A Look Back on VM Summit 16

By Bree von Faith, VM Summit 16 event manager

In case you missed it, VM Summit 16 — the conference on corporate volunteerism and partnerships — took place last Tuesday, October 25, 2016, in Chicago.

Chicago skyline at VM Summit 16
View of the Chicago skyline from Kendall College, the venue for VM Summit 16

In reflecting on everyone’s feedback and experience, I’m happy to say our vision for VM Summit 16 truly came to fruition. I left the Summit with new connections, a better understanding of cross-sector partnerships, and newfound inspiration to be on the cutting edge of social good. And many attendees, speakers, and staff have shared similar sentiments.

#VMSummit16 Twitter Posts
Attendees live-tweeted using hashtag #VMSummit16.

The morning was full of energy as we jumped right into speed networking and situation conversations.

Facilitated Speed Networking
Facilitated Speed-Networking Session

Our cross-sector panel, moderated by Common Impact, allowed attendees to truly engage in the conversation through real-time texting and sharing.

Cross-Sector Panel
Technology during the Cross-Sector Panel allowed attendees to answer questions in real-time.

At lunch, we announced the award winners for Employee Volunteer Program of the Year (Humana and Hagerty), Volunteer Recruitment Program of the Year (Girl Scouts) and the Top 5 Community Connected Companies and Organizations (JetBlue, Humana, Raytheon, Tulsa Community College, and Delta). Congrats to the winners!

Humana receives employee volunteer program award
Jacob Epperson of Humana accepts his company’s “Employee Volunteer Program of the Year Award” from VolunteerMatch President Greg Baldwin.

The afternoon was full of best practices, engaging conversations, and knowledge sharing. Through unconference sessions, attendees were able to connect in meaningful conversations around key topics that impact volunteerism, including measuring return on investment, recruiting volunteers for your program, and more.

Unconference session table discussion
“Unconference Session” table discussion

And finally, our closing keynote, Lisa Dietlin, truly delivered the meaning of inspiration through stories, humor, and lessons she has learned.

Photo opp with inspirational speaker, Lisa Dietlin!

For me, VM Summit 16, was the opportunity to reset, learn, and leave inspired to make our communities a better place. Thank you to everyone who made this such a wonderful event!

VM Summit 16 selfie
VM Summit 16 selfie

Check out Flickr for more VM Summit 16 photos.