Thousands of thought leaders, social entrepreneurs and change makers gathered in New Orleans for the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Attendees were transformed; inspired, equipped for greater impact and mobilized by new tools and resources.
We were joined by a stellar lineup of speakers, award winners and other special invited guests including civil rights activist Ruby bridges, media personalities Deborah Roberts and Soledad O'Brien, comedian John Oliver, political commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin, and many others. Like our attendees, they represented a wide variety of sectors, backgrounds and perspectives on service.
The 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service honored the individuals, organizations and programs that are proving that service solves problems. Now more than ever, people are at the heart of community change and must champion efforts in their communities to solve problems. Our conference theme "Champions of Service" recognizes that everyone can be a champion in their community by mobilizing the energy, ingenuity and compassion of citizens to lead the way for a better future.