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YP Speed Networking & Happy Hour

Thursday, April 20, 2023 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM) (EDT)


Join YDMAW for their second annual Speed Networking event! At this event young professionals will rotate in small groups to meet and network with 8 different industry leaders. All while enjoying drinks and appetizers at The Coupe in DC!

Industry Leaders Mentoring this Event:

Brenna Holmes, Principal & SVP at CCAH
Brenna’s been in digital fundraising with CCAH for 14 years, helping develop the digital services team. She now focuses much of her time on building multimedia programs that maximize supporter engagement and organizational loyalty. Ask Brenna about cross-channel marketing, advocacy integration, behavioral and decision science, UX design, or multimedia fundraising.

Christiana Trenum, Director of Business Development at Planet Direct
Christiana got her start as an inside salesperson for a mailshop shop 18 years ago. She decided to diversify a bit and learn the production side. This shift included working directly with agencies, nonprofits, and commercial clients to get their direct mail projects produced and in the mail. Ask Christiana about strategies behind a successful mail program!

Mikaela King, VP Advancement Operations at National Geographic Society
Mikaela's 20+ year career in nonprofit fundraising and operations has focused on integrated direct response and mid-level nonprofit fundraising programs. Most recently she's leading fundraising operations at National Geographic Society with the data, systems, and analytics infrastructure to empower its philanthropic work. Ask Mikaela why direct response fundraising is an orchestra and strategy is the conductor, or anything about fundraising data, UX, CRMs, reporting, or benchmarking.

Ashley Chase, Director of Enterprise Nonprofit Sales for Fundraising and Engagement at Bonterra
Ashley is proud to work with some of Bonterra Tech’s most well-known clients. Ashley has her bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio and completed extensive undergrad work in India. She holds her MBA from John’s Hopkins University. Ashley has a background in community-based advocacy work that led her to a career in supporting nonprofit organizations. Ask Ashley how to develop rapport to build meaningful relationships and partnerships with clients.

Lori Archut, Vice President of Client Services at K2D Strategies
Lori has been in direct response fundraising for nearly 20 years and has worked with dozens of organizations in various capacities, from production to account management. Her current focus is on growing healthy direct response programs for nonprofits big and small, with an eye on innovation. Ask Lori about how data drives strategy, the importance of relationships and why you shouldn’t be afraid to change direction in your career.

Patricia Neuenschwander, Production Manager at PMG
Patricia has been in the Direct Mail industry for 17 years. She started out as the Office Manager and moved into Production Management. She even worked at a mailshop part-time for 10 years, learning data and the quality control processes that mail goes through. Ask Patricia about building strong partnerships with agencies/clients and vendors. And also ask about her award-winning pup, Sanka.

Jaime Grams, Senior Vice President of Business Strategy at PMG
Jaime has been in the practice of advising nonprofit orgs for more than two decades as an analyst and omnichannel fundraising strategist. Ask him about how PMG maximizes client return on their direct mail investments. Also, please find out what he does between lunch and happy hour (seriously, no one knows).

Jade Nguyen Swanson, Director of Client Services at MESG Marketing
Jade is a seasoned professional in developing campaign strategies in the digital space with over 15 years of nonprofit experience. She is the 2023 DMAW Board of Directors President. Ask her why she loves her job and how you can get more involved in the industry!


The Coupe
3415 11th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010 United States
Event Contact
Beth Holcomb
(703) 689-3629
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Thursday, April 20, 2023 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM) (EDT)
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