Learning Community

An essential ingredient in our success is recognizing that everyone has wisdom, experience, and a perspective worth listening to. We can and should learn from one another. This starts with openly sharing fears and anxieties about asking for money and getting to the root causes. We overcome those fears together. We are proud to feature prominent and highly respected philanthropists, industry practitioners and other experts who stimulate lively discussion and question-and-answer sessions. In this environment, everyone participates, shares their best thinking, and enriches the dialogue.

Guest Speakers at Non-Profit Empowerment Workshops/Webinars

Dr. Lou Agnese

Former President, The University of the Incarnate Word

Melissa Brown

Principal, Melissa S. Brown & Associates

Thomas Bruner

Principal, Bruner Strategies

Sally Bryant


Bruce DeBoskey

Founder & President, The DeBoskey Group

Mike Buckley

Founder, The Killoe Group

Dr. Francisco Cigarroa

Chairman, Ford Foundation Board of Trustees

Missy Gale

President, M. Gale & Associates

Hon. Henry Cisneros

Former U.S. Secretary of the Department of Housing & Urban Development

Joe Early

Estate Planning Coach
The Institute for Philanthropic Excellence

Laura Fredricks, JD


Barbara A. F. Greene

Founder and CEO, Greene and Associates, Inc.

Gordon Hartman

Chairman, Gordon Hartman Foundation

Tracy Hunt

Principal, Straight Forward Consulting

Andrea Kihlstedt

Co-Founder, Capital Campaign Toolkit

Marv LeRoy

President/CEO, The Institute for Philanthropic Excellence

Dona Liston

Owner, Lambermont Events

Jay Love

Co-Founder/Chief Relationship Officer, Bloomerang

Charlotte-Anne Lucas

Executive Director, NOWCastSA

Chris Martin

President & CEO, The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.

Harvey Najim

President, Najim Charitable Foundation

Allen Paul

Bestselling and award-winning author

Marta Brockmeyer

Ph.D., Facilitating Nonprofit Success

Marc A. Pitman

Founder, The Concord Leadership Group

Brian Saber

President, Asking Matters

Patrick Schmitt

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, FreeWill

Steven Shattuck

Chief Engagement Officer, Bloomerang

Mark Sheinkopf

Financial Advisor and Part-Time Stand-Up Comedian

Lionel Sosa

Founder/CEO, YES! Our Kids Can

Marsha McCombs Shields

President, McCombs Foundation

Dr. Arlene Siller

CEO, Ascend Non-Profit & Business Solutions

Abbie J. von Schlegell

CFRE, FAFP, Principal, a. von Schlegell & co.

Jack Warkenthien

Founder/CEO, NextStep