Date/Time: August 3, 7:30 am to 5 pm, and August 4, 7:30 am to 12 pm · Location: Naperville, IL
2023 Annual Conference
August 3 – 4, 2023
Hotel Details – New Location for 2023!!
1801 North Naper Boulevard
Naperville, IL 60563
Dynamic Leaders: The Power of Governing and Foundation Boards
Successfully raising money to achieve strategic priorities is dependent on the engagement of people of influence and affluence. Institutions that effectively involve members of their governing boards, advisory councils, and other volunteer leaders are better positioned to deliver on their mission and achieve an inspiring vision for their future. In today’s environment, it has never been more critical to have the right people in place to lead and support your institution’s fundraising growth.
Our Dynamic Leaders annual conference will provide participants with real-world, proven strategies and exciting new concepts in recruiting, building, managing, and maintaining strong boards for their institutions, including Board of Trustees, Alumni Advisory Councils, Business or other Advisory Councils, Foundation Boards and Appointed Boards.
The 2023 Annual Conference will cover the critical steps in developing your board, from the importance of strong committees, the value of your board meetings, and the work that goes on between each meeting. We will also learn about the importance of a strong relationship between the President or CEO through a board member panel.
Our consulting faculty will share the challenges we continue to see after 70+ years of working in this field and make tangible and actionable suggestions to help you build, empower, and mobilize the very best boards and advisory councils. In addition, our conference allows you to pick up practical tested ideas from other attendees through focused roundtable discussions designed to provide multiple opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.
Who Should Attend
Your board and volunteers need to support and be supported by your whole institution, so for this conference, we encourage you to bring a team of staff, administrators, board members, and volunteers for optimal benefit. This workshop will be helpful to:
- Presidents, Heads, and CEOs
- Board Chairs and Trustees
- Board Advancement/Development Committee Members
- Governance/Committee on Trustees Members
- Advisory Council Members
- Chief Advancement Officers
- Campaign Chairs, Managers, or Directors
- Development Directors
- Major Gift, Planned Giving, and Principal Gift staff
- Major Gift Volunteers
- Annual Fund/Giving staff
- Alumni/Constituent Relations staff
- Stewardship staff
- Communications and Public Relations staff
Schedule and Location
Our Annual Conference is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, and end at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4. A complimentary breakfast is provided each morning, as well as refreshments provided throughout the session. The lunch period on each day will be left open so that you may arrange to meet prospective donors or other friends of your institution while in the Naperville area.
Our Annual Conference is located at the Chicago Marriott Naperville in Illinois. The Chicago Marriott Naperville has been a staple of this community for over 12 years and continues to be the #1 full-service Marriott hotel in the Chicagoland Market. The hotel is located equally distanced for both O’Hare and Midway International Airports. Located just steps away from the hotel, Freedom Commons shopping center offers a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options, as does downtown Naperville which is just minutes away.
Conference Hotel Details
We have secured a block of rooms for our Annual Conference participants at the room rate of $141. Our room block is for our event check-in on Wednesday, August 2 through check-out on Friday, August 4, 2023. Use this link to make your online reservations by July 14, 2023. This block of rooms is limited, so please make your reservations as early as possible to avoid paying the higher, regular rate.
Registrations are open to current clients of Gonser Gerber as well as non-client institutions that are interested in the conference topic. There is no charge for clients (up to six representatives per client institution are allowed at no charge).