Leaders of not for profit and public institutions face different challenges then those in other sectors. Managing complex multi-stakeholder projects, facing intense scrutiny, and constantly finding new sources of revenue are all in a day's work. Developing better leadership skills is one of the most important investments to achieve personal, professional and institutional success. Great leadership will inspire donors, staff and volunteers. It will position the cause to achieve even stronger and more sustainable results. This session will explore concepts including leading through influence, the power of authenticity, developing resilience, and surfacing and embracing conflict. Drawing from more than twenty years in senior leadership roles across multiple sectors, Julie will combine theory and practice to provide attendees with a provocative and insightful experience.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Renewed confidence in your role as a leader
  2. New concepts to help assess your own leadership strengths and weaknesses
  3. A variety of tools to enhance your leadership effectiveness

Julie Davis, CFRE

Vice-President, External Relations & Advancement

Trent University

Julie Davis's thirty year career has spanned the for-profit, public and charitable sector. Currently, as Vice President External Relations and Advancement at Trent University she is responsible for philanthropy, advancement services, community relations and alumni affairs. In her first few years in the role she led the institution through a brand repositioning and development of new advertising, then an award winning 50th anniversary year-long celebration. She is now focused on completing Trent's largest ever fundraising campaign, working with the City to develop a recreational complex and research park, and reaching out to alumni across the globe. Prior to Trent she was President and CEO of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation for nine years where she led two capital campaigns. Her work in the charitable sector was preceded by a fifteen year career in marketing and senior leadership in the packaged goods sector at Quaker Oats and Unilever Canada.