College and university presidents, corporate executives, nonprofit CEOs, social media experts, foundation program officers, public officials, and other thought leaders will participate in the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service (http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/). Many will speak as panelists or keynoters at two micro-plenaries and 19 forums.
Ever since I was a young child, my parents have bestowed in me the importance of giving back and helping others live a more fruitful life. I was a sophomore communications major at a state school when an idea stuck me that would change my life forever. I realized that the only way that I was going to become the person that I wanted to be was to become the change that I wanted to see. I knew that I couldn’t fix the world’s problems, but I could change one person’s life at a time by simply helping them with a random act. So that is what I did.
The best part of a conference this large is the variety of things to do. Beware of the trap of looking for topics or speakers that seem most connected to your current job or setting. Of course you want to learn as much as you can that will be immediately applicable back home, but don’t miss the opportunity to sample something totally different, too. Seek out sessions that—at first glance—do not appear “relevant” to you now and give them a try. You may be surprised!