Events

Check out upcoming networking events and workshops below. Please review our event policies before registering.

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, May 04, 2016
    • 10:30 AM
    • Thursday, May 05, 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Doubletree by Hilton, Minneapolis North, 2200 Freeway Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55445
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    Exciting opportunities are on the horizon as health care facilities adapt and change with health care reform in the 21st century. This first of its kind conference is for those who lead the volunteer effort in hospitals, long-term care, hospice, and other types of healthcare organizations. 

    Now is the time to invest in yourself, connect & collaborate with others in the profession and leave with new ideas to reinvigorate yourself and your volunteer programs. Throughout the two days, there will be information for individuals new to the profession as well as advanced materials for those looking to stretch themselves. 

    Wednesday, May 4

    • 10:30 AM - Opening Session with Terry Straub
    • Lunch - Updates in the Profession of Volunteer Administration with Karmit Bulman, Executive Director for Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration
    • Session 1 - Working Effectively with High Performing & Non-Traditional Volunteers
    • Resource Room (Volgistics & use of other technology for capacity building; Recognition Ideas, Best Practices and other upcoming workshop opportunities, etc.)
    • Session 2 - Sector specific structured networking topics using World Café technique
    • Evening Reception - Words of Wisdom from Seasoned Volunteer Administrators
    • Conference activities end at 6 PM; additional networking opportunities available for those who stay overnight at the hotel

    Thursday, May 5

    • 7:30 AM - Breakfast
    • 8:45 AM - Welcome & Structured Impromptu Networking Activity with Terry Straub
    • Session 1 - Supporting the Mission Through High Impact Volunteer Roles
    • Resource Room Open
    • Session 2 - Applying the Mission Model to your Volunteer Program
    • Lunch - Taking the Volunteer Program to the Next Level Through Service Enterprise
    • Closing Session - Creating a Culture of Healthy Communication with Jeff Dorman
    • Conference Ends at 4 PM

    Your registration includes breakfast & lunch both days, appetizers during Wednesday evening, snacks during resource room open times, speaker fees, and all materials.

    Download the conference flyer here.

    • Monday, May 09, 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Northwest Area Foundation, 60 Plato Blvd. E Unit 400 St. Paul, MN 55107
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    Where is the pathway to “becoming a leader that others want to follow”? It’s all about what you exude and what you create around you. There are four key elements people will be assessing: your personal character, the chemistry you create with others, your competency to do the job, and the culture you develop within the organization. But it all starts with you… What’s it like to be on the other side of you? What do people hear and see when they are around you? What is the impact of your influence?

    May 9 - Casting Vision & Leading Organizational Change: Elements that Successful Leaders Fully Understand About Themselves and Those Around Them.

    • Five Voices: dealing with 5 divergent viewpoints along with their needs, strengths, and faults 
    • Behavior Drivers: factors that make up our leadership behaviors 
    • Communicating Vision: no one voice can sway the whole group
    • Leading Change: a strategy for winning the late adapters 
    • Build the Bridge: providing needed motivation and security to move the group forward 
    • Pass the Baton: identifying the skills that are needed at this time

    Workshop is led by Jeff Dorman, Senior Associate, Giant Worldwide. Jeff has more than 20 years’ experience recruiting, training, and managing volunteers as a Lutheran Pastor. More recently he has been helping people resolve conflict through Dorman Mediation (2010-2015) and currently conducts leadership consulting in the business and non-profit worlds with Giant Worldwide.

    Organizations currently enrolled in the Service Enterprise Initiative who have not completed their 10 hours of consulting may send 7 staff members to this workshop free of charge. 10% discount for all organizational staff if the organization enrolls for the winter or summer 2016 Service Enterprise Initiative.

    Questions? Contact Karmit Bulman at kbulman@mavanetwork.org.

    • Monday, May 09, 2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • St. Cloud State University, Centennial Hall, Rm. 115
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    Where is the pathway to “becoming a leader that others want to follow”? It’s all about what you exude and what you create around you. There are four key elements people will be assessing: your personal character, the chemistry you create with others, your competency to do the job, and the culture you develop within the organization. But it all starts with you… What’s it like to be on the other side of you? What do people hear and see when they are around you? What is the impact of your influence?

    Casting Vision & Leading Organizational Change: Elements that Successful Leaders Fully Understand About Themselves and Those Around Them.

    • Five Voices: dealing with 5 divergent viewpoints along with their needs, strengths, and faults 
    • Behavior Drivers: factors that make up our leadership behaviors 
    • Communicating Vision: no one voice can sway the whole group
    • Leading Change: a strategy for winning the late adapters 
    • Build the Bridge: providing needed motivation and security to move the group forward 
    • Pass the Baton: identifying the skills that are needed at this time

    Workshop is led by Jeff Dorman, Senior Associate, Giant Worldwide. Jeff has more than 20 years’ experience recruiting, training, and managing volunteers as a Lutheran Pastor. More recently he has been helping people resolve conflict through Dorman Mediation (2010-2015) and currently conducts leadership consulting in the business and non-profit worlds with Giant Worldwide.

