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Wednesday June 25, 2014 / Plenary:
Getting to The Top With Character
Steve Ford (Plenary)

Actor Steve Ford, son of former President Gerald Ford has successfully negotiated the bumpy road from the White House to a successful 25 year acting career in Hollywood. Appearing in hundreds of T.V. shows and over 25 movies such as BLACK HAWK DOWN, TRANSFORMERS and playing Meg Ryan's boyfriend in WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. Steve will bring a broad range of humorous and inspirational stories from his life in the White House and Hollywood challenging people to rethink their lives. But within each story, the focus is always on character, integrity and leadership. Steve will offer the lessons he learned first as the son of a President and then as a successful actor in Hollywood.

Thursday June 26, 2014 / Plenary:
Philanthropy From a Different Perspective
Joe K Golding
Chairman & CEO, Advancement Resources

Throughout history and today, breakthroughs in human relationships and performance happen when people see the world from other’s perspectives.  In this lively, interactive, and dynamic keynote presentation, participants will explore Advancement Resources’ groundbreaking research into donors and donor motivation.  You will walk away with powerful ideas and tools to create stronger engagement with donors, leading to larger and more frequent gifts, while simultaneously providing greater spiritual meaning to donors and organizational representatives alike.  Be prepared to laugh, cry, and be inspired by powerful video clips of donors describing philanthropic experiences.  This will be a mountaintop experience for all.  Don’t miss it.

Thursday June 26, 2014 / Awards Luncheon:
Small God, Small Blessings. Big God, Big Blessings
Lois E. Peters
President and RN, At Home Pediatric Nursing Team

Giving is truly based on our concept of God. Hear thoughts and testimonies from a donor’s heart  on the importance of helping the middle class giver realize their giving potential. In some schools we are taught that wealth is not determined by how much you earn, but by how much you keep. In God's business, wealth is determined by how much you give.

Friday June 27, 2014 / Plenary:
Fundraising at Its Best!
Eddie Thompson, Ed.D, FCEP
Founder & CEO, Thompson & Associates 
As a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, Eddie became fascinated by the growing impact philanthropy had on nonprofit organizations.  After contrasting 13 of the most successful universities with 13 average universities for his doctoral dissertation, Eddie’s commitment to philanthropy would be forever changed and a new passion would emerge.  This newly formulated research would translate into more than $6 billion in expectancies over the next several decades.  Discover why some nonprofits are more successful in raising money than others, uncover what they do that is above average and unlock their secrets to success in this informative, educational and passionate presentation.