All ABG working groups meet 2-4 times between October and February.
ENGAGING ALUMNI IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD
Chair: Alex Borchert, BSBA ’06, Aspen, CO
Staff Liaisons: Kathy Budde, associate director, Class and University Programs, and Michele Jeans, senior associate director, APAP
Members of this group will develop recommendations for how to broaden alumni engagement using knowledge gained from programming during the pandemic. There will be an additional focus on engaging young alumni.
DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF VOLUNTEERISM
Chair: Nancy Stanislawski, JD ’86, Redondo Beach, CA
Staff Liaison: Mary Rae Parry, associate director, alumni networks
Members of this working group will provide recommendations to the Office of Alumni and Constituent Engagement on ways to enhance and promote a culture of volunteerism that will inspire alumni to connect and engage with the university, their communities, and each other. Utilizing first-hand testimonials describing the benefits of volunteering with the university, this group will determine how to best recruit new volunteers. This group will take into consideration the needs, interests, and diversity of both young and long-established alumni, creating a continuum of volunteerism from graduation and beyond.
ENGAGING DIVERSE ALUMNI
Chair: Fernando Cutz, AB ’10, Coral Springs, FL
Staff Liaison: Elizabeth Williams-Johnson, director, diverse alumni networks
Members of this group will provide leadership on the development of strategies to diversify existing alumni programming. The group will consider what it means to offer inclusive programs to all alumni and where we can improve our strategic engagement efforts with diverse alumni.
BOARD COMMUNICATION AND EDUCATION
Chair: Jim Gidcumb, EMBA ’93, St. Louis, MO
Staff Liaisons: Susan Cohen, associate vice chancellor, alumni and constituent engagement, and Annie Deutsch, associate director, class and university programs
Members of this working group will provide recommendations to the Office of Alumni and Constituent Engagement (ACE) on what information board members need in order to become better informed about alumni programs and university priorities. This directly correlates to the ACE strategic plan and the objective which states, “ensure that all ABG members have a strong understanding of programs and opportunities and can serve as ambassadors for University Advancement and the university.”