    The St. Cloud State University location is a satellite location for the main training being offered in Minneapolis. Participants will be connected to the presenter via videoconferencing technology. All small group work and discussion will be completed with the participants assembled in St. Cloud.

    Organizations currently enrolled in the Service Enterprise Initiative who have not completed their 10 hours of consulting may send 7 staff members to this workshop free of charge. 10% discount for all organizational staff if the organization enrolls for the winter or summer 2016 Service Enterprise Initiative.

    Questions? Contact Karmit Bulman at kbulman@mavanetwork.org.

    • Tuesday, May 24, 2016
    • 8:30 AM
    • Wednesday, May 25, 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, 300 South Bruce Street, Marshall, MN 56258
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    Original curriculum by Betty Stallings, adapted by MAVA

    Earn your Certificate in Volunteer Leadership by completing an 8-topic training series in two days.

    Demonstrate your expertise and professionalism to employers, peers, and the community.

    If you are new to the field or are looking to rejuvenate your career, please join us!

    May 24, 2016

    • Capturing Volunteer Motivation and Conducting Effective Interviews
    • Designing Volunteer Positions
    • Managing Risk
    • Recruiting Volunteers
    May 25, 2016
    • Supervising Volunteers
    • Positioning Your Volunteer Program for Success
    • Singing Your Praises…Measuring Your Impact
    • Recognizing and Retaining Volunteers
    Click here for more information on the Volunteer Leadership Training Series and our Cancellation Policy. 

    Join MAVA today and register at the member rate! MAVA members, please log in to receive the member rate.

    Scholarships are availableMust be submitted by May 6th to qualify. 


    Directions will be provided with registration confirmation one week before the date of the event. Questions? Email the MAVA office or call us at 651-255-0464.
    • Tuesday, May 31, 2016
    • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Lyngblomsten Care Center, 1415 Almond Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108

    The FREE Volgistics Users Gathering is open to anyone that uses Volgistics. Attendees can be paid staff, volunteers, former Volgistics users, new Volgistics users, those thinking about becoming Volgistics users, etc.

    The format for these gatherings is question and answer, with the answer coming from the person in the group that has the most experience in the particular area of Volgistics. Volgistics will be projected onto a screen at the front of the room so participants can see it in action.

    The Users Gathering is held in the Chapel within the Care Center. Networking is encouraged, so bring your business cards! 

    If you have any questions about the Volgistics Users Gathering or would like to submit a Volgistics question to address during the gathering, please contact Shelli Beck at 651-414-5297 or sbeck@lyngblomsten.org.


    • Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    • 8:30 AM
    • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Minnesota Literacy Council, 700 Raymond Ave, Ste 180, St. Paul, MN 55114
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    Original curriculum by Betty Stallings, adapted by MAVA

    Earn your Certificate in Volunteer Leadership by completing an 8-topic training series in two days.

    Demonstrate your expertise and professionalism to employers, peers, and the community.

    If you are new to the field or are looking to rejuvenate your career, please join us!

    June 21, 2016

    • Capturing Volunteer Motivation and Conducting Effective Interviews
    • Designing Volunteer Positions
    • Managing Risk
    • Recruiting Volunteers

    June 22, 2016

    • Supervising Volunteers
    • Positioning Your Volunteer Program for Success
    • Singing Your Praises…Measuring Your Impact
    • Recognizing and Retaining Volunteers
    Click here for more information on the Volunteer Leadership Training Series and our event policies.

    Join MAVA today and register at the member rate! MAVA members, please log in to receive the member rate.

    Directions will be provided with registration confirmation a week before the date of the event. Questions? Email the MAVA office or call us at 651-255-0469.
    • Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    • 8:30 AM
    • Wednesday, August 31, 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Initiative Foundation, 405 1st Street SE, Little Falls, MN 56345
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    Original curriculum by Betty Stallings, adapted by MAVA

    Earn your Certificate in Volunteer Leadership by completing an 8-topic training series in two days.

    Demonstrate your expertise and professionalism to employers, peers, and the community.

    If you are new to the field or are looking to rejuvenate your career, please join us!

    August 30th, 2016

    • Capturing Volunteer Motivation and Conducting Effective Interviews
    • Designing Volunteer Positions
    • Managing Risk
    • Recruiting Volunteers
    August 31st, 2016
    • Supervising Volunteers
    • Positioning Your Volunteer Program for Success
    • Singing Your Praises…Measuring Your Impact
    • Recognizing and Retaining Volunteers
    Click here for more information on the Volunteer Leadership Training Series and our Cancellation Policy. 

    Join MAVA today and register at the member rate! MAVA members, please log in to receive the member rate.

    Scholarships are availableMust be submitted by August 12th to qualify. 

    Directions will be provided with registration confirmation one week before the date of the event. Questions? Email the MAVA office or call us at 651-255-0464.