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:

  • Delusional Altruism®
  • Transformational Giving®
  • 5 Best Practices of Extraordinary Grantmakers
  • Getting Out of Our Own Way for Greater Impact
  • Strategic, Responsive, or Both?
  • Out of Your Bubble and Into Your Community
"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



Philanthropy and Its Role in the Wake of COVID-19

Description: Opal is proud to launch our Virtual Family Office Planning & Structure Forum, scheduled to take place on July 1, 2020. Through this virtual conference, speakers and attendees will explore the methods of structuring a family office with consideration of modern day planning for the next generation. The conference will bring together industry experts and family offices who are actively involved in building family office and succession planning structures.

Sponsored by Opal Group.



Case Western Reserve University Nonprofit Management and Leadership Series

Cleveland, Ohio

Description: Celebrate April 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.



SunTrust and McGuireWoods Private Foundation System

Richmond, VA

Description: Delusional Altruism


April 2021

Philanthropy Experts & Leaders Academy (PELA)

Naples, Florida

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6 Mistakes Philanthropists Make During a Crisis (And What They Can Do Instead)

Don’t let delusional altruism hinder your impact! Learn valuable tips to improve your giving during tumultuous times.