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Institute for Greek Advancement

January 15-18, 2018  |  The Cape, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Registration launches October 2017

Institute for Greek Advancement (IGA) is a retreat for fraternal foundation executives and provides an opportunity for education, skill building and the exchange of best practices and ideas in a think tank setting. Registration for IGA 2018 will open in October 2017 – stay tuned!

IGA 2018 Keynote Speakers

Brian Breittholz

Breittholz serves as the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the Cleveland State University Alumni Association, representing 125,000 alumni worldwide. In this role he leads professionals and volunteers in planning initiatives designed to engage alumni and students in the life of CSU. He began this role at CSU in 2013 after 25 years of higher education service at Miami University (OH), Indiana University and the University of Akron.

Prior to working in advancement, Breittholz enjoyed a distinguished career working closely with students and alumni volunteers as the Director of Greek Affairs at Miami where he served as chief officer to 50 chapters of fraternal organizations comprising 5,000+ undergraduate students. Even after leaving this role, he maintained close ties with students as a fraternity chapter advisor at Miami, Indiana, Case Western Reserve and Cleveland State. A native New Yorker, he attended Ohio University where he earned his Bachelor of Science (BSJ) degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and Master of Education degree majoring in student personnel.

Breittholz has been the recipient of numerous awards including: CASE V Gold Awards for innovation in alumni relations and outstanding alumni and communication programs; Award of Distinction from the North-American Interfraternity Conference; the Innovative Programming Award from the Ohio College Personnel Association; and a number of other recognitions from organizations dedicated to student development and alumni engagement.

Jeremy Galvin 

Jeremy is a career non-profit leader having worked in this industry for 20 years. For the past 14 years he has worked in higher education fundraising and is the Vice President for Development at the Iowa State University Foundation. He co-leads a team of over 80 employees who are all focused on increasing philanthropic support to the University. Through his program at IGA, Jeremy will share his expertise about prospect management, leading fundraising professionals and inspiring gifts of a lifetime. Jeremy is the Vice-President/President-Elect for the National Council of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.


2017 Institue for Greek Advancement

Monday, January 16 – Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Since 2003, the Institute for Greek Advancement has been hosted at Casa Florencia, a private residence in Los Cabos, Mexico or at Marbella Suites en la Playa. Thanks to the generosity of our founding host, attendees have enjoyed resort-style accommodations for a nominal fee.

With our former host sites no longer available, the NICF has worked to replicate the IGA experience at a nearby Los Cabos hotel at a very competitive rate. This venue change means that lodging, food and beverage costs are now a factor when in past years they were not.

While the cost to attend is increasing, the quality of programming has never been better. The IGA planning committee has secured two outstanding speakers to lead attendees in high-impact sessions on Executive Management and Executive Fundraising.

The IGA registration fee of $499 includes the Welcome Dinner on January 16, Lunch on January 17, Dinner at Pancho’s or Maro’s on January 17 (plus transportation) and Lunch on January 18. 

Late Registration

  • Final Registration Deadline: December 5


Hotel Check-in

First-Timer Orientation

IGA 2017 Welcome Reception and Dinner


Executive Management with Sally Williamson

Small Group Discussion

Dinner in Downtown Cabo


Executive Fundraising wth Rodney Kirsch

Small Group Discussion

Dinner on your own


Hotel Check-out

Taking it Back: Valuing and Applying What We’ve Learned


IGA Keynote Speakers

Sally Williamson

President/Founder, Sally Williams & Associates
Member, Delta Delta Delta Fraternity

Sally Williamson is a trusted resource for developing leaders at Fortune 100 companies, nationwide.

For the last 30 years, she has coached C-level executives, taught workshops for mid-level managers and created development programs for high-potential employees. Her expertise is spoken communication, and her passion is helping leaders at all levels become better communicators.

Employees at companies such as Delta Air Lines, ESPN, Kaiser Permanente and the Walt Disney Company have experienced the transforming power of Sally’s coaching combined with tools such as videotaping and custom exercises to advance their careers.

A recognized leader on Executive Presence, Sally’s first book, The Hidden Factor: Executive Presence,  was published three years ago. In 2014, she wrote Leading Executive Conversations, which validates and resolves the disconnect that exists between managers and executives during high-level conversations.

Sally and her team are based in Atlanta, Georgia, but travel frequently to client offices.

Rodney Kirsch

Retired Senior Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations, Penn State University
Member, Delta Upsilon Fraternity

Rod Kirsch recently retired from Penn State University after leading two billion-dollar-plus capital campaigns and overseeing the attainment of new support totaling $4.4 billion. 

