Case Study: Transitioning An Annual In-Person Event to A Virtual Event In 8 Weeks

Hispanics in Philanthropy 2020 Leadership Conference At-A-Glance Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Hispanics in Philanthropy was forced to cancel their annual in-person 2020 HIP Leadership Summit. With the clock running, The Wakeman Agency enabled the organization to pivot to a virtual conference, planning and executing an event that deeply reflected the spirit of the organization … Read more

Futurist Rohit Talwar on Thinking the Unthinkable and Reframing Positions of Power to Positions of Responsibility

The Aftermath of Crises - The Next Normal

We kick off our 5th season with Rohit Talwar, the CEO of Fast Future, a UK based research and insights business that specializes in the fields of futures and foresight. In this dialogue, Rohit and Vanessa discuss the implications of the groundbreaking events that have occurred in the first half of 2020.

The Wakeman Agency Tackles the Employment Gap with Generation

The Wakeman Agency Tackles the Employment Gap with Generation

The Wakeman Agency is excited to announce a new engagement with Generation, a global nonprofit that is addressing the employment gap and making entry-level employment accessible to disconnected youth. Generation recently received a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation for an impact hiring initiative and retained The Wakeman Agency for a national Awareness campaign.

Maximize Nonprofit Galas With Audience Development

Non-profit event planning and fundraising gala

As nonprofit organizations around the country are busy planning fall galas, it feels like a great time to share some insights about audience development. When my agency works with clients to plan events, we encourage them to be strategic in how they think about the various audiences that support a gala.

6 Tips for Gala Planning That Nobody Ever Told You

Non-profit event planning and fundraising gala

We love planning galas. Galas allow us to combine all of our organizational strengths- strategy, creativity and execution- while also giving us an opportunity to stretch and grow, as we try new things. As we wind down the 2017 spring fundraising season, we wanted to share a few things organizations should be thinking about, as … Read more

Wakeman CEO Chosen for Prestigious 914 Inc. “Women In Business” Award

Shirley Chisholm once said, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” As the founder of a social change agency, I have often found myself not only bringing the chair, but the table too, to conversations and spaces in which I advocate for the nonprofits we serve.