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Volunteer Engagement Leadership: Next Steps and Beyond

On June 6-8, 2018, 250 volunteer engagement leaders gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota to connect, network, learn and consider what’s next for our field. In the words of one attendee:

I think it says something about MAVA that so many in attendance were from out of state. Clearly the organization does a stand-up job providing leadership to those in the field! Thank you for your hard work and for putting on a great conference!

We laughed as our Keynote speaker warned us to “Stop being so bloody nice!” and as the Theatre of Public Policy actors helped us to recognize some ironies in the world of volunteer engagement leadership. Another highlight was recognizing MAVA Award recipients at the Twins game!


The conference was almost entirely run by capable volunteers. MAVA Staff extend our sincere appreciation to the conference planning committee:

Sarah Berres, Kirstyn Blyth, Kate Hersey, Julie Jergens, Sabrina Jones, Cody Logsdon, Cairn Reisch, Kasey Tunell, Kristina Wilkes, Garrett Zaffke

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Check out pictures from the 2018 conference!

2018 MAVA conference slideshow

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