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DECEMBER 7-8, 2023

Conference Schedule


All conference sessions will be live and recorded. Schedule is subject to change.


                                                    Day One, Thursday, December 7

9:00-9:15 AM (Central)

Conference Welcome

Michael Nguyen

9:15-10:15 AM

Opening Keynote:
Breaking Down Barriers & Building Bridges to Advance Volunteerism

Paulette Bonneur

10:15-10:30 AM


10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Round 1 Breakouts

Creating a Trauma-Informed Organization

Terri Allred

Taking Up Space: The Roots and Implications of Sizeism

Kaitlin Desselle

Using an Equity Framework to Dismantle Inequities in Volunteerism

Femina Ajayi-Hackworth, Heather Stein, and Karen Caldwell

12:00-1:00 PM


1:00-2:00 PM
Round 2 Breakouts

Navigating the DEI Journey: From Learner to Practitioner - Empowering Volunteer Transformation

Rahshib Thomas

Recovery & Inclusion:
Why and How to Include People in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder

Adrienne Yoe and Jaclyn Wilmot

Beyond Barriers: The Art of Communicating Across Differences

Luiza Dreasher

2:00-2:15 PM


2:15-3:15 PM
Round 3 Breakouts

Life Jacket Leadership:
I Don't Need a Savior 

Paulette Bonneur

Disability and Flexibility in Volunteerism:
Accommodating a Range of Abilities in Meaningful Service

Janene Reideman and Jay Haapala

Recognizing Informal Volunteer Service

Jackie Cuéllar

3:15-3:30 PM


3:30-4:30 PM

Large Group Session
Bridging the Gap: From DEI+ Intentions to DEI+ Impact

Amena Chaudhry

                                                    Day Two, Friday, December 8

9:00-10:30 AM

Large Group Session
Speak Up Against Antisemitism

Dr. Alon Milwicki and Jaci Jones
(From the Southern Poverty Law Center)

10:30-10:45 AM


10:45 AM-12:00 PM
Round 4 Breakouts

From Listening to Action: Insights from BIPOC Volunteer Engagement Leaders

Lisa Joyslin and Niila Hebert

Is your program equipped to include Latinx Volunteers?

Monica Jasso

Beyond the Box: Rethinking Court-Ordered Community Service

Bex Takacs-Britz and Chris Boden

12:00-1:00 PM


1:00-2:00 PM
Round 5 Breakouts

Stress-Less & Recharge:
Beating Burnout Before It Beats You!  

Dr. Jermaine Davis

Neurodiversity in Volunteerism

Sarah Philippe

DEI Training for Transformative Change

Michael Nguyen and Christina Paylor (from MAVA)

2:00-2:15 PM


2:15-3:30 PM

Closing Keynote:
Influencing Up, Down & Across Your Organization 
with a DEI Lens!

Dr. Jermaine Davis