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The faculty of the Everyone Ready Volunteer Management Skill-Building Program includes internationally recognized trainers -- the very people you would send your staff to conferences to hear in person. Since 1977, Energize, Inc. has developed unequaled relationships with the most respected trainers, authors, and consultants in the volunteerism field around the world. We bring these experts directly to your paid staff and lead volunteers, no matter their location.

 

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Susan J. Ellis, President, Energize, Inc., USA
Susan J. Ellis is president of Energize, Inc. and the dean of the faculty for the Everyone Ready® program. Since 1977 she has contributed to the volunteer field through writing and training. Several of her dozen books are considered must-reads, including From the Top Down: The Executive Role in Successful Volunteer Involvement and The Volunteer Recruitment Book. Susan is editor of e-Volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community and writes the bi-monthly "On Volunteers" column for The NonProfit Times. In great demand as a speaker and trainer, Susan conducts sessions for thousands of participants each year throughout North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. Her monthly "Hot Topics" on the Energize, Inc. Web site deal with cutting-edge trends and issues.

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Peter C. Brinckerhoff, Founder, Corporate Alternatives, Inc., USA
Peter C. Brinckerhoff, founder of Corporate Alternatives, is an internationally known expert at helping not-for-profits get "more mission for their money" and the author of Generations, The Challenge of a Lifetime for Your Nonprofit.

I finally got the time to watch/listen to the Generations seminar.
I am so, SO impressed! It's just an awesome improvement on the standard webinar.  A big shout out to you and all your staff!
--Peter Brinckerhoff

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Tracy Brown, President of Diversity Trends, LLC, USA
Tracy Brown is president of Diversity Trends, LLC, a consulting and training firm based in Dallas, Texas. Since 1991 her company has helped clients nationwide design successful diversity strategies and develop skills that support inclusion.

Sheri Wilensky Burke, President of Sheri Wilensky Burke Consulting LLC, USA
Sheri Wilensky Burke, Associate Director of Everyone Ready, has more than 30 years of experience working with national non-profit organizations and understands that volunteers are the soul of any non-profit.  She empowers organizations to develop volunteer-based projects and volunteer leaders, and offers consultation and training in volunteer management, board development and special events. Prior to developing her own business, Sheri was the Director of Volunteer Management & Board Development for the American Lung Association National Headquarters for 12 years. She has also worked for Volunteers of America’s Greater New York Branch, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s New York City Chapter. Sheri previously served as President of the New York Association for Volunteer Administration (NYAVA) and also served on the national board of the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA).

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Katherine H. Campbell, CVA, Executive Director, Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration, USA
Katie Campbell has worked in the field of volunteer resources management for over 30 years as practitioner, author, trainer and leader. She currently serves as the executive director for the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration, is the owner of Skye Consulting, and is Adjunct Faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Martin Cowling, Assistant Secretary, Office for the Not for Profit Sector, Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
Martin J Cowling has had over 25 ;years of leadership roles across the not-for-profit sector, corporate sector and Australia. Martin has conducted workshops in 15 countries across the Pacific, North America, Asia Europe, the Middle East, and Europe. He authored the “How Volunteer Managers Sabotage Their Programs” article series in e-Volunteerism.

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Jayne Cravens,  Virtual Volunteering Specialist, USA
Jayne Cravens is an internationally-recognized professional with more than 20 years of experience regarding communications, volunteer involvement/community engagement, and capacity-building on a variety of topics for nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs)/civil society, government-based community programs, and corporate philanthropy programs. Jayne is a pioneer regarding the research, promotion and practice of virtual volunteering/online volunteering, and a veteran manager of various nonprofit and community-focused initiatives. Jayne became active in online communities focused on nonprofits in 1994, and she created one of the first web sites focused on helping to build the capacity of nonprofits to use the Internet..

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Andy Fryar, Founder and Director of OzVPM, AUS
Andy Fryar is the founder and director of OzVPM (Australasian Volunteer Program Management) – a consultancy, training and resource company specializing in volunteerism (www.ozvpm.com). He has contributed significantly to the Australian volunteerism community, and his achievements include serving as president of both Volunteering Australia and Volunteering South Australia, co-authoring the book, Essential Volunteer Management, and founding/moderating the listserv, OzVPM. Andy is the in-country Everyone Ready representative for Australia.

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Linda L. Graff, President, Linda Graff and Associates, Inc., CAN
Linda L. Graff is President of Linda Graff and Associates, Inc., based in Ontario, Canada and is internationally acknowledged as the volunteer field’s leading expert in risk management issues.

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William R. Henry, Jr., Volunteer Insurance Services® , USA
William R. Henry, Jr., ABC, is Director of Communications of The CIMA Companies, Inc., an insurance and risk management firm with headquarters in Woodbridge, Virginia, USA. The Volunteers Insurance Service (VIS®) program offered by CIMA is designed to address the accident and liability concerns that are shared by many volunteers, would be volunteers and the nonprofit organizations that use their help.

