Atlanta, Jan. 24, 2012 – Registration is now open for the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service, June 18-20 in Chicago. Convened by Points of Light, the Conference is the leading gathering of its kind, bringing together more than 5,000 service leaders to learn and cultivate new ideas for service, discuss challenges and work together to create solutions through the power of people. “This year marks a juncture in our history. A true turning point for advocacy, policy and service,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light. “During the Conference, we’ll demonstrate how people can harness their power to create enduring change. Regardless of our differences, we share common goals and we strive to accelerate progress by convening the best and brightest to share ideas.” With leadership from honorary co-chairs Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Conference will focus on how citizen-led solutions address unmet needs and propel us forward through innovative thinking and programs that affect societal change. Attendees include representatives from nonprofit organizations, corporations, governments, social entrepreneurs, educators and faith organizations. To provide attendees with an educational, engaging experience in service innovation, the 2012 conference will have new opportunities for intimate, thought-provoking conversations about national service, social entrepreneurship and hands-on action. Along with all-attendee plenary sessions, highlights include:
- Three Super Sessions: Aligned with a key issue area, Super Sessions build on the strengths of their renowned speakers and can take the form of a panel, conversation, TEDx-like series of mini-keynotes, film screening or moderated discussion
- 10 Civic Fellow sessions: Intimate dialogues with sector leaders
- Solution Centers: Experiential discussions in a casual setting with industry experts in the areas of economic stability and financial literacy, K-12 education and service-learning, environmental sustainability and emergency preparedness
“Conference activities celebrate the local and national efforts to take responsibility for our communities and our country through service and volunteerism,” said Nunn. “Our goal is to activate 21st century volunteers, helping them use their time, talent, voice and money to build strong communities in vibrant participatory societies.” Featured speakers include U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; Illinois Governor Pat Quinn; General George W. Casey Jr.; Brad Keywell, co-founder and managing partner of Lightbank and co-founder and director of Groupon; Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.org and craigconnects; Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core; Rev. Otis Moss III from Trinity United Church of Christ; Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author; David Armano, executive vice president of Global Innovation & Integration for Edelman Digital; Wes Moore, Army veteran and author; Carol Cone, global vice chairman of Edelman Business + Social Purpose; Connie Lindsey, executive vice president and head of corporate social responsibility at Northern Trust; and NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo. The Conference is supported by presenting sponsors Chase and Target, leadership sponsor University of Phoenix, platinum sponsor Toyota and more than a dozen other corporate partners. For more information, please visit www.volunteeringandservice.org.