General Session: Day 1 Welcome, Raise Awards, & Keynote

| Keynote / General Session | Mon, Sept 11, 2023

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Ready, set, here we go! Join us for the morning Day 1 General Session as we kick off Raise 2023, live from Nashville! Get pumped up with a welcome from OneCause CEO, Steve Johns and special recognition of #FearlessFundraisers with our annual Raise Awards.

Then (minute 29), the electric Siri Lindley will inspire us all with lessons on grit, resilience, the power of energy, and thriving with a growth mindset. As a world champion triathlete and winner of twelve ITU World Cup races, PLUS founder of two nonprofits, Siri will lift up and energize #FearlessFundraisers with how to bring the best out in ourselves and our teams.

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Jason Champion

Jason Champion

Vice President of Business Development, Winspire

Jason Champion is the Vice President of Business Development at Winspire, a renowned global provider of high-end experiences for charity auctions and fundraising initiatives. As the company’s branding leader, he is entrusted with shaping the future corporate brand vision. Jason plays a pivotal role in enhancing performance through innovative product and service development, strategic brand planning and positioning, multifaceted marketing across various platforms, effective communication strategies, creative endeavors, ensuring customer satisfaction, and driving the growth of the business.

Shanna Adamic

Shanna Adamic

Executive Director
& Raise Emcee, Oracle Health Foundation

Shanna Adamic is Executive Director for the Oracle Health Foundation, a global leader in healthcare technology. She also serves as Executive Director of Cerner Charitable Foundation, passionately advocating for equitable access to healthcare for children and reducing disparities in communities around the world. 

As a rare brain tumor survivor, Shanna remains committed to Cerner’s purpose of helping health happen. Her training as a former NFL cheerleader is core to her competitive, bold and optimistic personality. She is a powerful, passionate speaker delivering messages of empowerment and hope to fellow philanthropy professionals. 

Steve Johns

Steve Johns

CEO, OneCause

Steve Johns is an experienced leader who’s passionate about helping nonprofits build a better tomorrow. He brings over 30 years of experience in technology, corporate development, venture capital, event production and entrepreneurship to his role as Chief Executive Officer at OneCause. For the last nine years, Steve has led the award-winning team at OneCause to surpass $5 billion raised for its 6,000+ nonprofit customers. Steve’s concentration focuses on being a strategist, visionary, influencer, and change agent for the organization.

He brings a fresh perspective to the team with his previous experiences as a senior executive in the Fortune 500, as well as successful early-stage start-up investing and scale-up executive leadership. Steve served on the Motorola Research Visionary Board and was a pioneer member of DePaul’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center Blue Print Mentoring Program. He currently serves on the board for TechPoint helping guide growth initiatives for the Indiana tech industry.

In 2022, Steve added “author” to his resume with the release of his debut book, “Fearless: Leadership Lessons at the Crossroads.”

Steve earned a BA in business and accounting from Augustana College and began his career as a CPA.

Karrie Wozniak

Karrie Wozniak

CMO, OneCause

Karrie brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing, brand strategy, advertising, and sales to her role as Chief Marketing Officer at OneCause. As one of the early-stage executives, she played a key role in building and leading the company including overall growth strategies, sales leadership, event consulting, customer success & overall marketing direction. Her decade-plus commitment to nonprofit fundraising makes Karrie a sought after speaker, industry thought leader, and blog contributor. Her insights on nonprofit fundraising, technology, and communications have been shared at AFP Icon, National Association Education Foundation, ARC National Conference, Giving Institute and more. She’s passionate about helping nonprofits raise more for their missions and committed to driving innovation in the nonprofit sector.

Siri Lindley

Siri Lindley

World Champion Athlete &
Raise Keynote, Nonprofit Co-founder

A two-time world champion triathlete and winner of twelve ITU World Cup races, Siri Lindley inspires, energizes, and establishes a remarkable connection with her audiences, bringing out the best in an organization’s employees and teams. One of Tony Robbins’ favorite motivational speakers, she empowers audiences to work through and conquer fear and self-doubt to live fearlessly, develop critical traits needed for authentic leadership, and build mindsets for resilience and success.

In 2019, Siri was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Despite less than a 10% chance of survival, she was pronounced cancer-free in May 2020. Her belief in thriving, not just surviving, guides others to master their mindsets, emotions, and purpose. Siri’s second book, “Finding a Way: Taking the Impossible and Making it Possible,” provides readers with tools to overcome struggles and achieve the life they want to live.

Siri Lindley is married to Rebekah Keat, also a world-class triathlete and coach. Together they have co-founded two nonprofits — Believe Ranch and Rescue and Horses in Our Hands — reaching more than 90 million people with their social campaigns.