In its 9th year, the Volunteer Managers Hybrid Conference is known for its unique format. This year, we will discuss the quickly changing landscape of technology, especially artificial intelligence (AI). Live-streamed to HandsOn Suburban Chicago, our hosts will take your questions and comments and input them in real-time from Arlington Heights for the speakers to answer.

Our speaker lineup includes talented experts who promise engaging sessions to help you enhance your volunteer programming and create a deeper foundation of skills and knowledge.

Beth Kanter

Beth Kanter is a well-established international nonprofit thought leader and author. Her first book, The Networked Nonprofit, introduced the sector to a new way of thinking and operating in a connected world. She has written several books and her most recent, The Smart Nonprofit, examines the impact of artificial intelligence for nonprofits. Beth will be presenting about keeping the human and inclusive touch in technology.

Stephan Dobri

Stephan Dobri, Neil Squire Society has always been interested in using engineering to help improve people's lives. The desire to help others lead him to complete his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Queen’s University, where he learned more about universal and user-centered design and assistive devices. Stephan will be presenting creative ways technology is helping volunteers and programs.

Tony Goodrow

Tony Goodrow, Better Impact is the founder and CEO of Better Impact, a software company that has been helping leaders of volunteer since 2001. He and the Better Impact team of 30 now work with over 3,000 organizations around the world. Tony will be presenting about the responsible and secure ways to manage technology.

This unique hybrid conference will equip you with the skills and knowledge to use modern technology, such as artificial intelligence, to improve your volunteer program while maintaining the human aspect that is key to any volunteer experience. Designed for those who engage volunteers, service delivery programs, and nonprofits, this one-day training event features three internationally renowned speakers. The training presentations will be broadcast live to conference sites throughout the United States and Canada. Participants will receive handouts and worksheets, network with local attendees, and connect with nearly 1,000 peers virtually at over 50 remote locations.  

Location: District 214 Building Forest View Educational Center

Arlington Heights, IL

Registration Fee:

$50 per person (non-partners)

$30 per person (partners with signed MOU)

Registration includes continental breakfast, boxed lunch, light snacks, handouts, and door prizes.


Attendees will:

  • Connect and learn with peers.
  • Learn from national and global cutting-edge professional development leaders.
  • Stay updated with trends in volunteerism.
  • Create a deeper foundation of skills and knowledge.


  • Nonprofit and government organization leaders and staff members who use and need additional resources, assistance, and the expertise that volunteers bring.
  • Coordinators, Directors, and Managers of Volunteer resources who want to leverage the power and potential of volunteers strategically.
  • Clients of nonprofits and government organizations who can benefit from additional resources made possible by enhanced volunteer engagement
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