AFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit


The AFP IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Women’s Impact Initiative has made a deep impact on the fundraising community by spreading awareness about all-important issues affecting women in the nonprofit sector.

The Women’s Impact Summit brings those issues to the forefront for 2 powerful days in Phoenix, Arizona, following AFP LEAD 2019.

Join us to tackle difficult yet critical matters impacting our community.
Save the Date: September 23rd
Special Summit Orientation
Please join us on September 23rd at 2:00 PM EST for a special Women’s Impact Summit Attendee Orientation!
Webinar link:
Call-In US: (703) 286-5377
Call-In Canada: 1 (800) 309-2350
Participant Code: 387-7740

Pre-Summit Reading

Below please find recommended reading and resources you can review now to enhance your AFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit experience!

Schedule At A Glance

Note: Schedule Subject to Change

Saturday, October 5
7:00 am – 5:00 pmRegistration Open
Room:Valley of the Sun Foyer
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.Women’s Philanthropy Institute Co-Lab Session (Invitation Only)
Room: Camelback B
12:30 – 2:00 pmOpening Keynote & Lunch
Mpumi Nobiva, International Speaker and Communication Strategist
Room: Valley of the Sun A/B/C
2:30 - 5:00 pmExecutive Coaching (Prior sign-up required; sessions occur in 30-minute blocks, not during keynote sessions)
Room: Laveen A & B
2:30 – 3:30 pmOhio State University Sexual Harassment Research Presentation>
Room: Encanto A
3:45 – 4:45 pmBreakout Education Sessions
5:30 – 7:00 pmNetworking Reception
Room: Paradise Valley
Sunday, October 6
6:00 am – 7:00 pmYoga—by Desert Breeze Yoga
Room: Valley of the Sun E
7:00 am – 3:00 pmRegistration Open
Room: Valley of the Sun Foyer
7:00 – 8:00 amBreakfast
Room: Valley of the Sun C
7:30 am – 1:30 pmExecutive Coaching (Prior sign-up required; sessions occur in 30-minute blocks, not during keynote sessions)
Room: Laveen A & B
8:15 – 9:15 amKeynote speaker
Kimberly Churches, Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Room: Valley of the Sun C
9:30 – 10:30 amBreakout Education Sessions
10:30 – 11:00 amNetworking Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pmBreakout Education Sessions
12:15 – 1:15 pmBreakout Education Sessions
1:30 - 3:00 pmClosing Keynote & Lunch
Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women
Room: Valley of the Sun C

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Mpumi Nobiva
Women’s Impact Summit Opening Keynote Speaker

Mpumi Nobiva

International Speaker and Communication Strategist Mpumi Nobiva, has spoken at the White House, congressional fundraisers, corporate functions and nonprofit initiatives in several countries. Mpumi grew up in South Africa, and, at age nine, lost her mother to HIV/Aids, leaving her orphaned like millions of other children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Reared in material poverty but spiritual wealth by her grandmother, she excelled in the first class of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa before coming to the United States to study. She currently holds a master's degree in Strategic Communications from High Point University and serves as the first alumnus on the Board of Directors of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for girls in South Africa. As NationBuilder's first Leader in Residence, Mpumi is developing the digital infrastructure for Share Your Story Africa - an initiative inspired by her advocacy work uniting youth against HIV/AIDS and domestic violence in South Africa - all while sharing her powerful story at events around the world. She also is experienced in hosting events and facilitating workshops.

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Kim Churches
Women’s Impact Summit Keynote Speaker

Kim Churches
Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Kimberly Churches is the chief executive officer of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), a leading voice in advancing equity for women and girls through research, advocacy and education. Prior to joining AAUW, Kim served as the managing director of the Brookings Institution, an internationally recognized public policy think tank.

She has also served as an associate vice chancellor at the University of Denver, a director of development at the University of North Florida, and a division director at the American Heart Association. She has extensive experience working collaboratively on education (K–12 and higher education) as well as on capacity building among grassroots groups and national and international nonprofits.

In addition to her work at AAUW, Kimberly currently serves as the chair of the BUILD Metro DC board, which focuses on the power of experiential learning through entrepreneurship for underresourced communities, and is on the board of the Virginia Center for the Literary Arts. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C., an organization that represents women leaders in diverse fields and whose mission is to further dynamic leadership and leverage global access to and maximize opportunities for women in 33 countries on 6 continents.

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Teresa Younger
Women’s Impact Summit Closing Keynote Speaker

Teresa Younger
President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women

Teresa C. Younger is a renowned thought leader, strategist, advocate, activist and amplifier having spent over 20 years on the frontlines of some of the most critical battles affecting the lives of women and their communities. Ms. Younger is the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the first (and oldest) women’s foundation. Under Ms. Younger’s leadership, the Foundation launched #MyFeminismIs, a multimedia campaign sparking a national conversation on feminism; funded a groundbreaking report on the sexual abuse to prison pipeline; joined leading women’s foundations at the White House (under the Obama Administration) to announce a $100 million funding commitment to create pathways to economic opportunity for low-income women and girls; and led a campaign to hold the NFL accountable for violence against women.

As a thought leader, Ms. Younger’s contributions and expertise to the nonprofit and social justice arenas has been noted in BIG IMPACT: Insights and Stories from America’s Nonprofit Leaders, the Women’s Leadership Online Summit, and she has been recognized by The Council on World Affairs, Aspen Institute, Princeton University, Harvard University, and NetRoots Nation. In 2015 she was chosen by Planned Parenthood Federation of America as a Dream Keeper, and in 2016 was named one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy” by Inside Philanthropy.

