|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Volunteer Florida CEO Clay Ingram announced that Points of Light President and CEO, Natalye Paquin, will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 Volunteer Virtual Convening. As the leader of the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, Paquin will be giving the keynote address during the last day of the Convening. The Convening will also include an opening address from CEO Ingram and 14 workshops led by volunteer experts from across the US.
“We are thrilled to welcome Natalye Paquin as the keynote speaker for our agency’s first-ever volunteer leadership convening,” said CEO Ingram. “As we discuss volunteer engagement in our ever-changing communities, I look forward to our attendees hearing about the incredible work that Points of Light is doing to engage volunteers worldwide.”
Points of Light is a global nonprofit organization that inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that changes the world. In his 1989 inaugural address, founder President George H.W. Bush shared his vision of “a thousand points of light” – individuals and organizations across the nation helping others through service. Today, Points of Light engages five million people each year worldwide to serve 30 million volunteer hours, an annual dollar value of $482 million. Just last month, Points of Light released new research, Civic Life Today: A look at American civic engagement amid a global pandemic, from which Paquin will share insights.
Paquin joined Points of Light in 2017. Prior to joining the organization, she served as the Chief Transformation Officer at Girl Scouts of the USA and the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, the state’s largest girl-serving organization. An attorney by training, Paquin spent more than 15 years in the education sector prior to joining the nonprofit community. She earned her juris doctor from DePaul University College of Law and her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University.
The Volunteer Leadership Virtual Convening: Volunteer Engagement for Changing Communities will be hosted virtually October 27-29, 2020. For more information, please visit www.volunteerflorida.org.
About Volunteer Florida
In 1994, Volunteer Florida was established in Florida Statutes to manage national service programs, such as AmeriCorps, and advocate for volunteerism throughout the Sunshine State. Since then, Volunteer Florida has evolved to serve as the state’s lead agency for mobilizing volunteers and coordinating donations before, during and after disasters, including managing the Florida Disaster Fund. After 25 years, Volunteer Florida remains committed to promoting volunteerism in Florida, and recently launched the state’s official volunteer opportunities platform, Volunteer Connect. Through our work, Volunteer Florida delivers high-impact volunteer programs and opportunities that engage Floridians, transform communities and make the state a better place to live.