NetTalks – Alumni Engagement Webinar Series



Do you believe alumni engagement is central to deepening organizational impact and creating sustainable experiences of Jewish living, giving and learning? Do you want to learn from leading practitioners how to create best-in-class alumni experiences?

The Schusterman Philanthropic Network and Jim Joseph Foundation hosted #NetTalks, a free, four-part webinar series for Jewish professionals who want to tap into the power and potential of alumni networks!

#NetTalks was the first step in sparking a meaningful conversation around alumni engagement and supporting a broader community understanding of effective alumni networks.

Participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices for catalyzing alumni networks with world-renowned experts, like Dan Ariely and Beth Kanter. You will also learn how to create best-in-class alumni experiences from professional advisors and leading practitioners.

Webinars occurred between December 2013 and April 2014. See below for information and links about each webinar.

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Time: 2:00PM EST-3:00PM EST

Presenters: Or Mars, Director, Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program, and No’a Gorlin, Associate Executive Director, ROI Community

Topic: Case Studies: Successful Alumni Networks in Action

Description: Join us for the closing session of the #NetTalks Alumni Engagement Webinar series, which will include case studies by the Wexner Fellowship and the ROI Community. Or Mars and No’a Gorlin will be reflecting on their experiences and sharing best practices from their respective alumni networks. 

Click here to learn more about Or and his work and here to learn more about No’a and her work.

Click here to see No’a and Or’s slideshow and here for a recording of their presentation.

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Time: 2:00PM-3:00PM EST

Presenters: Elliott Brown, Founder and CEO, and Russ Finkelstein, Managing Director, Clearly NEXT

Topic: Meeting Alumni Career Needs on a Limited Budget

Description: Career development is one of the most pressing alumni needs and yet one of the most difficult services to provide with limited resources. Russ and Elliott will share their experiences developing effective, scalable career programs at low-cost for adults of all ages and incomes.

Read more about Elliott Brown and Russ Finkelstein and their new career support platform here.  

Click here to see Russ’s presentation.


Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Time: 12:00PM-1:00PM EST

Presenter: James Fowler, Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Topic: Mobilizing the Network: The Power of Friends

Description: In the past decade a number of online platforms have sprung up that allow us to collect massive amounts of interaction data. Recent work shows that these online interactions can be used to predict face-to-face relationships, meaning that these digital footprints allow us to identify potential friendships. In this webinar, James Fowler will describe research that shows three ways we can use this information to improve our power to predict and shape behavior.

Read more about James Fowler and his work at the intersection of the natural and social sciences here.

Click here to see James’ presentation.


Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Time: 2:00-3:00PM EST

Presenter: Beth Kanter, renowned speaker, author, master trainer and blogger

Topic: Leveraging Social Media to Engage and Inspire Your Alumni Network

Description: In this era of overwhelming inundation of data and messages, an organization’s relationships help it achieve results. But many nonprofits are not properly measuring whether their engagement efforts are worth the time and cost. Based on her book, “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” winner of the 2013 Terry McAdam Award, Beth Kanter will share frameworks, strategies and practical tips for engaging with your network in ways that lead to measurable results.

Read more about Beth Kanter and her innovative social media techniques for nonprofits here.

Click here to see Beth’s presentation.


Presenter: Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University

Topic: From Love to the Workplace: Lessons on Human Motivation

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Description: Motivating alumni to stay engaged is essential to the success of any alumni network. This can be especially challenging as today’s young adults are members of multiple communities and participants in many diverse experiences. Learn how to break through the many demands on young alumni’s time and inspire them to be active in your network.

Read more about Dan Ariely and his acclaimed work in the fields of psychology and behavioral economics here.

The #NetTalks: Alumni Engagement Webinar Series is designed to support a broader community understanding of effective alumni networks and catalyze a community of practice for professionals working with Jewish alumni. It is a partnership between the Schusterman Philanthropic Network and Jim Joseph Foundation to facilitate learning and knowledge sharing around the importance of investing in and supporting alumni network initiatives.

Webinars are open to the public. Registration required.

The Jim Joseph Foundation invests in promising Jewish education grant initiatives. We partner with effective organizations that seek to inspire young people to discover the joy of living vibrant Jewish lives.