Education Topics

Note: Sessions Subject to Change

Click below to see each day's schedule of Education Sessions. (For all event items and times, see the Schedule at a Glance, above.)

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. - Breakout Education Sessions
When a 10-Year Plan Isn’t Enough

Room: Maryvale A/B

Surprise! It’s been 10 years and you haven’t done anything in your plan. So worried about what the next step should be that you miss out on opportunities along the way? Learn how one woman seized each moment to move from poverty to entrepreneurship to politics… all without a plan!

Presented by: Stephanie Thomas, CFRE, Stetwin Consulting

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. - Breakout Education Sessions
Gender Matters in Philanthropy

Room: Encanto B

Over more than a decade, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute has conducted dozens of studies that examine how and why women and men give. By understanding the research, fundraisers can better connect with all donors. Participants in this session will engage in lively discussion about how this research can improve their fundraising strategies.

Presented by: Jacqueline Ackerman, Associate Director of Research, Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI), Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. - Breakout Education Sessions
“Sexual Harassment Complaints Are Good for Business”

Room: Valley of the Sun A

In a piece written for The Globe and Mail, Sara Forte leads with this provocative statement about sexual harassment in the workplace. Sara’s premise is that having clear processes to handle sexual harassment complaints result in fewer instances of sick leave, employee turnover, and lawsuits. Join researchers from The Ohio State University as they share effective, research-based practices and policies to combat sexual harassment.

Presented by: Dr. Erynn Beaton, Assistant Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University; Dr. Megan LePere-Schloop, Assistant Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. - Breakout Education Sessions
The Stakes Are Too High—Real Talk About Leading in Color

Room: Valley of the Sun B

It’s time for a conversation about leadership and what it’s like to lead as a woman of color in fundraising. During this fireside chat, we will explore the challenges of being a woman of color in development and achieving success in the face of adversity from leaders who have learned to navigate choppy waters.

Presented by: Kishshana Palmer, CFRE, CEO,Kishshana and Co.; Nneka Allen, CFRE, SeniorDevelopment Officer, Corp. Sponsorship, LondonHealth Sciences Foundation; and Guest Speakers

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Breakout Education Sessions
Maintaining Professional Relationships with Donors (in a #MeToo world)

Room: Valley of the Sun A

Relationships with donors are professional—but they often operate like a personal relationship, and that can lead to inappropriate situations. Female fundraisers are over three times more likely to face inappropriate behavior from a donor than their male counterparts. In this scenario-based discussion, fundraisers explore the many nuances that exist within a professional donor relationship, gaining critical skills for establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries. Participants will also explore a framework for assessing interactions with donors and potential donors and identify best practices for handling difficult and precarious situations (including gender and racial bias, political opposition, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct).

Presented by: Mark McCampbell, Senior VP, Strategic Partnerships, Advancement Resources; Brikkelle Thompson, Director, Organization & Leadership Development and Talent Management, University of Minnesota Foundation

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Breakout Education Sessions
I’m a Fundraiser. What’s Gender Got to Do with It?

Room: Valley of the Sun B

In this interactive session, participants will examine the intersection of professional identity and gender. Drawing on national research, attendees will consider their personal values and professional identities, then reflect on how gender-role expectations intersect with their professional identity and what it means to be a successful fundraiser.

Presented by: Sarah K. Nathan, Ph.D., Indiana University, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. - Breakout Education Sessions
Overcoming Pay Inequity

Room: Valley of the Sun A

Just as women are underrepresented in the uppertiers of nonprofits, the women who do occupysenior positions are often underpaid. In thissession, we will highlight research and negotiationwork led by AAUW, Community Brands, andother organizations who are creating solutions toclose these gaps. You’ll not only leave with thefacts behind pay inequity, you’ll also gain tips andstrategies to help move the needle on both anindividual and an organizational level.

Kimberly Churches, Chief ExecutiveOfficer, American Association of University Women(AAUW); Melea Guilbault, Senior Vice President| GM—Channels, Industry Alliances & NonprofitSolutions, Community Brands; Tycely Williams,CFRE, Vice President of Development, YWCA USA

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. - Breakout Education Sessions
Gender Works: Closing the Gender Gap Together

Room: Valley of the Sun B

A woman is asked to take notes at every meeting, even the ones she’s leading. A man is told he needs to “stop playing nice” with his direct reports. A transgender woman is not included in a working mothers’ group. Gender-based oppression shows up in ways big and small, and it harms all of us: women, men, and people who identify across and beyond the gender binary. The dynamics that play out in our workplace reinforce and maintain gendered systems of power, many times without our even recognizing it. Learn the ways gender shows up in our everyday work experiences, explore how gender norms affect you, and take away practical tools to ensure that gender works for us rather than against us.

Presented by: Alexis Kanda-Olmstead, Director, Advancement Talent Management, Dartmouth College


The AFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit is now sold out!

Standard Pricing
  • AFP Member: $200 USD
  • Non-Member: $200 USD
Specialty AFP Member Pricing
  • AFP Collegiate Member: $200 USD
  • AFP Young Professional Member: $200 USD
  • AFP Chapter Leader: $200 USD
  • AFP Global Board and Committee Member: $200 USD

Please Note: By registering, you are expected to contribute to a harassment-free conference experience per the AFP Conference Code of Conduct.

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