Summit on Advanced Volunteer Engagement
Fearless Leadership
June 21-23, 2013

Join us June 21-23 for the Summit on Advanced Volunteer Engagement (SAVE). Don't miss the only national gathering for advanced leaders in volunteer engagement. SAVE features plenary sessions led by the top thought leaders in the field, challenging workshops and focused peer networking. This year's theme is Fearless Leadership with keynote speech by Michael Smith, SVP at the Case Foundation.

Offered as an inclusive specialty training, SAVE provides an environment dedicated to the needs of the experienced volunteer and community engagement professional. The event is specifically designed for individuals who have at least three years of experience in engaging volunteers in nonprofit, government and community organizations. The program is a combination of deliberate dialogues facilitated by subject matter experts and the sharing of best practices, proven models and innovations. The event will include networking opportunities, a challenging opening session that frames critical issues in the sector, thoughtful plenary presentations and engaging workshops. SAVE will motivate and equip the experienced practitioner to

  • Apply innovative volunteer engagement practices
  • Position programs strategically within their organizations and communities
  • Connect with small groups of peers to think through issues and discuss ways to accomplish key personal, professional goals
  • Network with peers through affinity group sessions

SAVE begins at 2:00 on Friday, June 21 and concludes at noon on Sunday. Download agenda. Thanks to the continuing support of the Leighty Foundation, we are offering up to 24 scholarships for SAVE. Click here to download information and application instructions.

Register now! The cost to attend is only $200 for Points of Light members and $250 for nonmembers. If you are registering for the entire Conference on Volunteering and Service, go to the Conference registration site, enter your name and email and select the appropriate category and subcategory. Continue with registration and answer all require fields. When you reach the Itinerary Builder page, add the Summit on Advanced Volunteer Engagement (session ID 3940) to your schedule. Then click "I Am Done with My Sessions" and proceed to the payment page.

If you want to attend SAVE only, go to the Conference registration site and enter your last name and email address. Then select "Specific Event Only" as your registration category. Please choose the subcategory that best describes you. Continue with registration and answer all required fields. When you reach the Itinerary Builder page, add the "Summit on Advanced Volunteer Engagement" (session ID 3940) to your schedule. Then click "I am Done with My Sessions" and proceed to the payment page.

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SAVE Co-Facilitators

  Betty Stallings

Betty Stallings is Stallings is a highly regarded international trainer, keynote speaker, consultant and published author of six books in the field of volunteerism and fund development. Stallings started her career as founder and 14-year executive director of nationally recognized Valley Volunteer Center. Stallings has trained internationally for 20 years and has served on the faculty of the Summit for Advanced Volunteer Engagement (SAVE) and on the staff of CU (Colorado University) for eight years, featuring beginning- to advanced-level training for practitioners in the field. For the past 18 years, Betty has been the President of Building Better Skills, whose mission is to inspire and empower people to effectively attract and utilize volunteer and financial resources to achieve their organization's mission. She has also served as the training design editor of e-Volunteerism Journal for ten years.

  Sarah Jane Rehnborg

Sarah Jane Rehnborg CVA, Ph.D. brings a rich background of experience to the Summit. A past president of the Association for Volunteer Administration, Rehnborg developed the association's performance-based certification system and served on the founding board of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. Rehnborg currently serves as a lecturer for the University of Texas at Austin and as interim director for the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. Her professional work includes research and writing in the field of volunteerism and volunteer administration; graduate level instruction in the field and work in the assessment and evaluation of volunteerism and nonprofit organizations. A published author, her service learning curriculum was adopted in the state of Maryland and her Strategic Volunteer Engagement Guide has been distributed nationally by OneStar Foundation. She has served on the faculty of SAVE.


Plenary Speakers

  Michael Smith

Michael Smith is the Senior Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation. He is proud of his work supporting the CEO on economic development efforts in the Palestinian West Bank, working with the Chairman and the White House to Startup America and leading the Foundation's efforts to tap citizen-centered solutions to social challenges, especially when leveraging exciting new online tools or prizes and open grantmaking. Prior to joining the Case Foundation, he spent a decade helping build foundations and national initiatives aimed at bridging the "digital divide," and held key positions at local and national organizations working to develop enriching communities and empowered youth.

