VAN is excited to host Terry Chadsey, Executive Director of the Center for Courage and Renewal, as our Keynote Speaker and workshop presenter for our 2013 Annual Conference.
Keynote: A Force of Positive Change – Terry Chadsey
When you’re committed to making the world a better place, it’s vital to align your daily life and work with your core values. Our VAN keynote speaker, Terry Chadsey, will help you listen, live and lead with integrity so you can serve the world with courage. Terry will give us the inspirational start to our day, and then those who wish to go deeper can join him for a workshop.
Workshop: Work that is more rewarding and fun!
Terry Chadsey is the executive director of the Center for Courage and Renewal. In this video, http://moviemondays.com/mm2012/207-fully he shares something that helps staff to fully bring themselves to their work roles. It’s something he also uses to help himself show up fully to work. Terry says, “This workshop will be especially useful when facing stressful demands of leadership and in times of change.” Terry creates a context for careful listening and deep connection that also honors diversity in person and profession and will teach you to do the same.
Terry Chadsey is Executive Director for the Center for Courage & Renewal (www.couragerenewal.org), an organization founded by Parker J. Palmer, bestselling author, teacher and activist. The Center contributes to a more just, compassionate and healthy world by nurturing personal and professional integrity, and the courage to act on it. Terry has a BA from Yale University and a MS from the University of Chicago. He worked as a public school teacher and administrator for thirty years. Terry has led Courage & Renewal programs since 2002. Over many years he has consulted with organizations and leaders within and beyond public schools and has presented at state, and national and international conferences. Terry lives in Seattle with his wife Jane. They are proud parents of four young adults and especially smitten with their two year old grand daughter, Teneya.
Check out their website at http://www.couragerenewal.org
A Sampling of Workshop Sessions:
Keeping the flame alive
by Marjorie Trachtman of the City of Bellevue Police Dept.
Why did you become a volunteer manager? What makes you good at it? What gets you really excited about your job? In the daily grind it’s easy to lose sight of your purpose. Rediscover why you love your work and how to sustain that feeling over the long haul. You’ll learn to spot the signs of burnout and what to do to regain balance. You’ll make use of a personality trait inventory, and compare it to job definition. The outcome will be a deeper appreciation of your leadership role and a renewed sense of purpose.
Background Screening for Effectiveness
by WendiLee MacLeod of Volunteers of America Western Washington
Volunteer placement begins with screening: background checks and other methods are key processes by which the manager of volunteers comes to understand the motivations, needs, talents, skills, experience, background and availability of the potential volunteer. Security screening is vital to ensure that the volunteer does not pose a risk to him/herself, staff, clients or the agency at large in a given volunteer role. Together we will review best-practices for background screening; explore available methods for screening applicants including both cost and no-cost options; share resources and success stories. The degree of formality of the screening and interviewing processes varies according to the type and risk level associated with a given role. Tools and activities will be provided to help volunteer managers assess their own organization’s needs and capacity for screening volunteers effectively. We will review additional screening methods such as interviewing and reference checks.
The Vexing Volunteer: Divas, Donalds, and Drama Queens (or Kings)
by Marjorie Trachtman of the City of Bellevue Police Dept.
Let’s be honest: some volunteers are just difficult. They try your patience and management skills even though they do great work. Are they worth the trouble? Learn what these volunteers can teach you about leadership and how you can effectively manage them without losing your mind!
Working with Teenagers
By Hollianne Monson of YWCA
This workshop will take a look at the do’s and don’ts of working with teenagers, how to engage teenagers in your program, how to motivate them, and how to communicate with them. Participants can come with their questions about working with teenagers. There will be some hands-on activities to help participants practice working with teenagers.
Engaging Staff in Supervising, Retaining and Motivating Volunteers
By Janelle Kitson of Hopelink
Have you ever said, or heard a coworker say, “I don’t want to use a volunteer for this project. Volunteers are too much work!” This workshop will explore how to teach your staff the benefits of working with volunteers, how to communicate with volunteers, and how to manage and retain volunteers. Participants can come with their questions about staff engagement.
Extreme Makeover: Transforming Your Volunteer Engagement Efforts
by Nichola Russell of United Way of King County
Got impact? Join us to examine the “how” and “why” of strategic engagement and learn three essential steps to transform you volunteer involvement efforts and increase your organizations capacity to engage volunteers for impact
A Dialogue between Corporate and Non-profit Volunteer Managers
by Louis Mendoza of the Corporate Volunteer Council
This workshop will begin with a panel presentation from 3 managers of corporate employee volunteer programs, explaining the focus of their program and how they establish relationships with non-profit organizations. This will be followed by a facilitated conversation between the panel and the audience. The goal is to have the participants walk away with a clearer understanding of the perspective and needs of their counterparts in the non-profit or for-profit volunteer manager role.
Building an Inclusive and Diverse Volunteer Base
By Anh Vo of Collective Leadership
As client populations are changing, the need for an organizations’ volunteer base to reflect their client population increase. The workshop provides a space for participants to become more aware of the Diversity and Inclusion issues affecting volunteers of today, provide opportunities for discussion and learning for leaders to hold conversations around racial equality, inclusion, and micro-inequities in the “work place” and its effects on the client and volunteer.
Say What? Communicating to Lead and Inspire
By Jennifer Teeler of Susan G. Komen Puget Sound
As a volunteer leader, do you want to convey an idea or inspire a movement? This workshop will include practical tips and strategies for communicating in a way that inspires and motivates those around you, whether volunteers, coworkers or even your own supervisor. Together, we will look at communications research and best practices and translate these ideas into practical steps anyone can take to improve their communications skills and avoid common pitfalls.
United Way of King County
United Way of Snohomish County
Volunteers of America – Washington