Keynote Speaker Announcement!

We are very excited to share that Susan Howlett will be our conference keynote. 


Susan Howlett has been raising money joyfully for over 40 years, as a development director, executive director, and consultant to thousands of nonprofits across the continent. She’s been core faculty since 1990 in the UW Fundraising Program and has authored of two acclaimed books, Getting Funded and Boards on Fire.  Her decades of service to professional associations in our region as a speaker, board member, and mentor garnered her the Lifetime Professional Achievement Award in 2001. She speaks, trains, and consults nationally, known for her liberal use of humor, stories, and chocolate. 



Talking About Bequests

Thursday, October 11th | 9:45 - 11:00 AM


Practice makes perfect. This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to practice talking about bequests. We will review nine potential scenarios together and break into small groups to practice donor conversations. Come prepared with a few donors in mind with whom you are ready to have this conversation. This is your chance to practice the phrases that will inspire the donor to say yes to making a bequest to your organization.


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Carol Borgman, Director of Major & Planned Giving, Lakeside School
In her role at Lakeside School since 2004, Carol Borgmann has managed a major capital campaign, Annual Fund, planned giving, and endowment programs. Carol was Director of Development at Music Works Northwest and the Northwest AIDS Foundation. She started her 38 years as a fundraising professional in the performing arts at the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Spectrum Dance Theater. Carol is a member of Advancement Northwest, Washington Planned Giving Council, and Association of Charitable Gift Planners.

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Emma Conway, Philanthropy Advisor, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound
Emma Conway works to align people’s interests and passions with opportunities for major gifts and legacy support. With more than 17 years of experience in nonprofit organizations and association management, Emma has served as the Program Director for the Girl Scout Council of Apalachee Bend, Special Events Coordinator for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Project Director for Communities Empowering Youth with the Boys & Girls Club of Big Bend, and Development Director at JDRF. Emma is originally from Oxford, England.