Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF
National Catholic Development Conference
Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF has been President/CEO of NCDC since 2001 and served as the administrator of the organization for six months prior to her permanent appointment.
In 2014, Sr. Georgette was named for the ninth consecutive year by The Nonprofit Times as one of the “Power and Influence Top 50” in the nonprofit sector.
Sr. Georgette has advocated for religious charitable fundraisers regarding several key legislative issues over her twelve-year tenure, including postal regulatory issues, charitable deductions for donors, and the extension the IRA charitable rollover. She is also a founding member of The Charitable Nonprofit Coalition, a collaborative group of nonprofits and has also recently served on the Panel of Religious Sector Representatives, of the Senate Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations.
She has presented for several professional and religious associations both here and abroad and is a sought-after presenter on a variety of religious and nonprofit fundraising topics.
Michael Chatman is on a mission to give a voice to the everyday philanthropist and raise the level of generosity across the world.
Chatman was voted America’s Maverick Philanthropist and one of the nation’s leading social media influencers in philanthropy, Michael Chatman is Senior Vice President for Philanthropy at Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and serves as Chief Generosity Officer for Look to the Stars, global network of celebrity charity advocates and philanthropists.
With more than 300,000 followers on Twitter, his weekly Twitter talk show #WHYIGIVE is the fastest-growing generosity movement in social media. An accomplished professional speaker, Michael Chatman has personally spoken to more than 75,000 next generation philanthropists from families with household net worth of $1 million to $10 million – and more than 25,000 mission-related philanthropists from families with household net worth of $10 million to $100 million.
Brian Starks is currently Associate Professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University, where he teaches sociology of religion and methods of research. Previously, he directed the Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative (CSPRI) at the University of Notre Dame. CSPRI’s crucial mission was to advance the well-being of the Church through social science. As part of that initiative, he wrote a number of research reports on Catholic giving including “Unleashing Catholic Generosity” (which he co-authored with Christian Smith). Besides his research on generosity and religious giving, Dr. Starks has written extensively on Catholic identity and on religion and parental values. He grew up in the Midwest as a DRE’s kid and, along with Tom and Rita Walters, he recently conducted and reported on a national survey of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education.