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Service Enterprise Update

Polly Roach


Learning More about Leading Authentically

Service Enterprise organizations, along with MAVA members and HandsOn Twin Cities affiliates, had the chance to get immersed in Leading with Authenticity in August. This full day training combined learning, reflection and action – including some very creative improv work – to help participants better understand leadership theory and everyday practice.  Thank you to our program sponsor, IBM, and IBM Senior Manager of Corporate Citizenship, Heidi Kraemer, who made the day possible and brought in veteran IBM trainers Larry Pastor and Natalie Rubin, who created an energizing session for us. Thanks also Sunrise Banks for once again sharing their great training space with us, and to HandsOn Twin Cities and Zeeda Magnuson, for pulling together an enriching experience to benefit our volunteer engagement leaders.

Calling All Web Wizards, Resource Mavens and Best Practice Connoisseurs

MAVA is exploring ways to make volunteer management resources more accessible through its website – and we need your help to do it.  This fall, we will be kicking off a redesign effort aimed at making the MAVA website more user-friendly for those seeking information, tools and examples to sharpen their own policies and practices. We will start by gathering input on ways to best organize resources and make them easy to find; after that, we will be working to curate the resources we feature to make sure they reflect high quality, current practices.  There are two ways you can contribute:

  • Provide input through a one-time, online focus group on ways you use, or would like to use, the MAVA website and other online sources to seek volunteer engagement support
  • Serve as a subject matter expert as part of a task force to review and recommend resources on key volunteer management areas, such as volunteer recruitment

To join this work, contact Polly at or 651-756-8016. Your time and talent will make a huge difference to your peers – and to MAVA!