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October Educational Luncheon: Youth Leadership Development, Engagement and Philanthropy

Today’s emerging workforce is the largest and most diverse in American history. They number nearly 80 million, and will account for 50% of the workforce by 2020. Despite this many organizations fail to realize that fundamental differences exist in the ways young professionals and forbearers view the nature of employment, volunteerism, and philanthropy. This disconnect must be overcome if nonprofit organizations are to retain high-quality young talent, attract and maintain young professionals as volunteers, and eventually steward those volunteers to become the next generation of donors.

This session will provide an in-depth discussion of key generational characteristics and strategies  for better retaining and cultivating young professionals. 

Our Panelists

Arin Lopez
Director, Volunteer Services, Make-A-Wish ArizonaALopez
Arin considers himself a ‘translator’ between generations. As a young(ish) Gen X’er, Arin’s conservative qualities allow him to understand the ethics of previous generations while his more progressive traits allow him to admire the passion that drives young and emerging generations. Always the peacemaker, Arin enjoys bridging the communication gaps frequently at play between generations. When not making peace between adults, Arin communicates (as effectively as possible with toddlers) using laughter and adventure as a father to his two sons. In his paid position, Arin helps grant wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions at Make-A-Wish. He is proud to work with incredibly diverse groups of individuals who make all types of dreams come true every day. Arin is an Arizona native but is a beach boy at heart. His one, true wish is to immediately retire to a beautiful(ly paid for) beachfront home in Maui.

Tom Parker
Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Make-A-Wish® AmericaTomP
As Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Tom is the staff lead for the Compensation & Management Development Committee and responsible for all HR services for the organization. He has more than 20 years of human resource experience. Prior to joining Make-A-Wish® America Tom was Vice President, HR Transformation at American Express Technology (AET). He was responsible for leading enabling strategies across AET including driving delivery transformation, organizational culture and change management, and creating people solutions to increase the depth and breadth of technical skills and capabilities.  Prior to his role in AET, Tom was asked to help build the American Express Enterprise Growth group.  His responsibilities extend across approximately 1900 employees and functional lines including Sales and Acquisitions, Marketing, Product Development, International Payments Solutions, Operations and Technology. 

Nate Rhoton
Development Director, One-n-TenNateR
Nate recently joined One-n-Ten as the development director, bringing over fifteen years of corporate management experience and ten years of nonprofit fundraising and development expertise to the organization.  Formerly, he served for the last twelve years as the operations director of a local construction company, where he worked to expand corporate community involvement and non-discrimination protections to LGBT employees.

Wednesday, October 4
Mesa Community College
            (Main Library, room LB300)
            1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa AZ 85202

Meet & Greet: 11:30am - Noon
Luncheon: Noon – 1:30pm

COST: Members $30.00/ Nonmembers $45.00

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AFP encourages you to pre-register for the luncheon prior to the deadline of 12 noon on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. If registering on-site the day of the luncheon, please note the cost increase and that we cannot guarantee a meal. ALL No shows will be charged. Thank you for your cooperation.

Our Sponsor


The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising course has been moved to October and will be at same location.

When: October 10-11 / 8:00am to 5:00pm

Where: Mesa Community College
           (Main Library, room LB300)
           1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa AZ 85202

: $390 for AFP members; $490 for non-members

The AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising course is

  • A comprehensive overview of the six core fundraising knowledge domains
  • Taught face-to-face over two days, including case studies and interactive projects
  • Designed for individuals with up to 4 years of professional fundraising experience
  • Eligible for 15 CFRE Education Points

Our Faculty

Loren Bouchard, CFRE
Fund Development Program Manager
Banner Health Foundation

Hollie Costello
Director, PR & Marketing
Make-A-Wish Arizona

Lisa Evans, CFRE
Sr. Manager, Chapter Advancement
Make-A-Wish America

Adel Irwin
Regional Director, Community Engagement
Lutheran Social Services

George Nunes
Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy
Captacion Fundraising

Stephanie Walsh
Fund Development Program Manager
Banner Health Foundation

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Cancellation and Refund Policy (For All Chapter Events)
Cancellations and Refund requests must be received in writing to 72 hours prior to an event. No refunds will be issued within 72 hours of the event. All no-shows will be charged and/or invoiced.