Monday, April 23, 2018

We Need Women!

“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” –Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, founder of, and author of Lean In and Option B.

This year we are excited to host the inaugural MASFAA Women’s Symposium June 6-8 at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.  As Sheryl Sandberg says about women in business, the financial aid profession needs women leaders at all levels, from the newcomer with no experience to the director with 20+ years of experience.  We all have something to learn no matter our age or level of career development.  The Women’s Symposium agenda has been created with this in mind.  Participants will create a network of support and leave feeling confident in advancing their careers through personal influence, professionalism, and leadership abilities.  Register today to learn more about:

·         Advocating for yourself
·         Creating a work/life balance
·         Identifying your leadership style
·         Assertive communication
·         Mentoring relationships
·         Gender-based issues in the workplace
·         Becoming the director

The Women’s Symposium will kick off on Wednesday afternoon with a short networking event and will wrap up on Friday morning with a financial aid directors panel discussion.  Before leaving Columbus, Women’s Symposium participants will rejoin participants in other tracks for a MASFAA leadership panel.  We hope to see you there!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Update from the Donor Development Committee

The MASFAA Donor Development Committee is charged with maintaining relations between institutional and associate (vendor/donor) members. Our committee works to develop opportunities to demonstrate the available products and services offered by associate members. These opportunities often fall into one of three categories:
  1. Vendor Conference Introductions - Vendors are given time to briefly introduce themselves and their company in a general session setting. 
  2. Vendor Room Interactions - Institutional members stop by the vendor's booth to learn more about the vendor's products and services.
  3. Business Solutions Sessions - A vendor presents at the MASFAA Conference regarding their company's products and services. 
The above opportunities exist for you to learn about products and services to make your jobs less difficult.  Our vendor members are not there to only give away pens and candy, they are there to help you creatively problem solve issues affecting your students and family. Whether it's at a state, regional, or national conference, please take the time to thank and show your appreciate for our vendors.

Chad Olson
MASFAA Donor Development Chair