REinventing Giving & Engagement: A Keynote of a Different Color from Kiva and DonorsChoose.org

On September 18-19, 2014, VolunteerMatch will gather its corporate clients for a day and a half of learning, sharing and networking. The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will feature numerous sessions led by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement thought leaders. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to each of the speakers and what they’ll discuss at the Summit.

Premal ShahName: Premal Shah

Title: President

Organization: Kiva

 

 

Charles BestName: Charles Best

Title: Founder & CEO

Organization: DonorsChoose.org

 

 

About the Session: “REinventing Giving & Engagement”

With our theme of “Transformation. Begin Again.” at the upcoming 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit, there’s a lot that’s out of the ordinary – from the innovative programming, to the exciting location, to the impressive speakers and attendees. This year’s keynote address is going to bring everything to a whole new level.

Get ready for the most unique and interactive keynote session you’ve ever experienced – we’re flipping the traditional keynote on its head. We’re starting out with a surprise right at the start, and then two incredible leaders will discuss their experiences running organizations that have changed the way individuals make an impact.

Premal Shah of Kiva, and Charles Best of DonorsChoose.org, will have a conversation with one another about their approaches to transforming the giving sector. They will also share their advice for where corporate engagement could – and should- go in the future.

As we soak in the transformation happening every day in Detroit, Premal and Charles will put it all into context for us and highlight the importance of thinking differently to find new ways to create impact with our engagement programs.

Whether you’ll be attending the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit in person, or just following along virtually, start thinking now about the questions you have for these two groundbreaking leaders, and how their stories can help you on your own road to transformation.

About Premal Shah

Premal first began dreaming of “internet microfinance” while working at PayPal, the online payments company. In late 2004, Premal took a 3 month leave from PayPal to develop and test the internet microfinance concept in India. When he returned to Silicon Valley, he met other like-minded dreamers and quit his job at PayPal to help bring the Kiva concept to life and eventually to scale. Kiva today raises over $1 million each week for the working poor in +60 countries and was named a Top 50 Website by TIME Magazine. For his work as a social entrepreneur, Premal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and selected to FORTUNE magazine’s “Top 40 under 40″ list. Premal began his career as a management consultant and graduated from Stanford University.

About Charles Best

Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can pick the projects they want to support. Charles launched the organization in 2000 out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. DonorsChoose.org is one of Oprah Winfrey’s “ultimate favorite things” and was named by Fast Company as one of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World,” the first time a charity has received this recognition. For three years, Fortune Magazine has named Charles to its “40 under 40 hottest rising stars in business.”

Connect with Premal, Charles and DonorsChoose.org on Twitter, and check out Kiva’s website and their Kiva Zip program, as well as the DonorsChoose.org website.

Learn more about Premal, Charles and other speakers at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit by clicking here!

This year’s event is generously supported by: General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.

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Meet Jake Sanches, a 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Speaker

On September 18-19, 2014, VolunteerMatch will gather its corporate clients for a day and a half of learning, sharing and networking. The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will feature numerous sessions led by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement thought leaders. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to each of the speakers and what they’ll discuss at the Summit.

Jake SanchesName: Jake Sanches

Title: Leverager

Organization: Palantir Technologies

Description of the Session: “REanalyze: What is Your EVP Data Saying?”

Demonstrating your employee volunteer program’s impact internally and externally is critical to its success. While the industry as a whole is still looking for ways to get beyond traditional metrics, some companies are taking it upon themselves to identify outcomes that reflect their priorities, and are looking for new ways to quantify the engagement and impact of their employees. They want new ways to use data to measure and synthesize their success so that they can better tell their stories to leadership, to employees, and to nonprofit partners.

Join Jake Sanches, internal metrics and analytics guru at Palantir Technologies, to discuss VolunteerMatch’s recent metrics benchmarking project. We’ll review our findings and key takeaways, cover industry trends across key metric benchmarks, and discuss metrics analysis in finer detail and how it can be leveraged to drive improved programmatic and reporting approaches. At the end of the session, Jake will provide recommendations and demonstrate examples of ways to increase your use and presentation of data in your communications.

