2018 District VII Conference

Welcome to CASE VII Connect West!

In 2018, CASE District VII returned to an annual conference format with a new brand. Connect West is the region's premier advancement event, an opportunity to build networks with your peers and glean insights from the region's top professionals in the friendly, welcoming atmosphere that defines the west.

Connect West 2018 was March 1-3, 2018, at San Francisco's Hyatt Regency Embarcadero.

Join us for three dynamic keynote presenters:
Thursday, March 1 Friday, March 2 Saturday, March 3
Mike Robbins

TEDx phenom and author who teaches people how to infuse their lives with authenticity and appreciation

John Battelle

Etrepreneur, journalist and author who founded Wired Magazine

Guy Kawasaki

Brand evangelist, author, and executive fellow of the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.

Plus, Connect West celebrates with an evening of discovery at the Exploratorium, with its expansive views of the Bay and the city. Our exclusive reception in the Bay Observatory room from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2 will be the place to be to network with CASE District VII colleagues.

Ready to kick up your conference experience? Connect with these engaging pre-conference sessions on Wednesday, Feb. 28 from 1-5 p.m.; just add them into your registration for $150 CASE members/$175 non-members.

Meet the presenters and find further information on the Pre-Conference Sessions page.

Newcomers to Advancement
New to advancement? Here's your opportunity to jumpstart your conference experience by getting to know the industry's landscape and identifying your strengths to apply in your profession and advance your career. This workshop will benefit those who are new to the advancement profession or are within the first three years of their advancement role.

Fostering Opportunity and Inclusion: Workshop for Managers, Directors and Leaders
The commitment to creating and sustaining a diverse Advancement organization means moving beyond acknowledgement and awareness. So how do we create a truly inclusive environment where every individual can fully show up as who they are, where they can thrive, and do their best work for the organization? How do we Advancement leaders do more than just "checking the box?"

Writers Workshop
As communications trends constantly change, one thing remains constant: compelling writing and creative storytelling attract audiences, transform perceptions, and inspire action. No matter the medium, great writing matters. In this workshop we will explore the methods and artistry of great writing. We will analyze award-winning writing, delve into the nuance of storytelling, discuss techniques to transform your prose, and bask in the wonder of words. In a workshop atmosphere, we will practice what we preach, writing together and critiquing each other's work. Join us as we step back from the frantic pace of production deadlines and focus for a few precious hours on the written word.