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GEAC Summer Conference 2016
July 21-22
at LaGrange College

From the fables of Aesop to the tales of Jeff Foxworthy, meaningful messages can be shared in the context of a story. At the 2016 GEAC Summer Conference, you'll learn to build a better story for your alumni, donors, the world ... and you.

Registration for the two-day event is $125. Click here to register online.

Conference website (including schedule)

The host hotel for conference guests is Wingate by Wyndham, located at 103 Wingate Terrace in LaGrange. GEAC has a conference room rate of $69 per night for a single king or queen/queen, hardwood or carpet flooring. Please specify at time of reservation. Hotel check-in is available starting at 3 p.m. 

To make your reservation: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 866-416-0401 and reference the GEAC room block. The official reservation deadline was July 8, but the special rate will be honored so long as rooms are available.

Keynote Speaker: Jerold Panas

Jerold Panas is executive partner of Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, a renowned firm in the field of campaign services and financial resource development.

He has been professionally involved in fundraising for more than 40 years and helped raise an estimated $11 billion for charitable organizations around the world.

A celebrated speaker, Panas also is a regular contributor to professional journals and the author of countless articles for magazines, newsletters and newspapers. He has written or co-written 19 books on fundraising, including Asking, the best-selling book in the history of fundraising.

His honors include the Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Service from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Fundraising Success magazine and recognition by the Cultural Office of Mexico.

Panas is co-founder and chairman of the board of the Institute for Charitable Giving and the Mexican Institute for Charitable Giving. He is a life trustee of the American College of Greece and a member of the board of the Council of Independent Colleges.


Keynote Speaker: Carol Cain

Storyteller Carol Cain is from a big family and a small town, which both give her plenty to talk about! She first discovered the power of storytelling 29 years ago as a new mother when her 12th-grade English students begged for stories about her son as a way to get her off the topic of British literature.

For the past 23 years, Cain has performed as Rosie the Riveter at the Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga., and other locations throughout the U.S. In August 2007, she performed as Rosie for the National Convention of the American Legion Auxiliary in Reno, Nev. She also has been featured at events at Fort Benning, World War II Heritage Days, the Atlanta World War II Roundtable and the Atlanta History Center.

In addition to her work at museums, schools, churches, senior centers and libraries throughout the Southeast, Cain performed at the 2011 Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem, Utah. In October 2016, she will be one of six storytellers from across the nation featured in the Exchange Place concert at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn.


GEAC Annual Conference: Savannah, Nov. 16-18

UPDATE: Proposal deadline extended to Aug. 5

Mark your calendars for the 2016 GEAC Annual Conference, which returns this fall to the Desoto Hilton in the beautiful port city of Savannah. Make your room reservations now via telephone at 877-280-0751 or online at Be sure to the use the group code GEA. Watch for registration details later this summer.

The theme of this year's conference, "Bridging Ideas Into Action," serves as a fitting platform to highlight the unique ideas, initiatives and services your higher education institution may provide. Your peers from Georgia's public and private colleges, universities and technical colleges will benefit from learning how you put ideas to work.

We're currently seeking presenters in each of the following areas:

  • Advancement Services
  • Alumni Relations
  • Development
  • Public Relations/Public Affairs
  • Communications

To submit your proposal, just complete the online form and submit via email to Stephen Snyder, 2016 Annual Conference Chair, at deadline for consideration is Aug. 5.

We're also on the lookout for volunteers to serve on this year's Conference Planning Committee. This is a great way to get involved! If you're interested, simply contact Stephen at the email address above.

Additional information