Chapter Vice President of Marketing & Social Media, Erica Hoffman sat down with Kellie Whiteston our Vice President of Community Engagement and ATD International Conference & Exposition Volunteer Coordinator to talk about volunteering at the Conference. Here's their conversation.
1. How is it going organizing the volunteer effort for ATD 2020 Learning Never Peaks International Conference and Expo in Denver?
Things are going fantastic. As of Friday, January 31st registration is finally open. We’re so excited to have volunteers sign up. If you signed before January 31st, please go here and create an account. Please note that if you don’t do this, you aren’t signed up to volunteer and you won’t be able to choose your schedule.
2. How many volunteers are needed? How many people, on average attend?
We need a lot of volunteers, usually about 350. This conference is huge. Last year over 13,000 people attended.
3. Wow! That’s a lot. What are some of the things volunteers do at the conference?
There are 4 volunteer roles: Ask Me Volunteer, Room Session Monitor, Special Location Assistant, and Floater. you can learn more here under "What You'll Do" and some more detailed summary at the bottom of the page under step three Schedule.
4. It sounds like there are lots of ways to get involved. But, why volunteer? Sure it feels good, but why else?
Not only is the ATD volunteer program a great way to attend the conference on a budget, but it is also an amazing networking opportunity. In my opinion, it is the conference's best kept secret. Plus, we have some extra fun things planned for the volunteers this year!
5. You've been to other ATD international conferences. What is so good about these conferences?
This is just a great, high-quality conference filled with high-quality people. I always walk away with new knowledge, new inspiration, and new conference buddies. It's an L&D can't miss event, especially when it is our own backyard.
6. Any advice for volunteers or for attending the conference?
Plan ahead. Make a rough plan of what you want to do/accomplish at the conference before you make your volunteer schedule. Know what days you want to have as your comp days and know which role(s) you think you would enjoy most.
7. You've taken on a huge responsibility organizing volunteers. What is the most rewarding part of it?
A big part of my career has been spent working for or with non-profits. Working with my volunteers was, hands down, one of the best parts. Time is our most precious resource and what an honor for someone to give you their time to help your organization be successful and meet its goals. I am also a complete event-planning nerd.
8. Thanks so much for all the time and effort you and the Volunteer Committee have put into this conference. Lastly, what should someone do if they want to volunteer? And what's the deadline?
There are three steps to register to volunteer: sign up (open now), connect (our Slack space will open Feb 12th), and schedule (opening late Feb/early March). Visit our support site, atdvolunteers.org. On the site, you can get all the details and sign up to volunteer. We will add more information and FAQs to the site as we move closer to the conference. Self-scheduling will close on April 30, 2020 at midnight PT. It will be much harder for people to sign up after that deadline-- and harder on us, the coordination committee! But, as long as there are shifts open, we will take volunteers after the April 30, 2020 deadline.The assignments are, however, first come first served so don't wait too long and miss your chance!
Do you have questions about volunteering at the 2020 ATD International Conference & Expo? Contact the Kellie at firstname.lastname@example.org.