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The Professional Development Committee coordinates professional development workshops throughout the year. Our topics are based on trends in the industry, and more importantly, input taken from participant evaluations: we do listen to you! Members may use up to two membership vouchers per year to bring a non-member colleague free of charge to qualifying workshops.


September 29, 2015
Build Me Up, Buttercup
Time: 2pm-5pm
Location: New York Cares, 65 Broadway, 19th Floor
Navigating Professional Development Opportunities in a Sea of Resources

Cost: $60 for non-members, $40 for members.


·        Staci Bruce-Florestan, Director of Volunteer Services at Catholic Charities

·        Gloria Deucher, Director, Volunteer Resources at WNET

·        Gerald Pannozzo, Volunteer Resource Management - Job Coach, Consultant, Workshop Facilitator, and Practitioner 

·        Cecilia Low-Weiner, Program Manager at the Center for Training Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC

·        Moderated by: Jaime Denniston-Merced, Director of Training and Professional Development at New York Cares

About the workshop:

Energize, Idealist, VolunteerMatch and more, provide resources for both seasoned and new volunteer administrators looking to improve recruitment, retention, programming, training. If it exists, it can be improved upon through a webinar, book, or article. But sometimes we need more than that to take our skills and knowledge to the next level.

Professional development is essential to individuals in the volunteer administration field and to the practice itself. Accreditation sets the standard for best practices, training beyond secondary education keeps us abreast of the newest and best ideas, and conferences bring us together to discuss what works and what doesn't.

Hear panelist insights on national and local professional development opportunities, and walk away with a resource guide that will better inform your next steps in building knowledge and experience in volunteer management. Workshop attendees will come away with a real sense of what pathways to development work best for them and the best ways to access those in NYC and beyond.

Past Workshops
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