CTCEF’s 16th Annual Conference for Education Foundations
September 29, 2015,
8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Crowne Plaza Cromwell Hotel


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1KeynoteKeynote speaker and Eli Whitney Museum Director, William Brown, engages the audience with a
discussion on Education Foundations as “Vision Capitalists.”

2Harlem WizardsKathi Russ, Harlem Wizards, talks with Patrice McCarthy, CABE (CT Association of Boards of Education),
about entertainment basketball for events.

3CanterburyCanterbury Superintendent, Lois Knapton, and Christopher Lippke, Canterbury Education Foundation,
enjoy a chance to pow wow before things really start happening.

4ClassWalletNeil Steinhardt shows a conference attendee how to use ClassWallet, a solution to manage
disbursement, e-commerce, and tracking in a single platform.

5Pluralism WorkshopThe Power of Pluralism presenter, Bill Brown, and moderator Paul Holzer, Achieve Hartford!, in a
candid moment as workshop attendees arrived.

6Unique EventsUnique Events panel members James Maroney, Milford Education Foundation; Brenda Gorman,
Guilford Fund for Education; and Kristin Johnson, The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools,
share their experiences with the wide variety of events their foundations have held.

7Liz and NancyNancy Kail, founding chair of the Greenwich Alliance for Education, and CTCEF president, Liz Stokes,
enjoy a chance to catch up after working together to form GAE many years ago.

8McGraw-HillClaritza Colon and Carol Rossi, from McGraw-Hill Education, display instructional solutions to
re-imagine learning in a digital world.

9Liz and DougieFounding and former CTCEF board member, Dougie Trumble, who co-founded The Foundation for
West Hartford Public Schools with Heather Congdon, reuniting with Liz Stokes.

9Barnum FinancialJohn Pearson and his assistant from Barnum Financial Group’s Center for College Planning
provide strategies for parents investing in their children’s education. John also moderated
the workshop, Unique Events, and led a luncheon discussion group on Rebranding Planned Giving.

10SmarterSelectRalph Gagliardi, SmarterSelect, provides an online solution to managing online applications
(scholarships, grants, and awards).

11GreenleafGuy Iaccarino, workshop presenter, lunch discussion leader, and managing partner of
Greenleaf Advancement, reconnects with Unique Events panelist Kristin Johnson, The Foundation for
West Hartford Public Schools. Greenleaf Advancement provides an affordable database management solution
that is customized to meet your particular needs.

12MapIn the last 16 years, the number of education foundations in CT has grown from 30 to about 90.
The map shows the towns that have education foundations. Canterbury Education Foundation has
received its 501(c)(3) and should be included on the map.

13BoardCelebrating 16 years of CTCEF’s and Liz Stokes’ service to education foundations in Connecticut.
Shown are CTCEF board members Liz, Woody Bliss (Weston Education Foundation),
Marge Hiller (Bridgeport Public Education Fund), Randy Anway (Lyme/Old Lyme Education Foundation),
Gail Kelly (Newington Education Foundation), Joanne Beers (Avon Education Foundation), and Carolyn McNally
(ACES Education Foundation). Not shown is Lisa Bugos (The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools).

14Liz and MargeLiz Stokes and CTCEF board member, Marge Hiller, enjoy a moment of fond memories.

16501 AuctionsSilver Sponsor 501 Auctions representatives, Kenan Hyman and Leslie Hansen, prepare to select the
recipient of their sponsor-drawing prize. 501 Auctions provides an auction, mobile bidding, and
event management solution for the modern non-profit.


Bruce Thompson, workshop presenter, luncheon discussion leader, and president of Kilakwa Associates,
shares food and fun with another happy conference attendee and sponsor-drawing prize winner.
Kilakwa Associates offers your foundation a free Web site evaluation and provides Web site development,
design, and management.

18Bay PathKate Manning, The Graduate School at Bay Path University, presented her sponsor-drawing prize to
Naomi Rodriguez, Ledyard Education Advancement Foundation. The Graduate School offers degrees in
non-profit management/philanthropy and strategic fundraising/philanthropy.

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