Discussion Den

We are expanding the very poplular Discussion Den format for the 2017 Conference. The Discussion Den is an opportunity to learn about a specific topic of interest in a more relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Nine discussion dens will be hosted in two areas through out the conferece - In the Expo Hall in the Den section (Sunset Pavilion South) and in Double Executive Rooms 709&711. There will be a tables and chairs provided for you to move around to make it easier to have an intimate conversation over the proposed topics.



Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:45 am
A Grant Consulting Firm: Moving from Subcontractors to Staff? - Owner/employee panel will discuss business structure changes, including why they moved from subcontractors to employees, and why they became staff members at a consulting firm instead of a nonprofit.

Led by Julie Assel, GPC, Owner, Assel Consulting
Employee team: Tom Assel, GPC; Julis Alsup, GPC; Whitney Gray; Hayley Waynick GPC; & Kari Cronbaugh-Auld


Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Been There, Done That? Why Not Share the Wealth! - Join a lively conversation with other experienced grant professionals about common sense, practical ways to capture and convert your experience into "capital" to invest in the grants profession. 

Led by Andrea Ferreira, Director, Corporate & Foundation Giving, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network/Partners HealthCare


Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm
What Does Your Bookshelf Say About You?  - Do you reach for books to learn or relax or something in between? Join us as we discuss ways to combine your love of reading with your love of grant writing. 

Led by Bethany Turner, Owner & Lead Consultant, bmtconsulting & Trish Bachman, Consultant, The Write Stuff Delware, LLC


Friday, November 10, 2017 at 9:00 am
Ethics Roundtable - This session is a stimulating discussion of GPA's code of ethics and the dilemmas faced by your peers. Bring your questions, scenarios, and thinking cap for this insightful and challenging discussion.

Led by members of the GPA Ethic's Committee


Friday, November 10, 2017 at 10:45 am
Advancing Ongoing Learning in the Grants Field? - Join members of GPA's Professional Growth and Development (PG&D) Committee field to learn more about and offer insight on improving and continually evolving GPA's professional development opportuities, including GPA's Annual Conference sessions, monthly webinars, and the Approved Trainer Program.

Led by: Jeanne Donado, GPC, Chair of PG&D Committee & Sue Jetter, Board Liaison to PG&D Committee


Friday, November 10, 2017 at 10:45 am
Grant Portals: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly - Grant professionals have to navigate a sometimes dizzying array of online application portals. Come learn and share tips, tricks, and best practices during this interactive session.

Led by: Jodi Samuels, Deputy Director of Development & Training, California Primary Care Association


Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm
Grants and Development: Integration + Collaboration = More Grants - Do you ever wonder if your grants and development teams speak different languages? If so, join as the team dispels myths and stereotypes, because development and grant pros are more alike than not! 

Led by Heather Stombaugh, CFRE, GPC; Helen B. Arnold, CFRE; Lisa Chutjian, CFRE; Ericka Harnvey, CAE, CFRE, GPC, CVA; and Susan Caldwell, CFRE.


Friday, November 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm
Writing and Reviewing for GPA Publications - Thinking about writing an article for a GPA publication? Becoming a peer reviewer? Or are you a past author or reviewer ready to share your experiences? GPA's Publication Committee will host an informal discussion den for prospective and current writers and reviewers to discuss and learn more about GPA's Grant News, Strategy Papers, and Journal.

Led by: Journal & SP Co-editors, David Lindeman and Andy Rawdon; Grant News Editor, Heather Stombaugh; Peer Review Managers, Dana Boe and Robyn Gibboney; Board Liaison, Dr. Janell Harvey; Staff Liaison, Kelli Romero; Publications Chair, Barbara Roberts.


Friday, November 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm
GPA's Mentor/Mentee Meet & Greet - Are you a GPA Mentor? Are you a GPA Mentee? Meet your match in person during the networking and discussion opportunity. Want to learn more about GPA's Mentoring Program? Come talk to one of GPA's Mentoring Task Force Members.

Led by: Micki Vandeloo, GPA's Mentoring Task Force Chair & Lauren Daniel, GPA's Mentoring Task Force Board Liaison