September 16, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

What it is like to successfully launch a job search during a pandemic? How about when it’s also an economic downturn and time of cultural transformation?

Join us during your lunch hour to learn more the challenges of hiring and being hired in these times and to hear what seasoned fundraising professionals are finding in the current development environment.

Gina Hall, CFRE, Division Vice President of Philanthropy, at Goodwill, will lead this discussion with Craig Chambers, Executive Director at United Way of Skagit County and Helen Sernett, Senior Philanthropy Officer at Landesa. You will hear stories of recent job searches, how jobs were landed, how new staff were on boarded and hear advice and guidance whether you are considering a new position, looking to hire, or just want to know more about our world at the moment.

Ticket prices: $20 Members | $25 Not-Yet-Members


Speaker Bios


Craig Chambers loves [ALL] people, so naturally he has worked in the nonprofit sector his whole professional career. Once wary of fundraising, Craig has become a passionate fundraiser through identifying the impact it has on community. Craig has found a knack for organizational operations with experience in budget management, employee development, and equity and inclusion work. Craig is always looking for ways to grow as a person and a professional, and loves sharing space with others in the nonprofit world.

Gina Hall has over 20 years of nonprofit experience. She is an analytical strategist, team builder, front-line fundraiser, and has managed high performing development programs. She has board governance and executive leadership experience and is a former Northwest Development Officers Association board of director and currently serves as Vice President of Philanthropy for Seattle Goodwill.

Helen Kathryn Sernett is the Senior Philanthropy Officer for Individual Giving at Landesa, a global land rights organization. Her journey to this role began earlier in 2020 as the board of the very small organization she was leading since July 2019 assessed its financial future in light of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic and let her go. Helen will address the emotional tolls of losing her aspirational “dream job” and conducting a job search during a pandemic. Her career began in 1998 when she took a student worker job as an annual fund caller because they offered attractive hours and free food. Since then she has raised over $30M for various organizations, achieved and let lapse her CFRE, served multiple terms on the AFP Advancement Northwest board, and completed her EMBA work at Quantic School of Business and Technology. Check her out on Linkedin, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.