Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) continues to remain at the forefront of our minds. Violence and hate permeate the news far too often.This week’s episode is a beacon of hope for how we can make change in our communities. Development holds power and is just as relevant to DEI as any other arm of our schools and institutions.
This week, David Smith, Director of Development at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, talks to us about his work in the context of a career in independent schools. David examines Saint Ann’s history and how it informs their work today. David has had the opportunity to execute some bold changes with his program. He tells us about cancelling Saint Anne’s gala, removing the donor roll, and reframing the idea of scholarship. David is contrarian in many ways, but he backs up his strategies with results. This episode is very thought provoking!