuesday, July 20
1:00 PM ET - 4:00 PM ET
10:00 AM PT - 1:00 PM PT

We will begin today with a reflection on the last 15 months, what’s changed and what’s stayed constant, considering metrics, attitudes and behaviors. We’ll hear from a panel of community funders and engage in a conversation around how their funding priorities have changed before ending the day starting to think about “what’s next”.

Change Management

Wednesday, July 21
12:00 PM ET - 3:15 PM ET
9:00 AM PT - 12:15 AM PT

Change is a process and engaging in change thoughtfully and intentionally is imperative. Today we’ll hear from changemaker storytellers who will share their experiences with change, how they were empowered to make change and the impact organizational change had on their work.

Plan for the Change You Want to See

Thursday, July 22
12:00 PM ET - 3:15 PM ET
9:00 AM PT - 12:15 PM PT

We’ve identified changes we want to see in our work, we’ve heard from people who have experienced their own change and today is time to ideate, dream and plan for our futures. We’ll work in small groups to workshop with and provide feedback to one another.


Mandi Miller
Director of Institutional Advancement

Mandi is the Director of Institutional Advancement for Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and Congregation. She has been at Beth Tfiloh for eighteen years, and in her role oversees all development efforts within the Beth Tfiloh Community including the upcoming Centennial Campaign, Annual Campaign, Capital/Endowment Campaign, Annual Spotlight Scholarship Event, Planned Giving, Alumni Development and works closely with the School’s Board of Trustees. In her elevated role as Director of IA, she convenes the external relations departments to establish and further advance the strategic priorities of the institution. She earned her MBA with a concentration in Non-Profit Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to working at Beth Tfiloh, Mandi worked in both the Women’s and Campaign Departments of The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. Mandi takes great pride in being a part of a Jewish Day School Senior Development Directors Networking Group from which she gains tremendous value. She and her husband Brett gratefully send their 2 children Spencer (12) and Emma (7) to Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School.

Associate Director, Catalyzing Resources

Traci consults with school leaders on fundraising and governance. As a BoardSource certified governance consultant, she works extensively with school boards advising them on strategic planning, the boards role in development and governance best practices. Traci also completed the CAEP (Certified Admission & Enrollment Management Program) and is certified by AISAP, the Association of Independent School Admission Perfessionals. Before joining Prizmah, she worked in Jewish nonprofits with a focus on experiential education, youth engagement, leadership, and Jewish camping. Traci holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Mary's University of Minnesota, received her BA in Jewish studies and nonprofit management from Indiana University and has a certificate in fund development for nonprofit organizations from the IU School of Philanthropy.

Alison Walter
Director of Development

Alison holds a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S.W. from the University of Maryland as well as a Masters of Jewish Studies and Certificate of Jewish Communal Work from Hebrew University. Alison is the Director of Development at the Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island where she has been for the last eight years. Prior to working at JCDSRI, Alison was the Director of Development at MetroWest Jewish Day School and Women’s Philanthropy at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston. She is currently a Vice President of Membership at Temple Emanuel in Providence where she has served for the past three years. Alison loves taking people to Israel and for past few summers she has facilitated the Momentum trip for mothers. She is a proud mother of three and is married to Brad Walter, a native New Englander and business owner. Alison loves living in the Ocean State and when she isn’t working you can find her at the beach!