Education Day

SAVE THE DATE! 2018 Education Day will be Friday, September 21st.

2017 Education Day was 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, VolunteerMatch

Jennifer’s Keynote

Title: Charting Your Path, Mapping Your Skills

Description: Whether you’ve been working with volunteers for weeks, or decades, volunteer engagement is complex work. It seems like every day brings a new challenge, or a new problem to solve. Leaders and practitioners in the field are required to drawn on a vast range of hard and soft skills to successfully integrate volunteers into their organization. While we may not always get the respect or recognition from our organizations – Do we give ourselves enough credit for the work we do? In this presentation we’ll examine the core competencies necessary to effectively engage volunteers and create meaningful opportunities for collaboration between volunteers and paid staff in our organizations. We’ll review what current research shows about our young and evolving field, and what it means for the future of our work. And we’ll  explore how the ‘arrogance of belonging’ can push us out of comfort zone and move us past doing what we’ve always done, to  invent, create, change and engage!

Jennifer’s Workshop

Title: Ethics and Decision Making in Volunteer Engagement

Description: When leading volunteer engagement and acting as an internal advocate for volunteers in our organizations we can often find ourselves in fraught, highly-politicized environments.  Leaders of volunteer engagement can be caught between what’s in the best interest of the volunteers, and what’s best for their organization. When you’re caught in this type of ethical dilemma what do you do, how do you intervene?

In this highly-interactive workshop we’ll discuss the ethics that should guide the work we do leading and engaging volunteers. Building on the 5 Ethical Core Values and Principles of Volunteer Engagement outlined in Professional Ethics in Volunteer Administration published by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration in 2016 participants will explore the role ethics play in their daily work. We’ll practice using ethical decision making as a conflict resolution tool, and participants will leave with a worksheet to help introduce and use ethical decision making in their organization.

Vanessa PhotoVanessa Schnaidt – Group Account Director at Hershey Cause Communications

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

Workshop 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

Workshop 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: Revitalizing Support: Training Volunteers to Support Your Cause

Workshop Description: Awareness is the key to establishing trust and good communication with people who have experienced significant hardships. This underscores the need for volunteers that work with vulnerable populations to be mindful, empathetic, and, most importantly, affirming. In this workshop, learn how to recruit naturally resourceful volunteers who can use their own personal experiences to make a positive impact on individuals experiencing homelessness, family rejection, complex trauma, and other socioeconomic and psychosocial barriers. Also learn vital and effective training strategies, support tools, as well as how to match people with the right volunteering opportunities.

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