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Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference

conference logo and theme - a stronger maine through volunteerism

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
University of Maine, DP Corbett
Flagstaff Road  
Orono, ME


Keynote Presenter:  Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats

kosarinElisa Kosarin, CVA, is helps nonprofits deliver fully on their mission and raise more money by strengthening their volunteer programs.

With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Elisa's work is driven by the underlying belief that volunteers have the potential to transform communities - if nonprofits commit to developing high impact volunteer programs.

Plenary Speaker: Nate Wildes, Executive Director, Live + Work in Maine

nate wildesWildes, who co-founded Flight Deck Brewing at Brunswick Landing in 2017, is executive director of Live + Work in Maine, after having served as an independent marketing consultant for the organization for several years. Now he is helping others find their niche in the Pine Tree State by raising awareness about the job opportunities that are available in Maine and the quality of life Maine has to offer.

Live + Work in Maine is an initiative that was created to increase awareness and education about career opportunities in Maine while promoting the state's quality of life.

Special Guest: Jeffrey L. Brudney, PhD

jl brudneyDr. Jeffrey L. Brudney is the inaugural holder of the Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professorship of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The Urban Institute in Washington, DC, calls Dr. Brudney "the foremost research expert on volunteer management programs and community volunteer centers in the United States." 

Dr. Brudney is the Editor-in-Chief of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the premiere international journal in nonprofit sector studies. He serves on the Expert Advisory Board of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program on the State Of The World's Volunteerism Report. 

Who attends this conference?

Everyone seeking to make communities stronger by engaging citizens in service!

Formerly known as the Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism (BHCSV), the conference updated its identity to reflect the purpose and participants. Since 1986, this gathering has provided learning and networking opportunities for Maine’s volunteer leaders. It is the only professional development conference tailored exclusively to the needs and challenges of Maine’s volunteer sector. 

Conference Organizers
logos: volunteer maine and maine volunteer foundation

2019 Conference Planning Committee

  • Beth Tatro, Good Shepherd Food Bank
  • Sue Asselin Hawthorne, Sweetser
  • Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director, Maine Commission for Community Service 
  • Cynthia Adamsky, Volunteer and Events Coordinator, Town of Wells

thank you sponsors cabot cooperative and machias savings bank