Conference keynote speakers

3:45 p.m., Sunday, January 13, 2019

Fulfilling Dreams: The Donor-Student Connection

The ability to build and foster relationships is an important asset of any development professional. And when you have the opportunity to develop those relationships between a donor and a student, through philanthropy, you have the unique opportunity to witness dreams being fulfilled. In this panel discussion, we will hear from donors and students who have both achieved their dreams, thanks to philanthropy. Come to hear how advancement helped make these connections possible and be sure to ask your questions of the panel.

4:30 p.m., Monday, January 14, 2019

CASE Explore: A Look at the Future of Advancement

What will the future of advancement work look like in the next five years? Ten years? Of course, none of us have a crystal ball or know what challenges and opportunities lie ahead. But across District VI, CASE, and among our business partners we have some of the brightest minds in the industry, focused on identifying what’s next and setting us all up for success. In this unique, fast-paced session, we will hear from some of those individuals about something important that is taking shape in the world of advancement. These developments will have a major impact on the work we do tomorrow. They will also address how we can embrace these changes and revolutionize the ways we interact with all of our constituents. Stay focused, because each speaker will have only 10 minutes to present. After each of the speakers has presented we will open the room up to questions. Are you ready to see and hear what your future holds?

10:15 a.m., Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"The Future of Higher Education," Dr. Janine Davidson, MSU Denver

Janine Davidson is the president of Metropolitan State University of Denver, the state's third-largest public university, serving more than 20,000 students in high-quality, career-oriented undergraduate and graduate academic programs.

Prior to her appointment in 2017, Davidson served as the 32nd undersecretary of the United States Navy and the president's appointed "chief management officer" for the Navy and Marine Corps. Her appointment as Navy "under" followed nearly 30 years of professional government and academic service in national-security policy and academia.

She has taught at George Mason University, Georgetown University, Davidson College and various professional military schools and was an aviation and aerobatics flight instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Davidson began her career as an Air Force officer and cargo pilot. She was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer School and was the first woman to fly the Air Force's tactical C-130.

Davidson's honors include: HillVets Top 100 Most Influential Veterans, University of South Carolina Distinguished Alumna, Secretary of the Navy Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, and Girl Scouts of Colorado Woman of Distinction.

Davidson serves as a presidentially appointed commissioner for the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service. Locally, she serves as a member of the Denver Mayor's Education Compact, co-chair of Denver's "Complete Count" census committee and board member of the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Rose Foundation.