VAN Conference Workshops and Schedule Announced!

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VAN Conference Schedule for June 26, 2015 at Bellevue College

8-8:25 am                            Breakfast/registration/Resource Fair

8:25-8:40 am                      Announcements/thanks

8:40-10:00 am                    Keynote – Betty Stallings with video from Susan Ellis and Rob Jackson!

10:10-11:25 am                 Workshop 1

Strategies for Persuasion and Influence: Getting to “Yes” in Issues Impacting Your Success With Volunteer Engagement by Betty Stallings

As managers of volunteer engagement, you are often positioned in the mid-level of an organization. This necessitates the need to devote much of your time promoting your ideas, your program strategy, your needs and volunteer opportunities to staff, administration and long time volunteers who may be resisting change. In this highly interactive workshop, trainer Betty Stallings will focus on the critical skills of persuasion/influence. You will learn a process to use each time you need to persuade others to say “Yes” to your request and will walk away with a unique strategy to experience a positive response to your specific need(s) to influence others.

What’s It Take?  Acknowledging and Celebrating Our Professional Competencies! by Nikki Russell of The Volunteer Advantage and United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County

Volunteers are a unique and strategic resource for furthering our organization’s mission and vision.    Volunteer Administration is the practice of mobilizing, leading and supporting volunteer activity.  As skilled and competent volunteer administrators, it is up to us to ensure that volunteers achieve mission focused results and that the spirit of volunteering is sustained in our organizations.     This is an inherently complex and diverse role!  This session will explore the skills and competencies required to professionally manage and lead volunteers in our organizations, based on the recently revised CVA Competency Framework.

Engaging Millenial Volunteers by Hollianne Monson of Inspire Youth project

Research has shown that Millenials are budding philanthropists and energetic volunteers. It’s important for non-profits to connect with this generation and build relationships now, while they’re establishing what causes will be important to them throughout their lives. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how they like to be involved, how to connect with them and make your cause their cause, and how to keep them engaged.

FUSION: 1+1=3  by Jay Shukla of JointForce LLC

Never before has the North West experienced such a richness of cultural diversity as now. This workshop introduces the concept of cultural competence in getting the best out of your foreign born volunteers and team mates. You will:

  • Exchange information on work based cultural differences with fellow attendees
  • Learn basic cultural concepts to view the world around you with.
  • Learn the anatomy of conflict and the basis of synergy.
  • Take away coaching tools to integrate your diverse volunteers.

11:25 am-12:25 pm          Lunch/Resource Fair/Informal networking

12:25-1:40 pm                    Workshop 2

The Path to Authentic Leadership by Marjorie Trachtman of Bellevue Police Department

The principles of authentic leadership give you the insight needed to bring your best self to your leadership role every day, in every situation. This workshop introduces the key concepts of authentic leadership and the tools for starting your personal journey toward becoming the leader you truly want to be.

Partnering for less stress/stronger results with your volunteers and donors by Carolyn Kadyk of Multicare Health System

Have you ever struggled with the relationship between you and the Foundation contact who is insisting you find a “special place” for their donor? Or someone who wants to approach “your volunteer” for an ask of a financial gift? By following some simple outlined steps, the situation can have a positive outcome for both you and your Foundation colleague. (see attached paper for longer session description if needed)

Building cultural fluency to support diverse volunteer engagement by Patrick Tefft of City of Kirkland and Hla Yin Yin Waing of Center for Ethical Leadership

Organizations must become increasingly skilled at engaging volunteers of diverse experiences, backgrounds and talents to relevantly respond to their communities.  This requires investment in creating institutional change that builds and fosters an inclusive organization. Participants will learn factors for assessing their organization’s readiness to do this and explore strategies to enhance volunteer and staff cultural fluency.

Engaging Youth Volunteers Effectively by Isaac Wagnitz and Sara Kukkonen of Volunteer Centers of Washington

In this workshop, we will address effective methods for recruiting, managing, and retaining youth volunteers, and address how these techniques differ from those used with other demographics.

1:50-3:05 pm                      Workshop 3

Visualize Success: Breaking through Barriers to Achieve Your Mission by Carol Ryan

Learn powerful techniques for making organizational–and personal–vision and misson statements come alive. You will hone your vision statement to break through barriers impeding your progress. You will leave the workshop with a vision board and exercises for visualizing and capturing inspiration that fuels action and effective change. Your thoughts and vision are powerful agents of change!

Engaging Volunteers in the Values of your Organization by Talya Gillman of UW Carlson Center and Jane Deer-Hileman of Jewish Family Service

Attendees will participate in small group discussions with the goal of clarifying top organizational values, and discussing how we can create opportunities to involve volunteers in deeper reflection. We will discuss making volunteer experiences meaningful, by creating space for conversation about values, identity, privilege, advocacy, etc.This is good for all volunteers, but even more so for service learning students, where you may be seeking ways to tie your organizational values to their  learning objectives.

Organized Systems and Productive Habits that Work  by Kelly Foster of It’s Simply Placed

Workshop includes extremely simple, powerful and practical tips to help people improve in the  areas that cause chaos and disorganization in an office environment. Participants would learn:

  1. The cost of disorganization
  2. The power of focus (and why multitasking doesn’t work as well as we think it does)
  3. Five strategies to manage email efficiently
  4. Effective task management
  5. Prioritization techniques
  6. How to fight procrastination and perfectionism to get more done

The system is easy to understand, easy to implement and easy to maintain

Do the Ends Really Justify the Means?  Measuring the Results of Volunteer Activity by Nikki Russell of The Volunteer Advantage and United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County

We live in a results focused time.  Volunteers that engage with our organizations want to know the results of their volunteer activity.  Are their efforts truly making a difference?  Yet many organizations have struggled to get beyond counting the numbers and hours volunteers.  This session will explore a results-oriented approach measuring your volunteer efforts.

3:15-3:50 pm      Conversation Café/interaction & networking by industry

(topics: recruitment, recognition, retention, risk management-screening and background)

3:50-4:00 pm      Wrap-up/door prizes

Thank you to our sponsors: United Way of King County with the Volunteer Centers of Washington!

You can register for this fantastic conference HERE!

 

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Lisa Yeager has more than 15 years experience in Volunteer Management. She has lead volunteers at the Bellevue Art Museum, WACAP, Hopelink, Encompass, Autism Speaks (Walk Now for Autism), and the Sno-valley Senior Center. She has won the DuFort Award for Volunteer Management, and Program Manager of the Year in 2000. She is currently Treasurer and conference chair for VAN.