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UC Davis’ first-ever Volunteer Leadership Summit aims to bring together the University’s most dedicated volunteer leaders for a half-day of learning, sharing and networking. Come hear about the University’s latest developments, share best practices among leaders and network with fellow volunteer leaders.

You will leave knowledgeable about the University and its strengthsdeepening your understanding of how your service makes a difference to UC Davis and its future.


BUILD greater consensus around the idea that it is timely and appropriate for the University's leading volunteers to take greater collective responsibility for the University's future.

EMPOWER leadership volunteers with greater knowledge of the University's outstanding programs and services and of the challenges it is facing in order to help them advocate for the University and all of its programs.

ACQUAINT volunteers across campus with each other in order to forge new relationships, create new synergies and establish a greater sense of overall teamwork to help advance the University.


12 Noon
Registration and Lunch
Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center
Attendees check-in and networking lunch

1:10 p.m.
Summit - Welcome and Introductions
UC Davis Conference Center
Shaun Keister, Vice Chancellor, Development & Alumni Relations and President, UC Davis Foundation

1:25 p.m.
Keynote Speaker
Chancellor Gary May, Seventh Chancellor of UC Davis

1:50 p.m.
Development & Campaign 101
Shaun Keister, Vice Chancellor, Development & Alumni Relations and President, UC Davis Foundation

2:20 p.m.

2:30 p.m.
Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Building the Future of UC Davis: Capital Projects in the Next Campaign
Kelly Ratliff, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Finance and Resource Management
Jason Wohlman, Associate Vice Chancellor, University Development

Endowments and Planned Giving 101
Tania Walden, UC Davis Foundation Treasurer and CFO
Brian Casey, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Planned Giving

Making the Connection: Leveraging Partnerships to Support UC Davis
Shelley Birdsong-Maddex, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Foundation and Corporate Giving, University Development

Social Media Outreach: Together We Add Up
Michelle Poesy, Senior Director of Annual and Special Gifts, University Development
Karla Fung, Social Media Manager, Strategic Communications

Uniquely UCD: Cancer Breakthroughs Spanning Veterinary and Human Health
Chong Porter, Associate,Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Development
Hyemi Sevening, Assistant Dean of Advancement, School of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Robert Canter, Associate Professor, Surgical Oncology, Comprehensive Cancer Center
Dr. Michael Kent, Professor and Researcher Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine
Mark Evans, UC Davis Grateful Patient, Comprehensive Cancer Center

4:30 p.m.
Closing Session: Being a Good Ambassador
David Pearson '84, UC Davis Foundation Board Executive Trustee, Vice Chair of the Global Campaign Leadership Council

5:00 p.m.
Graduate Student Speaker
Sarah Messbauer, Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor, Office of Graduate Studies

5:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception
UC Davis Conference Center Patio
Network with colleagues and meet Chancellor Gary May.
Guests are welcome to attend the reception.

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