Influence-Centered Change Management: Channeling Your Inner Kermit the Frog - March - AFP Tampa Bay

  • March 21, 2023
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • BRIO ITALIAN GRILLE - INTERNATIONAL PLAZA, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa FL 33607


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Influence-Centered Change Management: Channeling Your Inner Kermit the Frog

Today's advancement leaders are constantly facing change in their organizations. This can occur in numerous ways, from the arrival of a new President or colleagues, an evolving Board, staff restructuring, or the design and implementation of a strategic plan. In order to both effectively navigate and affect change, advancement managers must be able to positively influence others around them to build consensus and create desired outcomes. A great model for this type of influence-centered leadership can be found in The Muppets' Kermit the Frog who demonstrates exemplary inclusion, resilience, positivity, and vision to execute team-based actions and accomplish shared goals. This session will examine how to strategically utilize influence-centered change management in common advancement priorities such as crisis situations, campaigns, new organizational directions, and celebrating successes.


March 21, 2023 AFP Tampa Bay Meeting

11:30 am Networking

12:00 p.m. Program & Lunch Service


AFP Tampa Bay aims to be accessible and inclusive to all of our members and guests. If you require special accommodations, please let us know via email so we can plan to make adjustments to the program


Program Fee

AFP Member - $35.00

Guest - $45.00

The program fee is the same in-person or virtual. Please indicate when registering your attendance choice for meal planning purposes.


Meal Choices

All lunches will be served with a Chopped Salad - Choose one:

1. Pesto Primavera (V)

2. Grilled Salmon Salad

3. Mezza Lasagna


Speaker Bios

Stuart Sullivan is Chief Development Officer for Shriners Hospitals for Children. At Shriners he leads a team of 150 staff raising funds to support the SHC health system providing care for over 140,000 patients annually across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Shriners fundraising program raises over $500 million annually from more than 1.5 million donors.

Before joining Shriners, Stuart served as Senior Vice President for Graham-Pelton Consulting where he provided strategic counsel for clients such as Bucknell University, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, California Institute of Technology, Atrium Health Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, John Burroughs School, Sacred Heart University, Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, and Norton Healthcare.

Previously, Stuart was the Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. At CHOP, he oversaw all fundraising activities and programs with a staff of 75 professionals and support. The comprehensive development program at CHOP raised more than $100 million annually. Prior to CHOP, Stuart was Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Temple University. There, he oversaw all development, alumni relations, and marketing/branding for the University. Working with a staff of more than 130, total fundraising at Temple exceeded $50 million annually.

Stuart came to Temple from the University of Pennsylvania where, as Director of Development for Schools and Centers, he was responsible for the management and strategic planning for development offices within 14 of Penn’s 17 schools and resource centers, with combined annual fundraising more than $90 million annually. Stuart started his career in higher education at Virginia’s Lynchburg College as the Assistant Director of Alumni and Parents Programs. After returning to his alma mater, Roanoke College, he assumed positions of greater responsibility, culminating with his appointment as Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, a post he held until he moved to Penn in 1997.

Chris Tobin currently serves in an Of Counsel role at Rootstock Philanthropy LLC, a growing advancement advisory firm founded in 2020.

Chris is also the former Executive Vice President of Institutional Advancement and ExecutiveDirector of the College of Charleston Foundation. At CofC, Chris lead a coordinated, campus-wide approach to university development, alumni relations, stewardship and advancement services.

In his role as Executive Director of the Foundation, Chris was also responsible for overseeing institutional funds management and growing the endowed funds held for the College of Charleston by the College of Charleston Foundation, working in close partnership with the president, executive team, and volunteer boards.

Chris joined the College of Charleston in November 2009 as Vice President of Development, where he directed the plans to design and execute BOUNDLESS, the College of Charleston’s largest-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign. BOUNDLESS surpassed its goal of $125 million by raising more than $138 million.

Chris joined the College from Tulane University, where he served as the Associate Dean for Alumni and Development at Tulane Law School and as Assistant Vice President for Development, leading Tulane’s major gifts department after the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster.

During his tenure, Chris and his team rebuilt the frontline major gifts program, provided development leadership to 12 principal schools and units, and expanded the overall major gift prospect and donor pipeline. These efforts helped Tulane successfully complete a $700 million comprehensive campaign, as well as an emergency $100 million drive for unrestricted hurricane recovery support.

Prior to Tulane, Chris worked for Goizueta Business School at Emory University as a Senior Associate Director of Development and then as Director of Major Gifts. He has also held positions in development and client relations for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, SCANA Energy and Korn/Ferry International.


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