2018 Keynote Preview

Launch Pad: Taking Your Volunteer Program and Career to New Heights

From awareness to mastery, this powerhouse hour will cover the basics that every volunteer engagement professional should practice, then take a deeper dive into leveraging the role into an elevated career.  

We'll start off with the fundamentals for a successful volunteer program and how those fundamentals play into current trends within the industry.  You'll then hear about solid strategies that strengthen your volunteer engagement practices and your program. We finish off with lots of proven ways and new ideas to elevate your career!

Jaclyn Wilmot is a seasoned volunteer engagement professional who has had the opportunity to lead volunteer programs on a local, state and global scale. While finishing up her Master’s degree, she got her first professional jump as the volunteer coordinator for the National MS Society. There, she worked with volunteers who ran statewide events: walks, bike tours and galas. Her next move to a human services organization gave her the experience to engage hundreds of volunteers locally in Denver who served as advocates, case managers, admins and thrift store specialists. Currently, Jaclyn has the great pleasure of leading the Volunteer Engagement & Education team for Engineers Without Borders USA. With this opportunity, Jaclyn engages, equips and cultivates volunteers who work on projects all over the world. Just recently, she launched their first ever corporate engagement program. Jaclyn is a mother of two, a lover of craft beer, and fanatic for adventure.


Mark W. Smith, CVA, is a volunteer engagement professional with over 20 years of experience in arts & culture, senior services, and nutrition. Mark currently works as the volunteer resources manager for Project Angel Heart and serves in a national capacity as Board Secretary and board member for the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE). In 2016, Mark received his Certified Volunteer Administration (CVA) certification, and completed the Volunteer Management Training Series (VTMS) with the Points of Light Foundation. Mark’s community impact includes mentoring, nine years on the DOVIA Colorado board of directors (previously Denver DOVIA); three years each on the steering committees for the Colorado Conference on Volunteerism (CCOV) and National Philanthropy Day (NPD) in Colorado; and session presenter for CCOV.  In 2015 Mark received the Outstanding Achievement in Volunteer Management Award for his dedication to the profession. Mark is a Colorado native and loves animals. 


Register for the 2018 Colorado Conference on Volunteerism today!