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2021 National VOAD Conference

2021 National VOAD Conference Registration is Closed.

Virtual Platform Access has been emailed to all registered attendees.

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 (Pre-Registration Required)
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
Pilates for the Disaster Weary Body & Mind
Speaker(s): Diane Lester
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 – Session 1 (Pre-Registration Required)
Thursday, May 20
11:45 am – 12:00 pm ESTLive Sponsor Session
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, Don Bonchack
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
4:45 – 5:45 pm ESTMeet the VALs – Session 2 (Pre-Registration Required)

Thank You to our 2021 Sponsors!

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Executive Sponsors

Supporter Sponsors

Patron Sponsors

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