Lunch and Learn Webinar – C-Suite

Bring your own brown bag and “lunch and learn” with your peers! AFP International curates a live webinar series on a range of topics presented by field experts. AFP Fairfield County streams selected webinars free of charge at one location for AFP members who register in advance ($25 for Future Members)
more details can be found below.

Welcome to the C-Suite: Leadership Transitions from the Trenches to the Top

“The C-Suite.” This is the land of the “Chiefs”: the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operational Officer, and, of course, the Chief Executive Officer. The opportunity to be on the executive leadership team is the goal for many development professionals, but what happens when you actually make it there, and how should you invest in your own leadership development to make the transition? In this panel discussion, we will address the challenges and rewards of moving to an executive leadership role, the leadership skill gaps that can prevent you from being a good candidate, and advice on evaluating your own career progression to see where you should invest in professional development.

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Alice Ferris
Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE, is the founder of GoalBusters, providing hands-on support for small to midsize charitable organizations in outsourced fundraising, strategic planning and board and staff training. She has more than 25 years of professional fundraising experience, and is recognized in North America for her television appearances on public television fundraisers, including Downton Abbey, Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller and Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You. Alice was the 90th professional to receive the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential, and serves on the ACFRE Credentialing Board, the CFRE International Board, and the Bolz Center for Arts Administration Board at the Wisconsin School of Business. She is a three-time honoree as Outstanding Fundraising Professional from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northern Arizona Chapter, and an AFP Master Teacher. She currently serves as president of the AFP Northern Arizona Chapter.

R. Scott Fortnum
R. Scott Fortnum, MA, CFRE, ACFRE, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Health Foundation in London, Ontario. Previously the Executive Director of The Living City Foundation in Toronto, Scott has been a professional fundraiser since 1990 holding executive positions in health care, educational and environmental fundraising. The first Canadian to earn a Master of Arts degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, he holds a BA and graduate diploma in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Scott has held the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation continuously since 1995, and became the 92nd person (7th in Canada) to earn the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) designation in 2011. He joined the ACFRE Certification Board in 2014, and currently serves as its chair. Scott also serves on the international Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), is past-chair of AFP’s International Awards Committee, a member of the Publishing Advisory Committee and the Greater Toronto Chapter Ethics Committee.


Date: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Live Run Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, Inc.
761 Main Avenue, Suite 114
Norwalk, CT 06851
PLEASE NOTE: Come in through Entrance E around the back of the building and walk straight to the end of the corridor to offices in Suite 114


  • FREE – AFP Members
  • $25 – for Future Members
  • Streaming the live webinars on your personal device is available, but each stream will cost a minimum of $79 (purchased directly from AFP).


  • Registered attendees will receive an email the day prior to the webinar, with a link to download their own materials (if a handout is available). There will be no handouts provided at the webinar location.
  • Lunch and Learn Webinar attendance earns 1.0 CFRE Credits.

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