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Hi ConnectEDU Friends and Listeners,

Big news! I’m currently in production mode for Season 2 of the Advancement Legends podcast. The show is all about the career stories of senior leaders in advancement primarily in higher education but private schools too. With over 4,500 downloads from 39 countries, the podcast will stick to a similar format from Season 1. Each episodes which is roughly 45-60 minutes. Modeled after David Axelrod’s “The Axe Files,” I typically start each interview by asking about the guest’s “college-age self” before progressing to high level thoughts about where the industry is today.

I try and ask guests tough questions too, not just biographical. In each interview my questions attempt to get to the heart of why we do the things we do in university advancement like why do we still have fundraising campaigns or build mentor programs. The goal in each episode is to leave listeners both entertained and informed.

Popular episodes from the twenty-four episode Season 1 include Sue Cunningham, President and CEO of CASE, Jim Langley of Langley Innovations, Matthew Lambert, Vice President of University Advancement at William & Mary, and Charles Hardy of LinkedIn.

About me: I am currently working as the Assistant Vice President, Alumni and Career Services at Longwood University in Virginia. Prior to joining Longwood, I was the Director of Digital Engagement Strategy in the University Advancement Office at the University of Virginia. Early in my career, I obtained event-based professional experience in the hospitality industry through positions as a banquet manager, convention services manager and eventually catering sales for a Sheraton hotel.

I attended the University of Queensland Business School in 2007, and it was at UQBS that I began work in higher education administration as an intern in the marketing department. After transitioning back to the United States, I worked at a private, boarding secondary school as the Director of Marketing and Communication before leaving for a position in the Office of Alumni Affairs at Washington and Lee University. At Washington and Lee, I served as the primary manager of all marketing and communications for alumni.

For two and a half years, I hosted a professional development web show called Advancement Live that featured interviews with industry thought leaders. Be sure to check it out! It’s in podcast form too.

The first episode of Season 2 of the Advancement Legends podcast is slated to publish on May 31st. Be sure to subscribe using your favorite podcast app.