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Past AlumLess Episodes

Chris and Ryan chat with Rob Shoss, President and Managing Consultant at PEG Ltd. and the Alumni Attitude Study. They discuss with Rob the idea of value perception and some of the unique findings he’s observed conducting alumni surveys over the last twenty years. 

Ryan, Chris, and Rob also brainstorm what it takes to execute a great alumni survey project, and how important it is to involve everyone on campus from the onset. 


Chris and Ryan catch up with Brandon Buzbee, Vice President for Advancement at the University of North Texas. In his role at UNT for a year, Brandon previously led the Global Networks unit at the University of Denver, which included career services as part of advancement.

Brandon will discuss how he’s sizing up opportunities to enhance and rebuild various aspects of the advancement shop at UNT. He will also share how he prepared for his role as VP of Advancement and what other engagement pros can do if they hope to take on the leadership role.

AlumLess features Temi Akin-Aina, Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations at Western University in London, Ontario. Temi is the first guest from Canada and a rising star in the higher ed engagement space. Temi discusses some of the challenges facing advancement teams that might differ slightly in Canada versus the U.S.

Chris and Ryan also break down some of their takeaways from CASE Summit and share their thoughts on what advancement are discussing

Chris and Ryan speak with Erica Arroyo, Associate Vice President for Engagement at the University of Miami. Erica discusses her team’s fully integrated approach to philanthropy focused engagement.

All advancement teams struggle with the degree to which alumni engagement strategies should be designed and resourced to play a role in cultivating donors and qualifying new prospects. Erica shares how her team more closely connects engagement and philanthropy.

On this week’s episode of Alum-Less, we chat with Christine Fairchild, Direct of Alumni Relations at the University of Oxford. We’ll discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that come with leading a centralized alumni within Oxford’s college system.

Also, last week Christine announced that she’s departing Oxford after twelve years. Chris and I will ask Christine to reflect on her tenure and what’s next along her professional journey.

Be sure to hear our bonus segment with Christine on the podcast edition of Alum-Less!

In our next edition of Alum-Less, we’ll explore where the conversation is today regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in educational advancement. Our special guest this week is an expert on the topic.

Join Chris Marshall and me for a conversation with Dr. Angelique Grant – Senior Consultant + Principal at The Inclusion Firm. We’ll explore with Angelique what some advancement teams out there are doing to build momentum, assess whether goals and objectives have been reached, and how teams are thinking about measuring the success of DEIB initiatives. Be sure to subscribe to our podcast edition of Alum-Less to hear our 30-minute weekly bonus segment with Angelique and each of our guests.


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