Membership May Madness - Event Details

Explore best practices and innovative ideas together

Membership May Madness

May 21, 2018
2 pm Eastern, 1 pm Central, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific

Just like NCAA basketball teams, leadership programs need to drive together to the goal. When the goal is alumni engagement, having alumni become dues-paying members is the 3-point winning shot. How do we sustain the drive to gain and retain members and not shoot airballs? What’s worked, what hasn’t, what can we attempt? Come prepared to share ideas and materials, question and participate in this interactive session.


Althea Luehrsen

Althea Luehrsen

Althea Luehrsen, CEO of Leadership Buffalo
Althea Luehrsen

Althea Luehrsen Details

Althea has been the CEO of Leadership Buffalo in since January 2012. Prior to her appointment to Leadership Buffalo, she was at the University at Buffalo for over ten years holding the positions of the Executive Director of UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations. She was recently named to the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo, and is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the University at Buffalo Alumni Association and UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Alumni Association and Leadership Buffalo, Inc. as a 2010 graduate and class chair.

With over forty years of work experience, her expertise encompasses sales, marketing, strategic planning, fundraising, nonprofit management and entrepreneurship with the latter being gained through directing the center and as the owner of several Western New York businesses.

In addition to her work at Leadership Buffalo, Inc., Ms. Luehrsen is the President/Owner of Strategic Solutions Group specializing in strategic plan facilitation and small business consulting. Past clients include the UB Alumni Association, Kevin Guest House, Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance, Empire State College, National Federation for Just Communities (NFJC), IMALIFE, The Buffalo Zoological Society, Allpro Parking, LLC, and Buffalo State College Office of Student Affairs.

Nicole Morristell

Nicole Morristell

Nicole Morristell-
Program Director
Leadership Lackawanna, PA
Nicole Morristell

Nicole Morristell Details

Nicole Morristell is currently the director of Leadership Lackawanna, a non-profit organization dedicated to community leadership and professional development. Leadership Lackawanna consists of a 10-month core program, a 5-week executive program, a 7-month youth program and several fundraisers, events and workshops.

Nikki comes to the Leadership Lackawanna from the local Girl Scout organization where she has served in a number of positions over the years, including Marketing and Community Outreach Specialist, Public Relations Director, and Special Events Manager.

Nikki is actively involved with The Nature Conservancy, Association of Leadership Programs, Haiti Partnership, and the Endless Mountains Nature Center.

In 2010 she was named a Northeast Pennsylvania Woman by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal, in 2012 she was named Top 20 Under 40 by the Scranton Times Tribune newspaper, and in 2014 she was named as a Top 25 Woman in Business by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal.

Olivia Crtichlow

Olivia Crtichlow

Olivia Crtichlow
Executive Director
Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka
Olivia Crtichlow

Olivia Crtichlow Details

Olivia Critchlow is the Executive Director for Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN and earned a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University South Bend.

She has been with Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka for four years, starting as the Youth Leadership Coordinator in 2013. Prior to her current role, she completed two full-time AmeriCorps terms of service and worked at Saint Mary’s College for seven years.

When she is not busy igniting the fire of servant leadership in our community, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, and teaching barre fitness classes. Olivia and her husband Jason have two children, Max 6 years old and Evelyn 3 years old.