Meet the Speakers

Jenny Mitchell (Ottawa, Ontario)

Jenny-Mitchell_Headshot_wideJenny is Founder and President of Chavender, helping more people do more good by changing the world – one mission at a time. Chavender works closely with not-for-profit leaders in Canada and the U.S. to inspire their donors and achieve their fundraising goals through personalized fundraising coaching and training.

Jenny trained as a classical musician and earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts. She brings her creative approach, her drive for excellence and her passion for people to the world of not-for-profits.

Read more about Jenny here

Alice Ferris (Flagstaff, Arizona)


Alice is a founding partner of GoalBusters Consulting. Over 25 years of professional fundraising, Alice has doubled membership programs and lead one organization to its first$1 million fundraising year.

Alice is recognized for her on-air presence on many public television and radio pledge drives. She is also a well-reviewed keynote and workshop presenter in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. She is an active volunteer leader with ACFRE, CFRE and the Wisconsin School of Business and an AFP Master Teacher.

Read more about Alice here

Guy Mallabone (Calgary, Canada)

GuMALLABONE29.jpgy has been described by Alberta Venture Magazine as one ofAlberta’s 50 most influential citizens. He is an internationally recognized leader in the philanthropic profession; his expertise acknowledged as leading best practice in major gifts and campaign methodology.

Guy currently serves as President and CEO of Global Philanthropic Canada and serves as Adjunct Professor for the Masters Program in Fundraising at the University of Bologna, Italy. Guy has written three books, including the Canadian Globe & Mail best-seller, Excellence in Fundraising in Canada.

Read more about Guy here

Stephen Pidgeon (Cheltenham, UK)


Platform speaker, teacher and consultant, Stephen also provides creative and strategic support to charities, universities and arts organizations in the UK and throughout the world. He has a special interest in the way charities treat their supporters.

Stephen is a visiting Professor at Plymouth University’s Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy and trustee of development agency VSO.  He was recently given the Institute of Fundraising’s Lifetime Contribution Award.  His first book How to love your donors…to death was published in 2015.

Read more about Stephen here


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