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NYSAIS Institutional Advancement Conference 2018

Date: Monday - March 12, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk Mountain House

New Paltz, NY

Monday, March 12 - Wednesday, March 14,  2018
Featured Speaker: Charles Vogl

Building Community: Advancement’s Core Value

Vendors and Exhibitors Information and Registration

Who should attend? YOU! There will be outstanding general topics for all advancement professionals as well as focused tracks for fundraising, event planning, communications, alumni relations and more!

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Information for workshop presenters.

Conference Overview:

Join your colleagues from all over New York at Mohonk in March for the eleventh annual NYSAIS Institutional Advancement Conference. We are thrilled to focus this year’s conference around building community, as this tenet is at the core of all advancement work.

Enjoy a tailor-made program and network with outstanding people: Whether you specialize in marketing and communications, fundraising, events, alumni/ae relations, or oversee it all as a director, this conference will be an important chance to think big, gain new insights, recharge, connect with fellow professionals and vendors, and bring back new ideas and action plans .

Location, location, location: The conference takes place in the stunning surroundings of the historic Mohonk Mountain House in the spring, with three days and two nights of fine dining, exceptional facilities, and countless networking possibilities. All sessions will be in the Mountain House. Meals will be in the West Dining Room.

Preliminary Schedule (exact timing subject to change)

Stay tuned for a full conference schedule and description of breakout sessions.

All meals are in the Main Dining Room

Monday, March 12

12:00 - 1:15

Registration and Lunch

1:30 - 4:30 Parlor

The Art of Community: Seven Principles for Belonging
Charles H. Vogl

We all want to belong to strong and supportive school communities. But can communities be built, or must they arise spontaneously? Won’t intervening in the process destroy it? No, says Charles Vogl.  Both in his career and as a personal quest, Vogl has been deeply invested in understanding what it takes to bring and keep people together. He’s discovered that while community can’t be forced, it can be actively encouraged and nurtured.

Drawing on 3,000 years of history, Vogl lays out  time-tested principles that every leader can apply to grow enduring, effective, and supportive communities. They are distilled from spiritual traditions, since major religions have built highly diverse communities that have lasted for centuries. Vogl has secularized and universalized these principles so they can enrich a wide array of communities— formal or informal, physical or virtual, and centered on any shared interest.

Vogl describes each principle’s purpose and provides extensive hands-on tools for creatively adapting them to the style, needs, and inclinations of your particular school or division. He also helps leaders ensure that their communities remain healthy and life affirming and do not degenerate into rigid cults. This is a guide to bringing friendship, connection, and support to where there had been loneliness, separation, and isolation.

All participants will receive a copy of Vogl's book The Art of Community.

Mr. Vogl has been getting rave reviews from his appearances at other NYSAIS conferences this year. People who have seen him in person deeply appreciated both the compelling, applicable topic and his talent as an exciting, engaging speaker. Whatever your advancement role, this discussion applies to you!


Affinity Round Tables

West Dining Room

Spa Gift Certificate



Tuesday, March 13



9:15 - 3:30

Click here for Peer Breakout Sessions (includes 1 hour for lunch)

3:30 - 4:00

Cohort Debriefings

Meet with your respective cohorts once more before the afternoon break to share what you’ve just learned, hear about those sessions you couldn’t attend, or ask questions you didn’t yet have the opportunity to ask.


free time

West Dining Room

Exhibitors Cocktail Hour




Nightcaps in the Carriage Lounge

Wednesday, March 14



9:00 - 12:00

Closing Session: Diversity and Advancement Panel

As our schools continue to focus on diversity and equity initiatives, it's important that the work extends beyond the curricula and the demographics in our school communities.  More and more advancement professionals are considering the link between mission-based work, alumni relations, and annual giving.  This awareness has led to newly formed partnerships with Diversity Directors and other school leaders committed to creating more inclusive and affirming school communities.  

This program has panelists ready to describe the efforts being made in their respective schools.  Each panelists will share examples of the initiatives and programs being implemented in support of the institutional diversity and equity goals.  Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the framework and approach used to implement these programs.  Before leaving the conference, participants will have time to craft an action plan that utilizes a diversity lens in their advancement offices.

After the Conference:

  • Attendees: Access copies the presentations. (link to come)

Presenters: Upload your presentation. (link to come)


Charles Vogl is an executive consultant and author. He works with leaders in tech, finance, media, government and social change organizations to make them more effective in creating change. This work includes helping leaders strengthen critical relationships and inspire communities to action. He lectures, leads workshops with groups and works individually with a few leaders.

He draws from the realm of spiritual traditions to understand how individuals build loyalty, strengthen identification with a community, and motivate actions consistent with group values. These principles apply to both secular and spiritual leadership. This includes teaching leaders how to quickly connect with others in authentic ways. When we communicate in powerful ways, we can generate inspiration, excitement, and commitment in others.

Charles’ experiences include international human rights advocacy, social change leadership and internationally awarded non´Čüction media. He studied business management and spiritual traditions at Yale University.

He is a regular guest lecturer at the Yale School of Management and Yale Leadership Institute. At the Yale Law School, he co-founded the Visual Law Project. You can follow his work at

Register Now, It's Time Well Spent!

Registration is a 2-step process. Be sure to do both in winter, 2017-18. 

1. Reserve your room with Mohonk using one of the following.
  • Click here to reserve online
  • Click here to download the Mohonk Residential Reservation Form (room and board)
  • Click here if you will be a day guest at Mohonk (meals only)
  • Reserve by phone: 800-772-6646
  • Need car service? Please give the Mohonk 24 hours notice, or call a local taxi.

2. Conference Registration and Credit Card Payment

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

    •    NYSAIS Members - $420.00

    •    Non-members - $455.00

Early Discount of $50.00 will apply until 2 weeks before the event.

Late fee of $20.00 will apply within 2 days of the event.

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