Empower: Renew 2022

Register now for Empower: Renew

A 4-day summit for BDI partners


RENEW your spirit.
RECHARGE your fundraising.

BDI Empower: Renew is a special summit exclusively for BDI partners. This 4-day retreat experience brings together our friends serving in faith-first organizations and experts from the fundraising world for a time of inspiration, relaxation and discovery.

Over the course of four days, you’ll connect with others serving in nonprofits like yours, learn strategies and tools from leading experts on nonprofit marketing and fundraising, and renew your spirit through times of rest and reflection. Come get prepared for a bountiful harvest – the 2022 work the Lord will do through you!


  1. TO REST
    Consider this your time to prepare for what’s ahead. We’ve left ample time for you to rest, relax and reflect over this 4-day event.
    Learn from fundraising, marketing and philanthropic experts who’ll share proven, research-based strategies to help you navigate the latest trends.
    When you feel renewed, you can help renew others. Hear from inspiring speakers and share in fellowship with friends to strengthen your heart for the frontline work of ministry.

This 4-day summit is an experience you don’t want to miss!


Bob Goff is a Lawyer, Speaker and Bestselling Author

Bob Goff
Lawyer, Speaker and Bestselling Author

A San Diego local, Bob Goff is a highly acclaimed motivational speaker whose message will renew your spirit and your passion for serving others at your ministry.


John Reynolds, President of Los Angeles Pacific University, Chairman of the BDI Advisory Board

John Reynolds
President of Los Angeles Pacific University, Chairman of the BDI Advisory Board

Madlen Satamian, President of Donor Detectives

Madlen Satamian
President of Donor Detectives

Jennifer Mayes, Senior Consultant at Analytical Ones

Jennifer Mayes
Senior Consultant at Analytical Ones

Michael J. Tomlinson, CEO/President BDI

Leadership Forum for CEO’s! Join other execs for a special discussion hosted by BDI CEO and President Michael J. Tomlinson, BDI Board Chair John Reynolds, and special guest Bob Goff! You’ll walk away with insights and inspiration to empower you as you lead your organization.

Empower: Renew
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Enjoy beautiful San Diego on your own, and join us for a few fun activities to bring us all together!

Tuesday Night 

Relax with dinner & fellowship. Then enjoy dessert & coffee with special evening entertainment.

Wednesday Night

 It’s time to celebrate at our evening gathering! Enjoy food and fellowship – topped off with insight and inspiration from special guest Bob Goff!

Thursday Afternoon/Evening 

Unwind by the pool or see the sights of San Diego! Visit the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and more – or explore the harbor via kayak or paddle board.

Friday Morning 

Tour a ministry helping the homeless & hurting in San Diego County. You won’t want to miss it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who’s invited to BDI Empower?

We welcome attendees from your organization! This event is recommended for… 

  • Executive Directors/CEOs 
  • Directors of Development/Philanthropy/Advancement or other members of Development Teams

Executive Director unable to attend? Please extend this invite to another member of your Development Team! 

Other guests are more than welcome… but we ask that you pick up the tab at our discounted rates. Consider bringing:

  • Spouses/family members

Take advantage of our extended, special pricing at the amazing Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina! On the registration form, use the “additional guest option” for each guest. For more information on expected costs, see “How much does it cost to attend Empower: Renew?”

How much does it cost to attend Empower: Renew?

For guests included on your invitation, it’s FREE to attend! Please see special pricing below for ADDITIONAL GUESTS ONLY:

AIR TRAVEL (round trip)Cost per person: Varies
HOTEL (per night + taxes & fees)Cost per person: $224 
Payable at checkout to Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
SUMMIT FEES (includes all meals & materials)Cost per person: $600
Your guests not attending the summit and not joining us for meals will not be charged any Summit Fees.

To make payments for additional guests, contact Raquel at BDI. Unless otherwise noted, costs are payable to BDI.

What’s included? What about meals?

Hotel lodging for 3 nights at Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, San Diego, CA, plus meals during the summit (and coffee & snacks!) are included for guests named on your invitation.

Additional guests joining us for meals and/or the summit sessions will be charged Summit Fees (see “How much does it cost to attend Empower: Renew?” above).

Will BDI book my travel? What if I’m driving?

For local guests driving to the event

You’ll receive a complimentary hotel parking voucher during your stay.

For guests flying in

Contact Raquel at BDI to plan your travel. You will also receive further instructions via email about making travel arrangements after you register.

Hotel stays will be booked for registered guests with the check-in/check-out date provided on the registration form.

Where can I find the Empower: Renew schedule?

Check back on this page for the Empower: Renew schedule!

When is the deadline to register?

Deadline to register is February 28, 2022. But the sooner you register the better!

What is the hotel like?

What should I pack?

San Diego weather is mild year round and temperatures in March and April range from 53 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit on average. Consider bringing layers and a light jacket for the morning and evening. 

Conference dress code is business casual. For our gala dinner, business or semi-formal dress is encouraged. For free time, bring casual clothing and a bathing suit (if you plan to visit the hotel pool, hit the beach or take advantage of the complimentary paddle boarding and kayaking!).

During the summit sessions, you may want to bring a notepad, pens or pencils, or your laptop/tablet to take notes.

What COVID-19 precautions will be in place?

What’s there to do in San Diego?

Arrive early and/or stick around after the summit to enjoy this beautiful city! 

  • Visit the famous San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park
  • Relax on premier beaches 
  • Enjoy paddle boarding or kayaking in the hotel harbor 
  • Spend a day at SeaWorld 
  • Tour the USS Midway  
  • Visit Balboa Park, Coronado & the Gaslamp Quarter 


San Diego, CA | March 29 – April 1, 2022

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