  Mike King

Mike King has been National President and CEO of Volunteers of America since 2010. Before his tenure as National President, he served as CEO of Volunteers of America Texas for five years. King has more than 35 years of experience working as a leader in the nonprofit sector including Executive Vice President of Volunteer-The National Center, Executive Vice President and C.O.O. of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and President and C.E.O. of ChildCareGroup. King has served on the faculty of both the University of Colorado and the Institute for Advanced Volunteer Management in the United Kingdom. In 1986 King received the President's Outstanding Volunteer Action Award, presented to him by President Ronald Reagan.



  Jennifer Bennett

Jennifer Bennett joined VolunteerMatch to formalize and manage the organization's volunteer engagement program. She is a strong nonprofit generalist, with over 15 years of nonprofit management experience, 10 of those years spent directly managing volunteers. Bennett shares her knowledge with volunteer managers through the webinars found on the Learning Center, in newsletters and blog entries, and in person at conferences around the country. She started her nonprofit work in the wildlife rehabilitation and conservation field, and continued that work with the Bar Association of San Francisco.

  Katherine H. Campbell

Katie Campbell, CVA, has devoted her career to the field of nonprofit and volunteer management as a practitioner, author, trainer and leader. She now serves as the Executive Director of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA), managing professional credentialing programs for leaders of volunteers. Her career in volunteerism ranges from work at the Philadelphia Family Court to the Virginia Office of Volunteerism, where she eventually become its director. From 1997 to 2003 she served as executive director of the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA). She has authored and coauthored several articles and publications and teaches as adjunct faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia and Tidewater Community College.

  Paige DeLeon

Paige DeLeon, CVA, is the Co-Founder of Voluntology in Austin, TX. She has extensive experience working with episodic, community service restitution volunteers and state and county rehabilitative volunteer programs. She served as site supervisor for the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program and mobilized volunteers in former roles with the American Cancer Society, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and the James Beard Foundation. She has BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of Directors of Volunteers in Austin (DOVIA), the Greenlights 501 Council and The University of Texas Service Scholars Advisory Council.

  Kaira Esgate

Reimagining Service is a national multi-sector coalition dedicated to converting good intentions into greater impact through increased volunteer management capacity nationwide. Prior to her role as Executive Director of Reimagining Service, Kaira Esgate had nearly 15 years experience working in the government and nonprofit sectors. Esgate served on the staff of CaliforniaVolunteers where she oversaw program development, grantmaking activities and marketing and web communications. In her role as chief of staff, Kaira coordinated the agency's work with the governor and first lady's offices, provided strategic counsel to the nation's first cabinet-level secretary of service and volunteering, managed the activities of the 25-member CaliforniaVolunteers Commission, and led the agency work on national service policy and appropriations.

  Andy Fryar

Andy Fryar is the founder and Director of OzVPM (Australasian Volunteer Program Management)- a training and resource company specialising in volunteerism, and a Director of Volunteer Squared Australia. He has served as President of Volunteering Australia, convened the working party that later evolved into AAMoV - the Australasian Association for Managers of Volunteers and helped produce three books on volunteer management. He has served on the editorial committee of the Australian Journal of Volunteering and is also a founding member of the editorial team for e-volunteerism. Andy conducts volunteer management training internationally and was a faculty member with CSV's Institute of Advanced Volunteer Management. In 2003, Andy was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian government in recognition of his services to the volunteering movement.

  Janina M. Fuller

With more than 30 years of operational and consulting experience, Janina M. Fuller works with individuals and organizations to facilitate transformational growth and continuous improvement in the face of diverse challenges. She has managed the operations of several companies, coordinated needs assessments, training initiatives, board retreats, and curriculum development projects, and organized collaborative efforts among diverse groups of people. Two years of Peace Corps service in the Philippines sparked Janina's interest in the influence of cultural differences on workplace productivity and in what motivates volunteers to develop themselves as leaders. Janina has undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology and earned her Ph.D. in Human Resource Education Workforce Development from Louisiana State University.

