CHE Alumni & Advancement Workshop Series

Partnering with D3 Advancement Studio and Gretchen Dobson LLC, CHE will host a series of workshops to benefit community members with a strong interest in Alumni & Advancement issues.

Series 3: Metrics & Performance Tools

Data-driven Engagement: Using Metrics and Business Tools to Drive Performance

Jan 26th, 2022, Wed 5 PM Beijing time | London 10 AM | Dubai 1 PM

Jan 27th, 2022, Thurs 8 AM Beijing time | Sydney 11 AM | New York 7 PM (previous day)

Data is a constant in the modern world. And, with an increasing focus on ROI and increasing effectiveness, an asset that can be used to drive performance forward.

This session will look at a few ways in which metrics and data can be used more productively in alumni engagement, including engagement measurement, segmentation, program design and assessment, and reporting. We’ll share some tools, offer discussion on hot topics in alumni measurement, and provide some tips for getting started or becoming more evidence-driven in your shop. A Q & A session will also take place.

Series 4: Increased Global Focus

From Local to Global: Why Alumni Engagement Knows No Boundaries

Mar 16th, 2022, Wed 5 PM Beijing time | London 10 AM | Dubai 1 PM

Mar 17th, 2022, Thurs 8 AM Beijing time | Sydney 11 AM | New York 8 PM (previous day)

Institutions are increasingly ‘going global’ by looking beyond the boundaries of a single campus- and even a single country – to establish branch campuses, networks, and other partnerships to fulfill their internationalization objectives. Local and international alumni are key partners in nurturing and leading initiatives that support student recruitment, mobility programs, and professional development, just to name a few. This session highlights institutional case studies that both steward resources well but also look to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for motivation and guidance to determine indicators of success. An open Q&A session is included.

Series 5: Alumni Partnership

Developing Brand Ambassadors and Agents to Shape Impact and Change

May 18th, 2022, Wed 9 PM Beijing time | London 2 PM | Dubai 5 PM

May 19th, 2022, Thurs 9 AM Beijing time | Sydney 10 AM | New York 9 PM (previous day)

As more alumni engagement activities shift to online modalities, we are connecting with a spectrum of stakeholders, from highly-committed alumni leaders to broad audiences of alumni with shifting opportunities for meaningful engagement. This session will review tips, techniques and online solutions to create environments that facilitate connection, community, and volunteerism with specific cohorts of alumni. An open Q&A session is included.

(Previous Session)The Session: Trends in Alumni Engagement

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Wednesday, Sept 22nd 9-10 PM Beijing time

Thursday, Sept 23rd 9-10 AM Beijing time

Note that the content is the same for both timeslots; you only need to register for one.

This session will summarize today’s trends in alumni relations that include:

  • digital engagement
  • metrics and use of performance tools
  • increased global focus
  • alumni partnerships: ambassadors and agents

In this general opening session, the panellists will explore how these four trends in alumni engagement have developed before and during the pandemic, and the impact of each through unique cultures and case studies. This session includes an open Q&A period.   

Each of these four topics will be explored in greater detail through future sessions in this new CHE Alumni & Advancement webinar series. 

The Speakers & Panellists:

Mark Sollis,
D3 Advancement Studio and Neutopia

Having served in leadership roles in higher education in Canada and the UK, he works closely with institutions and colleagues in the areas of strategy and planning; stakeholder engagement, including digital engagement; metrics and performance management; and organisational development. His post-secondary experience also includes media relations; student leadership; finance; major project management; as well as serving as strategic counsel to higher education executives.

Mark is a proud graduate of Mount Royal with a Bachelor of Applied Communications (Journalism).

First having worked remotely beginning in 2009, 95 per cent of his practice is now conducted online across Australia, Asia-Pacific, Canada and the United States.

Gretchen Dobson, EdD
Global Engagement Specialist

Gretchen Dobson is a global engagement strategist, author and academic with 28 years of experience working across six continents. Dobson advises CEOs, governing boards, embassies and policymakers on best practices in digital and other creative strategies and solutions that enable institutions, companies, organizations and governments to identify, track, engage, and manage relationships with their global stakeholders and brand ambassadors.

Dobson is the author and editor of multiple books on international alumni topics.

Dobson received her BA and MA from Boston College, and her EdD from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds adjunct faculty appointments with the University at Albany and Endicott College’s Graduate Schools of Education. She is based in New South Wales, Australia.

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