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NJ Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism: The Power of One

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NJ Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism: The Power of One 


Monday, November 17, 2014  

Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ 

Registration Opens: 7:30 am

Opening Plenary: 9:00 am


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Workshops include: volunteer management, skills based volunteerism, fundraising, background checks/risk management, emergency response, youth/college service, working with veterans, large days of service, working with prisoner reentry, national service, social media, health & hospitals, grant writing 


Special Business Track workshops for corporate leaders charged with Corporate Social Responsibility: Starting an Employee Volunteer Program, What Data Says about CSR, 

10 Ways Social Media Boosts Employee Engagement, Corporate Response to Disaster, Maximizing Service on Nonprofit Boards, CSR Investments in Community. 


Presenting Sponsor: 

Major Sponsor: 

In Partnership With: 

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism


Opening Plenary Panel 

The Landscape of Community Engagement: Philanthropy and Volunteerism 

Speakers: Nina Stack (Council of NJ Grantmakers), Michael Bzdak (Johnson & Johnson), 

Etta Denk (Bank of America), Mark Shamley (Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals) 

Moderator: Linda Czipo (Center for Nonprofit Corporations) 


Breakout A (Morning): 10:20am – 11:50 am 

A1. Board Training and Leadership: 

Speakers: Carol McKinney, Elaine Sterling 

A2. The Future of Volunteerism is Here: Skills- Based Volunteering and You 

Speaker: Amy Klein (Volunteer Connect) 

A3. Risky Business: Every Volunteer Program has Risks… Are You Prepared? 

Speakers: Nancy Hess & Michael Ferguson (NORWESCAP Volunteer Center) 

A4. Predators and Prey: Senior Volunteers and Scams 

Speakers: Donna Giovannetti (Mercer County Consumer Affairs), 

Scott Owens (FBI Hostage and Crisis Negotiation Unit), 

Eileen E. Doremus (Mercer County Office on Aging) 

Facilitator: Eleanor Letcher (CONTACT of Mercer County, NJ) 

A5. Volunteering Is Personal: Volunteerism from the Volunteer's Perspective (Volunteer Management) 

Speakers: Karen Carson (NJ State Library), 

Claas Ehlers (Family Promise), 

Mel Kevoe (Rotary District 7510) 

A6. How to Turn Your Volunteer Experience Into a Job 

Speaker: Judith Lindenberger (The Lindenberger Group, LLC) 

A7. Igniting Youth Service 

Speakers: Heather Tedesco (Students in Action), 

Brandon Pugh (Moorestown Board of Education), 

Dawn Kreder (New Jersey District of Circle K International) 

A8. The Major Gifts Challenge: Getting Started with Major Gifts 

Speaker: Amy Eisenstein (TriPoint) 

A9. AmeriCorps 101 

Speakers: Ivette Ramos & Kelly Boyd (NJ Commission on National and Community Service) 

A10. Senior Corps Advisory Councils: Mission, Goals, and Strategic Planning 

Speakers: Erin McGrath (CNCS State Office), 

Janis Glenn (Pathways) 

A11. Corporate Track: Data Talks: What the Numbers Say About CSR 

Speaker: Michael Stroik (Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy) 

A12. Corporate Track: Nuts & Bolts: How to Start an Employee Volunteer Program 

Speakers: Ellen Rafferty (BD), Sonja Clark (United Water) 

Facilitator: Jo Ann Dow Breslin (JD Communications) 

A13. Corporate Track: Corporate Response to Disaster 

Speakers: Jennifer Adams (Fidelity Investments), Brian Dean (Jersey Cares), 

Kim Frawley (Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund) 

Facilitator: Janet Sharma (Bergen County Long Term Recovery Committee) 


Breakout B: 1:15pm - 2:30pm 

B1. Impact/ Performance Measurement and Quality Data Collections for Your Volunteer Program 

Speakers: Erin McGrath & Melissa Allen (CNCS NJ State Office) 

B2. Going Big: Large Days of Service 

Speaker: Brian Dean (Jersey Cares) 

B3. Grant Writing: Making the Grade for Funding 

Speaker: Kim Caesar (Joseph Sanzari Children’s Hospital of Hackensack University Medical Center) 

B4. College Volunteers/ Campus Compact 

Speakers: Diane Hill (Rutgers), Amy Sugerman (Drew), Bryan Murdock (Montclair) 

Facilitator: Saul Petersen (Stockton) 

B5. Volunteering for Veterans 

Speakers: Sharon Caccamo (Life Choice Hospice), 

Melissa Heinlein & Robert Askey (Philadelphia VA Medical Center) 

B6. Social Media Usage: Getting the Message Out There 

Speakers: Sherry Fazio (Jersey Cares), Elizabeth Jung (CNCS NJ State Office) 

B7. Building Strong Teams: Enhancing Team Strengths 

Speaker: Janis Glenn (Pathways) 

B8. Volunteers Working with Prisoner Reentry Efforts 

Speakers: Rev. Sharon Nzwalla Ryan (Safe Harbor), Jim Farrin (Petey Green Foundation) 

B9. Dealing with Difficult Volunteers 

Speakers: George S. Anthony & Lindy P. Crescitelli (Peace Dynamics) 

B10. Health & Hospitals: Weathering Today’s Climate of Volunteer Recruitment and Retention! 

Speakers: Lisa Fedorick (Kennedy Health System), Juile Paolella (Cape Regional Medical Center) 

Facilitator: Arlene Myers (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services) 

B11. Corporate Track : Getting the Most out of Board Engagement: What You Should Know Before You Join 

Speaker: Dr. Annette Freund (Freund Associates Technical Communication) 

B12. Corporate Track: 10 Ways Social Media Drives Corporate Philanthropy and Employee Engagement 

Speaker: Becky Livingston (Penheel Marketing) 

B13. Corporate Track: Corporate Social Responsibility as Business Strategy 

Speakers: Rene Deida (Prudential) 


Breakout C: 2:35pm - 3:30pm 

Table Top Exercise on Disaster Response: 

Real Life/Real Time/ Real World Planning for a Major Disaster and YOUR Role as a Volunteer 

New Jersey experts in disaster response from Government, Voluntary Agencies Active in Disasters, the Corporate Sector, Colleges, and Volunteer Networks will demonstrate the real-life/real time planning that takes place from 72 hours before a hurricane, to the immediate response and initial recovery period. You will learn what is happening in your county and community and how volunteers can be prepared to effectively participate in response and recovery – mass care and feeding, mucking and gutting affected homes and public buildings, and volunteer and donations coordination.



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