What is one way you’ve transformed your personal or professional life recently for the better?

I recently decided that I wanted to focus on being more present in my life and to be mindful of how I spend my time. One way that I transformed my life in this way was to stop checking work email on my phone before I get to work. I commute from San Francisco to Palo Alto via Caltrain, and instead of using that time to process emails and think about the day ahead, I have chosen to spend that time reading local and international news and commentary. Not only do I find myself less stressed and mentally prepared for the day ahead, but also I am a better-informed citizen of my community.

About Jake Sanches:

Jake works at Palantir Technologies, a big data analytics company that builds products used to solve the world’s hardest problems for government, commercial, and nonprofit institutions. He has worked in strategy and operations, analyzing Palantir’s internal data to inform leadership and drive decision-making around hiring and headcount growth, and he currently manages and analyzes Palantir’s product metrics, working to provide insight to engineering and business development teams about how their customers are using and engaging with their products.

Previously, he worked at Mattersight Corporation in Chicago, where he analyzed customer service interaction data and built customer satisfaction, attrition, and fraud predictive models. Jake is currently a volunteer for VolunteerMatch, lending his data science skills to help with VolunteerMatch’s metrics benchmarking project. He earned his B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis, and he lives in San Francisco.

Connect with Jake’s LinkedIn profile, and follow Palantir Technologies on Twitter.

Learn more about Jake Sanches and other speakers at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit by clicking here!

This year’s event is generously supported by: General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.

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Meet Daniella Lippert & Wendy Hershey, 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Speakers

On September 18-19, 2014, VolunteerMatch will gather its corporate clients for a day and a half of learning, sharing and networking. The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will feature numerous sessions led by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement thought leaders. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to each of the speakers and what they’ll discuss at the Summit.

Daniella LippertName: Daniella Lippert

Title: Program Manager, Volunteering and Engagement

Organization: Marsh & McLennan Companies

 

 

Wendy HersheyName: Wendy Hershey

Title: Principal/Senior Investment Consultant

Organization: Mercer

 

 

Description of the Session: “Reorganize: Building Support through Champions”

In this session, participants will learn how two companies with limited resources developed global, grassroots networks of employee champions to further their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. The discussion will feature three perspectives: one from a CSR professional at a midsize company, another from a CSR professional at a large company with several operating companies, and a third from a current employee champion outside the CSR business function.

Participants will gain insight into the development and growth of both companies’ networks; specifically, the speakers will discuss the genesis of their individual initiatives, the impact they’ve created to date, and how they continue to balance the goals of top-down CSR programs, policies and platforms with the needs, passions and voices of their champions in the field.

What is one way you’ve transformed your personal or professional life recently for the better?

Daniella: Personally and professionally we’re all juggling a lot to be happy and successful in life. We often want/create large goals to achieve; which can feel overwhelming. For myself, I’ve made a conscious effort to transform the way I approach goals. It’s important to enjoy the process. Each day, I “begin again” by tackling tasks that help bring me closer to my goal. This way, I feel like I’ve achieved something every day that I can feel good about.

Wendy: Taking lessons and energy from my work at Mercer and applying it to my position as a new Board member for a local charity.

Connect with Daniella on Twitter, as well as Mercer, and check out Mercer’s page on LinkedIn.

Learn more about Daniella, Wendy, and other speakers at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit by clicking here!

This year’s event is generously supported by: General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.

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Meet Lauren Keeler, a 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Speaker

On September 18-19, 2014, VolunteerMatch will gather its corporate clients for a day and a half of learning, sharing and networking. The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will feature numerous sessions led by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement thought leaders. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to each of the speakers and what they’ll discuss at the Summit.

Lauren KeelerName: Lauren Keeler

Title: Director of Community Engagement

Organization: Apollo Education Group

About the Session: “Refreshingly Awesome Programs!”

