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Association of Fundraising Professionals: Southern Arizona Chapter

Leading Change through Emotional Awareness

Presented by Jenny Flynn, Senior Vice President, Development Services, University of Arizona Development Program

Program description:
Successful change leaders at all levels recognize the importance of human behavior in achieving big goals. Leading change in your organization involves not only a compelling vision and a logical plan but also an emotional journey for each team member. This presentation will highlight a few fundamental approaches to change management and focus on the often neglected and most important change variable of all—people. The presenter will draw from two recent experiences of successfully incorporating emotional awareness into program transitions and share tools that have helped team members manage the emotions of change.

Jenny Flynn Bio:
As Senior Vice President for Development Services at the University of Arizona Foundation, Jenny Flynn leads four key units of the University Development Program: Information Technology, Strategic Information Services, Foundation Relations and GIFT Center, and Human Resources and Talent Management. As part of the University’s fundraising program since 2001, Jenny has helped to raise more than $100 million for the UA. In 2007 she founded the GIFT Center, a fundraising resource center for faculty and staff, to support efforts for charitable grant-seeking. In 2015, Jenny was promoted to run the new development services department, including IT. At that time she was also charged, along with the UA Provost, with co-chairing the creation of a transformational plan for the UA’s development program (the UDP) to achieve a goal of doubling fundraising through a future campaign of at least $3 billion. Jenny is the project sponsor for a major, two-year fundraising CRM conversion that utilizes best practices and streamlines systems across a decentralized campus.

Members - $26.05

Nonmembers - $36.35