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

Schedule At A Glance

Note: Schedule Subject to Change

Saturday, October 5
7:00 am – 5:00 pmRegistration
12:30 – 2:00 pmJoint AFP LEAD/AFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit Plenary & Lunch -- with keynote speaker Mpumi Nobiva
2:00 – 4:00 pmExecutive Coaching Sessions
2:15 – 3:15 pmAFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit Education Sessions
3:30 – 4:30 pmAFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit Education Sessions
5:30 – 7:00 pmAFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit Networking Reception
Sunday, October 6
7:00 am – 3:00 pmRegistration
7:00 – 8:00 amContinental Breakfast
9:30 am – 12:30 pmExecutive Coaching Sessions
8:00 – 9:15 amAFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit Plenary -- with keynote speaker Kim Churches
9:30 – 10:30 amAFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit Education Sessions
10:30 – 11:00 amNetworking Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pmAFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit Education Sessions
12:15 – 1:15 pmAFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit Education Session
1:30 - 3:00 pmAFP IDEA: Women's Impact Summit Closing Plenary & Lunch -- with keynote speaker Teresa Younger

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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

Below is the current list of session topics that will be presented at the AFP IDEA: Women’s Impact Summit. Stay tuned - there is more to come!

Note: Sessions Subject to Change

Gender Works: Closing the Gender Gap Together

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

Alexis Kanda-Olmstead Alexis serves as the director of advancement talent management at Dartmouth College where she helps people maximize their potential to achieve organizational priorities. Her responsibilities include shaping the overarching strategy for talent management, coaching leaders and supervisors, and designing training and professional development programs for 250 staff.

Alexis believes people should be engaged by their work and have the opportunity for continuous growth and development. During her more than 20 years of experience in higher education, Alexis has delivered educational experiences to hundreds of staff and students, led award-winning diversity and inclusion initiatives, and started two talent management departments. She is the founder of AKO Collective, a women's leadership development company that offers training to women and girls, and presents nationally on gender-related topics.

Alexis holds a bachelor's degree in organizational studies from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a certificate in organization development from Colorado State University. She is a certified StrengthsQuest Educator, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner, and TEDx Speaker.

I’m a Fundraiser. What’s Gender Got to Do With It?

American women have a rich history as social advocates, fundraisers, and philanthropists. But it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that women gained prominence in paid fundraising work, surpassing men in numbers, if not in equal pay. At the same time, fundraising as an occupation was professionalizing as knowledge, career paths, degrees, and certifications took hold. As fundraising became more professional, it also became “feminized.” 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.

Sarah K. NathanSarah K. Nathan, Ph.D. is Associate Director of The Fund Raising School, the nationally renowned professional training program for fundraising practitioners. As a true pracademic, she supports faculty and curriculum development while engaging in research about the fundraising profession. Dr. Nathan holds the MA and PhD in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

The Stakes Are Too High - Real Talk about Leading in Color

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 success in the face of adversity from leaders who have learned to navigate choppy waters.

Presented by: Kishshana Palmer, CFRE

Kishshana PalmerKishshana Palmer is a national speaker, trainer, and coach with a 17-year background in fundraising, marketing, and talent management. She’s a supernova on any stage and platforms due to her charismatic and candid delivery. It doesn’t matter if she’s speaking about philanthropy, living your most authentic life, or diversity, the energy she brings to the stage is always entertaining and edifying.

Kishshana is an adjunct professor at Baruch College and Long Island University, Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT) and an AFP Master Trainer. When an organization wants to grow, find and retain people on their team, raise money, and more she is the philanthropic fairy godmother they have on speed dial. Her work isn’t limited to organizations, she also coaches social good professionals.

Kishshana is a NYC girl and mother of one wonderful teenage daughter. Kishshana is the epitome of your classic 90's Queens homegirl and quintessential corner office executive. She is your daily dose of Claire Huxtable with a side of Blanche Devereaux.

When a 10-Year Plan Isn’t Enough

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

Stephanie ThomasStephanie Thomas, CFRE has over twenty-five years of professional fundraising experience and is the founder and president of Stetwin Consulting in New York City which specializes in fundraising and event strategy for non-profit organizations. Events organized by the firm generate an aggregate of over $20 million annually. Prior to launching Stetwin, Stephanie served as President of Susan Ulin Associates Ltd. after joining the firm in 1995 as an intern.

When Stephanie is not assisting her clients, she is an active volunteer in Connecticut where she currently resides and New York City. Her volunteer activities include projects with the Carver Center, Norwalk Housing Authority Scholarship Fund, Association of Junior Leagues International, and Norwalk’s Zoning Commission. In 2018, Stephanie ran for State Representative of Connecticut’s 143rd District as a first-time candidate and secured 48.5% of the vote.

Stephanie received her master’s degree in nonprofit management from New School University, her bachelor’s degree from New York University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). She currently serves on the board of Nonprofit New York and as Chair of the Selection Committee for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Stephanie is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York City board and has served the local chapter and the global association on a variety of committees including strategic planning and the committee on directorship. Stephanie is a regular speaker at workshops throughout New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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

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