2016 Annual Conference

  • 24 May 2016
  • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, 5601 N Allen Rd SE, Mableton, GA 30126


  • Registration Code Required
  • (MUST present proper ID)

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2016 COVA Annual Conference

The Time is Now! Advancing Your Skills as a Volunteer Manager!

8:00 - 8:30 Registration & Breakfast 

8:30 - 8:45 Welcome

8:45 - 11:00 Plenary Session

Managing Time, Managing Self:

Are You Putting Enough of Yourself into What’s Most Important to You?

Terri Theisen - Theisen Consulting LLC

During this highly interactive workshop, you’ll be challenged to consider how you spend your time in the context of the principles laid out by author Laura Vanderkam in her bestselling book 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think.

In our time-challenged lives, it’s hard to fit it all in: family, work, self-care, hobbies, and career development – the list goes on.  Join Terri Theisen of Theisen Consulting as she leads this workshop designed to help us think about time as something we “spend” just as we spend money or other resources that we value.

We’ll examine how we spend the 168 hours we each have –every week - and how changing how you spend your time is a critical element to accomplishing your dreams in life and at work.

It is recommended that you complete the “time management worksheet” for one week prior to the workshop and bring your completed worksheet with you. (Do it honestly – no one will see it but you J!)

Come prepared to hear and discuss methods for making choices about time.  We’ll acknowledge that this is not easy. We’ll discuss what we can’t control and what we CAN control. You will leave with a new way of approaching what you CAN control about how you spend your most valuable resource – your time.

11:00 - 11:10 Transition/Break

11:10 - 12:10 Session 1

Mandated Reporting, What Volunteers and Volunteer Managers Need to Know

Julia Neighbors, Director, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

As a site that works with child and family serving volunteers, who may work with kids on a regular basis, would you know what to do if you suspected that a child in your program has been abused or wanted to tell you a "secret" about something that's happened to him or her? Do you know your organization's policy on suspected child abuse? Are you prepared to make a report to child protective services? The role of today's social worker includes not only creating safe environments for the children and youth, it also includes understanding the role of mandated reporter and staying up-to-date with new legislature surrounding mandated reporting.


Marketing Like Adele- 6 Ways for Your Nonprofit Organization Can Conquer 2016

Ursula Reynolds - Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business, PhD Director

This year Adele's new album "21" has broken several records within days: Most viewed video in 24 hours, Most viewed video in one week - 100 million, First song to be downloaded 1 million times in the first week, Debut at number 1 spot on Billboard's Top 100, Biggest sales week of any tune in 15 years, .and the list goes on. All of this is due to an incredible marketing team. How can nonprofit organizations apply some of the same principles and have a banner year in 2016? The presenter will provide six ways board members and staff can work together to have a break out year as well.

Legal Issues of Working With Volunteers

Lori Shapiro – Employment Counsel, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta

Nonprofits cannot survive without the help of volunteers. But along with the welcome assistance comes additional risk. It is important for organizations to understand both what their legal responsibilities are to volunteers who help the organization, and what potential liabilities the organization has because of actions taken by volunteers.  Lori Shapiro, Employment Counsel for Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, will discuss the potential legal risks of working with volunteers, and give practical advice about ways to minimize those risks. The topics to be covered include avoiding misclassification of volunteers, the need to screen volunteers, the organization’s obligation to minimize the risk of accident or injury to its volunteers, and policies and procedures for volunteers.

12:20 - 1:20 Lunch

1:20 - 1:40 Transition/Break

1:40 - 2:40 Session 2

Igniting the Passion of Students: Utilizing Service-Learning to Support your Organization

Patrick Grayshaw- Oglethorpe University, Assistant Director of Civic Engagement

In this session, participants will gain an understanding of the basics of academic service-learning and the benefits of partnering with universities for programs. A historical look at service-learning will be presented, followed by an in depth look at roles, responsibilities, and expectations of all constituents in creating quality experiences. A university-community work plan will be presented as a framework for developing ongoing experiences with universities, and time will be allotted to walk through examples of quality service-learning projects.

Engaging and Retaining Volunteers

Monique Terry - Director of Community & Civic Engagement, HandsOn Atlanta

Looking for new tools for attracting and keeping volunteers? Then this is the workshop for you! Engaging and Retaining Volunteers will explore the New York Cares Leadership Ladder study. New York Cares is one of the largest HandsOn Network Volunteer Action Centers in the world. By increasing its understanding of volunteers, and improving its marketing and communications, volunteer orientation, and leadership development opportunities, New York Cares increased the percent of its filled volunteer opportunities buy 101%.

Psychic Leadership: Knowing What Your Boss Needs Before They Do

Alzay Calhoun - Coveted Consultant, Founder & Business Coach

There is a certain level of leadership a boss expects from staff. Unfortunately, the boss may not know how to ask for it directly. Still it's important for staff to be prepared to lead with the boss and not just passively follow instructions.

2:40- 2:50 Transition/Break

2:50 - 3:50 Session 3

Orientation and Training for Volunteers

Tenequa Wildy – Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta,

This workshop will explore how to create curriculum for training sessions and orientation for your volunteers. How do you make them exciting and fun for the volunteers? This session will tell you how.


Intro to CVA Certification

Kimberly Fritz Tanner – United Way of the Coastal Empire | United Way HandsOn Savannah, Senior Director, Development & Engagement

Will 2016 be your year? If you are ready for the next step in your own professional development, and you want to strengthen your professional credibility, then the answer is YES! Learn about the CVA Certification process and the benefits for you and your organization.

Are you ready for volunteers?

Elaine Hudson -  HandsOn Atlanta, Associate Director of HandsOn Partner Services

While most nonprofits need volunteers to help run activities they don’t always know how to effectively manage volunteers in a meaningful and sustainable way. Learn how to assess your agency’s ability to manage volunteers and run a successful volunteer program - even with a limited staff. You’ll get best practices in developing and leveraging volunteer leaders so your staff is able to focus on carrying out your agency’s mission. We’ll also share how Hands On Atlanta can help you recruit and retain dedicated volunteers.

4:00 - 4:30 Closing Remarks

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