Education Day

2017 Education Day is Scheduled for Friday, August 25th!

At The California Endowment Center 

DOVIA-LA hosts an Annual Education Day, which is the premier West Coast conference for professional development in the field of volunteer engagement. Education Day is an opportunity for professional development and networking for those working with volunteers in the Greater Los Angeles area. This day is designed for all levels of the organization, from executive directors and volunteer managers to volunteers themselves!

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2017 Education Day

California Endowment Center

1000 Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Members: $75

Non-Members: $90


Jennifer PhotoJennifer Bennett, CVA – Senior Manager, Education & Training, Volunteer Match

Jennifer joined VolunteerMatch to formalize and manage the organization’s volunteer engagement program. With her breadth of experience she is well qualified to help VolunteerMatch’s community of Nonprofits better recruit and engage volunteers.

She shares her knowledge with volunteer managers through the webinars found on the Learning Center, in newsletters and blog entries, and in person at conferences around the country. She serves on the Planning Committee for the Volunteer Engagement and Capacity Building tracks for the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service.

She’s a strong believer in the importance of engaging volunteers in meaningful work and was certified in Volunteer Administration in 2009, and joined the Board of the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration in 2012, and is the current Board Chair.

She has also been an active volunteer all her life, and currently volunteers with Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco, and sits on the Steering Committee of the Friends of the California Academy of Sciences. She holds a B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA.

Vanessa PhotoVanessa Schnaidt – Group Account Director at Hershey Cause Communications

Topic: Presentations That Work: Connecting With Your Audience and Inspiring Them to Action

Description: Every interaction with potential volunteers and supporters is an opportunity to get results. From small casual conversations to speeches in front of a crowd, learn how to strengthen your presentations so you can attract new audiences and engage them in your organization. Through a combination of “best practice” tips and group activities, you’ll come away with the knowledge and tools you need to connect with your audiences and inspire them to take action.


Megan Vixie, MPA, CVA, PHR, SHRM-CP, Director of Human Services at Beach Cities Health District

Topic: Take Charge of Your Career: Getting Ready For Your Next Professional Move

Description: You love your job, but how do you turn it into a career? This session will discuss research conducted regarding the career of volunteer management professionals and how you can use this information to build a career plan for yourself to get where you want to go. Learn how to create opportunities and get the feedback you need to position yourself for future roles in your organization.

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Nia Clark, Lifeworks Mentoring Coordinator at Los Angeles LGBT Center – Presenting with Martel (below)

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Martel Okonji, M.A. Ex, Youth Development Supervisor at Los Angeles LGBT Center

Topic: Onboarding- Setting up a structure to screen incoming volunteers to make sure you are getting the right fit for your program. We will learn tangible skills to interview potential volunteers and how to provide appropriate feedback when you need to refer them elsewhere.

*Check out pictures from ED Day 2016*: Click Here