Learning Paths

The 2018 Conference offers 11 diverse paths with more than 140 workshops, as well as:

Sessions that offer opportunities for reflection and renewal

Immersion learning to connect with the city and be inspired

Engaging service projects that give back to the host city


As communities around the world are facing diverse political, economic and social challenges, companies are stepping up and acting as leaders and advocates in social action, policy and community-building. Business Track attendees will leave inspired and equipped to amplify their corporate values through employee engagement and position their business as a force for good in society. Access the research, models, proven practices and networks you need to accelerate and grow your corporate volunteer programs.

Access the insights, tools, and connections you need to grow and expand your preparedness, response, and recovery volunteer programs. Hear from disaster response organizations on how to best manage the volume and diversity of skills and availability of volunteer responders as an essential component of a successful volunteer program during a natural or man-made crisis.

Discover successful civic engagement models that empower and equip everyday citizens to create healthy, sustainable, thriving communities. When nonprofits, businesses, national service members and community changemakers work together to overcome systemic failures, strengthen the connection between people and their environment, and achieve social equity, their collective action can lead to clear, measurable impact and sustainable long-term change.

In areas where resources are scarce, churches and other faith-based organizations may be among the few social institutions capable of galvanizing a community into action and providing a common ground for community programs to take place. Engage in dialogue with faith and community leaders to learn how congregations are putting their faith and service into action, partnering with their communities to provide solutions that address poverty and need.

Hear from thought leaders who are transforming the way individuals, nonprofits and corporations engage in community changemaking around the globe. Deepen insights into the strategies, innovations and emerging trends that have the potential to change the world as we grow the global service movement together.

Explore the ways in which higher education institutions are graduating ethical, engaged and educated students, poised to be future leaders of our society. Learn how institutions engage with the broader society, provide an opportunity for students to deepen their education through volunteerism and service learning, and encourage them to interact with people, cultures, and views different from their own.

Learn from social entrepreneurs and innovators across sectors who are developing new ways to connect with and engage individuals in meaningful ways to meet social missions. Engage in new and unique approaches to solving problems.

Members of the military community – veterans, active duty military members and their families – are extraordinary civic leaders. Learn from influential leaders how this group is strengthening every American community, and explore the ways stakeholders can effectively collaborate and benefit from the leadership, skills, talents, and passions of the military community to create lasting change.

Take part in the national service conversation and learn effective techniques for strengthening national service programs. Connect with practitioners through hands-on learning about recruitment, retention, member participation and satisfaction, and engage with stellar AmeriCorps alums whose service has informed their lives.

Discover proven solutions for increasing your nonprofit organization’s effectiveness and reach while improving its ability to collaborate and drive innovation. Attendees will deepen their knowledge of cutting-edge technology, data mining, and strategic volunteer engagement, which will bolster efforts to serve their mission and meet their communities’ needs when resources are reduced.

Equip organizational leaders with breakthrough tools and strategies for developing high-impact service programs. Leading experts and practitioners will share proven practices as well as current trends, and attendees will learn innovative ways to recruit, retain, and manage volunteers.

Contact Information

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Points of Light Conference
Attn: Events
600 Means Street, Suite 210
Atlanta, Georgia 30318

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For information on corporate sponsorship, contact Kate Nichols.


For media inquiries, contact Meghann Gibbons.

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What Others Are Saying

This is one of the few events where all members of the social good sector are in attendance. With business, nonprofit and public sectors attending, we can dig deeper and have cross-sector conversations.

— 2018 Atlanta Attendee

The conference proved to be one of the most engaging and exciting professional gatherings of like-minded people I've ever attended. Although the topics, content, and presentations all appropriately centered around volunteering and service in some way, the sheer range of them was simply astounding.

— 2017 Seattle Attendee