The annual Ohio Conference on Service and Volunteerism brings together volunteer program administrators, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members and staff, philanthropy managers, and nonprofit leaders from across the state of Ohio. It is the only statewide conference of its kind, and the service and volunteerism field depends on it to learn new trends, best practices, and to receive high-quality professional development. If you’re on the fence about attending the conference this year, here are 5 reasons you should register now. 1. Outstanding Keynote Speaker Tobi Johnson is an internationally sought-after expert, consultant, and master trainer in volunteer engagement. She is known for her modern thought leadership, highly practical evidence-based strategies, and innovative, “big hat” thinking around engaging, supporting, and acknowledging the work of volunteers. Tobi will provide the opening keynote speech, "Leadership in a Changing World: Adapting Today's Strategy to Engage Tomorrow's Volunteers," and will provide the following advanced track sessions for the conference: · Communicating Value & Getting Buy-In: Your Plan for Action · The 2018 Volunteer Management Progress Report: Key Takeaways & How to Use Them to Advocate for Our Field · The Neuroscience & Psychology of Motivation: Practical Tactics to Boost Volunteer Recruitment, Engagement, & Commitment Click here to learn more about Tobi. 2. High-Quality Breakout Sessions This year, there are 24 breakout sessions to choose from that are sure to meet the professional development needs of any volunteer and service professional. Each session has a target audience – AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Volunteer Program Administrator, or General – to ensure that participants attend sessions that are relevant to them. Plus, this year we’re offering an Advanced Volunteer Management track for professionals who’ve been in the field for 5+ years. Whether you’re new to the field or you’ve been doing this for 20+ years, there is high-quality content to meet your professional development needs. 3. Networking Opportunities Where else do you have the opportunity to meet and share resources and information with over 300 volunteerism and national service professionals from across the state? We consistently hear from participants that they look forward to the conference all year to reconnect with old colleagues and meet new ones. This year, the conference luncheon will provide ample opportunity to meet new people and share best practices. And if you want even more networking time, you can attend session A4 – Thriving Together: A Structured Networking Session , presented by Sean Noe and Amy Rohmiller. 4. New Venue If you’ve attended the conference the past several years, you know we’ve been happy and comfortable at Quest Conference Center. However, the conference has grown and we’ve decided to move to a larger space at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center (NHCC). You’ll love the beautiful new space, upgraded amenities, and state of the art training facility. I’m guessing you’ll also enjoy the unlimited coffee, drinks and extensive snack bar available all day to conference participants. 5. Cost-effective Professional Development Conference registration includes parking, breakfast, lunch, unlimited snacks, and the best professional development and networking opportunities you can get in Ohio! The early-bird rate of $125 is available until October 10 th . The regular rate is $150 and onsite registration is $175. Registration closes October 31 st , so be sure to register as soon as possible! We hope you’ll join us on November 14 th at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center! Want more information? Click here. Ready to register? Click here.