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Keynote Speakers

President Lou Anna K. Simon

Lou Anna K. Simon
President, Michigan State University

From Purpose to Impact

Lou Anna K. Simon, the 20th president of Michigan State University, leads the university’s work to advance the common good in Michigan and around the world. She began her career at MSU after earning her doctorate there in 1974. Prior to her appointment as president in 2005, Simon held a variety of administrative roles, including assistant provost for general academic administration, associate provost, and provost and vice president for academic affairs.

As president, Simon has engaged MSU in a strategic and transformative journey to adapt the principles of the land-grant tradition to 21st-century challenges. She has expanded MSU’s reach in the state and around the world by focusing the university’s strengths on solutions that enhance and protect quality of life: clean and affordable energy, access to education, safe and plentiful food, and health care.

Presentation Overview

President Simon will set the stage for an engaging presentation on purpose and impact  She will discuss the role of higher education in meeting the significant challenges facing a global society and point to the role of philanthropy in advancing knowledge and research discoveries to make life better.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP
Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Hurley Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Michigan State University
Director, Pediatric Public Health Initiative

From Purpose to Impact

Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, is assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and director of the pediatric residency program at Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint, Mich. Dr. Hanna-Attisha received her bachelor’s and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan and her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, where she was chief resident. In 2015, Dr. Hanna-Attisha was heralded internationally for her study that exposed elevated lead blood levels in Flint children. Today, Dr. Hanna-Attisha directs the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, an innovative and model public health program established to research, monitor and mitigate the impact of lead in Flint’s drinking water.

Presentation Overview

One of TIME magazine’s Most Influential People, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician who in 2015 helped blow the lid off Flint, Michigan’s lead water crisis. In this talk you will be inspired by Hanna-Attisha’s passion for children and how her unwavering decision to disrupt the status quo and advocate for Flint residents has mobilized thousands to her cause.

Justina Chen Portrait

Justina Chen
Co-Founder and Chief Story Strategist, Chen and Cragen, LLC

The Art of Inspiration: Seven Secrets of Impact Storytellers

Storytelling runs in Justina’s blood. After all, her name, Chen, means illuminate, which is what story does: it throws light on a message. Justina is the co-founder of C&C, a story strategist to leaders, and an award-winning novelist. Seen as a thought leader on executive communications, Justina joined The Rockefeller Foundation’s twelve-person convening on storytelling for social good, along with CNN, BBC, NPR, and Google. Her YA novels have won several accolades, including the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University where she won the Dean’s Award for Service. Justina calls Seattle home, yet feels at ease wherever she goes so long as she has her coconut black tea, journal, and pen. 

Presentation Overview

Justina will show how, through evocative storytelling, we have the power to connect powerfully with audiences—whether in a meeting, onstage, or in a tweet. In her presentation, you will learn how to harness the same narrative tools that novelists use so you can share compelling impact stories, build meaningful relationships, and advance your case for support.

Lisa Dietlin

Lisa Dietlin
Founder, The Institute of Transformational Philanthropy

Transformational (not Transactional) Philanthropy

An alumna of Michigan State University, Lisa M. Dietlin is an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy, charitable giving and transformational change. Her decades-long experience in fundraising, groundbreaking research on giving patterns, and influential ideas on transformational philanthropy have made her one of the most trusted philanthropic advisors in the nation. She is a frequent presence on TV and radio programs, including NBC, CBS, Oprah & Friends Radio, FOX News and National Public Radio. She is often quoted in publications such as USA Today, Marketwatch, Reuters and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and regularly contributes to The Huffington Post on her blog “Making a Difference®: The World of Giving®.”

Lisa is the author of six books on the subjects of charitable giving and enacting positive change: Transformational Philanthropy: Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits; Making a Difference: 365 Tips, Ideas, and Stories to Change Your World; Making A Difference II: More Tips, Ideas and Stories to Change Your World; and Making A Difference®.

Presentation Overview

This presentation will focus on Lisa’s work with philanthropists, including entrepreneurs, working to make a difference. During this talk, you will learn how to seek out, engage, and sustain relationships with donors who wish to make transformational impact. Her presentation will also provide insight into the future of philanthropy, including how technology can accelerate our efforts. She will also share how focusing on happiness and joy can help you and the donor achieve your goals.

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Rachel Croson
Dean, College of Social Science, Michigan State University

The Art of Negotiation – Achieving Win:Win Impactful Results

Dr. Croson joined the MSU College of Social Science as dean in August, 2016. Her previous positions include dean of the College of Business at the University of Texas at Arlington, professor and director of the Negotiations Center at the University of Texas at Dallas, and associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Between 2010 and 2012 she served two years as the National Science Foundation’s division director for Social and Economic Sciences.

Dr. Croson’s research has concentrated on experimental and behavioral economics, investigating how people make a variety of economic decisions. Her research is diverse, drawing on and contributing to multiple disciplines, and has been published in academic journals in economics, business, political science, and sociology. In addition to her research, she has held a number of professional leadership roles, including serving on the board of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, where she was pivotal in developing and running mentoring workshops for female junior faculty.

Dr. Croson earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in economics and philosophy, and a minor in political science. She earned her doctorate in economics from Harvard University.

Presentation Overview

While many situations are explicitly considered as negotiations (buying a house, negotiating an international treaty, or defusing a hostage crisis), we all negotiate implicitly every day. Whether you are deciding on a family vacation, trying to get an upgrade on a flight or identifying a donor’s interest and closing a gift, the concepts from negotiation can help to organize and guide your behavior.

Negotiation scholars identify two types of negotiations: distributive (win/lose) and integrative (win/win). This session will discuss this distinction, and offer tools and skills to help you move beyond donors’ positions to identify their underlying interests and subsequently transform your conversations from distributive to integrative. A mock negotiation and subsequent debriefing will allow you to practice these skills in real time.