‘The Future is Now:  Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond’
Tuesday, October 22 – 9AM – 4PM MST Habitat for Humanity 3501 N. Mountain Ave.

It’s like TED Talks meets late night talkshow, streamed right here in Tucson with 1000+ Volunteer Administrators participating from all over North America!

‘The Future is Now:  Tech Trends for 2020 and Beyond’ is the volunteer management conference presented by AL!VE, Better Impact, and VMPC (Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada).  Now in its fifth year, this year’s topic will explore how technology impacts our volunteers, programs and agencies, now and in the near and far futures.  Our current streaming event will consist of four 20 minute presentations, followed by a moderated discussion with the other presenters (think Ted talk meets late night tv), including responding to questions from the audience.

The broadcast will be streamed live to more than 50 remote locations in the United States and Canada, with the likelihood of an audience of 1000 or more.  One of the goals of this event is to provide quality, high level professional development events in local areas where access and resources may be limited to local associations of volunteer engagement professionals, volunteer centers, or other entities with an interest in professional development for those who engage volunteers.

This year’s presentation team:

Dana Litwin, CVA – Host and Moderator

Dana is a public speaking and management professional with background in environmental conservation; 13 years’ experience building volunteer and community engagement programs, as well as developing relevant training and educational materials, and presentations.   She is a Board President of Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) representing the Pacific Region. Dana is a member of National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government (NAVPLG). Dana is Certified in Volunteer Administration (Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration – www.cvacert.org).

Amira Barger, CVA:

Amira serves as a leader in nonprofit management and has done so for the past 14 years.  The foundation for my leadership and community-building was set at an early age when her family moved from San Diego, CA to the tiny Pacific Island of Guam (can you find it on a map without Google?), USA to serve as missionaries in the 90’s.

Amira was intrigued by the budding ideas around what would one day be coined “collective impact” and her upbringing entrenched the desire to live a life of service.  She decided to use her skills to continue forward movement in the nonprofit sector.  She has the privilege of serving as Head of Development for the Public Health Institute in addition to teaching as an Adjunct Faculty at Cal State University – East Bay.

Amira received a B.A. in Marketing from Vanguard University, and MBA from Letourneau University, and invested in her professional development by receiving both the CVA (Certified Volunteer Administrator) and CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) designations.  In addition, she serves on the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration’s Board as Chair and External Relations Committee, and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, the Public Relations Society of America, and the American Public Health Association.

She facilitates nonprofit courses and is a sought-after speaker on the topics of strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, communications, and volunteerism.

In her spare time, Amira and her family work their way through collecting stamps in their National Park Service Passport Cancellation Book.  We plan to visit all 417 National Parks in the U.S. #RoadTripWarriors

Amira lives in Benicia, CA with Jonathan, her life partner of 14+ years, and our daughter Audrey.

Lisa Dyer, CVA Volunteer Engagement Specialist/Independent Consultant

Liza has been working and volunteering in the nonprofit and public sectors for over 15 years and currently works in a public library in Portland, Oregon. She spends her days connecting people and information, creating better access to volunteer experiences, and nerding out over technology.  Liza has previously worked in museums and science centers where she taught people about science, led teams of citizen scientists, and talked about whales (almost) every day. When not at work, Liza can be found knitting, reading, and hanging out with her husband, son, and two ridiculous cats. (The husband and son are also ridiculous, but don’t tell them that.) She is proud to be an AmeriCorps alum and Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA).  Pronouns: she/her/hers. Twitter:@lizaface

Rob Jackson 
Rob Jackson is Director of Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd, a consultancy and training company that helps engage and inspire people to bring about change. Rob has worked in the volunteering movement for more than two decades, during which time he has led and managed volunteers and volunteering in education, advice, fundraising and children’s services settings at local, regional and national levels.

In 1997 Rob founded UKVPMs, one of the first online networks for volunteer managers, and has been active in volunteer management online ever since. Today, Rob works with a wide range of clients in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the USA and Canada, specialising in strategic volunteer engagement.

Rob is co-author of The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook (DSC, 2012) and From The Top Down – UK Edition (Energize Inc., 2015).

Erin Spink, MA
Erin Spink’s interest in volunteers started at the age of six when she pronounced that while it was wrong to eat animals, hamburgers at McDonald’s came from “volunteer cows” and therefore an exception could be made.

Fascinated by the subject, she completed a Certificate with Distinction in Volunteer Program Management, followed by an M.A. (Leadership) where she submitted the first-ever academic research quantifying the concept of “volunteer engagement”. Spink’s academic and thought-leadership work has since been published around the world. Erin had the honour of serving on the Board for PAVRO for five years, including two as President, during which she lead the association to sit at key decision-making tables such as presenting to the Ontario Minister for Economic

Development. For the last several years, Erin has volunteered as the Training Designs Editor for e-Volunteerism. Recently, Erin was recognized with the 2017 recipient of the Linda Buchanan Outstanding Leader of Volunteers award for her contributions to the profession. After 20 years working in Volunteer Engagement, she has changed her mind and no longer believes in eating volunteers.