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Alumni Volunteer Summit

We value your contributions of time and talent that make an impact on alumni, current students and the University. As one of our volunteer leaders, we invite you to join us for the Inaugural Alumni Volunteer Summit, an afternoon of thoughtful discussion, networking and collaboration designed to empower you to succeed in your role.

This summit is a way to acknowledge and celebrate our volunteers
— it’s our way of giving back to those of you who give so much to Drexel.


This summit is for all alumni volunteer leaders, as well as Drexel student leaders, and faculty and professional staff partners who play an integral role in ensuring the success of our alumni volunteers.


Schedule of Events
11:30 a.m. Registration
12 p.m. Lunch is served
12:15 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

12:30 p.m. Remarks from President John Fry
1 - 2 p.m. Panel Discussion 
2 - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Breakout Session 1
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2
4:30 p.m. Closing remarks, followed by reception Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building
5:30 p.m.: Reception concludes


Drexel University
Behrakis Grand Hall
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Friday, October 19, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



The Drexel Update: A Panel Discussion

The Drexel Update: A Panel Discussion

Get an insider’s look at the happenings around campus from senior administrators from the offices of the treasurer, student life, the provost and admissions. Moderated by David Unruh, senior vice president of Institutional Advancement, this panel will bring you up to speed on Drexel’s top strategic priorities and highlight exciting projects and initiatives. You’ll leave exclusive with up-to-date information to add to your volunteer toolkit.

Panelists include:

  • Helen Bowman, Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer
  • Lucy Kerman, Senior Vice Provost for University and Community Partnerships
  • Subir Sahu, Vice President and Dean of Student Life
  • Evelyn Thimba, Vice President and Dean of Admissions

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Alumni Engagement 101

Get a big picture view of alumni programs, volunteer opportunities and resources and find out how to leverage all of this for success in your volunteer role. Lauren Villanueva ’04, ’09, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations, will give you a snapshot of the Drexel alumni community – from demographical information to their common behaviors and interests.

BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Succession Planning for Volunteer Groups

Succession planning is vital to the long-term sustainability of a volunteer group. Participants of this session will learn from Alyssa Abbott ’16, assistant director of Drexel’s Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute, how to incorporate leading practices to ensure the success and future of their volunteer group’s efforts.

BREAKOUT SESSION 3: Strategic Thinking for Maximum Impact

Turning your great ideas into reality requires strategic thinking and impact-oriented approaches. Strategic thinking involves making effective decisions that align with and advance your mission, vision, and values. By understanding and using this kind of thinking, volunteers can achieve the results they seek, motivate others towards a common goal, and ultimately make an impact that matters. This interactive session, led by Neville K. Vakharia ’90, ’02, program director for arts administration and associate professor and research director for Westphal College’s Department of Arts & Entertainment Enterprise, will demonstrate the role of strategic thinking for volunteer leaders and organizations and will provide useful approaches that can be applied to many situations.

Breakout Sessions will run concurrently between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. and participants will choose two to attend.


Interested in staying overnight near campus for the summit? Click here for a list of hotels offering discounts to Drexel alumni and plan your trip today.

Complimentary parking will be available for all guests in the Drexel Parking Garage located at 34th and Market streets.

Dress is business casual.