March 26 - 28, 2019 / Atlanta, GA

Leading Forward 2019

The AHP Leading Forward Executive Summit is designed for chief development officers, executive directors, and other executive leaders in health care philanthropy.

Thank you to all who attended Leading Forward 2019! We look forward to seeing you in 2020:

Leading Forward 2020
March 31 - April 2, 2020
InterContinental Chicago: Magnificent Mile

Registration coming soon!

About the Event


Leading Forward is designed for chief development officers, executive directors and other executive leaders in health care philanthropy.

New in 2019: Bring your CEO, board members, or other executive or physician leaders. Leading Forward is the place where you and your hospital or health care organization executives can have meaningful conversation about how to elevate your organization through philanthropy.


  • To bring together health care leadership to understand how philanthropy can dramatically impact both the strategic planning and the growth and financial stability of hospitals and health systems.
  • To work together to identify opportunities for each participant to take home, resulting in immediate impact.
  • To develop a cohort of like organizations to allow for networking, advice and on-going support.


JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
3300 Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

Reserve your room  

New this year: Thursday, March 28, 2019

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Tour of Grady Health
Extend your Leading Forward experience with a bonus visit to Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta. (Limited to 48 participants, no additional charge. Reserve your spot when you register for the conference.)

  • Guided tour of facilities, including discussion of philanthropy's role in strategy and operations of the health system
  • Discussion with leadership about Grady's grateful patient program

Registration Fees


  Early Registration
postmarked by 12/12/2018
Advanced Registration
postmarked between
12/13/2018 - 1/25/2019
Regular Registration 
postmarked between
1/26/2019 – 3/8/2019
Member $795 $895 $995
Nonmember $995 $1,095 $1,195

Please note: the cancellation deadline for Leading Forward 2019 is February 15, 2019. 

Conference Committee

Donna Budak, FAHP, CFRE (Chair)
Vice President, Foundation Service Line & Strategy
Amita Health Foundation

Shannon Duval (Vice Chair)
Senior Vice President of Philanthropy
CommonSpirit Health

Jessica McLain, MHA, CFRE
Vice President and Chief Philanthropic Officer
Martin Health Foundation

Ron Schiller
Founding Partner and Senior Consultant 
Aspen Leadership Group

Alisa Smallwood
Vice President of Development
Grady Health Foundation


Thank you to our Presenting Conference Sponsors: 


Advancement Resources

Aspen Logo Vertical


Graham Pelton

Heaton Smith Group

Thank you to our Attendee Dinner Sponsors: 

Thompson and Associates

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