Keynote Speakers


Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 3.31.35 AMLynne Wester  is a resource for donor relations and fundraising, including hosting a monthly webinar series for advancement professionals. Her  philosophy is that the goal of any successful fundraising operation is to use strategic communications to foster the relationship between the organization and its constituents and friends, to engage them in a way that drives them ever closer to embracing the organization’s mission and values. If done properly, engaged donos will give their money, time, and talents, and volunteer to spread that same message with others, which will encourage their fellow peers to invest in a way that will enable the organization to further light the world. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of South Carolina and is a loyal gamecock alumna, donor, and fan, and holds a master’s in strategic fundraising and philanthropy.

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 3.45.19 AMFor over 30 years, Kenneth R. Feinberg, UMass Amherst alumnus and donor, has been involved in resolving some of the nation’s most protracted, complex, and emotional disputes involving a wide range of interests and clients. Mr. Feinberg is publicly recognized as redefining the practice of law, bringing opposing sides of legal disputes together. He is one of the nation’s foremost mediators, arbitrators, and experts in other forms of alternative dispute resolution and negotiation strategy. From cases that affect only a few, to the largest, most complex disputes of our time, the Firm consistently bridges the gap between parties by creating imaginative and satisfying solutions. Mr. Feinberg is consistently retained by Fortune 500 companies, nationally recognized plaintiff counsel, insurers, government agencies, and state and federal courts to design, implement, and administer innovative and sophisticated settlement solutions. Serving either as a neutral or as settlement counsel to one of the parties, Mr. Feinberg provides services for all stages of dispute resolution: helping the parties achieve a comprehensive resolution of the dispute, devising strategies for a cost-effective settlement, designing systems and criteria to implement settlement terms, and developing distribution plans to achieve maximum benefits for all parties.


Boston: Steeped in History June 1-4, 2016