Attracting and retaining fundraising staff is essential to the success of our organizations. Our profession has high turnover rates, and yet we all recognize that it takes time to cultivate relationships with donors and volunteers. Why do people 'jump around' in their careers? What inspires them to stay? Facilitated by KCI Senior Vice President, Tara George, and Senior Consultant, Search Practice, Sylvia Kadlick, this session will demonstrate how we can apply hiring and leadership best practices to encourage great people to stay, grow, and contribute for longer periods of time.

1. Learn proven, successful strategies for creating conscientious recruitment & retention strategies
2. Understand the positive impact a successful retention strategy will have on an organization’s ability to thrive
3. Discover what motivates employees to stay invested in the organizations they work for

Tara George, MBA

Senior Vice President & Lead Search Consultant

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

For the past nine years, as the lead consultant for KCI’s executive search and talent development practice Tara has partnered with a wide variety of non-profit organizations across Canada. She has interviewed, advised, and guided hundreds of leaders at a variety of levels, and through her work brings a unique perspective on leadership development and effectiveness.

Tara has invited several Executive Leadership Coaches to join us for this session, and will moderate a panel discussion on developing leadership skills and qualities. These professional coaches work with senior executives, boards, and teams in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors to help people fully develop their potential and results in the areas of transformational leadership, transition to new roles, effective communication, and professional and personal growth.


Sylvia Kadlick, CFRE

Senior Search Consultant

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

In her current role at KCI, Sylvia has worked on executive recruitment searches for a wide variety of clients across the country. Prior to rejoining KCI in 2011, Sylvia was Director of Development with Frontier College. Earlier, she worked at the York University Foundation as a Chief Development Officer with the Faculty of Arts, and then progressed to an Associate Director of Development for the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Sylvia was also the Executive Director of the Niagara College Foundation for four years. Prior to this, she was a Senior Campaign Director with KCI, where she was a consultant for various capital campaigns, mostly in the healthcare sector. Sylvia also served as Manager of Development & Corporate Fundraising at Kids Help Phone Foundation in Toronto for two years and began her fundraising career as a Campaign Manager at the United Way of Greater Toronto.