Wed. Aug. 24, 2022, Speaker: Angela A. Bingham, Dir. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M, Topic: "OLLI, New Beginnings, New Directions"

Wed. Aug. 24, 2022, Speaker: Angela A. Bingham, Dir. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M, Topic: “OLLI, New Beginnings, New Directions”

 

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan (OLLI-UM) is a program established in 1987 by a group of Turner Geriatric Clinic volunteers for people who share a love of learning. Under sponsorship of the University of Michigan Health System, OLLI-UM is affiliated with Elderhostel Institute Network and the Bernard Osher Foundation. The approximately 1300 members of OLLI-UM oversee and develop an extensive program of top quality lectures and offer a wide variety of study groups, travel excursions, evening and weekend events, and social/cultural gatherings.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M evolved from a program called Learning in Retirement, which was established in 1987 by Turner Geriatric Clinic volunteers at the University of Michigan. The successes of the Learning in Retirement program gained recognition from the Bernard Osher Foundation in the form of substantial grants to enhance and expand programming. In March of 2007 — in recognition and appreciation of Osher Foundation contributions — the Learning in Retirement Board of Directors changed the organization name to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan and hosted a celebratory program.

Memberships has declined in recent years, especially during the coronavirus pandemic as program offerings were forced to transition to a virtual rather than a live format.

A membership round table last year birthed ideas for programming innovations. In addition, planning for the upcoming fiscal year will begin a process of engaging potential new community partnerships and researching new funding opportunities. Our speaker will bring us up to date on this.

Angela Bingham is the new OLLI Director with University of Michigan Medicine. She is a nonprofit management professional with 20 years of experience and has held roles with regional and national nonprofits including Community Social Services of Wayne, UNCF, Wayne State University, American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. Angela is also a consultant, working with clients to increase branding and marketing, fund development, and donor engagement. Angela has been recognized for her work in strategic planning, fund development, volunteer and board engagement, along with creating a partnership with the NBA that has continued for 20 years. Angela is engaged with Inforum Michigan, Association of Women in Communications (AWC), and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Additionally, she is a licensed realtor and board member with GMAR (Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors). She is a native Detroiter, graduate of Cass Technical High School and alumni of Wayne State University. Angela is a proud mother of three young adults, two daughters, graduates of Spelman College and Temple University respectively, and a son, graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. She is passionate about making her impact within the community and is a lifelong learner.

Introducer: Dennis Powers