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When: Tuesday, August 20, 2019
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: Dodge Nature Center (Olivia Irvine Dodge Library & History Center, Farm Entrance 3)
1701 Charlton Street
West St. Paul, Minnesota  55118
United States
Contact: 651-290-7474

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MPGC August 2019 Education Program & Networking Event

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Dodge Nature Center (Olivia Irvine Dodge Library and History Center, Farm Entrance 3, White Farm House)
1701 Charlton Street
West St. Paul, Minnesota 55118


MPGC Member: $30
Non-Member: $45

Registration includes two drink vouchers, appetizers and the educational programming.


4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Registration & Networking
5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Education Program
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Networking
6:30 p.m. Adjourn

Education Program Session Description

Listen UP

"The gift of our attention and understanding makes other people feel validated and valued. Our ability to listen, and listen well, creates goodwill that comes back to us." (The Lost Art of Listening, Michael P. Nichols)

Listening has been referred to as a lost art. While we spend an average of 45 percent of our time listening, it is estimated that less than 5% of the worlds' population has been trained in listening.

The good news is that listening, like any other skill, can be learned and improved through deliberate instruction and practice. In the fundraising profession, especially gift planning, it is our job to draw out our donor's stories, passions, dreams and financial capabilities. It can be argued that we do this not by crafting the perfect questions, but by listening.

In this session, Jessie Pridie will share what she has learned about using active and thoughtful listening to assist donors in clarifying their own thoughts, ideas and interests about the organizations they care about and their own philanthropy. Mrs. Pridie will offer concrete ideas for how to practice listening and implement the skills at in the field, in the office, and even at home. She will also touch on how to handle distractions, how to stay engaged in the conversation, how to improve your retention, how to hear more than just the words, and even how to find joy in listening and connecting with our donors, clients, and peers.

Education Program Speaker Information

Jessie PridieJessie J. Pridie, Mayo Clinic

Jessie J. Pridie is a gift planning administrator in the Department of Development at Mayo Clinic. As a gift planning administrator, Mrs. Pridie helps benefactors achieve their philanthropic goals by identifying strategic, creative and tax-advantaged gift solutions. She also serves as a consultant and educator on complex gift arrangements, coordinates planned giving communications and serves as co-chair of The Mayo Legacy. As a senior member of the team, Mrs. Pridie provides oversight and analytics for the gift planning program in an effort to maximize efficiency and prepare for long-term growth.

Mrs. Pridie joined Mayo Clinic in 2008 and moved into the Office of Gift Planning in October 2013. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and theology at the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and completed her Master of Arts in philanthropy and development at Saint Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota. Originally from the Dakotas, Jessie and her husband, Jake, now live in Rochester along with their sons, Guy Todd and Gunnar Pax.


Contact staff at or (651) 290-7474.

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