Senior Development Professionals Retreat 2022

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Registration Fees:
Prizmah Network schools $440 per person
Non-network schools $550 per person
Canadian Prizmah Network schools $330 US per person
Canadian Non-network schools $412.50 US per person (Code: CADNON)


The registration system will automatically determine whether or not your school has joined the Prizmah Network, and will charge the appropriate price for all US schools and for Canadian Prizmah Network Schools. Participants from Canadian Non-network Schools should use the discount code CADNON to activate Canadian school pricing.

Samantha Katzen, Sheri Gurock
Development Professionals
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Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - Thursday, July 14, 2022

Hosted at Gann Academy (Waltham, Massachusetts)
This program is open to school-based development professionals with eight or more years of fundraising experience.

In-person learning and networking is invaluable and amplifies the work of our schools and the field of day  school fundraising. At this moment, when we can get back together, we are ready to take full advantage of that.

Join the 6th annual Senior Development Professionals Retreat hosted at Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts. This intentionally-designed experience will provide you with opportunities to network, collaborate and learn from one another in meaningful, thought-provoking ways. Deepen your connections to your community of colleagues with powerful learning and practical conversations. Together with your peers, explore ideas that work and innovative approaches that you can apply in your own school and community.

Program Outline

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

Our program will begin at 2:00 PM ET on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 and end at 3:00 PM ET on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

Our goals for this retreat are to get our hands dirty and work on something together that we can take pieces back to our schools and potentially implement on the ground.  The program will include small group case study work, opportunities to share projects, success and expertise with the group and conversations with donors and funders.

Schedule at a Glance

A final schedule will be shared with participants in early July.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Welcome and Introduction to the Retreat
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM Case Study | Workblock 1
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Break
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Spark Sessions
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Case Study | Workblock 2
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Hotel (travel time, check in, settle in, socializing)


Wednesday, July 13, 2022

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM Deep Dive: Topic and Presenter TBA
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM -11:45 AM Spark Sessions
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Case Study Wrap Up | Workblock 3
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Spark Sessions
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Case Study Group Share 1
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Break
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Case Study Group Share 2
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM In Conversation: Donors, Funders
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Hotel - socializing


Thursday, July 14, 2022

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Spark Sessions
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Taking it Home
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Break
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM Spark Sessions
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Wrap up and What’s Next
3:00 PM Program Ends


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

Meals and Snacks

Your registration fee includes dinner on Tuesday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Wednesday; and breakfast, and lunch on Thursday along with snacks and beverages throughout the retreat.

All food served at the Senior Development Professionals Retreat will be strictly kosher. More information about the catering arrangements and kosher supervision will be posted here and shared with retreat participants in advance of the gathering.

Hotel and Travel Information

For your convenience, Prizmah has arranged for a block of hotel rooms at The Westin Waltham-Boston (70 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451) at a reduced rate of $169 per night, available on a first-come-first-served basis until June, 12, 2022. Hotel rooms at this special rate can only be reserved through the personalized booking link which is included in your registration confirmation email. The Westin Waltham-Boston is approximately a 10 minute drive (3.5 miles) from Gann Academy.

Covid Protocols

Prizmah prioritizes the health and safety of our community. We continue to closely monitor CDC, local health authority, and Prizmah medical advisory team guidance for gatherings and will follow those guidelines. Final protocols and guidelines will be shared with participants in June.

Retreat participants, presenters, and Prizmah staff are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. In addition, we require booster shots for all participants who are eligible to receive one. Full vaccination is defined as having received two doses of vaccines with a 2-dose protocol or one dose of vaccines with a 1-dose protocol. Fourteen days must have elapsed following the administration of the final vaccine dose. All participants will be asked to submit proof of vaccination during the registration process. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, proof must be submitted by Tuesday, June 28th.

We will continue to review safety factors as needed. Decisions will be made in consultation with Prizmah’s medical advisors and current guidance from health authorities. We may request or require additional protocols as we get closer to the event date. Final protocols and guidelines will be confirmed in June.

If you feel sick, we ask that you stay home. If you develop any signs of illness while at the retreat, you will be asked to isolate yourself from other participants.
If you have questions about our Covid safety protocols, please reach out to Elissa Maier at .


Sheri Gurock

Sheri is the Executive Director of The Beker Foundation, a family foundation established by her parents Jayne and Harvey Beker in the 1980s. In addition to her work in philanthropy, Sheri is a facilitator and leadership coach with over 20 years of experience in management, strategy, design thinking, brand development and change work. She has served on the boards of several organizations, including 70 Faces, Mayyim Hayyim, and Circus Up.

Samantha Katzen

Samantha is the Associate Vice President, Data Strategy & Insight at Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Samantha works to leverage data, knowledge, and insight in support of CJP’s community vision and priorities. Her team is responsible for constituent data and systems, prospect research and pipeline development, analytics and business intelligence, data engineering and data science, and data operations and governance. Samantha has over 15 years of experience in fundraising, systems, and data strategy in the nonprofit sector.