We’ll be sharing some of the creative new projects we’re developing for volunteers at Apollo Education Group and GoDaddy that helped breathe life into our programs.

What is one way you’ve transformed your personal or professional life recently for the better?

Traveling! I’ve made it a priority and it’s made such an impact on my life.

About Lauren Keeler:

Lauren works in Corporate Social Responsibility for Apollo Education Group as the Director of Community Engagement. In this role she works developing strategy, identifying and maintaining partnerships and creating service opportunities for employees nationwide while working with nonprofit partners, companies and community leaders to develop company reputation as a leader in service-minded business.

In her six years working in CSR, Lauren has driven an increase in engagement from 5,000 hours logged annually to over 80,000 each year. She is a Points of Light Leadership Faculty and has been a panelist four years in a row at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service. Lauren is also the President Elect for the Central Arizona Corporate Volunteer Council.

Connect with Lauren on Twitter.

Learn more about Lauren Keeler and other speakers at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit by clicking here!

This year’s event is generously supported by: General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.

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Meet Gavin Cepelak, a 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit Speaker

On September 18-19, 2014, VolunteerMatch will gather its corporate clients for a day and a half of learning, sharing and networking. The 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit will feature numerous sessions led by corporate social responsibility (CSR) and employee engagement thought leaders. In this series of posts, we’ll introduce you to each of the speakers and what they’ll discuss at the Summit.

Gavin CepelakName: Gavin Cepelak

Title: Director, International Corporate Volunteerism

Organization: PYXERA Global

About the Session:

In the past five years, nearly 40 multinational companies sent a combined 8,000 employees to donate their professional expertise overseas for NGOs, government agencies and social enterprises. Join Gavin Cepelak, Director of International Corporate Volunteerism at PYXERA Global, in a conversation with leaders from two major multinational companies with active global pro bono programs to find out how they launched their programs and why. You will walk away from this session with strategies to operate your own global pro bono program. You will learn how to:

  • Design a global pro bono program to meet the needs of your company’s HR, CSR, and business development strategies.
  • Increase buy-in and support for your program.
  • Take advantage of new and upcoming models of global pro bono, including virtual.
  • Ensure your employees stay safe in new, unfamiliar environments.
  • Partner with organizations that align with your organization’s goals and resources.

What is one way you’ve transformed your personal or professional life recently for the better?

I just finalized the implementation of PYXERA Global’s new performance management system to bring transparency and clear processes to staff that will enable our organization to have a solid base for future growth.

About Gavin Cepelak:

Gavin Cepelak is the Director of International Corporate Volunteerism (ICV) at PYXERA Global where he leads teams in developing the proper implementation of multiple ICV programs throughout the world. Gavin has experience in team leadership, client management, and implementing corporate leadership, CSR, and business development programs in Asia, Sub-Saharan and North Africa. He has worked at PYXERA Global since 2009 on program design, management, business development, and plays a lead role in building the International Corporate Volunteerism practice.

Gavin also manages and facilitates the ICV Leadership Council, which is a global community of 21+ corporations that are implementing ICV programs, also known as Global Pro Bono. The goal of the council is to promote the expanding field of ICV and highlight its impact on participants, corporations, and global challenges.

Connect with Gavin Cepelak and PYXERA Global  on Twitter, and check out their blog at New Global Citizen.

Learn more about Gavin Cepelak and other speakers at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client Summit by clicking here!

This year’s event is generously supported by: General Motors, MGM Resorts International, Delta Air Lines, The United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Newell Rubbermaid.

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Upcoming Special Webinar: Challenging the Status Quo – Rethinking the Value of Volunteers

This month VolunteerMatch presents a special joint edition of our Nonprofit Insights and Best Practice Network webinar series. We invite our nonprofit and corporate members to come together and learn from experts in building strong volunteer partnerships.

Join VolunteerMatch for a special joint webinar about rethinking the value of volunteers.

What if the way nonprofits and companies are currently engaging volunteers is all wrong? How can we make sure we’re strategically involving the core value of volunteers to provide maximum impact?

