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Belonging in the Development Field: A Conversation with Emerging Leaders

This is a conversation you will not want to miss. The need to attract, mentor and retain a diverse workforce and create a culture of equity and inclusion has never been greater. Be part of a discussion with emerging and established leaders in philanthropy about the change we must create and how a new generation of professionals is transforming our field.

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Hank Geng is a Senior Leadership Gift Officer at Boston University College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), where he works to inspire major and principal gifts from CAS alumni, parents and friends in close collaboration with faculty and senior University leaders. He also built and launched an inaugural CAS Family Giving Program and serves as liaison to the CAS Family Council, a group of parent leaders who act as ambassadors and enthusiastic volunteers for the College across the globe.

Elsa Gomes Bondlow joined Building Impact in 2020 as the Vice President of Growth and Partnership Development. Building Impact is a nonprofit organization transforming corporate volunteering by partnering with civic leaders, business and nonprofit leaders in addressing complex social issues through engaging in volunteering, virtual engagement and by donating.  She is leading the efforts in cultivating partnerships in the Commercial Real Estate community and providing the foundation for corporate footprint expansion in Boston and beyond. Elsa is also coordinating the work from business development, to client engagement.

Dananai Morgan is a black Muslim, cis woman. She studied Sociology and Law in South Africa and recently joined the Advancement team at the Museum of Science. Her development and fundraising background is extensive. She has worked at the High Commissioner’s Office in South Africa, CARE International, United Kingdom, National Youth Development Council, First Teacher Boston, and Enroot. In addition, Dananai also worked in higher education at both MIT and Harvard where she worked in planned giving and donor stewardship. Dananai was a member of the DEI taskforce at MIT and chaired the Equity Circle at Enroot advancing racial justice and organizational development for equity. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe and resides in Dorchester with her husband and two sons.

Christopher Marrion is a senior not-for-profit executive with more than two decades of experience as a fundraiser in higher education and cultural organizations. Most recently Chris served as the Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations at his graduate school alma mater, the Boston University College of Fine Arts, where he helped the school to exceed its fundraising goal for BU’s Choose to be Great campaign and on-boarded the school’s first permanent Dean in more than fifteen years. Prior to BU, Chris served under Artistic Director Yo-Yo Ma as Deputy Director of Silkroad, where his responsibilities included strategic planning, program assessment, and fundraising for concert tours, recordings and commissions by the Silk Road Ensemble, a multi-year education initiative in NYC public schools, and a collaboration with the Harvard Business School to promote innovative cultural enterprise.