Student Life

Plenary Sessions

Michael Vorhaus

Mike, President of Magid Advisors, founded the Magid Internet and New Media research and consultation practice in 1995, with AOL and Excite as his first two clients. Mike’s team has completed more than 2,500 engagements with more than 100 Internet clients. Mike began the Magid Gaming Practice in 2001 with EA and Sony Online as his first two clients. The Magid Game Practice now works with most of the major game publishers.

Mike leads Magid’s investment and strategic advisory service unit, Magid Advisors. Mike also directs Magid’s research and consulting services for a number of major traditional media companies in regard to their new media initiatives, as well as consulting a number of leading Internet and gaming companies. He has also provided advice to venture capital and private equity firms in regard to investments in the media space. Mike has been involved in strategic and tactical consulting, including the launch of new services and programming, as well as development and implementation of online and offline marketing programs. Mike has also been extensively involved in video and PC gaming strategies for a number of companies, as well as the development of game concepts. Mike has consulted on a number of film projects such as You’ve Got Mail and The Matrix.

Prior to Magid, Mike worked in fundraising for higher education. He had successful roles as Associate Director of Corporate Relations at the California Institute of Technology, as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and then Acting Executive Director, Capital Campaign at UC Berkeley, and Assistant Vice Chancellor at UC Santa Barbara.

Mike also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, The U.S. Senate, and for two Administrations in the White House.

Mike also writes a monthly column in Ad Age magazine, as well as contributing a regular column to Game Daily Biz. Mike is also regularly quoted in a number of leading news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Reuters, and others. He holds a B.S. in psychology and sociology from Wesleyan University.



Karen E. Osborne

OsborneThe topic of Karen’s plenary session is Strategic Questioning and Listening for Intent.

Karen Osborne provides broad and significant experience and expertise in management, strategic and long-range planning, audits and feasibility studies, campaign planning, and implementation, major gift, annual and capital fund raising, marketing, public relations, public speaking, staff mentoring and training, volunteer and board training, board development and volunteer management.

As a principal of The Osborne Group, Karen brings 30 years of fund raising, management, and marketing experience to her clients' needs and aspirations. Prior to joining the firm, Karen served as Vice President for College Advancement at Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.). There she was responsible for planning and implementing a comprehensive advancement program including all aspects of development, alumni relations, marketing and public relations. During her five years at Trinity, Karen significantly increased annual, major and planned giving. She also designed, and implemented Trinity's successful $100 million campaign.

Karen planned and helped execute Trinity's college-wide strategic planning process. Under Karen's direction, a college-wide marketing program resulted in increased admissions' applications, increased visibility in targeted markets, and a strengthening of internal and external communications.

Prior to going to Trinity, Karen served as Director of Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During her eight years at RPI, Karen substantially increased major, corporate, foundation, and annual gifts. Karen helped develop and implement Rensselaer's successful $200 million campaign.

Karen's clients include public and private institutions of higher education, independent schools, hospitals, large national not-for-profits as well as small organizations. Currently her portfolio consists of campaigns ranging from $25,000 to $180 million Past clients include successful campaigns as large as $500 million.

Nationally and internationally recognized as an excellent presenter and workshop leader, Karen has taught a wide variety of fund raising and marketing topics at hundreds of conferences and private sessions. Awarded the Crystal Apple for Outstanding Teaching and Public Speaking by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), she teaches and consults throughout the US, Europe and Canada, Australia and South Africa. Karen teaches in-person and online as well as via video and audio CDs. Often quoted in professional journals, Karen is published as well.