Research shows that organizations that strategically leverage volunteers outperform peer organizations on all measures of organizational capacity, AND have greater impact. However, less than 15% of nonprofits currently operate this way, and this obstacle stands in the way of success for the causes that so many nonprofits, companies and individuals care about.

Challenging the Status Quo: Rethinking the Value of Volunteers

Register for this free event.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
10am – 11am PT (1-2pm ET)

Follow the conversation on Twitter @VM_Solutions#VMbpn.

Join Bobbi Silten, Gap Inc.; Amy Smith, Points of Light; & Karen Baker, California Volunteers for a lively conversation about strategic volunteer engagement. Whether you’re a nonprofit professional, a company program coordinator or a dedicated volunteer yourself, you’ll learn more about the research, the implications and the opportunities of strategic volunteer engagement for maximizing impact.

About Our Speakers:

Bobbi Silten is the President, Gap Foundation and Senior Vice President, Global Responsibility for Gap Inc.Bobbi Silten is the President, Gap Foundation and Senior Vice President, Global Responsibility for Gap Inc., a leading global retailer. Since 2005, she has led Gap Foundation, overseeing its global community investments in women’s advancement and youth first jobs, and volunteer programs for 136,000 employees worldwide. Ms. Silten is a founding member of Reimagining Service, a national initiative focused on increasing the impact of volunteerism, and currently serves as the chair of the Reimagining Service Council. Ms. Silten also serves on the Leadership Council for Opportunity Nation and is a founding board member of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. She is also a volunteer mentor to alumni of Summer Search, a national youth leadership program.

Karen Baker currently serves as California's Chief Service Officer for Governor Jerry Brown.

Karen Baker currently serves as California’s Chief Service Officer for Governor Jerry Brown. She leads CaliforniaVolunteers, the State Service Commission charged with administering the nation’s largest state AmeriCorps portfolio. In addition, CaliforniaVolunteers serves as the lead agency for disaster volunteering and donations management, and promotes volunteering and service across California. Initially appointed in February 2006, Karen has forged vibrant public-private partnerships resulting in the creation of successful innovations, including the California Disaster Corps, Business Partners Program and the CaliforniaVolunteers Service Enterprise Initiative.  She serves on a number of national service boards and coalitions including Voices for National Service, The Presidio Institute, and Reimagining Service.

Amy Smith is the Chief Strategy Officer and President of Action Networks for Points of Light.Amy Smith is the Chief Strategy Officer and President of Action Networks for Points of Light,the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. With a mission to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world, Points of Light connects and empowers people to make a meaningful difference by providing access to civic engagement tools, resources and volunteer opportunities. Amy leads the organization’s largest business enterprise and is responsible for the success of a network of more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers worldwide; 200 AmeriCorps Alums chapters, and a Corporate Institute that helps hundreds of Fortune 500 Companies engage their employees and customers in volunteer service. She is also responsible for scaling youth civic responsibility and social action efforts through generationOn, Points of Light’s youth service division, a  leader in a movement to ignite the power of all young people to make their mark on the world through service. Amy has recently added responsibilities for enterprise wide strategic direction including annual and strategic planning, program innovation and organizational capacity management.

Greg Baldwin is the President of VolunteerMatch, the largest volunteer engagement network on the Web.Greg Baldwin joined what is now VolunteerMatch in the spring of 1998 as its Chief Imagination Officer to finish hotwiring the Internet to help everybody find a great place to volunteer. Today, VolunteerMatch is a leader in the nonprofit world. Its popular web service is strengthening communities and organizations across the country by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. Greg appreciates the power of a big idea. He began his career at the Leo Burnett advertising agency where many big ideas were born and later tested his own as a co-founder of 2d Interactive, Inc. – a Boston-based technology start-up. Greg completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University in 1990 with a degree in Public Policy. He is a life-long volunteer and regularly speaks at nonprofit events and conferences on the subjects of volunteering, communication, and the Internet.

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