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#ItStartsWithMe Twitter Chat with Speaker and Writer Shanna Hocking

Online • January 23, 2019

Join us as we chat with Shanna Hocking, speaker and writer on leadership, fundraising and career development.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Ellevate is thrilled to host Twitter Chats featuring inspirational women and men doing great things supporting gender equality from all over the world.

Please join us at 11AM EST on Wednesday, January 23rd for our #ItStartsWithMe Twitter Chat with Shanna Hocking (@ShannaAHocking).

Shanna is a speaker and writer on leadership, fundraising and career development. She has been published by The Huffington Post, Career Contessa, and Forbes. Shanna’s expertise was recently featured in the Harvard Business Review.

Shanna Hocking is the Associate Vice President, Individual Giving at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, providing strategic leadership and direction to a team of 25+ across annual, major, planned, and principal giving. Previously, Shanna was the Senior Director of Major and Planned Gifts at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she led the major and planned gifts program, and served as a senior fundraiser for the institution, engaging alumni primarily in New York City and London. In addition, she developed and directed Wharton Women in Leadership, an initiative to engage senior executive alumnae as volunteer and philanthropic leaders with the School.

Shanna also co-taught the Penn Professional Practices in Development series for all major gifts fundraising staff at Penn. She previously worked in development at The University of Alabama, Duke University, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Over her career, Shanna has personally solicited and closed more than $75 million.

She serves as an adjunct lecturer in the Certificate for Nonprofit Management program at Johns Hopkins University, and guest lectures in the Nonprofit Leadership program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shanna has held volunteer leadership positions with Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Rotary International, University of Alabama Hillel, University of North Carolina Alumni Association, Junior League, and Temple Beth Hillel Beth El. She is an active volunteer and stand host for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Shanna received a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

To participate in the session, just go to and search #ItStartsWithMe. From 11AM EST on Wednesday you will start to see our tweets back and forth with Shanna (@heidinazarudin).

Make sure you refresh the feed when you are on the page so that you get the tweets as they come in and don’t forget to tweet your own questions and comments and include the hashtag #ItStartsWithMe.

Please tweet your questions for Shanna in advance with #ItStartsWithMe and we’ll discuss. See you on Twitter!

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