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FEI USA: Front End of Innovation


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May 16-18, 2023
Omni Boston Hotel at the SeaportBoston

Rick Shadyac
President and CEO at ALSAC (the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude)


Richard C. Shadyac Jr. has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, since 2009. As the top healthcare charity in the U.S, ALSAC employs more than 1,600 team members who operate from its headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, and in territories and offices across the country. ALSAC relies on generous supporters and volunteers who make donations and support tens of thousands of fundraising activities annually to help support the mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®

Shadyac has led ALSAC to record-breaking achievements, guiding strategic efforts that have more than tripled fundraising revenue since the start of his tenure and have elevated St. Jude as an iconic brand. ALSAC also earned the recognition of the No. 1 Best Workplaces for Innovators from Fast Company magazine in 2020. St. Jude also has been named the 1 Most Trusted and Most Loved Nonprofit Brand of 2022 according to Morning Consult Brand Intelligence, and the Top Health Nonprofit Brand of the Year for nine years in a row by Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study, all under Shadyac’s vision and leadership. Key strategic initiatives he launched include enhanced fundraising and awareness efforts in space travel, gaming, social platforms, fitness and multicultural areas, expanded marketing and donor development strategies, progression in ALSAC’s digital transformation journey and a reimagination of the organization. Shadyac established culture pillars for the organization that focus on people first, high performance, innovation, collaboration, service and being strategic.

Shadyac has received several awards and recognitions including the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2016 CEO of the Year Award from Inside Memphis Business and A Person for Others Award from Marquette University. He became the only non-profit executive to ever receive the Responsible CEO of the Year Award from Corporate Responsibility (CR) Magazine in 2016, and he was honored by the American Task Force for Lebanon and the René Moawad Foundation for public service.

Agenda Sessions

  • Keynote: Innovation Through Collaboration: At ALSAC/St. Jude, it’s in our DNA


Speakers at this event