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AFP Southern Colorado Proudly Announces

The 15th Annual Summit on Philanthropy

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AFP Southern Colorado's Summit on Philanthropy

Virtual Conference followed by an in person Cocktail Award Reception

September 24, 2021
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Virtual Education Sessions
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Awards Reception at Patty Jewett Bar & Grill Event Tent

Featuring two outstanding keynote speakers, one additional session, and the Southern Colorado Philanthropy Awards!

Join others from Southern Colorado at the Summit on Philanthropy as we learn more about how to grow as leaders, becoming a Resilient and Adaptable Leader, and learn more about the history of philanthropy in southern Colorado. We hope you will join us for this day of professional development and celebration of the job that flies under the radar but is full of vibrant change makers.




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Virtual Keynote & Session - Resilient and Adaptable Leadership in an Age of Disruption

Dr. Eric Bean

Director of High Performance
HigherEchelon, Inc.

Dr. Eric Bean is a high performance and leadership consultant. Through both one-on-one and group trainings, Eric has worked with Army Special Forces, Navy SEALs, surgeons, business professionals, and athletes on the psychology of high performance, leadership development, culture, and team dynamics. While working with the Army, Eric led a small team to create and implement the first mental training curriculum for surgeons and emergency physicians at Madigan Army Medical Center. 


Virtual Closing Keynote - History of Philanthropy in the Pikes Peak Region

Leah Davis Witherow, M.A.

Curator of History
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

Leah Davis Witherow is the Curator of History for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. She graduated with a B.A. in History and a Certificate in Eastern European and Russian Studies from California State University, Long Beach and an M.A. in History from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Additionally, she has taught American History at UCCS since 2000, specializing in the history of Colorado, the Progressive Era, Labor and Women. In 2014 she was selected as the UCCS College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Outstanding Lecturer of the Year, and in 2018 was selected as a “Woman of Influence” by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. 


The entire conference will be recorded and made available to you for 120 days after the event. 

Opening keynote 

Resilient and Adaptable Leadership in an Age of Disruption by Dr. Eric Bean

Leadership is challenging, exciting, stressful, fulfilling, and, at times, exhausting. Like any year, leaders experienced a range of emotions in 2020 but with the additional realities of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the positive experiences of leading were muted while the negative ones were amplified. In 2021, leaders continue to face challenges with Covid-19 as well as continued demands for remote work, zoom fatigue, and an increased prioritization for mental health within their teams. In his work with elite athletes, executives, and high performers across industries Dr. Bean has observed that people either crumble under stress, bounce back, or become stronger. In this presentation, Dr. Bean will discuss how to become a Resilient and Adaptable Leader by building greater self-awareness, increasing mental flexibility, and exploring how to lead others through periods of high stress.

SECOND Session

Purpose Driven Performance presented by Dr. Eric Bean

At the heart of being a Resilient and Adaptable Leader is self-awareness of your strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and, most importantly, your purpose. As a result of 2020, many people are reexamining their purpose as our work experience during the pandemic compelled many of us to re-evaluate our work-life priorities. In this breakout session, Dr. Bean will guide participants to further enhance their self-awareness by examining the science of purpose, the role purpose has in being a Resilient and Adaptable Leader and how a clear purpose serves as the basis for a leadership philosophy. Participants will be provided time and guidance to cultivate their own leadership philosophy.

Top Reasons for Attending the Summit on Philanthropy

Grow your fundraising knowledge and skills

Network with other fundraising professionals

Honor local fundraising professionals.

Exhibitor/Sponsor Opportunities

Join the Summit on Philanthropy as a Premier Sponsor!
Top 3 Reasons Your Organization Should be Involved.

Has your organization considered sponsorship opportunities for the 15th Annual Summit on Philanthropy? The 2021 event takes place Friday, September 24th. 

The Summit on Philanthropy is AFP SOCO’s peak professional development event of the fundraising year and remains one of the largest gathering of fundraisers in Colorado. Attended by a wide variety of fundraising professionals – including Executive Directors, Philanthropy Directors, Marketing /Donor Relations, and front-line fundraisers – the Summit is an excellent engagement point with the nonprofit sector. Supporting the conference through sponsorship and exhibiting provides a unique opportunity to showcase to our influential market.

Check out the top three reasons you and your organization should be interested in sponsorship:
  1. Promote your organization, company, brand, and services or products to the fundraising community of Southern Colorado
  2. Connect directly with over 100 philanthropy professionals from across southern Colorado.
  3. Make change by supporting philanthropy. The Summit on Philanthropy is the culminating time that we support and engage fundraisers, as well as celebrate their year-long dedication and accomplishments, which enhance our local communities.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities and supporting the Summit on Philanthropy, please  contact AFP SOCO Summit Committee, at summit@afpsoco.org.


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