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Diversity Events and Opportunities at the AFP International Conference in Baltimore

April 6, 2010

AFP has several exciting opportunities for you to learn from the perspectives of others and share your thoughts on topics important to you at the 47th AFP International Conference on Fundraising in Baltimore, April 11-14, 2010.

Meet fundraisers from all walks of life, areas of expertise and organization type, and learn from the diversity of voices. The first not-to-miss session is the Diversity Workshop. Be inspired!

See below for the full list of diversity-related programs and networking opportunities sponsored by the AFP Diversity Committee at this year's conference.

Diversity Art Showcase
Sponsored by The Alford Group

When: April 11-13, 2010
Where: Booth 941 in the Expo Hall

Featuring youth, professional, member art and poetry. Youth art created in conjunction with the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. And featuring Baltimore-based professional artist Don Griffin. Stop by and pick up postcards featuring the winning youth art.

AFP Diversity Workshop: Making the "Ask" Across Cultural Differences
Sponsored by The Alford Group

When: Sunday, April 11, 1 - 3 p.m.
Where: Baltimore Convention Center, Ballroom 1

Developing and nurturing relationships across cultural differences can be challenging. This workshop will offer three to five skills that participants can apply for engaging and "making the ask" across cultural differences from a fundraising perspective. The skill building will focus on how to notice and learn when intent and impact are out of alignment, along with how to manage fear of making culturally sensitive mistakes which can stop the engagement and request.

Facilitated by Joe Steele, Executive Director of Steele Consulting

Affinity Networking Sessions in the Marketplace

When: Sunday, April 11, 3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
Where: Baltimore Convention Center: Expo Hall

These informal get-togethers are designed to foster one of the most important benefits of attending the International Conference: developing a collegial network of peers to share interests, expertise and information. During these informal roundtable discussions, engage with people of shared interests and concerns. Sessions will include African American, Asian, Faith Based, GLBT, Hispanic, Jewish, Education, Health, Youth in Philanthropy, Arts/Cultural and Rural among others.

NEW! Facilitated Networking Session
Savvy Everyday Networking Skill: Attracting More Donors and Developing Strong Alliances

When: Monday, April 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Baltimore Convention Center: Ballroom 1

Have you ever wondered how some people possess the type of skills that make them shine and stand out in a crowd? They are able to walk into a room, create a presence, make connections and connect with more donations and gifts and build deep friendships and donor loyalty.

In the world marketplace, everyone is seen as a commodity and very often we find ourselves trying to catch up with our competition when it comes to fundraising. In this session, the whole focus will be on implementing the techniques of networking and how to connect, engage and interact within our own community.

Join Andrea R. Nierenberg, bestselling author, business authority, and founder and president of The Nierenberg Group for this special one hour facilitated networking session.

**Also, please plan to stop by and network with colleagues at the Diverse Communities in Fundraising Reception.

When: Monday, April 12th: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Marriott Waterfront Hotel in the Kent A Room

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