Volunteer Engagement Conference 2021

Volunteer Engagement Conference 2021 Recordings



Volunteer Management Conference – Part 1

Friday, January 22, 2021, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Introduction to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

What is diversity and why is it important? What is the difference between equality and equity? What does it mean to be inclusive? How do all of these things fit together to achieve justice? This session will explore these questions and provide an introduction to diversity, equity, and inclusion so that attendees can better understand current social justice movements.

Leo Taylor, Program Manager for Faculty and Staff Affairs, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


*Not Recorded at speaker's request

Volunteer Management Conference – Part 2

Friday, January 29, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Volunteer Engagement vs. Volunteer Management

Are you “managing” or “engaging’ MGVs? What is the difference and what is needed to keep them actively engaged with OSU Extension.

Pam Bennett, Program Director, Master Gardener Volunteer Program



Volunteer Management Conference – Part 3

Friday, February 5, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Leading Remotely:  Tips for Engaging and Managing over Zoom

Are you having difficulty engaging folks in online meetings?  Is it difficult to coach or manage someone virtually?  Please join us to gain some tips that can help. 

Brian Raison, Associate Professor and Extension Field Specialist, Community and Organizational Development



Volunteer Management Conference – Part 4

Friday, February 12, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Cooking up Culture in our Local EMG Programs

One of the most crucial elements in effective local and statewide EMG programming is a healthy organizational culture. From recruitment to retention, everything connects with culture in some way. Often, though, our time is more heavily invested in the mechanics and logistics of our programs. We are working to be more intentional about culture now with our EMGs. So, with a little data and a lot of stories and lessons learned, we look forward to sharing some of our efforts to support healthy culture at a local and statewide level in the Tennessee Extension Master Gardener program.     

Natalie Bumgarner, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Tennessee



Volunteer Management Conference – Part 5

Friday, February 19, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Dealing with Conflict

Dave Close, Consumer Horticulture Extension Specialist, Extension MGV Program Director, Virginia Tech and Charlotte Glen, State Coordinator, NC Extension Master Gardener Program

Most conflict can be attributed to unmet expectations which often has its root in poor or lacking communications. Join us as we discuss conflict management styles, creating an effective conflict management process, and some practical tips for de-escalating stressful situations and as we facilitate interactive breakout sessions where you will work with your colleagues to resolve internal and external conflict scenarios based on discussed techniques.




Volunteer Management Conference – Part 6

Friday, March 5, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Teaching Online:  Tips for Engaging and Presenting

Would you like to get some ideas to improve your online presentations? Join us for some quick tips you can use immediately.

Brian Raison, Associate Professor and Extension Field Specialist, Community and Organizational Development