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MAVA Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conferences (virtual June 3-5 and in person date tbd), 2020
Connecting People: Inspiring Action
June 3 - 5, 2020  (Virtual Conference) 
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
and in-person conference planned for Fall, 2020. Register now and get both conferences for the price of the in-person conference!

Join Volunteer Engagement Leaders from all over Minnesota (and elsewhere) as we learn new skills, connect and redefine volunteerism

MAVA Conference at a Glance

Workshop Themes


Foundational Skills
Expand your personal toolbox at work through skills-based sessions that focus on the everyday logistics of volunteer management.

Re-Defining Volunteerism
Explore the current data and research, diversity, and the ever-changing landscape of the volunteer world.

Professional Advancement
Enhance your professional persona in the workplace through career networking, elevating the profession, and getting a seat at the decision-making table.

Over 40 workshops and TED talk style presentations will include the following:

  • Data Management and Volunteer Impact
  • Designing Volunteer Onboarding and Education as a Fundamental Foundation To Volunteer Engagement
  • Creating and Implementing Volunteer Trainings That Work!
  • What does Equity mean in Volunteerism?
  • Using Interns to Build Capacity
  • Strengths Based Volunteer Engagement
  • Supporting Volunteers Through Organization Transitions
  • The Fine Line Between Volunteers and Donors and How to Cross It
  • Getting a Seat at the Table: How Your Peers Went from Coordinator to Director and from Do-er to Influencer
  • Mini-Trainings for Maximum Impact: Everyday Engagement Training for Peers
  • Citywide Volunteer Engagement: A Path to Stronger Communities
  • How to be an Effective Business Partner
  • Linda, Listen! Dealing with Difficult Volunteers
  • It’s a Win-Win! Utilizing Volunteers in Meaningful Work
  • Can't We Just Get A Volunteer Do It? Creating Equitable Exchanges in Volunteer Programs
  • Who Are the People in your Neighborhood?

Featured Speakers

Rob Jackson

Workshops Include:

Valuing Volunteer Management

Engaging 21st Century Volunteers

Develop as a Volunteer Manager

Tips for Making Your Organization Attractive to Volunteers


Jermaine Davis

Jermaine Davis Profile Picture

Workshops Include:

Leading with an Inclusive Lens

Influencing Up, Down and Across Your Organization

What Can the Civil Rights Movement Teach Us About TLC: Teamwork, Leadership and Communication



MAVA Conference Lodging Info

Onsite Lodging
Hamline University Lodging

  • Linens and towels provided
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Communal bathrooms

Limited number of rooms. Click here to register. (You must register for the conference first to be eligible to reserve a room)

Alternative Lodging - Recommended Locations

Best Western Plus Como Park
1010 Bandana Blvd. W
St. Paul, MN 55108
Distance from Hamline: 1.3 miles

Hampton Inn and Suites University Area
2812 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Distance from Hamline: 3.5 miles

Double Tree by Hilton University Area
511 SE Huron Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Distance from Hamline: 3.9 miles

Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast
1330 Industrial Blvd. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Distance from Hamline: 4.6 miles

Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge
161 St. Anthony Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55103

Distance from Hamline: 4.7 miles

Holiday Inn Express Roseville
2715 Long Lake Road
Roseville, MN 55113

Distance from Hamline: 5 miles

Register for the Conference

Register Now! Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon!

Conference Registration Rates and Options

MAVA Members 3-Day Price 1-Day Price
Early Bird
1/1/2020 - 4/15/2020
$325 $125
4/16/20 thru 6/1/20
$350 $150
6/1/20 thru event
$400 $200

MAVA Membership

3-Day Price 1-Day Price
Early Bird
$400 $200
(4/16/20 thru 6/1/20)
$425 $225
(6/1/20 thru event)
$475 $275
Non-MAVA Members 3-Day Price 1-Day Price
Guest Rate $600 $300

Conference Schedule

The Conference Committee is in the process of finalizing the conference schedule as we get confirmations from our speakers. We would like to let our attendees know that there will not be any pre-registration for specific workshops before the conference. *

Each day will offer an equal mixture of the conference's three main themes (Professional Advancement, Re-Defining Volunteerism, and Foundational Skills) with a number of workshops being offered more than once during the conference. Each day will feature a unique plenary featuring:

  • Conference Day 1 - Re-Defining Volunteerism Plenary by Jermaine Davis
  • Conference Day 2 - Professional Advancement Plenary with Rob Jackson
  • Conference Day 3 - Foundational Skills Plenary with Kirsten Hoaby

* 1-Day Attendees: If you register for a particular day and wish to adjust it once we make all the sessions public, you may do so before May 13, 2020.