Conference Speakers

Phil Gwoke

Keynote Speaker and Consultant, BridgeWorks

Around BridgeWorks HQ, Phil is known as the motivator and the historian. As an internationally recognized speaker, Phil has shared his wisdom and inspired audiences in 40 different states and 4 continents to over 100,000 people. Before becoming a speaker he pursued his passion to help people be their best selves as a high school teacher, college admissions professional, marketing coordinator, corporate trainer and even small business owner. He has maintained strong ties to his local community as a mentor and consultant to young entrepreneurs, and brings his diverse background and skill-set to the BridgeWorks team.

Phil is one of BridgeWorks’ resident Gen Xers, and brings his unique humor, experiences, research, and generational expertise to every keynote, workshop and training session he delivers. He is a firm believer that with the proper motivation, training, and support system, members of any generation can become capable of remarkable accomplishments. With his down-to-earth, relatable style and dedication to presenting research in a digestible, entertaining way, Phil has become a fast favorite with audiences around the country.

Long before becoming a BridgeWorks Gen Expert, Phil owned and ran a coffee shop in Minneapolis. He’s the proud father of a collegiate Gen Edger, and is adjusting to life as an empty-nest Gen Xer.

Preeti Gill

Preeti Gill is a professional researcher of philanthropic people and trends, with a focus on increasing major donor support among female and BIPOC givers. Currently, she leads the prospect development team at Covenant House Vancouver (CHV). She is the inaugural recipient of CHV’s Diversity in Action award, which recognizes staff achievement in helping create an inclusive workplace.

Preeti has worked in a wide range of non-profit environments over the past twenty years, including education, the community foundation movement, health care and social services.

Preeti is a long-time volunteer for Apra International, the association that represents Prospect Development professionals who work in research, data analytics and fundraising operations. She is the current Chair of Apra’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. 

Since 2010, she has presented at multiple Apra chapter- and CASE conferences.

Sharise Harrison

Sharise Harrison has been touting the benefits of data as a prospect development professional for 18 years. Presently, you can find her leading, analyzing and creating as the Senior Director of Prospect Management and Analytics at Santa Clara University where she also serves as chair of the University Relations, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce. A native of Washington, DC, Sharise has worked in development her entire career.  She has four billion dollar campaigns under her belt and is always eager to learn about the next big thing in data. Her diverse experience includes: Howard University, Georgetown University, Women for Women International, The Foundation Center, University of Kentucky Healthcare and the Humane Society of the United States. Sharise is a certified Pranic Healer with a focus on mindfulness and meditation.  Her volunteer work has included serving on the APRA Nominations Committee as well as serving as Chair of both the Awards Committee and Data Science Curriculum Planning Committee. To add to her already full plate, she is pursuing her PhD in Transformative Social Change at Saybrook University. She has earned a BA in History from La Salle University, MA in Humanities from Georgetown University, a Certificate in Fundraising Operations from Rice University. 

Mallory Lass

Mallory Lass is the Assistant Director, Prospect Management in the Prospect Development department at UC Berkeley, where she is working to further the Fundraising 2.0 vision. She leads campus efforts around prospect management, portfolio optimization and strategy, prospect pool analysis, and metrics reporting. She serves clients at Berkeley Law, Student Experience & Diversity, and the VCRO. Prior to that, Mallory served as a senior prospect analyst and supported UDAR's regional fundraising efforts in Los Angeles and the Bay Area as well as the Vice Chancellor for Research Office, and the Berkeley Brain Initiative. Mallory started in prospect research as a student worker at UC Santa Barbara and was able to embark on a career in the industry after graduation. She returned to Prospect Development after she took a career detour as an estate planning attorney, where she was also involved on many community boards. She served as the Secretary and then Co-Chair of SacLEGAL (Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians) as well as on the executive committee of the Probate Section of the Sacramento County Bar.

Mallory joined the board of CARA (California Advancement Research Association) in 2014 as the Northern California Regional Chair and served through 2020. You can find her on Twitter @datalover916.

Renee Teate

Renee is the Director of Data Science at HelioCampus, and has worked with data throughout her career as a database designer, SQL developer, Data Analyst, and Data Scientist. She is an alum of James Madison University and the University of Virginia, and currently resides in Harrisonburg, VA. Renee created the "Becoming a Data Scientist" podcast and @becomingdatasci twitter account, and enjoys speaking about topics related to machine learning at technology and higher ed industry conferences.

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