General Session: Welcome, Raise Awards, & Keynote

| Keynote / General Session | Mon, Sept 12, 2022

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Ready, set, here we go! Join us for the morning Day 1 General Session, as we kick off Raise 2022 with a welcome from OneCause CEO Steve Johns and special recognition of #FearlessFundraisers with our annual Raise Awards.

The electric Shanna Adamic, Executive Director of the Cerner Charitable Foundation and Raise alumni speaker, will inspire all with lessons on life callings, leadership, and resilience. Come learn how Shanna’s optimism and determination help her adapt in changing corporate environments and propel her philanthropic mission forward.

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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. 

Reggie Rivers-old

Reggie Rivers-old

President, The Gala Team

Reggie is a former Denver Broncos running back who played 6 seasons in the NFL. In 2013, he founded The Gala Team, and has grown the company from 6 events that first year to hundreds of events annually. The Gala Team supported nonprofits of all shapes and sizes during the COVID-19 virtual pivot, becoming a trusted resource for strategies and thought leadership.Reggie is also a media personality and author, who has worked in newspaper, radio and television in Denver. He has written five books, the latest is the award winning novel, “The Colony: A Political Tale”. Reggie’s professional variety ultimately led him to his find his true love in life — serving as a benefit auctioneer to help nonprofits achieve their fundraising goals.

Steve Johns2

Steve Johns2

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 seven years, Steve has led the award-winning team at OneCause to surpass $3 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.

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