Angela Glover has over 25 years of philanthropic experience working with hospitals, colleges, universities, and advocacy organizations as well consulting. Currently, she serves as a Principal Advisor for Bequests at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital working with frontline gift planning officers to maximize legacy and major gift opportunities to support the hospital’s efforts to find cures to save children. Also, Angela serves as a Global Advisor in ALSAC’s Global Scholars Program educating fundraisers from around the world on fundraisng techniques as well as advising the multicultural giving program. Prior to ALSAC, Angela worked with Habitat for Humanity International as a Senior Planned Giving Officer. She has worked with small and large organizations at all levels of fundraising, garnering institutional support from grants, individual solicitations, events and planned giving. Also, Angela has served as a philanthropic consultant with nonprofits as well as individuals. Throughout her career she has built fundraising programs from the ground up and has lectured on strategy and fundraising techniques while mentoring young professionals along the way. She has held positions with UCLA, Wake Forest University, Morehouse College and her alma mater Spelman College as well as a host of regional advocacy organizations. She holds a BA in Political Science from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and a JD from the University of Miami, School of Law. Angela completed her CAP (Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy) certification in May of 2022. She is active with the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College (NAASC) as well as other organizations promoting women of color in philanthropy. Angela enjoys traveling, cooking exotic food, art, basketball volunteering and simply making the world a better place.
Aquanetta Betts, JD, CAP ®, AEP ®, CFRE is the Director of Planned Giving at George Mason University. Prior to joining George Mason University, she was the Senior Executive Director of Planned Giving at World Vision (Eastern U.S.). Before her roles within organizations, Aquanetta spent more than a decade as an estate planning attorney in the District of Columbia and Maryland. She is the President of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council, and serves on the board of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council. She serves in leadership positions with the National Bar Association’s Real Property, Trusts, and Estates Section, the International Association of Advisors in Philanthropy, and the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners where she is a board member, and chair of the DEI Committee.
Olumide (Mide) Akerewusi, is a fundraiser, a social justice advocate, and a certified Corporate Social Responsibility Practitioner. He was born and raised in the UK to immigrant parents from Nigeria, and now lives as an immigrant in Toronto, Canada.
Mide is Founder and CEO of AgentsC Inc. an international, B-Corp Certified full-service fundraising and philanthropy agency, specializing in people-centred change management, research, evaluation, and solutions to socially and environmentally conscious organizations in Canada and around the world.
Mide is a co-author of the award winning book, Collecting Courage. Mide is also the lead researcher for the research report, The Duality of Giving: Contemporary Perspectives on Formalized African Philanthropy. He is host and convenor of the Giving Black Conference, and the Giving Black Podcast.
Shaped by her Jamaican identity and deeply influenced by spending 2/3 of her life in Canada, Nicole is a skilled communicator who embraces her natural curiosity and thirst for variety and new challenges. An avid reader, gardener, sports enthusiast and mentor, Nicole is anchored by family, committed to service, building connections and deepening personal relationships.
With thirty years working in the non-profit sector, Nicole is the Founder & Principal of Boundless Philanthropy, a consultancy providing a range of services, including interim leadership and decision-making support, fund development strategy and advisory services, staff mentorship, and a variety of Raiser’s Edge database supports.
Prior to the founding of her consultancy in 2014, she was the Director of Fund Development for a Canadian international development organization.
Christal M. Cherry, a native New Yorker, lives in Atlanta with her son, Mac and dog, Charlie. She identifies as an African American woman with pronouns, she/her.
Christal worked 23 years as a nonprofit fundraiser serving higher education institutions, seminaries, and human service organizations. Now as a board consultant for nonprofits, she equips and empowers boards to support their missions and change the world. Her services as Principal and CEO of The Board Pro, include recruitment, governance, fundraising, conflict resolution and diversity, equity, inclusion, access and belonging.
Christal earned an MA in Counseling from Hampton University, a BA in Liberal Arts from Hofstra University and professional development certifications in nonprofit leadership, social media fundraising, and nonprofit management. She recently earned certification as a Quadrant 3 Leadership Coach and as a Nonprofit Board Consultant with Board Source.
She is a contributing author to Collecting Courage, a collection of first-person narratives from Black fundraisers documenting their experiences with racism in the nonprofit sector. In 2021, Christal authored her first children’s book, Mac and Cheez, Being Different is Okay which is available on Amazon.
Born and raised in Brazil, Camila comes from a very mixed family including Black, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Native Indian. She understood from a very young age that race relations, identity and gender roles were central not only to her family but to herself and that skin color in Brazil dictates your role, future and existence within society.
Since childhood Camila has been involved in philanthropy through her family's community initiatives. Her career in the nonprofit sector is a means to contribute towards the eradication of all forms of prejudice preventing the advancement and betterment of humankind; she is a fundraising professional in Toronto
Kerry Shillito is a Black woman born in Montserrat and raised in Toronto. Her father is a descendent of African people enslaved by the British planter class in Montserrat. Her Mother is White British.
Fundraising was a calling for Kerry. It has been her vocation for over 23 years. She has worked both in Canada and England and has raised funds for causes in healthcare, education and arts & culture. Her experiences range from events to major gifts and today she inspires individuals to create lasting legacies for healthcare in British Columbia.
Kerry inspires individuals to create lasting legacies for healthcare in British Columbia as the Associate Director of Gift and Estate Planning at VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. She is also a board member of a black-led & black-serving charity, Hogan’s Alley Society and sits on the Vancouver Executive of CAGP. She is passionate about British Empire history and seeks to understand & change our sector’s harmful traditional fundraising practices.