Keynote Speaking

Are you in need of a provocative, engaging voice at your next conference or private event? How about a respected, outside expert to enlighten your board or foundation members?

Named one of America’s Top 20 Philanthropy Speakers

Named one of America’s Top 20 Philanthropy Speakers, renowned philanthropy advisor and award winning published author Kris Putnam-Walkerly is an experienced speaker who regularly shares her knowledge and expertise to a variety of audiences. Drawing insight and wisdom from more than two decades of philanthropy consulting, she’s been a featured presenter for associations, private donor meetings, and individual foundation boards.

"Kris’s broad and deep knowledge of the philanthropic sector has been an asset as we work to help emerging foundations scale the learning curve. Her presentations are a compelling combination of solid best-practice information coupled with real-world examples from her work with numerous foundations."
Ret Boney
Executive Director, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

How Kris Can Work With You

Kris’ wealth of experience makes her a highly qualified speaker on a variety of topics within the philanthropy space. Her recent and popular keynote and session topics include:

"Kris is great at making the complex easy to understand, and helps grantmakers shift their thinking to embrace new possibilities and opportunities. Her presentations to our board and grantmakers association were engaging, informative and inspiring, and have set us all on a clearer path toward effectiveness."
LaTida Smith
President & CEO, Moses Taylor Foundation

Upcoming Speaking Engagements


sept 2020

Meet the Experts Virtual Event - Exponent Philanthropy

Washington, D.C.

Description: Join Kris at “Table 14” to learn how to create a plan you can count on in a constantly changing world, the top three mistakes most funders make (and how to avoid them), and how to maintain the new best practices you adopted while responding to COVID-19.


sept 2020

SunTrust and McGuireWoods Private Foundation Symposium - Innovative Philanthropy in Challenging Times

Richmond, VA

Description: You’re invited to a series of conversations with foundation leaders addressing how
foundations have been affected by and are responding to the health, economic, and racial justice crises facing the country. We will also present innovative strategies to assist grant-making organizations operate more effectively in a rapidly changing landscape.


sept 2020

Current State of Philanthropy - American Endowment Foundation Annual Summit

Hudson, OH

Description: Kris will be delivering a keynote on the “Current State of Philanthropy” to the largest independent sponsor of donor-advised funds in the U.S. All participants to this invitation-only event will receive a copy of her new book, Delusional Altruism.


sept 2020

GivingData Virtual User Group 2020

Description: Join us live September 22-24 for our virtual User Group meet-up and discover new ways to use GivingData to optimize your grantmaking, enhance collaboration, streamline your workflow, and much more.


Nov 2020

Case Western Reserve University Nonprofit Management and Leadership Series - Virtual Book Launch Party

Cleveland, Ohio

Description: Celebrate November Nonprofit Impact Month with us! This session addresses how funders can achieve greater impact through their funding and how grantees and fundraisers can best understand how to help them do that. Join us virtually!

Join Kris at her virtual book launch party and learn how to identify common mistakes and “delusional beliefs” that hold you back, and how to increase your impact, stop feeling overwhelmed, and create a plan you can count on in a constantly changing world. The first 50 participants who register and attend will receive a free copy of Delusional Altruism.


April 2021

Avoiding Delusional Altruism and Transforming Your Giving - Philanthropy Experts & Leaders Academy (PELA)

Naples, Florida

Description: Kris will share insights from her new book at this exclusive retreat for philanthropists. All participants will received a signed copy of Delusional Altruism!

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