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THEN AND NOW IN DEVELOPMENT HIRING: Emerging trends in hiring for a more inclusive future.
Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
Category: Monthly Programs

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Emerging trends in hiring for a more inclusive future.


Over the years (and specifically in the last two), the professional world has changed significantly. Hiring processes have changed drastically in the past few decades to accommodate many of the societal, cultural, technological and philanthropic transformations as well as health concerns of our new reality. Meanwhile, in many workplaces in our sector we have only reluctantly adapted or are perpetually stuck in procedural “old ways” that glorify the “good old days” because that was the way we were taught to practice. Should we hold on to antiquated notions for the sake of tradition, or can we effectively keep some of the older practices and adapt them to our new reality and to the diversity of the workforce?

This session will focus on and question what we tend to consider as philanthropic “best practices” in development recruitment and retention. Experts in the field will discuss the challenges and potential solutions to policies and procedures that may not as effectively serve the current advancement workforce and growing commitment to increasing diversity in the profession.

Anticipated takeaways:

Learn some innovative hiring practices in this competitive candidate market, from a variety of search and talent professionals. Develop an understanding about new hiring processes, career management, and professional development, and reflect upon ways to take into consideration issues like the remote environment, the socio-economic market, aging workforce, the great resignation, fast paced searches, etc. We will talk about video interviews vs. in person, time and money saving tools like scheduling software, etc. During the event, you’ll be able to dig deeper into issues of diversity and inclusion and bias in the search processes.

Audience/Target Market: All development professionals, search and recruitment professionals

Moderator: Deb Taft, CEO, Lindauer


  • Shavon Bell,  Shavon Bell Consulting
  • Merritt Colaizzi, Director of Advancement, Miss Hall’s School
  • Eve Edwards, Manager of Human Resources, Miss Hall’s School
  • Jessica Munoz-Sainz, Development Associate, Harvard Kennedy School

Deb Taft
Deb Taft is CEO of Lindauer, a premier executive search and talent firm serving the nonprofit profession. An innovative leader in the education, healthcare/academic medicine, youth services and voluntary sectors, Deb was Senior EVP and Managing Director for Grenzebach Glier and Associates (GG+A), overseeing all domestic and global philanthropic consulting practices. She previously served as Chief Development Officer and Interim Chief Strategy Officer for Girl Scouts of the USA and held prior executive roles at Simmons University, Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, and Concord Academy. She serves on the Editorial Board of Giving USA, the Board of the Giving Institute, the steering committee for Allies in Action for Women of Color in Philanthropy (WŌC), and ex-officio on the Board of Trustees for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Deb currently chairs the Board of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and recently completed her service and leadership of the Board of Directors for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in Washington, DC. Deb was a founding team member of City Year, which today has youth service teams in more than 31 regions across the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. Her expertise includes governance and strategic planning, fundraising, marketing and communications, constituent engagement, analytics, and talent recruitment, development and retention. A renowned speaker and facilitator, Deb holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an MBA from Simmons University.

Shavon Bell
Shavon leverages 15+ years of experience in talent development as the Senior Talent Advisor at Offor - the talent broker company. Her professional journey began in marketing for Anheuser - Busch where she found her zone of genius - having conversations and asking the right questions. Before joining the executive search industry, she also worked in supplier diversity and served as the recruiter at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she built the full-cycle recruiting function.  Shavon's executive search career began at Koya Leadership Partners, an executive search and strategic advising firm, where she served as a vice president, partnering closely with boards of directors and senior leaders in the non-profit, higher education, and social impact sectors to place c-suite talent. Inspired by her lived experiences as a Black woman, Shavon earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Africana Studies and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts. A proud #boymom, when Shavon is not nurturing Offor’s talent network, you can find her in a fierce karaoke battle with her husband and 2 sons.

Merritt Colaizzi
A lifelong marketer and 15-year Development veteran, Merritt sits on the Leadership Team and oversees fundraising, marketing, communications, and alumnae relations at Miss Hall’s School. In this role, she leads a high-functioning team that is driving forward a $75 million capital campaign to empower girls and women. Merritt is the mom of 12-year-old twins, holds a master’s degree in art history, and lives in Williamstown, MA. 





Eve Edwards
Eve Edwards is currently the Manager of Human Resources at Miss Hall’s School.  She brings a multi-faceted stream of experiences to this position, beginning her career in the field of architecture, focusing on historic preservation and project management, ultimately transitioning to business. Ms. Edwards moved to the luxury fashion industry in finance and human resources. Her career led her to focus on human resources, with an emphasis on employee relations, DE&I and best hiring practices. Ms. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Brandeis University, Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Temple University, Master of Arts in Historic Preservation from Boston University and recently earned her SHRM accreditation.


Jessica Munoz-Sainz
Jessica Munoz-Sainz was an Intern for CASE at Johns Hopkins University in 2018. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology from San Francisco State University and master’s degree in Bioarcheology from the University of Indianapolis. She started her career path into the fundraising world as a phonathon caller which turned into a great opportunity into running her own team of callers as a graduate student. She was most recently employed for 3 years from 2019 - 2022 as the Assistant Director for Annual Giving at the California State University of Los Angeles where her primary focus as assistant director for annual giving at Cal State LA was the Phon-a-thon program which then grew into oversight of digital and mail appeals/campaigns. As of February 2022, Jessica has left Cal State LA and California and is now a Development Associate for the Harvard Kennedy School Office of Alumni Relations and Resource Development where she is tasked with developing leadership level gifts.


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

9:00-10:00am (Virtual Zoom Program)


 Registration: $20 for WID members (through Friday 9/16/22)
  $35 for non-members (and members who register late, after Friday, 9/16/22)
Registration for this program will close on 9/18/22.
No refunds within 7 days of program
Login information will be sent one day in advance of the program.