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2021 National VOAD Conference

2021 National VOAD Conference Registration is Open!

We are excited to announce online registration for the 2021 National VOAD Virtual Conference is now open! This quick and easy online process only takes a few minutes to complete and multiple participants are able to register at once.

Session descriptions are available on the online registration pages.  A review of the overall schedule can be viewed below.

Full Conference – $100

This year the first 100 registrants will receive a $25 discount automatically applied at check out!

For those who plan to attend the National VOAD Member & State/Territory VOAD Meeting ONLY, registration is required through the link below. The National VOAD Member & State/Territory VOAD Meeting is for current members only with a max of 2 representatives per Member Organization or State/Territory VOAD. Please note, there will be no cost to attend just the Member Meeting. Please select the “Member Meeting ONLY” option when registering. If you wish to attend the conference as well, please select the “Full Conference” option when registering. No conference access will be given to Member Meeting ONLY registrants.

Click Here to Register

The deadline to register is Thursday, May 13, 2021.

Cancellation Policy: Requests for cancellation refunds must be made in writing and be sent via email to [email protected]. Requests received on or before April 17, 2021 will be refunded in full. A 50% cancellation fee will be assessed for cancellation requests received between April 18, 2021 and April 30, 2021. No refunds will be processed for cancellations received after April 30, 2021.


*Schedule Subject to Change

Tuesday, May 18
3:00 – 4:30 pm ESTNational VOAD Member Meeting
4:45 – 5:45 pm ESTMember Networking Event
Wednesday, May 19
11:00 – 11:45 am ESTFirst Time Orientation
11:45 – 12:00 pm ESTBreak
12:00 – 1:00 pm ESTPlenary Session – Welcome/State of VOAD Address/Awards Presentation
1:00 – 1:10 pm ESTBreak
1:10 – 2:10 pm ESTWorkshop Session 1
Leveraging Geospatial Technology to Understand Population Displacement. Response and Long-Term Recovery Operations
Speaker(s): April Wood, Leighton Jones, Chris Vaughn
Working with Funders in a COVID World
Speaker(s): Sally Ray, Tanya Gulliver-Garcia
Speaker(s): TBD
2:10 – 2:20 pm ESTBreak
2:20 – 3:20 pm ESTPlenary Session – Dr. Lori Peek, Natural Hazards Center
3:20 – 3:30 pm ESTBreak
3:30 – 4:30 pm ESTWorkshop Session 2
Bulking Up – Building State VOAD Capacity through Humanitarian Logistics
Speaker(s): Steven Moran, Luke Pratt, John Ricketts
Lessons Learned – Keeping Volunteers Engaged in A Changing World
Speaker(s): Becky Gochnauer
Equitable Recovery for Low Attention Disasters: Rural Vulnerably & Capacity in the Midwest
Speaker(s): Cari Cullen, Heidi Schultz
5:30 – 6:30 pm ESTMeet the VALs
Thursday, May 20
11:00 am – 12:00 pm ESTSponsor Hour
12:00 – 1:00 pm ESTPlenary Session – Chauncia Willis, Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management
1:00 – 1:10 pm ESTBreak
1:10 – 2:10 pm ESTWorkshop Session 3
Amplifying the 4 C’s During Times of Food Insecurity
Speaker(s): Thomas Shields, Fran Castellow
The Next Generation: Creating a Young Adult Pipeline of Service with AmeriCorps Partnership
Speaker(s): Katrina French, Rita Pratte
Survivors as Experts
Speaker(s): Ben Hirsch, Doris Brown, Billy Guevera, Caroline Hamilton-Arnold
2:10 – 2:20 pm ESTBreak
2:20 – 3:20 pm ESTWorkshop Session 4
Enabling Collaboration and Adaptation through Dialogue: How Conflict Strengthens Diversity for Our Future 
Speaker(s): Susamma Seeley
How to Engage Residential Volunteers in a pandemic – Lessons Learned and Best Practices
Speaker(s): Aline Guidry, Andrew Cross
New Donations Management Opportunities for Collaboration and Safety in a Pandemic.
Speaker(s): Charlene Sargent, Dante Gliniecki
3:20 – 3:30 pm ESTBreak
3:30 – 4:30 pm ESTWorkshop Session 5
Logistics Lessons from the Record-Breaking Atlantic Hurricane Season 2020
Speaker(s): Stephanie Steege, Kathy Fulton
FEMA Support: Houses of Worship and Donated Resources
Speaker(s): Phil Shaw, Kevn Retherford, Ronan Dalcross
The Impact of COVID-19 in Tribal Communities
Speaker(s): Mark Ford, Chele Rider

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