  Tony Goodrow

An experienced nonprofit leader and volunteer manager, Tony Goodrow combined his experiences in the world of volunteerism with his knowledge of the internet and data management in 2000. The result of this effort is Volunteer Impact, software that helps in the management of volunteers in terms of communications, scheduling and reporting. Goodrow is an active Rotarian, and founder of the Carpenter Hospice in Burlington, Ontario and the Halton Social Enterprise Centre. A recipient of numerous awards for volunteerism and active citizenship, he is one of only three recipients of the designation of Patron of Burlington. Tony has presented on a variety of topics at conferences on volunteerism, in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Guatemala, Ireland, Korea, Singapore and the United States.

  Rob Jackson

Since July 1994, Rob Jackson has led and managed volunteers and volunteer programmes in education, fundraising, and children's services settings at local, regional and national levels. In April 2005 Rob joined Volunteering England. During his six years there, most of which he spend as Director of Development and Innovation, Rob successfully generated over �1million of income, led a merger with Student Volunteering England and oversaw the delivery of a number of strategic development projects in the volunteering field. Rob has worked as Head of Fundraising Strategy for the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) and chaired the Institute of Fundraising that developed the UK's first code of good practice on volunteer fundraising. Rob now runs his own business, Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd, providing consultancy and training services on a range of topics, with strategic volunteer engagement remaining at the core of his work.

  Christine Nardecchia

Christine Nardecchia has worked in public service as a professional Volunteer Administrator for nearly 25 years. She has overseen comprehensive service programs in the non-profit sector, hospital administration and most recently, in local government. Currently, she is the Volunteer Resources Administrator of an award winning and nationally recognized program for the City of Dublin. She has served on numerous campaigns, initiatives and boards of trustees, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government, President of the Volunteer Administrators' Network, and President of Leadership Dublin. Christine was an editorial reviewer for the former International Journal of Volunteer Administration, and also convened leaders of volunteer engagement as facilitator for the first National Congress of Volunteer Administrator Associations, which is now nationally-formed as the "Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement."

  Nikki Russell

As the Volunteer Initiatives Manager for United Way of King County, Nikki Russell manages and delivers the volunteer resources management training series. In this capacity, Nikki develops workshops and trainings for local and regional conferences as well as tailored trainings in volunteer resource management that meet the needs of local nonprofit organizations. Nikki is the lead trainer and consultant for the Volunteer Impact Partnership, a grant funded volunteer management capacity building program implemented locally to nonprofit organizations. Nikki serves as the Chair of Steering Committee of the Volunteer Administrator's Network (VAN) Northwest and as VP of Marketing on the Board of the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) and as a Board Member of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA). Her non-profit background includes 17 years of experience in program planning and volunteer resources management.

  Lou Serna

Lou co-founded Voluntology Lou has coordinated and implemented volunteer programs in various sites across the U.S. and internationally. In addition to his work at Voluntology, Lou is the director of the Office of Community Engagement at St. Edward�s University. In addition, Lou brings a richness of experience from his time at grassroots nonprofits as well as his time as a fellow with El Pomar Foundation�s Fellowship in Community Service. Lou earned his Bachelor�s in Communication from St. Edward�s University and his Master�s in Leadership and Public Service from DePaul University. He is also an AmeriCorps alumnus having served in Colorado Springs, Colorado and a past president of Directors of Volunteers in Austin.

  Beth Steinhorn

Lead trainer and strategist, Beth Steinhorn, has been an integral part of JFFixler Group since 2007. With more than 25 years' experience in nonprofit organizations, Beth has served as a consultant, executive, trainer, and program director. She has worked with museums, education agencies, faith-based organizations, health and human services organizations, volunteer centers, and universities. In addition to keynoting programs and presenting at local and regional conferences, Beth has edited and published many articles and books, including co-authoring Boomer Volunteer Engagement: Facilitator's Tool Kit, with Jill Friedman Fixler. She is also a contributing author to Charity Channel's You and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the CharityChannel Professional Community.


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