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2014 Annual Conference Speakers:
2014 Fundraising Keynote Speaker
President of the Board of Women in Development, New York and a Senior Development professional focusing on interim fundraising assignments has almost two decades of fundraising, leadership, project management and volunteer engagement experience. Susan has worked locally, nationally and internationally at leading social justice non-profits, including the Joyful Heart Foundation, The New York Women’s Foundation, Women’s Refugee Commission, Human Rights Watch and the International Women’s Health Coalition.
Her specialties include partnering with boards and volunteers to advance the organization’s mission; guiding and motivating diverse teams in setting and meeting fundraising goals; cultivating and securing major gifts; creating, implementing and achieving the overall development plan and doing more with less. Susan also brings a decade of experience working in the for-profit sector at a boutique organizational development firm and in banking.
Women in Development, New York, is a dynamic membership organization dedicated to advancement of women in their fundraising careers. Susan leads a board of 32, membership of over 750 and oversees a revenue/expense annual budget of $300K.
Co-president of Special Events Unlimited, Inc., an event management, marketing and fundraising firm founded in 1993. She specializes in raising funds for non-profits through event campaigns that focus on donor identification, cultivation and expansion. Formally, Laurie ran First Class Management, promoting and managing rock and roll bands in the tri-state area. She was also a policy planning analyst for McKinsey and Company and a researcher for Time Magazine. She serves on the Board of Women in Development, co-chairs their Special Programs Committee and serves on their Nominating Committee. She also serves on the luncheon committee of AFPGNY National Philanthropy Day and is the Special Events Track Co-Chair of Fundraising Day in New York. She is a registered New York State fundraising professional and a certified WBE. Publications include “What You Can Get Free From The Government”, “Travel Smart” and numerous journal articles. She graduated from Cornell University and is on the faculty of NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies where she teaches event fundraising.
Yolanda currently serves as the Development Manager at the Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA). Before her tenure at PGF-USA, she oversaw individual giving and special events at the Hudson River Museum of Art in Westchester, and before that, she served as the Acting Executive Director of the Barthelmes Conservatory of Music in Oklahoma. She is very happy to have crafted a life, where she is able to simultaneously pursue her passions. She is a professional musician – an opera singer, and this has taken her throughout the world to perform on various stages – and has given her a special perspective on the “performance” aspect of fundraising. She brings that same love of the arts to her work at PGF-USA, where she supports fellow theater, dance and film artists in their endeavors. She received a performance degree from the University of Tulsa and a Master’s degree in Arts Management from the University of Akron with an emphasis in Special Events Fundraising, where she authored her thesis, A Useful Guide to Special Events for Arts Organizations. Yolanda is currently a member of the Women in Development NY (WiD) Board of Directors, where she served as the inaugural chair of the WiD Meet-Up, as co-chair of the 2013 Woman of Achievement Luncheon, WiD’s signature annual event and now as co-chair of the Special Programs Committee. She is also on the board of directors of the Friends of Phlipse Manor Hall and the Foundation for Post Conflict Development.
Executive Director of the Dave Nee Foundation, has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working in domestic and international organizations, in the areas of health and mental health, community development, legal services, criminal justice, and advocacy. Throughout her career, she has been committed to working with entrepreneurial organizations focused on systemic change through education and advocacy.
Before joining the Dave Nee Foundation in January 2014, Rachael was a fundraising consultant, working with a number of nonprofits in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, helping organizations raise funds from individuals, foundations, and government. Rachael has also worked at nonprofits in New York City as fundraising staff, including senior-level positions with the International Rescue Committee’s Women’s Refugee Commission and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.
Rachael is a member of the American Association of Grant Professionals, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women in Development, American Prospect Research Association, and the American Evaluation Association. She serves as a board member on two New York City nonprofits, Good Shepherd Volunteers and Radio Diaries. Rachael has a BS in Mass Communications from Emerson College and an MBA from the University of New Haven.
Sheila is a founding member of Bottomless Closet and served as its first, volunteer Executive Director at its opening January 19th, 1999. She has served in numerous leadership positions including President and Chair as well as chair of several committees. A retired corporate executive with extensive experience in human resources and general management, Sheila has applied these skills to her volunteer career.
Sheila was with The Dun and Bradstreet Corporation for twenty years. Her responsibilities as Vice President, Human Resources, included all recruitment, compensation and employee relations. Subsequent to that, Sheila served as Senior Vice President and Publisher at Moody’s Investors Service where she managed production, sales and marketing operations for all of Moody’s published products.
Other current volunteer commitments focus on education, Jewish continuity and education, women’s issues and the economically disadvantaged. Sheila has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Town School, Is former board chair and current executive committee member of Project Kesher, a women’s advocacy group in the Former Soviet Union, former Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College, President of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan. She is also a founder and past Board Chair of Breakthrough, an enrichment program for disadvantaged students to help them gain access to more educationally challenging high schools and is a member of the advisory board for the school of communications of Northwestern University.
Sheila is passionate about the issue of women’s empowerment and believes whole-heartedly that Bottomless Closet makes a real difference in the success of our clients. That belief drives her commitment to the organization as a volunteer and as a leader.
