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Join Volunteer Florida for our 2021 Volunteer Engagement Leadership Series, hosted each Monday this October!

National experts will provide essential insights and tools for developing and positioning volunteer engagement as both an indispensable and enterprising element of an organization’s foundational blueprint. Senior management officials, as well as new and veteran volunteer engagement leaders, are sure to tremendously benefit from this year’s content.

In our efforts to support the continuing education of Florida’s volunteer engagement leaders, Volunteer Florida is offering 10 VolunteerPro Premium Memberships via random drawing. To be eligible for this year’s drawing, simply attend three of our four October sessions!

VolunteerPro Premium Membership is described as the most comprehensive implementation program for attracting, engaging, and supporting dedicated, high-impact volunteer talent that demonstrates how to build an effective volunteer strategy and tap the power of technology to enhance visibility and diversify your base of support.

Professional Development Units:  These sessions may be applied towards the education requirement for initial CVA Certification or CVA Renewal. CVA certification is the only internationally recognized credential in the field of Volunteer Administration. To learn more, visit: www.cvacert.org.

Sessions

Shifting from Program to Strategy: Embracing Volunteer Engagement to Fulfill Mission

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Beth Steinhorn
President
VQ Strategies

Session Description

Organizations that truly embrace volunteer engagement strategy do so from the top, down – executives who understand how volunteers increase impact, as well as the position of influence volunteer engagement leaders have in the organizational chart. Designating a seat at the leadership table for these force-drivers occurs when organizations understand the practical applications of volunteer engagement, incorporate it into their strategic planning, and take other intentional paths of advocacy. Dive into real-life case studies of increasing impact through volunteer engagement and positioning volunteer engagement leaders to be change-makers for your organization.

Purpose-Driven Volunteer Impact

Session Description

Volunteers contribute to mission, labor, fundraising, awareness, and reputation. Often, reports about volunteerism omit these contributions and only highlight volunteer numbers, hours, and financial values. To bridge this gap, we’ll integrate research with practice to guide you in identifying meaningful ways to capture volunteer value. This session will provide a holistic approach to demonstrating volunteer impact by connecting it to an organization’s mission and audience. Gain practical tools and apply learnings to your organization!

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Sue Carter Kahl
President
Sue Carter Kahl Consulting

Executive Roundtable: The Pivotal Role of Volunteer Engagement in Thriving Organizations

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Elizabeth Simonton
Co-Founder & CEO
ICU Baby

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Elyse Cornelison
Director
Junior Achievement Big Bend

Session Description

Join Volunteer Florida for a candid, informative conversation with executives who comprehend the integration of community members and leaders into their strategic planning for mission success. Get the scoop directly from leaders who will share the ways in which they harness volunteer value, their innovations and challenges, and approaches to advocate and amplify volunteer impact in their organizations.

You’ve Got This! Unique Competencies and Professional Ethics for Leaders of Volunteers

Session Description

A skilled, trained and professional leader of volunteers can create maximum impact when partnering with communities that are rich in diversity and complexity. This interactive, virtual session will introduce you to two resources that establish credibility for the profession of volunteer engagement and boost confidence amongst leaders of volunteers. Participants will learn about the CCVA Body of Knowledge and Competencies which clarifies and defines the full range of tasks involved in the professional management and leadership of volunteer engagement. The session will also review Professional Ethics in Volunteer Administration which is a useful tool when working through ethical dilemmas with diverse populations.

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Faiza Venzant
Executive Director
Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration

Beth Steinhorn

Beth partners with organizations and their leadership to increase their impact through strategic and innovative engagement. The author of multiple books and articles on strategic volunteer engagement, she is a popular speaker and trainer, known for her interactive and inspiring presentations. As a thought leader, Beth regularly participates in the national dialogue about volunteerism and engagement. As a Service Enterprise Trainer, she has also trained and supported dozens of organizations to become certified Service Prior to becoming a consultant, Beth worked as an executive director and marketing director for education and faith-based organizations and spent years working with museums as an educator, manager, and anthropologist. She draws upon her anthropology experience still, helping organizations through the culture-shift process—from viewing volunteer management as a program to embracing engagement as a strategy to fulfill mission.

Sue Carter Kahl

Sue Carter Kahl is the President of Sue Carter Kahl Consulting and has 25 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Her facilitation, writing, and research are infused with lessons learned as a nonprofit executive, board member, state service commissioner, volunteer, and researcher. She has a PhD in Leadership from the University of San Diego where she studied the value that volunteers contribute to organizations for her dissertation. Sue blogs at Volunteer Commons and is committed to bridging practice and theory in the nonprofit sector.

Elizabeth Simonton

Elizabeth Simonton is the Co-Founder and CEO of ICU baby, the largest volunteer-based organization in Florida to support families with a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Elizabeth is an attorney and former small business owner, who started the NICU Families Fund with her Husband in 2014 after having a NICU experience of their own. ICU baby was developed in 2015 to broaden and extend the mission of the NICU Families Fund. Elizabeth received her B.S. from Furman University with a double major in psychology and political science and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Richmond Law School in 2005. Elizabeth won the 2021 Director's Award from the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative Committee, was named a 2019 Miami Leader by the Miami Foundation and is a graduate of Radical Partners’ Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp’s Cohort 6. Elizabeth is also a member of Leadership Miami’s Cohort 42 and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Elyse Cornelison

Elyse Cornelison has 17 years of experience working with non-profits. Elyse’s previous non-profit work solidified her dedication to make sure children of all ages are given every educational opportunity. When she joined the Junior Achievement Big Bend team in 2018, it was a continuation of her commitment to help educate the next generation, this time to learn about financial literacy and empower them to own their own economic success. She has also volunteered with various area non-profits, and it has given her a greater appreciation of what community volunteers do. The great part of being with JA Big Bend is working with the dedicated volunteers of the business community.

Faiza Venzant

Faiza Venzant CVA is the Executive Director of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. With 20 years of leadership experience in volunteer engagement, she continues this work with a goal of centering community amongst the profession, improving equity and access to volunteerism and increasing diversity amongst professional leaders of volunteers.  In 2018, Faiza published her first children’s book entitled, My Mamma Wants to Eat Me Up!  As a mother of two young boys, she has not actually eaten any of her children up.

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