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Connect and Grow: A Professional Development and Networking Event
Thursday, June 29, 2023, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM CST
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Connect and Grow: A Professional Development and Networking Event

Thursday, June 29, 2023
4:00 - 6:00 pm
RUSH University Medical Center
Professional Building, Claude H. Searle Conference Center
1725 W. Harrison St., Room 500, Chicago 

RUSH University Medical Center, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Chicago Council on Planned Giving, the Development Leadership Consortium and The University of Chicago invite you to a special professional development and networking event. This event will bring together a large and diverse group of Chicago-area philanthropy professionals — helping to deepen your commitment to the field, gain a better understanding of the nonprofit market and learn how to advance your career.

Hear from local nonprofit experts

The event will kick off with a networking portion, allowing you to meet with other like-minded individuals working in philanthropy in and around Chicago.

A panel discussion and Q&A session, led by Carrie Casper, Associate Vice President of Advancement at Illinois Institute of Technology, will follow. Two key themes will be highlighted:

  • What does it take to be a leader in philanthropy, especially if you are a woman or person of color or are taking a pathway other than major gifts fundraising?
  • What differences exist in raising funds in the cultural, medical and educational sectors?


  • Keenya Brown Lambert, Chief Development Officer at Nourishing Hope
  • Aprill Buckner, Site Director at Year Up
  • Christopher Chantson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at National Louis University
  • Darnell Hines, Associate Dean of Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Gina Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of Advancement, The Jackson Laboratory

Ticket price is $10.

Register for Connect and Grow