Dunleavy produces Third Annual CORA Family Festival

Dunleavy & Associates produced the third annual Family Festival and Craft Fair on Saturday April 26, 2014, 11am – 3pm at CORA Services (8540 Verree Road). This event brings the community together and features lots of family fun including games, inflatables, crafts, talent show, music and delicious food. Crafters are selling unique items. Local businesses and community members support the mission while children and their families have a great time.

Proceeds help CORA Services support its mission to assist children, youth and families experiencing emotional, academic and social challenges which impede their development and productivity. CORA provides a comprehensive array of services to meet community needs including Early Years Preschool Education, After School and Summer Programs, Intervention and Prevention Services, Counseling and Case Management, as well as Educational, Counseling, and Therapeutic Services in Schools.

The goal of this event is to raise awareness about these services, increase local support, and most of all to provide family fun. Whatever your organization’s mission might be, Dunleavy can create and manage a signature event to achieve your goals. Dunleavy manages three annual events for CORA Services: Champions for Children Celebration, CORA for KIDS Golf Classic and Family Festival.



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Engaging younger generations as donors, volunteers and employees

On Saturday, April 26, Nancy Dunleavy will be presenting the ‘Engaging Younger Generations as Donors, Volunteers and Employees’ panel discussion at the Air Care Alliance 2014 Conference hosted by Angel Flight East. The conference sessions will be held in Blue Bell, PA at Normandy Farms and Wings Field (KLOM). Four Gen X and Y panelists who are involved in the nonprofit sector will join Nancy during the discussion to provide useful insight on the best ways to engage millennials through trust, loyalty and incentives.

Program attendees will gain a better understanding of the millennial generation through the panel and realize the benefits of engaging with the younger generation. Through the discussion, the audience will be learning useful strategies to connect to millennials and build their trust and loyalty.

The panel of millennial experts include:

  • Ms. Brittany Alba: Senior Project Associate, Dunleavy & Associates
  • Mr. Nick Coan:  Medical Student, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ms. Lisa Dickson: Senior VP, Financial and Strategic Planning, Radian Mortgage
  • Mr. Dan Kaufman: Associate Director, Nonprofit Board Leadership Program Wharton Leadership Program

The Air Care Alliance Conference is a chance for those involved with charitable aviation to learn more about hot topics affecting public benefit flying and to get together with friends and colleagues for a great time.

To find out more information on this event, please visit www.aircarealliance.org.

To book Nancy Dunleavy as a speaker at your next event, contact ppoach@matchingmissions.com.




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Dunleavy Plans Benefit and Auction for Child Advocates

On April 9, 2014, Support Center for Child Advocates celebrated 37 years as the nation’s leading pro bono legal and social services advocacy organization for children at the Annual Benefit Reception & Auction at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. Approximately 800 legal, corporate and individual supporters attended the cocktail reception, live and silent auction that featured more than 450 unique and exciting items! The event, which honored Ed Satell, Founder and CEO of Progressive Business Publications, raised more than $480,000 to support the organization’s mission. Dunleavy & Associates was honored to assist with the production and management of the event and help Child Advocates raise funds to support it’s very important mission.

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Help SquashSmarts Reach Its Goal

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation offers SquashSmarts a $15,ooo Matching Challenge. If this organization can raise $7500 by May 23rd, Dick’s will match it, for a total of $15,ooo. Please help SquashSmarts reach their goal by making a donation:

all donations must be made on-line via the above link

100% of gifts will be used to help SquashSmarts meet the challenge and, more importantly, enable SquashSmarts Middle School Teams to travel to the 2014 Urban Individual Nationals.

Founded in 2001, SquashSmarts is a free intensive out-of-school time program changing the lives of Philadelphia’s public school students. SquashSmarts is a 501c3 non-profit academic and athletic mentoring program with a proven track record of keeping kids in school, in shape, and on track for graduation. 

SquashSmarts works with 5th-12th grade students who are selected based on commitment, effort and attitude, not athletic or academic ability. Operating out of two facilities, the Lenfest Center (North Philadelphia) and Drexel’sDaskalakis Athletic Center (West Philadelphia), students attend practices three days each week focusing on SquashSmarts’ Five Pillars: (1) Academic Support, (2) Squash Instruction, (3) Fitness and Nutrition, (4) Personal Achievement, and (5) Leadership. Students also participate in competitive squash opportunities, community service projects, cultural outings, and special events. For more information, www.squashsmarts.org.

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Dunleavy and Associates Produces Successful Gala for St. Martin de Porres School on April 10, 2014

Dunleavy and Associates produced the 5th annual gala hosted by The Friends of St. Martin de Porres School at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue on Thursday evening April 10, 2014.  The “Budding Scholars” Gala honored Jerry Sweeney, President and CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust.  Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, seated dinner and an exciting live auction with auctioneer Dave Frankel! The evening’s program, starring EMCEE Renee Chenault-Fattah, highlighted the talents and achievements of St. Martin de Porres School students and alumni.   All proceeds from the event benefit the 440-student elementary school.  Recently accredited by the Middle States Association,  St Martin is educating children with excellence in one of the poorest, crime-ridden neighborhoods of North Philadelphia.  100% of students graduate 8th grade and attend high school, with most going on to top-notch colleges.

