ESCC hosting annual leadership conference


PIQUA — Edison State Community College’s 13th annual Mosaic of Community Leadership conference will feature speaker Jerold Panas on May 18, from 8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the Robinson Theater of the Piqua campus.

The annual conference brings together executive directors, board members, staff, and volunteers to explore in–depth topics related to not-for-profit management. The one–day conference features a morning and afternoon presentation from Panas as well as lunch and networking opportunities.

Panas is a founding partner of Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners–one of the nation’s most highly regarded firms in the field of campaign services and financial resource development, where he has been professionally involved for more than 40 years.

Additionally, Panas is a co-founder and chairman of the board of the Institute for Charitable Giving, one of the most significant providers of training in philanthropy. His books are considered to be the most noteworthy in the field, with “Asking” being the largest selling book in the history of fundraising. Panas’ companion book “Asking” will be available for purchase and signing at the conference.

During his presentations, Panas will explore fundraising and philanthropy, which are critical for any organization that wants to make a difference. The morning presentation features, “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be–What’s Happening to Philanthropy,” where Panas will address 27 areas of fundraising and philanthropy that will change dramatically in the next three years and how these will impact the way we raise funds in the future.

During the afternoon session, Panas will present “Aim High–The Art of Asking,” where he will take us through a step-by-step analysis of the actions necessary to achieve a successful ask. He will then explore the nine reasons that prospects decide not to make a gift and the eight factors that distinguish an annual campaign from a major effort.

The annual conference is made possible through the continued support and generosity of The Paul G. Duke Foundation.

Registration for the event is preferred by May 13 to ensure a seat. The cost to attend the event is $50 per person with a discounted rate of $45 each for groups of three or more attendees. To register for the conference, visit For more information, contact Julie Slattery by calling 937-778-7805 or emailing [email protected].

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