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Did you miss MAVA’s Virtual Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference in June? For a limited time, you can view the conference session recordings at a reduced rate! Get access to 3 keynote speakers and 35 concurrent sessions for 90 days to watch at your own convenience.

To take advantage of this offer, please registerYou will receive an email with information to access the conference platform within one week.

Announcing MAVA’s 2021 Virtual Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference: In with the BOLD

June 9, 10 & 11, 2021
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CST)


The past year has brought many challenges for volunteer engagement leaders that we may be eager to put in the past. It's time to work together to imagine the future of volunteer engagement: Out with the old, in with the BOLD. Let's focus on boldly taking a seat at the table where decisions are being made. Let's make the bold decision to dismantle the barriers put up around volunteering. And let's boldly acknowledge the strength and creativity we've gained amidst challenges - and continue to flex those muscles, stand up for volunteerism and shape the field to be better than ever. 

The annual MAVA meeting and awards ceremony will take place virtually at the Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference. All MAVA members and conference participants are invited to attend the MAVA meeting and awards ceremony.

Keynote Sessions

Day 1: Carve Your Own Path - Dana Litwin, CVA

"Carve Your Own Path" incorporates an inspiring personal story with practical examples and exercises on how to advocate for and grow your volunteer administration position and department, even in the most rigid of structures or dysfunctional environments. This keynote session explores three main topics: Identifying Your Unique Gifts and Talents, Persuasion and Countering Toxicity.

Day 2: Out With the Old, In With the Bold - Donte Curtis

Since the murder of George Floyd a year ago, we have seen an increase of action around racial justice. Book clubs and racial equity statements have become the headlines and yet for a lot of folks there is still the question of "what should I do?" It is not enough to know what to do. You must also know how to overcome the roadblocks that get in the way of the action. Join Donte Curtis as he inspires you to take BOLD action in your personal and professional life, by changing your paradigm about DEI, tapping into your personal power, changing your habits and creating a more just organization and world. 

Day 3: Where Do We Go From Here? Owning the Deep Commitment to Help and Not Harm - Breauna Dorelus

Real volunteerism, true transformation is a long game. How do we continue the fight of justice and belonging while partnering with Black and brown communities? What actions should we practice and uphold as we interface with volunteers and those we serve? During our time we will dive into the four postures to consider while developing, implementing and growing your volunteer program for the future.