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Join us at MAVA's 
Volunteer Engagement Leadership Conference!

Hot Takes in Volunteer Engagement MAVA June 2024

The profound transformations in volunteerism and society demand a radical departure from "business as usual."

This summer our theme of "hot takes" aims to carve out space for innovation.

Hot Take (noun): A bold and unpopular opinion, a controversial idea, or a strong perspective that goes against the status quo. 

We will come together to explore familiar topics from fresh perspectives, question standard practices, and challenge preconceived notions about volunteers and volunteer engagement. This is not business as usual. 

IN-PERSON
June 5-7, 2024

Hosted at DoubleTree by Hilton in Roseville, MN


In-person Registration             

VIRTUALLY
June 12, 2024

1-day Virtual Conference


Virtual Registration


Keynote and Large Group Speakers

It is Not Hard to Recruit Volunteers
Opening Keynote | Wednesday, June 5
In Defense of Radical Hope: Fostering Organizational Change Through Interdependence and Possibility
Closing Keynote | Friday, June 7

Jayne Cravens




People want to volunteer. Young people are hungry to volunteer. Yet reports and anecdotal info says that there has been a drop in the number of people volunteering. Where is the disconnect? Lots of observers say it's because of the pandemic - but they're wrong! The downward trend in volunteering numbers has been coming on for a while, per outdated models of volunteer engagement.

Can you buck the trend and tap into an abundance of diverse volunteers? YES YOU CAN. This keynote will focus on the changes your organization needs to make, and how to get everyone at your organization on board with new, better ways of thinking about volunteer engagement. 

Dr. Johnanna Ganz

Dr. Ganz Cropped



Scarcity, overwhelm, exploitation, and persistent isolation: the nonprofit and volunteer spheres have long held these words as an expected as part of the gig. We are seeing the inevitable results of these low-bar expectations, and leaders are experiencing unprecedented levels of chronic stress, clinical burnout, and professional dissatisfaction. Yet, on the horizon, there is another world waiting for us—built from the pillars of radical hope, possibility, and interdependence. Join us for a candid conversation on the challenges facing our work and to help us create space to dream, to collaborate, and to build more sustainable foundations for mission-driven careers and organizations. Be ready to think through how we can cultivate vision with practical action based on your learning, insights, and connections built through the conference.


Brushing Off Burnout
Large Group Session | Thursday, June 6

Heather Stein, 
Femina Ajayi-Hackworth, and Karen Caldwell
Inclusion Arts Group



To truly shift mindsets, equity advocates need to be thoughtful, on-point, and share their hot takes in the right place, and at the right time. Being strategic and showing up sharp requires self-love, self-care, and unwavering compassion for others. But let’s be real, we are human and we have our moments when under pressure, just like others. In order to ensure you are truly showing up in the most effective way, Inclusion Arts Group will take you on an exploratory journey of the various states of compassion fatigue and share ideas for how to care for ourselves in these various stages.

Through engaging in artistic meditation and gamification, participants will leave with new and refreshed mindsets, ready to absorb the wisdom from MAVA presenters. Each participant will have the opportunity to clarify their personal self-care needs before diving deeper into MAVA's Hot Takes sessions; positioning them to maximize the value of the conference, and make the most of their opportunities to advance equity.

This conference is made possible thanks to our sponsors!

Title Sponsor


Galaxy Digital Get Connected logo

Gold Sponsor


https://www.betterimpact.com/en/mava

Gold Sponsor


Bloomerang logo

Silver Sponsor


The McDowell Agency Investigation & Pre-Employment Screening logo

Silver Sponsor


Altruist logo

Bronze Sponsor


Kindly logo


Bronze Sponsor


Volgistics Volunteer Logistics logo