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This webinar originally aired on September 5th, 2019

Hosting events can be a crucial part of fundraising, but getting donors to attend and making sure their experience is valuable can be tricky. On September 5th at 10 am EST Lesley Albanese, the Vice President of Initiatives at Cato, will join us to talk about how to get donors to attend your organization's events. Lesley has years of experience hosting events and establishing relationships with donors: check out her bio below to learn more.

About the Presenter:

Lesley Albanese is vice president for initiatives at the Cato Institute. In her position, she serves as a member of the Institute’s senior leadership team collaborating with the president, executive management and scholars on a range of strategic objectives and projects. She is also responsible for identifying opportunities to establish new ventures, and maintains a development portfolio that includes foundations and major-gift solicitation.

Before joining the Cato Institute, Albanese was the president and COO of the Center for Education Reform, and served from 2014-2017 as the Vice President of Development at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. In that capacity, Albanese oversaw all fundraising efforts including annual membership, major gift solicitation of individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Prior to joining the Constitution Center, Albanese spent 16 years at the Cato Institute. She most recently served as Cato’s Vice President for Development (2007-2014). Working closely with the Institute’s president, she was instrumental in the success of Cato’s capital campaign, which expanded its headquarters and programs.

Albanese received a BA in business and political science from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.