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June 25, 2020 Webinar - Career Panel Discussion
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When: 06/25/2020
10:00 am
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Contact: PPGGNY

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Thursday, June 25, 2020 - WEBINAR

We are better together (Even when we are apart)
PPGGNY is here for our Members and to show our commitment we are excited to offer our second Virtual Career Session. The current health crisis has turned our world upside down. Let’s take care of ourselves both physically and professionally. Use this time for your benefit and join us as we explore planned giving as a career from experts in the field.


PPGGNY will email the login instructions on the Tuesday prior to the webinar. This webinar will be live and may be recorded.

Please do not hesitate to email our office with any questions


Coffee Time Webinar Pricing (Member/Non-Member)
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FREE for Members /$25 for Non-Members

Morning Webinar (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Finding, Developing, and Retaining Staff: Planned Giving as a Career

Our seasoned panelists will discuss what they look for when hiring new staff members and how they develop cohesive teams. They will also discuss the role of professional and personal development of team members and how this relates to retention. Whether you are starting a career in planned giving, seeking staff at your organization, or hoping to make your next career step, this panel will help identify best practices as well as pitfalls to avoid. Questions will be encouraged. This session qualifies for CFRE credits.



About Our Moderator

John Bacon, Deputy Chief Philanthropic Officer for PG, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

John Bacon is the Deputy Chief Development Officer for Planned Giving at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Before joining The Met in September 2017, John was the Director of Planned Giving at The New York Public Library for 14 years.  He previously worked as a curator and preservationist before practicing law and working at Smith Barney, where he was part of a team that established a donor advised fund program.  John is a President Emeritus of PPGGNY.  He is active with the arts and New York City community through the Friends of American Arts at Yale and the Historic Districts Council.  John is a graduate of Yale College, the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program, and Temple Law School.










About Our Panelists

Dianne Armstrong, Vice President for Gift Planning, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Dianne Armstrong is Vice President for Gift Planning at Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  Her career has included a variety of roles in development at the Rutgers University Foundation (1981-1986), Long Island University (1986-1990), Cornell Medical College (1990-1996), Women in Need (1996-1999), and Planned Parenthood (1999-present).  She earned an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from the New School and has retained the CFRE credential since 1989.  

At Planned Parenthood, Dianne and her team have built a national planned giving program with expertise in planned giving marketing, life income gifts administration, the estates-in-probate process, and working with gift planning donors across the U.S.   Two years ago, they completed the organization’s first Bequest Challenge—resulting in $362,000,749 in documented bequests from 2,380 donors.  They are currently working on integrated gift planning programs with several Planned Parenthood affiliates,  launching an organization-wide Planned Parenthood Legacy Society, and hoping to break another record for the number of unduplicated estate gifts in a single year.          







Ryan Hart, Columbia University

Ryan Hart arrived at Columbia University in January 2014, and for more than four years has led the University Gift Planning team. Prior to Columbia, Ryan served for more than 22 years at Vassar College, including leading the Gift Planning, Leadership Gifts, Parent Giving, and Annual Fund teams and as Assistant Vice President for Individual Giving and Associate Campaign Director for the college's $431 million Vassar 150: World Changing campaign that successfully concluded in 2013. Ryan is a graduate of Vassar with a degree in political science.










Pamela Bennett, JD, Director of Gift planning, Metropolitan Opera

Pamela Bennett has over 28 years of experience in managing planned giving programs. She has been the Director of Gift planning at the Metropolitan Opera since October 2019. She previously spent eight years as Director of Gift Planning at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and 19 years as Director of Planned Giving at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She has managed small teams and grown a planned giving program from five to 15 employees.  She has a JD from Vanderbilt University and an AB from Brown University.










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