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Nancy Dunleavy Mentors at PBJ BizWomen Mentoring Monday

Philadelphia Business Journal held its Bizwomen Mentoring Monday event on Monday April 7 at the Moore College of Art & Design. The event offered attendees the opportunity to choose from 40 mentors who are the most influential women in the community for one-on-one coaching sessions. Nancy Dunleavy was delighted to participate as a mentor and share advice on making connections.

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Be Inspired, Pay It Forward, and Inspire Others


by Nancy Dunleavy, Founder, CEO and Chief Talent Scout

published in Philadelphia Business Journal on March 28, 2014

I enjoyed the distinct pleasure of coming face-to-face with inspiration!

Following a presentation by Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why and third most viewed on TED talks, I patiently stood on line to have this leadership expert sign his newest book Leaders Eat Last. I left that encounter feeling inspired—not just from his provocative keynote but, perhaps more so from my interaction with him.

I guess I should not have been surprised that he modeled the behavior that is at the core of his thesis – make people feel good. He was warm and genuine. With smiling eyes he took my outstretched hand and held my gaze while shaking it. He did not exhibit any of the impatience or aloofness that often surrounds celebrity (and, this guy had bona fide “rock-star” status among leadership gurus). Despite the long line behind me he wrote a full sentence in my book, dated it and signed it and shared a laugh with me.

I found the message he wrote to be particularly meaningful as it’s something that guides my own leadership journey. How affirming to have my own mantra memorialized over his autograph.

The message says: “Nancy—Inspire as many people as you can!” –Simon Sinek

I believe that’s what the work of leadership is really all about – bringing out the best in people so that they can also find the path that will inspire them to exclaim, “I love my job!” – and really mean it. Simon Sinek loves his job and I love mine — and now it’s the job of leaders everywhere to inspire those around them. Paying it forward in a way—sharing the enthusiasm contagiously.

Simon says (ha-ha, I just realized the irony of how a children’s game of “doing things” begin with the same two words!), leadership is not a rank it’s a choice. That resonated with me, leaving me feeling extremely grateful that I felt “inspired to choose” that I would spend my morning being inspired by this charismatic leader. Bravo to the Arts and Business Council for hosting this terrific program. #SimonSinekSherpaGuide

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The Arthritis Foundation Will Honor Brittany Alba at April 2014 Event

Dunleavy and Associates is pleased to announce that the Arthritis Foundation will honor one of our project associates, Brittany Alba, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1990. Along with Brittany, Charlotte McKines, Vice President of Global Marketing Communications & Channel Strategies at Merck, will also be recognized as a “Woman on the Move.” These two exemplary women will be honored at the annual “Women on the Move” luncheon at 11:30am on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Arts Ballroom, 1324 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA.

A Woman on the Move is an extraordinary woman who balances family life, career and community involvement. They are “on the move” professionally, personally, and philanthropically.

This year, the Arthritis Foundation will also honor Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children with its Medical Practice Award.

The organization Women on the Move creates awareness about women with arthritis and the tools available through the Arthritis Foundation to help cope with and prevent the disease, while leading fulfilling and active lives.

A bright, passionate, highly engaging professional, Brittany Alba personifies the attributes of “women on the move.” A talented relationship-builder and energetic volunteer, Brittany served as President of the class of 2006 at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School. Her educational journey took her south of the Mason Dixon line to Washington D.C. where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies from the Catholic University of America. Those studies included a semester abroad in England when she realized that in addition to being educational, travel was energizing. At the age of 25 she has visited 10 countries, with many more on her “bucket list.” Professionally, Brittany brings her skills, talent and compassion to the work of helping nonprofit organizations sustain their missions. She is a valued member of the team of Dunleavy & Associates where her enthusiasm for helping others is not only effective, but contagious!

“Women on the Move” includes a fashion reception and auction, luncheon catered by STARR Events and awards ceremony. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available. Dunleavy proudly sponsors this event. To read Brittany’s personal reflection on her journey or for more information about this event, please visit http://www.phillywomenonthemove.org.

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Nancy Dunleavy Selected as Expert Panelist for Thrive Discussion featuring Arianna Huffington on April 1, 2014

On Tuesday, April 1st, join the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia at the Hyatt at the Bellevue for an inspiring discussion featuring Arianna Huffington, chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. Celebrated as one of the world’s most influential women and leading one of the fastest growing media companies, Huffington will share experiences and insights from her latest book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Audience members will hear about her realization that leading a successful life is more than just earning a bigger salary; true success lies in shifting focus to personal well-being, the ability to draw upon our intuition, inner wisdom, sense of wonder and our capacity for compassion and generosity.

Join us for a discussion with Arianna Huffington about her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. Huffington will be featured in conversation with WHYY’s Maiken Scott.

After our conversation with Huffington, attendees will benefit from the experience of our panel of experts who will discuss themes from Thrive.


  • Teresa Bryce Bazemore, President, Radian Group Inc.
  • Nancy Dunleavy, Founder, CEO and Chief Talent Scout, Dunleavy & Associates
  • Anne Gordon, Sr. Vice President of Media and Communications, Philadelphia Eagles

Moderated by: Tami Bogutz Steinberg, Shareholder, Flaster/Greenberg PC

You can purchase tickets for this inspiring morning by CLICKING HERE.

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