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OPRN 2016 Annual Spring Conference

  • May 05, 2016
  • 12:30 PM
  • May 06, 2016
  • 4:00 PM
  • Crowne Plaza Columbus; 33 East Nationwide Blvd; Columbus, Ohio


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OPRN 2016 Annual Conference

The POWER of Philanthropy

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Ashutosh Nandeshwar

Thursday, May 5 through Friday, May 6, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Registration  (12:30pm)
Sessions   (1:00pm)
Session One: Choice of One
New Researcher's Workshop
For those of you new to the field, come and listen to our panel of veterans in the field of prospect development for help navigating the waters of this field
Prospect Research Consulting
Have you ever wanted to venture out on your own?  Maybe just do a little moonlighting?  If the answer is yes, come hear from our panel of consultants and learn the pros and cons of being your own boss.

Session Two:

Speak Up!  Advocating for Research across Advancement

Many researchers agree that our fundraising colleagues do not understand what we do.  As research professionals, it is up to us to change this and to advocate for our profession.  But, how?  How can we inform our colleagues of our work and shape their perception of our value as fellow fundraisers?  What does advocacy look like in Prospect Development today?  What are others doing to be their own best advocate?  How can we advocate for the profession as a whole?  In this workshop, we’ll discuss common misconceptions about prospect research.  And, we’ll explore practical tools you can use to demystify your work and clarify your value to the overall fundraising team.

Vendor Demo - Blackbaud Target Analytics  (4:00pm)
Happy Hour  (4:30pm)
Optional Group Dinner Outing (cost not included)

Friday, May 6, 2016
(Casual Friday attire - jeans encouraged!)
Registration  (8:15am)
Breakfast Roundtables  (8:30am)
Keynote Presentation  (9:30am)
Imagine your life hanging by just a couple of spoken words. 
Our speaker was transformed by such a few words. In this talk, 
you will learn about these experiences that shaped him and 
brought him here and how you too can benefit from these 
principles and make you successful
Ashutosh Nandeshwar
Awards Luncheon  (11:30am)
Workshop  (1:15pm)
Why do our charts suck and what to do about them
Ashutosh Nandeshwar


Crowne Plaza Columbus Hotel
33 East Nationwide Blvd
Columbus, Ohio

Spring Conference 2016 will be held at Crowne Plaza Hotel Columbus – Downtown. Located in the Arena District, this  location is perfect for exploring downtown or visiting boutiques and restaurants in Short North. As the premier entertainment district in downtown Columbus, Ohio, the Arena District offers an experience unlike any other. Sports, Dining, Movies, Live Music, Bars, and so much more!  Perks for hotel guests include an indoor lap pool, 24-hour Fitness Center, and on-site eateries, Max & Erma’s and the Boulevard Bar & Cafe, as well as free shuttle service and a bicycle-rental program.

Parking Reduced Rate:

  • If you are staying at the hotel overnight, the cost to valet park is $12/night. 
  • For those of you coming for the day, the valet rate is $6/day.

Hotel Room Reservations are available at $135 per night discounted rate:  
We have a room block for both Wednesday night (5/4) and Thursday night (5/5). The block of rooms will be available through April 20, 2016. 

Please make sure to make your reservation by that date.Reservations may be made either by calling the Crowne Plaza at 800-338-4462 or online. If you are making the reservation by phone, indicate you are booking for the OPRN Spring Conference block. If you would like to book online, please use this hyper link Ohio Prospect Research Network 2016. (The link will take you to the Crowne Plaza Columbus-Downtown homepage.  You will need to select your date(s) and the "book" icon the group block rate and availability.)  

    If you have any questions or problems, please contact conference@oprn.org.

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