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Alum-Less is a bi-weekly talk show produced by Chris Marshall Advancement Consulting. In each episode, host and Vice President Ryan Catherwood and CMAC Founder and CEO Chris Marshall discuss the latest issues facing alumni and donor engagement professionals working in higher education.

Listeners of Alum-Less will hear topics discussed such as strategic planning, engagement metrics, volunteer management, marketing and communications, donor experience design, and the latest and greatest advancement technology.


The Alum-Less podcast is an extended version of the LinkedIn Live broadcast CMAC features every other Friday. We’ll produce a bonus segment with the special surprise guest and share that conversation plus the original show in its entirety on the podcast version.

Chris and Ryan explore the topics facing advancement leaders more in-depth in the podcast version of Alum-Less. Each episode of Alum-Less airs on LinkedIn Live every other Friday.

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Alum-Less is a bi-weekly talk show produced by Chris Marshall Advancement Consulting. In each episode, host and Vice President Ryan Catherwood and CMAC Founder and CEO Chris Marshall discuss the latest issues facing alumni and donor engagement professionals working in higher education.

Listeners of Alum-Less will hear topics discussed such as strategic planning, engagement metrics, volunteer management, marketing and communications, donor experience design, and the latest and greatest advancement technology.


The Alum-Less podcast is an extended version of the LinkedIn Live broadcast CMAC features every other Friday. We’ll produce a bonus segment with the special surprise guest and share that conversation plus the original show in its entirety on the podcast version.

Chris and Ryan explore the topics facing advancement leaders more in-depth in the podcast version of Alum-Less. Each episode of Alum-Less airs on LinkedIn Live every other Friday.

    Philanthropy focused engagement strategies with Sarah Schutt

    Philanthropy focused engagement strategies with Sarah Schutt

    This week we're chatting with engagement strategist extraordinaire Sarah Schutt, Chief Alumni Officer at the Wisconsin Alumni Association and Foundation. We'll ask Sarah about the challenges of merging two independent organizations that become one. Chris and Ryan will also explore with Sarah what makes leading constituent engagement at the University of Wisconsin unique and how she works to keep programs fresh over time.
     
    Here's the recipe for Baileys Irish Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies that Sarah mentioned during the show. Also, if you still need to check out Protopia's AI-powered technology designed to scale engagement and activate volunteers, you're missing out! Visit protopia.co/alumless to learn more.

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    Alumni engagement and spirituality with Laurence Bolotin

    Alumni engagement and spirituality with Laurence Bolotin

    Join us for our conversation with special guest Laurence Bolotin, Assistant Vice President for Constituent Engagement at Loyola University Chicago. We discuss with Laurence the opportunities to intertwine faith-based narratives into engagement strategies. Chris and Ryan will explore with Laurence how his prior experiences working with different types of association organizations have informed his approach at Loyola University Chicago.Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Protopia! Check out their unique AI-powered technology for scaling engagement and activating volunteers. Protopia.co/alumless

    • 1 hr 3 min
    From alumni association to foundation with J T. Forbes

    From alumni association to foundation with J T. Forbes

    This week on Alumless, we're excited to feature a conversation with special guest JT Forbes, President and CEO of the Indiana University Foundation. Before taking over the reins at the IUF, JT led the Indiana University Alumni Association as the CEO for almost 12 years. During that time, JT established himself as one of the top leaders in the field. We'll discuss his work at the IUF with JT, whether his philosophy around alumni engagement has changed, and how he's worked to help bring together two separate organizations and create a united approach to philanthropy. We'll discuss these topics and more, including JT's thoughts on how the field has changed over recent years and what we should look for next.Thank you to Protopia for being our presenting sponsor! Visit protopia.co/alumless for more information about Protopia's AI-powered technology designed to scale engagement like never before.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Engagement throughout the donor journey with Scott Mory

    Engagement throughout the donor journey with Scott Mory

    We're psyched to bring you a great Alumless as we kick off 2024. We chat with special guest Scott Mory, Vice President for University Advancement at Carnegie Mellon University and discuss how Scott's background leading alumni engagement teams informs his approach at Carnegie Mellon. We also chat about the field's progress in measuring alumni engagement and assessing ROI.Thanks to Protopia for being our presenting sponsor. Visit protopia.co/alumless to learn more about their AI-based technology designed to scale engagement and activate more volunteers.

    • 1 hr
    Operational excellence in advancement with Monica Keith

    Operational excellence in advancement with Monica Keith

    Happy holidays, Alumless community. We've got a great episode to kick off the winter break. Join us for our conversation with special guest Monica Keith, Vice President for Advancement at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Monica brings over 20 years of experience leading advancement operations teams to the VP role. We chat with Monica about how her experience leading "back of the house" teams has helped inform her approach to fundraising and how she's tackled the challenges of leading frontline fundraisers and engagement professionals in her role as VP.Our presenting sponsor is Protopia! Be sure to visit protopia.co/alumless to learn more about their AI-powered solution to driving scalable engagement.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Leading large advancement organizations with Rod Grabowski

    Leading large advancement organizations with Rod Grabowski

    Hey, Alumless listeners! We've got a great show for you with special guest Rod Grabowski, Senior Vice President for Advancement & Partnerships at the University of Central Florida. We chat with Rod about the nuances of building successful engagement and fundraising strategies at huge, complex universities. We spent some time with Rod chatting about his leadership style and how to develop the proper dynamic working with college deans. We also discuss creating the right balance between centralized vs. decentralized approaches. Join us for this wide-ranging conversation.Thanks also to our sponsoring partner, Protopia, for supporting the show.

    • 1 hr 6 min

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Great Conversations about an Important Topic

Enjoy hearing Ryan and Chris facilitate their engaging discussions on alumni engagement from diverse guests. As someone who has gotten more involved in this area, it has helped me brush up on the current discourse.

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