During Rod’s tenure, he oversaw a division of 375 employees responsible for alumni relations and development at Penn State’s 24 campus locations, including the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Rod graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota with a degree in English, and earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from Indiana University.  He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Education at Indiana University.

Rod has been a frequent speaker at Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) seminars, and served as dean of the Big Ten Fundraisers Institute.

Institutions and development professionals have sought his guidance and expertise on how to raise private funds and maintain donor relations during times of institutional crisis.

Room Reservations

Travel Pros is assisting all IGA attendees with room reservations at our IGA hotel venue, The Cape, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

You can choose between a Deluxe King or Deluxe Double Queen room.

  • Deluxe King: $239 per night
  • Deluxe Double Queen: $289 per night
  • Hotel Reservation Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2016
  • Hotel Cancellation Deadline: Friday, December 9, 2016

The Cape will honor our group rates for up to 3 days prior and 3 days after the Institute for Greek Advancement dates, subject to availability.  

Shared Rooms

Prefer to share costs with a double queen room? We can help you find a roommate.

Book Your Room

  • You will need your government-issued passport to complete the form.
  • Travel Pros can also assist you with flight arrangements and ground transportation to and from the hotel. Select the option when completing the form to book your room.

Ground Transportation

Attendees are responsible for arranging their own ground transportation. Assistance is available through Travel Pros when booking your hotel room.

If you prefer to make your own arrangements for ground transportation, we recommend using Transcabo. A ride from the airport to any hotel in the area can take from 25 minutes up to 1 hour.

Payment / Cancellation Policy

Credit cards will be charged in full for the total room cost and taxes on December 10, 2016. All payments are nonrefundable. 

You must cancel any unneeded room nights by Friday, December 9, 2016 to avoid your payment being charged in full.

Questions / Reservation Changes

Contact Luanne Birmingham at Travel Pros with questions or changes to your room reservations at (631) 981-6100 x227 or luanne@tvlpros.com. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Founded as an executive retreat, the program has become an opportunity for education, skills building and the exchange of ideas and best practices in a think tank setting.


The program is designed for the fraternal foundation’s chief executive. The NICF’s DIAMOND, PLATINUM, GOLD and SILVER Alliance Partners are also invited.


Registration must be submitted through this online form. You must provide contact and credit card information. There is a separate form for hotel reservations.


IGA speakers are experts in the nonprofit and fundraising industry who can provide insight and lead discussions on items of importance to foundation success.


The Cape – A Los Cabos boutique hotel on a singular beachfront retreat where every room overlooks El Arco and the Bahia San Lucas horizon.


Cabo is an active and popular resort area among U.S. visitors and English is spoken widely. It’s considered one of Mexico’s safest tourist regions.


Yes. While you are not required to present a passport in order to enter Mexico, you will need to present your passport in order to return to the U.S.


Cabo can accommodate most U.S. cell phones. Contact your provider about service options in Mexico. The hotel provides complimentary WiFi.


The Cape will honor the group rates of $239 per night for a Deluxe King and $289 per night for a Deluxe Double for up to 3 nights before and after IGA.

All additional room nights outside of the NICF’s contracted reservations are subject to availability and must be requested and reserved on your own.

If you have questions about extending your stay, please contact Travel Pros at (631) 981-6100 ext. 227.


Casual attire is expected: shorts, jeans, slacks, polos, sandals, flip flops, etc. Stay casual for receptions and dinners or you can dress up if you wish.

Bring a light coat or sweater as temperatures in January average in the mid-70s during the day and low 60s in the evening.

Sunscreen! The Cabo sun is intense. Pack a bathing suit for the hotel’s beach and pools.


Many businesses take U.S. dollars and most major credit cards. Note that American Express and travelers checks are not as widely accepted.

Most cards will work in ATMs in Cabo. Bank ATMs are the most reliable, providing cash in pesos at the daily international banking rate.

Alert your bank and credit card company that you are traveling as well as if you plan to use your debit or credit card while in Cabo.


Yes. The Cape’s water filtration system has both biologic and ultraviolet filtering systems for extra safety.

Water and ice served at The Cape’s on-site outlets is safe for consumption.

In addition, in each guest room, two bottles of water are provided at nightly turndown and two are placed in the bathrooms if guests prefer to use bottled water to brush their teeth.

For all other questions, please contact Sue Kraft Fussell, at sue.kraftfussell@nicindy.org or (317) 872-1112.

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