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

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014
10am – 11am PT (1-2pm ET)

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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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Meet Annalisa Amicangelo, 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.

AnnalisaName: Annalisa Amicangelo

Title: Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility

Organization: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

About the Session: “Building Local Support for CSR Through Employee Champions”

We will explore the development and success of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s employee engagement program through the Community Investment Council initiative, a global grassroots initiative that empowers employees across all business units/seniority levels in all major Houghton Mifflin Harcourt offices to make a difference in their local communities.

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

I became aware of the intrinsic relationship between my mental/physical well being and my performance at work (and in life). Now, I make a conscious effort to let each one inform, challenge and improve the other.

About Annalisa Amicangelo:

Annalisa Amicangelo is Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, one of the world’s largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions. Annalisa contributes to the strategic development and expansion of HMH’s CSR and shared value initiatives, including public-facing partnerships with the Boston Celtics and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, as well as employee engagement programs like Community Investment Councils and HMH Volunteer Week.

During Annalisa’s tenure, HMH’s CSR program has been awarded and recognized by the Boston Business Journal, PR News, the Corporate Volunteer Council, the Center for Green Schools and Junior Achievement of Northern New England and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

In addition to her work in the private sector, Annalisa serves as Vice President of Jumpstart for Young Children’s Northeast Region Young Professionals Board, where she drives fundraising, awareness and networking activities to support the national nonprofit’s key programs. Annalisa is also a member of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Council and a graduate of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Program.

Annalisa received her Bachelor of Arts in History cum laude from Boston University and completed programs of study at St. Anne’s College, Oxford; and l’Università degli Studi di Padova.

Connect with Annalisa on Twitter, and follow Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Twitter, Facebook, and explore their website.

Learn more about Annalisa Amicangelo 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 Danielle Holly, 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.

DanielleName: Danielle Holly

Title: CEO

Organization: Common Impact

About the Session: “Resiliency Doesn’t Have a Sector”

In a rapidly changing global environment, our local communities continue to struggle with deep poverty, lack of education and the impact of climate change. These challenges can’t be solved by any single effort, business, nonprofit or government initiative. We need a new, more connected economy that aligns business, individual and social purpose. People from all experiences, backgrounds and professions need to focus on the unique efforts they can make to address these critical and deepening issues.

This session will focus on how to break down the barriers that exist between sectors, sizes and industries to drive holistic, sustainable solutions to change. Aligning people, companies and nonprofits with their unique purpose and goals is tricky work, but when done correctly can transform visionary concepts into tangible, practical solutions for communities.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to understand the ways in which your skills, experiences and passions as an individual or business can be directed towards the larger-than-life challenges you hear about in your communities.
  • Tangible case studies of the ways the businesses, foundations, nonprofits and individual actors are taking on more complex, riskier approaches that drive real change.
  • The biggest challenges that arise in these new collective-impact style models, along with a framework to overcome those hurdles.
  • The experiences and stories of participants who are building successful multi-sector careers that are driven by personal and social purpose.

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

I’ve started doing only one thing at a time, whatever it is I’m doing, I provide my complete focus to it and shut down everything else (email, social media, other work, etc.). It has transformed the way I’m able to focus and the amount of value I can get out of every hour, every interaction.

About Danielle Holly:

Danielle Holly serves as CEO of Common Impact, an organization building stronger communities by facilitating collaborations between global companies and locally focused nonprofits. She works closely with Common Impact’s corporate partners to develop strategic community partnerships, develop employees’ talents, and help them to achieve both their business and community impact goals.

Danielle is considered one of the country’s leading experts on skills-based volunteerism. She is passionate about sharing her vision for the strategic design of pro bono programs and the value they can bring to nonprofits, employees and global companies. She shares her experiences designing skills-based volunteering programs and strategic vision for the future of the sector at leading industry conferences and events.

She has also played a key role researching and developing prescriptive solutions for corporations and nonprofits interested in assessing this critical resource.  Recent work includes participation in an industry collaborative alongside Points of Light and Capital One to develop an online assessment tool for nonprofits to evaluate their readiness for pro bono projects.

Connect with Danielle and Common Impact on Twitter.

Learn more about Danielle Holly 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 John C. Havens, 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.

JohnName: John C. Havens

Title: Founder

Organization: The H(app)athon Project

About the Session

Wearable and emerging technologies are transforming the workplace, allowing employees to gauge everything from their heart rates, stress levels, and even emotions while on the job. Utilizing these tools can provide leadership with brand new ways of encouraging emotional intelligence, empathy, and purpose-based roles for employees.

Learn how to take a measure of employee well-being, to increase their happiness and your company’s mission.

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

In the past two years or so, my work has been largely focused on measuring happiness or well-being based on actions that bring you purpose. This work has transformed my life, since I’m forced to consider how my daily actions can increase my sense of purpose/wellbeing, which is also directly tied to other people via values like altruism. It’s been a challenge, because while I don’t feel I have to always be in a good mood, I certainly can’t be a jerk to people. That wouldn’t be good branding for “that happiness guy.”

