WID Forum - Workshops

– 8WID President’s Welcome and Special Morning Inspiration by Dr. Rosa Lavergne

– 10Session 1 Workshops

Major gift officers face unique challenges during COVID-19 as they identify, cultivate, and solicit donor prospects. Women in Development will convene a panel of leaders from across different industries who are addressing the short and long-term impacts of the pandemic on major gift fundraising. Join us as they share their experiences from the last year and offer advice on how to succeed in a virtual environment.


Tricia Hill, Director, Major and Principal Gifts, NY Region, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Farah Jaffer, Deputy Director, Major Gifts, ACLU
Jeanne Katz Maxbauer, Director of Principal and Major Gifts, Weill Cornell Medicine
Lisa Frenz, Senior Director, Major Gifts, University of Pennsylvania


Melissa Kerbel, Principal, Kerbel Philanthropy

Jan Combopiano, Deputy Director, Worth Rises
Vivian Lewis, Sr. Director of Human Resources, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

This workshop will help you to build confidence in an area of development that can at times be a bit intimidating. BNY Mellon’s Crystal Thompkins will equip you with tips, tools, and trends to better use planned giving as a successful annual fundraising strategy. 

Crystal Thompkins, CAP®,CSPGCM, National Director, Gift Planning Services, Bank of NY Mellon

– 11Session 2 Workshops

 A panel of BIPOC women discuss challenges, successes, and lessons learned as they have navigated sexism, racism, or ageism in their quest to identify and achieve their professional mission.

Wendy Sealey, Chief Development Officer, New York Civil Liberties Union
Nicole Austin-Hillery, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, US Programs
Zena Lum, Executive Director, Boston Latin Academy Associaton; Senior Advisor Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Lindauer
Sonya Shields, COO, Getting Out and Staying Out; Senior Associate, Cause Effective  

Changing Jobs During the Pandemic: How to Put Your Best Foot Forward in a Virtual World. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from – and ask your questions of – experts in recruitment, human resources, and career coaching, and a development professional who made her career move.

Janet Heit, Founder & Director, Another Nice Mask
Angelique S.C. Grant, PhD, Senior Consultant and Vice President, Aspen Leadership Group  
Glennys M. Huhn, Executive Coach and Chief Human Resources Officer, American Friends of the Hebrew University
Martha Lauria, Director of Development Services, NAACP Legal Defense Fund

How to Be a Successful Consultant. During this session, we will talk to three dynamic development entrepreneurs who have successfully grown their businesses during this pandemic. Speakers include Rhea Wong of Rhea Wong consulting, who opened for business this past year (in the midst of a global pandemic and the resulting economic recession) after serving as a successful Executive Director; Christa Orth, Principal at Wingo NYC, which has been in business in NYC for 25 years and offers a unique blend of fundraising and donor communication services; and Bix Gabriel, Co-Founder of TakeTwo Services, founded in 2011 and offering a full range of development and communications services for nonprofits of all sizes. All three entrepreneurs offer unique perspective on how to be a successful consultant, how to start a business, best practices, and pivoting during a pandemic.

Stephanie Arcella, Co-Founder and Lead Counsel, TakeTwo Services
Rhea Wong, Rhea Wong Consulting
Christa Orth, Principal, Wingo NYC
Bix Gabriel, Co-Founder, TakeTwo Services

– 12Keynote Panel

Because We’re Worth It: Strategies for Women’s Pay Equity. This powerhouse panel will give you concrete tips and tools on how to approach pay equity both collectively and individually. You’ll also hear the latest statistics and best practices on how women can gain equity in the workplace.

Yolanda F. Johnson, President, YFJ Consulting, LLC, Founder, Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC), and President, Women In Development, NY
Solange Charas, CEO and Founder, HCMoneyball
Kimberly Churches, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Dr. C. Nicole Mason, President and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Svetlana Mostovsky, Vice President, Development, Catalyst, Inc.
Beverly Neufeld, President, PowHer New York