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MAVA's 2022 Hybrid Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference

June 8, 9 & 10, 2022

9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Central Time)

Get Ready!

Join volunteer engagement leaders from across the globe for three full days of learning and networking at the Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement (MAVA)’s Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference. Experience 2 keynote speakers28 concurrent sessions and an "Unconference" for staff, AmeriCorps members and volunteers at all levels of volunteer engagement experience to choose from. All presentations are LIVE with opportunities to interact with presenters and other conference participants!

Conference Format

The 2022 conference is HYBRID - meaning YOU get to choose how to participate. Some sessions are presented in person at Mount Zion Temple in Minnesota and some sessions are presented virtually by Zoom in Whova. In-person presentations are recorded and broadcasted live to virtual participants, and virtual presentations are recorded and broadcasted live to in-person participants. All recorded sessions are available for participant viewing after the conference for 90 days. Never miss a moment of the conference - regardless of how or when you choose to participate! 

Annual MAVA Member Meeting and Awards Ceremony

The annual MAVA member meeting and awards ceremony takes place in person and virtually at the Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference. The event is also broadcasted live to virtual participants and recorded for later viewing. All MAVA members and conference participants are invited to attend the MAVA meeting and awards ceremony.

The conference is subject to change. We continue to monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation and follow public health recommendations. If we are unable to gather in person in 2022, the conference will continue in a virtual-only format. Please read the Conference FAQs and Health and Safety Requirements.

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote: Finding Your Spotlight

As volunteer engagement or community outreach professionals we serve a unique purpose within organizations. We are simultaneously advocates for service, champions for staff support and a link to the communities we serve. Join Corina Sadler, CVA as she shares how finding and focusing her spotlight elevated her professional presence and created her unique voice for volunteerism. Learn tips to clarify, showcase and advocate for your career. 


Closing Keynote: Wokeness 2.0: Strategies for Cultivating Empathy to Foster Workplace Equity

Wokeness normalizes rage, which has its place. It helps us find others who are critical of the same systems and problematic behaviors; but that is also where it has shortcomings. As soon as we band together around shared antipathy, we lose out on the opportunity for restorative justice and, ultimately, healing. In our increasingly polarized world, the need for radical empathy is more important than ever. The movement toward justice and equity within institutions calls for a more heart-centered approach. Rather than solely intellectualizing DEI concepts, we have an opportunity to open our hearts to be deeply impacted by the lived experiences of the “other,” in whatever context we find ourselves in. In this session, we will:
- Differentiate between the three types of empathy: cognitive empathy, emotional empathy and compassionate empathy
- Engage in empathetic listening exercises
- Gain strategies to foster a truer and more authentic culture of belonging at work
- Make a personal commitment to action 


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