About John C. Havens:

John C. Havens is Founder and Executive Director for The H(app)athon Project, a nonprofit foundation, “Connecting Happiness to Action” via the use of Values-Tracking surveys, interactive workshops, and quantified self technology. He is also the author of Hacking H(app)iness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World (Tarcher/Penguin) which has been featured on NPR and C-SPAN.

John has delivered workshops and keynotes around the world in support of leveraging technology to increase wellbeing. His work on happiness and technology has been featured in USA Today, Forbes, Mashable, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Slate, NPR, and BBC News. A former EVP for a top ten global PR firm, his former clients include Gillette, HP, Merck, and Monster and he has also provided advising and consulting services for numerous technology companies like BlogTalkRadio, Vision Critical, Datacoup, Rypple (now Work.com, acquired by Salesforce), and Geo-Papyrus, an Augmented Reality company.

Connect with John C. Havens on Twitter.

Learn more about John C. Havens 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 Alex Price, 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.

Alex Price from ADT will be speaking at the 2014 VolunteerMatch Client SummitName: Alex Price

Title: Community Relations Manager

Organization: The ADT Corporation

The Session: “Lessons from the Field: Launching a Company-Wide EVP”

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

I’m always in pursuit of cause areas to focus on that match a personal passion. In my (very limited) time outside of work, I’ve recently poured myself into a focus area: my home state of Florida. This summer I’m assuming a new role on the board of Connect Florida, an organization that educates, engages and inspires my state’s top emerging leaders to make Florida a better place. I’ll be spending the next few years working on things like Everglades restoration, public school improvement, veterans issues, and other areas of need in the Sunshine State.

About Alex Price:

Alex leads Community Relations & Corporate Responsibility for ADT Corporation. Over the past 2 years, Alex has helped build the corporate citizenship function at ADT and recently launched ADT Always Cares, their nation-wide community service program promoting volunteerism for their 16,000 employees. Prior to his current role, Alex managed media relations for ADT’s commercial business unit.

Alex began his career in New York City at BBDO, one of the world’s most prestigious ad agencies. Alex then transitioned into a role in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, and for three years served as Manager of Communications for the NYC Department of Education, focused on promoting education reform.

In 2006, Alex launched a nonprofit organization nycTIES (a 501(c)3) to engage young professionals in critical local causes and promote life-long volunteerism and board service. It’s now one of the city’s strongest service organizations. He served as President for its first 4 years and now advises the organization as a director on its board.

Connect with Alex Price on Twitter.

Learn more about Alex Price 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: A 360-Degree View of Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships, Part II

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 corporate nonprofit partnerships.

In September, 2013, VolunteerMatch hosted a webinar that covered the key ingredients for a successful corporate-nonprofit volunteer partnership. The session was so popular, we’re bringing you back for round two!

Join VolunteerMatch for a special joint edition of the Nonprofit Insights and Best Practice Network webinar series, as we welcome back three experts in corporate-nonprofit partnerships who will present from multiple perspectives: Nonprofit consultant Mazarine Treyz will represent the small nonprofit viewpoint, Desiree Adaway of The Adaway Group will provide the voice of large organizations, and Amanda Lenaghan from the Charles Schwab Foundation will present the corporate angle.

A 360-Degree View of Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships, Part II

Register for this free event.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
11am – 12pm PT (2-3pm ET)

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Registrants will walk away with new knowledge, practical strategies and tactics, as well as concrete resources and handouts. Whether you work at a nonprofit or a corporation, this webinar will enable you to move your program to the next level through successful partnerships.

About Our Speakers:

Amanda Lenaghan is Manager of the Charles Schwab FoundationAmanda Lenaghan has a deep passion for connecting people with opportunities to use their talent to make an impact. As Manager of the Charles Schwab Foundation, Amanda leads the employee volunteer strategy and is responsible for engaging Schwab’s 13,000 employees in service. Amanda has nearly a decade of experience in volunteerism, philanthropy, and nonprofit management. Prior to Schwab, she served as Deputy Director of Taproot Foundation, the nation’s leader in pro bono service. There she led their award winning Service Grant program in the Bay Area and advised corporations on effectively engaging their employees and clients in service. Amanda’s background also includes managing nonprofit fundraising campaigns totaling $10 million, leading community development programs in Ecuador, and competing as a varsity track athlete at Georgetown University.

Desiree Adaway has over 20 years experience creating, leading and managing international, multicultural teams through major organizational changes in over 40 countries.Desiree Adaway has over 20 years experience creating, leading and managing international, multicultural teams through major organizational changes in over 40 countries. Her deep level of expertise in fundraising, grant management, and environmental, social justice, and faith-based initiatives, allows her to offer specific insights that help organizations achieve consistent, quality program results at the chapter, national, and international levels.

 

Mazarine Treyz is the author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising and other popular, well-reviewed books on nonprofit fundraising.Mazarine Treyz is the author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising, called one of the Top 10 books of 2010 by Beth Kanter, author of the Networked Nonprofit. Her second book is The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media, published 2012, given a 5 star rating by Joanne Fritz, editor, Nonprofit.About.com. Her latest book, Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide, was published April 2013. Ms. Treyz has raised over $1M for small, national and international nonprofit organizations via grants, events, appeals and more.

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