Resilience: a Vital Tool for LoVs

Nicole R. Smith, CVA, knows resilience is a vital tool for LoVs.  What is it exactly? Why is it so important? How do you build it? In this candid talk we will examine how to navigate the hurdles that you may encounter during your volunteer manager (leader of volunteers) journey to build the resilience needed for both you and your volunteer program grow and flourish.

Join SAVMA and Nicole for the September 17, 2020 program, Resilience: a vital Tool for LoVs.

Learning Objectives for the Program

  • Setting small attainable goals
  • Finding Your Voice
  • Obtaining Institutional Buy In
  • Building a Strong Support System
  • Overcoming the urge to give up

Presenter Biography

Nicole Smith is a Panamanian-American, single mother, workforce development specialist, dancer, motivational speaker and published author of many inspirational journals including 101 Affirmations for Volunteer Administrators, Non-Profit Professionals and Professional Women (available for sale at:

She attended Oral Roberts University on a Division I full-ride track scholarship. After graduating, she founded Step It Up! Inc., a non-profit dance organization.

She has prepared more than 500 interns to enter the workforce and has inspired crowds upwards of 2,000. In 2019 she was listed as one of WLRN’s “Local Women Who Inspire You,” she was selected as one of Legacy Miami’s Most Prominent and Influential Black Women in Business and Industry of 2019 and became a contributing writer for The Life of a Single Mom.

Connect with her at and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. @nicolersmithnet

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