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Rob Jackson, Director of Rob Jackson Consulting, Ltd., UK
Rob has worked in the volunteering movement since 1994, during which time he has led and managed volunteers and volunteer programmes in education, advice, fundraising and children’s services settings at local, regional and national levels. Rob writes, speaks and trains management internationally. He is the founder and moderator of  UKVPMs, the first email networking resource for UK-based Volunteer Programme Managers; a member of the editorial team e-Volunteerism; and is an active volunteer.

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Colleen Kelly, Executive Director, VantagePoint, CAN
Colleen has been with Vantage Point (formerly Volunteer Vancouver) since 1999 and leads a team of 10 staff, approximately 126 volunteers and the delivery of nine programs including GoVolunteer.ca, BoardMatch.org, a full program of open and customized workshops, and the recently launched Executive Director & Board Governance Learning Circles.

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Suzanne Lawson, President, Suzanne Lawson and Associates, CAN
Suzanne Lawson is a seasoned professional consultant in the Canadian and international voluntary sector. She previously held a variety of positions in the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario; was executive director of Ontario’s Arthritis Society, of program for The Anglican Church of Canada, and the ALS Society of Canada; and, was director of volunteer resources for Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital. While continuing as an active volunteer in both church and secular organizations, she is now working with the Anglican Church of Canada in its Resources for Mission Department, doing some consulting which focuses on helping leaders lead and organizations excel, and gaining joy through volunteering.

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John L. Lipp, National Director of Volunteer Engagement, JDRF, USA
Specializing in volunteerism, nonprofit management, and executive transition issues, John L. Lipp brings over twenty-five years of leadership experience to his work as an international trainer, author and keynote speaker. He is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Recruiting and Managing Volunteers (Penguin/Alpha, 2009) and provides weekly tips on volunteer recognition at www.twitter.com/voluncheer .

Steve McCurley, Partner, VMS Systems, USA
Steve McCurley is an internationally-known trainer and speaker in the field of effective volunteer involvement. He is a principal in VM Systems, a management consulting firm specializing in helping organizations improve their utilization of volunteers, and co-founding publisher of e-Volunteerism:  The Online Journal of the Volunteer Community.

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Betsy McFarland, Principal, Adisa, USA 
Betsy McFarland, Associate Director of Everyone Ready, is a principal at Adisa, a consulting firm dedicated to helping purpose-driven individuals and organizations unleash talent and achieve impact. Betsy has more than 20 years of experience in maximizing volunteer engagement in the animal protection, much of it with The Humane Society of the United states. She was the first to launch comprehensive volunteer engagement training for the animal sheltering field, authoring the book, Volunteer Management for Animal Care Organizations, and publishing research on staff-volunteer relationships. She worked with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to develop a research-supported Volunteer Program Assessment model that serves nonprofit volunteer programs across the U.S. and Canada. 
 
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Connie Pirtle, Director, Strategic Nonprofit Resources, USA
Connie Pirtle serves nonprofit organizations in all areas related to volunteerism. She has more than 20 years of experience working with trustees, volunteers, volunteer program managers, executive directors, and senior staff members on effective utilization of volunteer resources.

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Ivan H. Scheier, USA
For four decades, Ivan Scheier was a cutting-edge thinker in the field of volunteerism and a guiding light to many colleagues. To our sorrow, Ivan passed away in 2008. Up to the end, he was active as a contributor to e-Volunteerism and remains on this list of Everyone Ready trainers because his written materials such as a Self-Instruction Guide on volunteer/employee relationships are still utilized in the program. If you wish to learn more about Ivan and his legacy, see the January 2009 issue of e-Volunteerism memorializing his work.

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Betty B. Stallings, President, Building Better Skills, USA
Betty Stallings, MSW, is an international trainer, keynote speaker, consultant, and author specializing in volunteer management, nonprofit fundraising, leadership and board development. She has written many popular books including Getting to Yes in Fund Raising; A Resource Kit for Managers of Volunteers;Training Busy Staff to Succeed with Volunteers: The 55-Minute Training Series and her newest, Leading the Way to Successful Volunteer Involvement: Practical Tools for Busy Executives.

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David Warshaw, Principal, Vistas Volunteer Management Solutions, USA
David Warshaw is founder and principal of Vistas Volunteer Management Solutions, a consultancy formed to help businesses and nonprofits build capacity to improve their communities through strategic volunteering. Prior to starting his firm, David was a public relations executive for the General Electric Company (GE) for 27 years and directed GE’s award-winning global workplace volunteer effort.

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Carol Weisman, President, Board Builders, USA
Carol Weisman, president of Board Builders, is an internationally known speaker, author, trainer and consultant who specializes in volunteerism, fund raising and governance. She has worked with a wide range of clients, and has personally served on 32 boards and been president of 7.

 

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