N. Linsey Tully
The new Director of Development at Legal Momentum. Linsey is a development professional with a distinguished history in business and not-for-profit activities. For the last ten years, Linsey has worked in several high-level financial and development positions for organizations, including the National Institute for Reproductive Health, First Republic Bank/ Bank of America, Circle Financial Group, and GlobalGiving. She was also Development Officer for EMILY's List, the nation's largest grassroots political network. Linsey already has a connection to Legal Momentum--her mother, Mary Jean Tully, was President of Legal Momentum from 1974 - 1977, and obtained funding for the first time from major corporations and foundations.
The Executive Director of Career Wardrobe in Philadelphia. Ms. Cole is Career Wardrobe’s first executive director and has been with the agency since 2000. Under her leadership Career Wardrobe has expanded its programming and currently has a budget over $850,000.
In addition to providing professional clothing to women transitioning to work, Career Wardrobe’s Gateway to Success Education Program provides comprehensive job readiness and professional development training, resume review and one-on-one expert support for women transitioning to work. In 2009, the organization opened The Wardrobe Boutique, a resale and designer consignment store to benefit Career Wardrobe and make high-quality, low-cost clothing available to all women.
Prior to this role, Ms. Cole worked as Acting Development Director and Agency Liaison for Women’s Way, Development Associate for Fairmount Ventures and Program Associate at Women’s Alliance for Job Equity (WAJE). As a volunteer, she has also served as Board President of The Women’s Alliance and assisted in planning the Alice Paul Institute’s Leadership Awards.
In 2009 she was selected to join Leadership Philadelphia, an organization whose mission is to mobilize and connect the talent of the private sector to serve the community. And in 2003, Ms. Cole was honored by The Philadelphia Business Journal as one of Philadelphia’s “40 Under Forty,” for her leadership and community involvement.
Ms. Cole holds a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute as well as a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Philosophy from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Shanna has had a career that has spanned many different industries but has always found focus on Customer Service positions. She has been a licensed Esthetician for 14 years, loves the skincare industry and that her job allows her to help women pamper themselves and ultimately be comfortable in their own skin. Shanna credits many great mentors throughout her career for teaching her the importance of appropriate appearance and behavior in the workplace. As the Director of Shining Success, she has the opportunity to pass along the things she has learned to other women in her community who haven’t yet found a great mentor.
Shanna is married and has two ever-growing sons. They love to laugh together and to serve in their church. Shanna is an avid reader of historical fiction and skincare publications and would love to learn to hula-hoop. She is always working towards getting healthier and more active and is learning to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of the great Northeastern part of the United States.
Program Director at Bottomless Closet in New York City. Patrycja started at Bottomless Closet in 2004 as the Executive Assistant. She used her non-profit experience to work in all aspects of the organization from reception and client scheduling to financial management and donor database maintenance. In her current role as the Program Director, Patrycja oversees client services and programming, manages the internship programs and temporarily handles Bottomless Closet’s finances. In her spare time she really enjoys copy editing and can often be found at her desk with a red pen and draft of whatever communication might be going to print.
The Director of Programs at Women Helping Women/Men2 Work (WHW) in Santa Ana, California. In her role, Robyn designs and implements all WHW programs including strategic growth planning, leadership to lead program staff, recruitment, training and evaluation of outcomes. She oversees program curriculum, quality control plans, budget analysis and contract negotiations. With an extensive background in business development, Robyn is also a primary liaison to WHW's many corporate partners, affiliates and nonprofit agency partners.
Program Manager at Career Wardrobe in Philadelphia where she oversees all of the organization’s programs for women transitioning to work. Two of her accomplishments have been to develop a new job readiness curriculum for Career Wardrobe and strengthen Career Wardrobe’s relationships with the Philadelphia communities to provide information to women who need our services.
Among various smaller opportunities, Ms. Day was a former Case Manager with EDSI and helped develop, write and deliver a Case Manager training program for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. She has also worked with the South EARN Center and the Community College of Philadelphia in their green jobs manufacturing program. Previously, she taught English and American culture in Japan to Japanese high school students through the JET Programme.
Ms. Day is passionate about empowering women to self-advocate for their own needs and wants and believes education is the key to success for all people. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from The College of New Jersey in English and Women and Gender Studies.
Kendall joined Bottomless Closet as Executive Director in 2007 following an extensive career in the nonprofit sector. In collaboration with a Board of Directors, Ms. Farrell is responsible for the vision and leadership, strategic planning, programmatic development and organizational operations of Bottomless Closet.
Ms. Farrell has been a driving force in leading Bottomless Closet into its second decade of stable growth. Under her leadership the organization has increased its budget to $1 Million; enhanced the numbers of women served annually to 3,000; doubled personnel capacity along with over 300 volunteers; accrued a year’s operating reserve and was awarded the Accredited Charity Seal status from the Better Business Bureau for Standards of Charitable Accountability. In addition Bottomless Closet’s programming has expanded to include an Intensive Job Search Program and a comprehensive Educational Curriculum, instituting metrics and outcomes to monitor and track impact. She has effectively stewarded corporate partnerships with BNY Mellon, Con Edison, Limited, Time Warner Women’s Network and TJ Maxx, and secured Bottomless Closet’s largest grants from High Water Women and Goldman Sachs Gives. Ms. Farrell represents Bottomless Closet as its spokesperson and conducts interviews for print, taped and live news media including New York Times, ABC National News and Crain’s New York Business.
Ms. Farrell holds certificates from the New School’s Tenenbaum Leadership Institute and Columbia Business School’s Institute for Nonprofit Management Program, and in 2010 was honored by United Way as a “Woman of Excellence and Achievement.” She is originally from Massachusetts and lives in Manhattan with her partner.