Choose & Become Interview Series - Episode 8

Elizabeth Abel

Summary:

Elizabeth is very intentional about showing up with her whole self . . . the key pillars of her identity: professionally as a senior executive and university instructor; and personally as Jewish woman and a mother.

I started following Elizabeth on LinkedIn (via mutual connections) six months ago and was totally drawn to her—her posts, messages, book recommendations . . . all the things! It was clear to me that her values, and philosophy around success, were aligned with mine and I HAD to spend time with her.

Elizabeth is a breath of fresh air.

 

GUEST BIO

Elizabeth is a thought leader in philanthropy and expert in fundraising. She has led capital campaigns and development initiatives that have collectively raised nearly one billion dollars for education, healthcare, arts and culture, and advocacy organizations.

She is a Senior Vice President at CCS Fundraising, a global fundraising consulting firm to nonprofits. Since joining CCS in 2013, Elizabeth has partnered with institutions to plan and implement large-scale fundraising campaigns with revenue goals ranging from $5 million to more than $1 billion. In this role, she provides counsel on strategic planning, major gifts fundraising, and board engagement. Elizabeth has directed campaign planning studies, served in interim development roles, and managed annual campaigns and special fundraising events.

Elizabeth is an Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches a fundraising course to graduate students in the Nonprofit Leadership Program. Elizabeth serves on the Board of the Nonprofit Leadership Program Alumni Association, and in 2020, she was inducted into the School of Social Policy and Practice Alumni Hall of Fame for her work with mission-driven organizations.

Elizabeth has been recognized by BELLA Magazine as a "Woman of Influence in Philanthropy." You can find Elizabeth offering her fundraising expertise at industry conferences, on nonprofit podcasts, and on social media platforms including LinkedIn and Instagram (@ElizabethBerniAbel). She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter and is an avid hiker, traveler, and tea drinker.

Elizabeth has been recognized by BELLA Magazine as a "Woman of Influence in Philanthropy." You can find Elizabeth offering her fundraising expertise at industry conferences, on nonprofit podcasts, and on social media platforms including LinkedIn and Instagram (@ElizabethBerniAbel). She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter and is an avid hiker, traveler, and tea drinker.

EPISODE KEY MOMENTS

Enduring Success: [04:07]

A First Choice: [05:49]

Two-Way Agreements: [06:49]

Trust: [17:45]

Community and Belonging:  [24:53]

Boundless Love:  [32:23]

RESOURCES

Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual, by Luvvie Ajayi Jones

https://www.amazon.com/Professional-Troublemaker-Luvvie-Ajayi-Jones/dp/0593298772