Annual Conference

November 1, 2018

Education Service Center, 6393 Oak Hill Blvd., Independence, Ohio
This year’s conference, Elevate U, is all about YOU! It’s a personal development day tailored to meet your needs AND enhance your volunteer management skills. Ultimately, these workshops will translate into stronger volunteer relationships and programs, benefitting you AND your agency.
The conference will cost $80 for FVA members, $50 for students and retired professionals, and $100 for non-members. REGISTER TODAY!  or Download a brochure.
8 am          Check-in, Continental Breakfast
8:30am      Welcome
8:45-10:15am   Resiliency Needed to Overcome Setbacks
Kristin Tull, PRADCOPart of how you respond to setbacks depends on the things that motivate you. Some people are motivated by the hope of success, while others are driven by a fear of failure. When failure happens, you have two choices… quit or keep going. By thinking about things differently and reframing situations, you’ll be able to rebound quickly and build your resilience.
10:30-11:30am   Making the Case for your Volunteer Program
Robert Koonce, Boys & Girls Club of ClevelandBuild the case for your company’s investment in volunteer programs. Learn to show direct connections to revenue growth and organizational impact. Explore volunteer roles in corporate giving, annual fund, and planned giving. Maximize the impact of volunteers to enhance program quality and community advocacy. 
11:30-12:45pm    Lunch, FVA Annual Update & Presentation of the 2018 Volunteer Administrator of the Year
12:45-1:45pm    Breakout Session I
A Firm Grasp: The Nonverbals of Influential Leaders; Holly Klinger, Nonverbal Matters
Strong leaders and managers exhibit many skills that set them apart, not only in what they do or say, but in how they do or say it. Learn about nonverbal tells that project leadership and confidence. Discover how a leader's behavior can significantly persuade and influence those they lead and interact.
Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer; Krs McGuigan, Professional Courage
On average, recruiters glance at a resume for only 6.25 seconds before assessing a candidate’s compatibility. Is your resume making the right first impression? Learn the best-kept secrets of professional resume writers, and how the use of keywords and white space can ensure you receive a second glance.
2-2:45pm   Breakout Session II
Growing Your Volunteer Program through Effective Recruitment and Onboarding, Gina Glorioso Rendall, Playhouse Square
Many organizations struggle with the best places to recruit volunteers and how to maintain interest long enough to engage them in the organization. Learn how key changes to the recruitment and onboarding process brought an additional 500 volunteers to the Redcoat program and increased morale. Analyze your volunteer program to make Recruitment and Onboarding as clear and painless as possible for both incoming volunteers as well as staff and trainers.
Art of Meaningful Discussion; Claudine Grunenwald Kirschner, Vibrant Living & Leadership
Move beyond conventional brainstorming and discover methods to engage your team/organization in meaningful discussion, wisdom gathering, and decision making. Learn about the Art of Hosting, World Cafe, and Open-Source Technology as ways to engage members in your organization to discuss important topics, create space for meaningful discussion, solve problems, and uncover hidden wisdom.
2:45-3pm   Break/Room Transition
3-3:30pm   Wrap-up Session
Make Today Work for You, Heather Englander, Business Volunteers Unlimited
Too often we attend seminars to be inspired and learn new ideas only to return to our same old routines. The final session ties together all of the themes of Elevate U and will help you create a plan of action.
3:30-4pm   Networking Session
Go Green: All conference materials will be sent electronically to registrants in advance to print if desired.
Questions may be directed to conference Co-chairs Jessica Brand ([email protected]) or Sara Curtis ([email protected]).
Please consider being a Sponsor. Review our sponsorship opportunities. Complete your sponsorship online or contact [email protected] for more details.