Welcome to the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service in the historic city of New Orleans. You are gathered here with more than 3,500 service and volunteering leaders from across the country to hone your skills, be inspired and develop strategies to address the critical issues facing our nation.
This week you’ll hear from luminary figures in media, government and entertainment including civil rights leader Ruby Bridges, entertainers Rosario Dawson and Branford Marsalis, journalists Soledad O’Brien and Deborah Roberts, and government officials Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi and Melody Barnes, assistant to the president and director of the Domestic Policy Council.
You will be motivated, challenged and engaged by leaders like Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach for
America; retired U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen; California Secretary of Service and Volunteering Karen Baker; and Cliff Burrows, president of Starbucks Coffee U.S. Speakers will appear throughout the conference’s more than 150 workshops, immersion learning
sessions, forums, book clubs and general gatherings. If you’re looking for resources, stop by the
Community Champions Quarter where more than 50 exhibitors will provide tools, learning and best practices and services. The three editions of Lagniappe, the conference newsletter, will provide you with latest conference news. We hope you leave the conference renewed in your
efforts to strengthen your community.