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September 28, 2017- Developing Emotional Intelligence and Understanding it’s Importance in Building Relationships with Your Staff, Donors, and Peers @ Prince Conference Center, Calvin College
Sep 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Emotional intelligence can greatly impact your work and career. It is important to understand what it is and the role it plays in our lives. Every workplace (advancement team, legal team, or professional advisor’s office) has people with different strengths, personalities, and emotions, which can greatly impact the way they work.

Developing emotional intelligence is an essential quality in leadership. Our capacity to recognize our own emotions and the emotions of others can help strengthen these relationships and unleash the best in us and in others.

Participants will:
• Understand the aspects of emotional intelligence and become more aware of its role in relationship building.
• Explore how to act with emotional intelligence during difficult situations.
• Develop tools to be an emotionally competent leader.

Speaker: Lon Swartzentruber, Senior Design Partner, Design Group International

Lon Swartzentruber has nearly 25 years of professional experience in strategic planning, comprehensive fundraising, and organizational transformation.
He has walked alongside leaders helping them articulate their vision, build consensus for that vision, and implement plans to achieve that vision.
From 1998 – 2005 Lon served as Donor Relations Director at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation helping build relationships with new and existing donors by connecting them to their charitable interests.
From 2005 – 2015 Lon served as Chief Advancement Officer at Grand Rapids Christian Schools helping lead organizational transformation through three capital campaigns that raised over $100 million in support of its mission.
Since 2012 Lon has been a consultant with Design Group International helping organizations and their leaders transform for a vibrant future. His areas of expertise include transformative strategic planning, comprehensive capital campaigns, authentic advancement, and leadership coaching.

Additional Information: 

Members, bring a guest to the September 28th event at no cost! Must complete information during the registration process.

11:30 am Registration and Lunch
12:00 pm Program
1:00 pm Conclusion

Why should you attend?
Learn more effective communication for donor relations and career development
Valuable for Board Members, Volunteers, and Business Professionals

CGP Day on Capitol Hill @ Capitol Hill
Oct 12 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Let’s be heard! Join us in DC on October 12

There is no better way to advocate than holding a face-to face meeting with legislators and their staff. And that is why we are going to the Hill. As representatives of some of the most important and visible organizations in your districts you have the power to educate and influence how charitable giving is perceived by your representatives. These small group meetings make an impact when you educate members of Congress about the importance of charitable giving and how promoting a universal charitable deduction can positively impact their communities and constituents.

This will be a critical time to engage legislators about the charitable tax deduction and other issues affecting charitable giving. Whether you are attending the national conference or not, you can participate and we need as many individuals as possible to get a large number of districts represented. This event is open to all CGP members, council members and other interested persons you may wish to invite. There is no fee to participate.

How it works:

CGP is working to make this as convenient as possible for all participants. We know your time is valuable and we appreciate the commitment you are making to attend. CGP will arrange all meetings and set the team schedules for the day. Teams of 3-5 participants will be grouped by district(s) and provided all needed talking points and leave behind materials. Orientation takes place Wednesday afternoon and we will prepare and provide you with everything you need for your day of meetings on Thursday. Rooms are available at the conference hotel Hilton Baltimore and CGP will provide round trip bus transportation between the Hilton Baltimore hotel and Capitol Hill on Thursday. If you are not attending the conference, you may still want to stay in Baltimore to be with the group and likely save some hotel costs.

We hope you will participate and be a voice for your district and organization. See the schedule and register by clicking below.


FYI – WMPGG Board of Directors meeting
Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Save the Date – Membership Social Networking Event @ The Mitten Brewing Company
Nov 13 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm