Volunteering Victoria: Build Back Better

Re-imagining and Safeguarding our Volunteer Sector forum

In this forum we hear from leading voice Beth Steinhorn from VQ strategies to reimagine our volunteer sector after the challenges of COVID-19. Mark Pearce from Volunteering Australia, Sue Woodward from Justice Connect and Thu-Trang Tran from Volunteer West will talk about safeguarding our sector and what we need to focus on to build volunteering back stronger than ever. There will also be interactive breakout room sessions where you can discuss your organisations specific COVID safety plans with colleagues from like-minded organisations, and discuss some of the biggest challenges for the future of the volunteer sector.

9:30am – Welcome from Scott Miller (CEO Volunteering Victoria)

9:35am – 10:15 Panel with Sue Woodward (Justice Connect), Mark Pearce (Volunteering Australia) and Thu-Trang Tran

10:15am – 10:50am Interactive Group Session One – COVID safe practice by industry

10:50am – 11:00am Break

11:00am – 11:30am Beth Steinhorn (President, VQ Strategies, USA) Keynote

11:30am – 12:15am Interactive Group Session Two – Tackling the Challenges of the Future

Intended Audience

This workshop is targeted towards:
• Leaders of volunteers

About the presenters

Beth Steinhorn

As President of VQ Volunteer Strategies (USA), Beth Steinhorn partners with organizations and their leadership to increase impact through strategic and innovative engagement. The author of multiple books and articles, she regularly consults with organizations across North America, frequently provides trainings on strategic volunteer engagement, and is part of the global conversation about strategic engagement of volunteers to meet community needs.

Mark Pearce

Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of Volunteering Australia. He assumed the role in September 2020 after serving almost 18 months as Deputy Chair of that national peak body.

As a passionate believer in the power of volunteering to transform lives, Mark is focussed on building strong partnerships with corporate and philanthropic Australia, and the federal government to better support and resource the volunteering eco-system.

A non-executive director of a food technology company dedicated to improving lives in remote and regional Australia, and Deputy Chair of Animals Australia, Mark holds a BSc. Politics and International Relations (Hons.) and is currently studying for an MA in Human Rights.

Sue Woodward

Sue co-leads Justice Connect’s Not-for-profit Law service, and was the driving force behind the establishment of Not-for-profit Law in 2008. Sue was the inaugural Director of Policy & Education at the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. She is a former academic with the University of Melbourne Law School, including teaching master level subjects on the regulatory and governance issues for not-for-profits.

Sue is a member of the Law Council’s Not-for-Profit Practice and Charities Committee and the Australian Taxation Office Not-for-Profit Stewardship Group. She is a board member of the Human Rights Law Centre and the Victorian Council for Social Service. Sue has been involved in researching and advocating on legal and regulatory issues of importance to Australia’s not-for-profit sector for more than 18 years. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Melbourne University and a current practising certificate.

Thu-Trang’s recent appointment as CEO continues her focus on creating impact in everything she does. Thu-Trang was a commercial lawyer by training and has since been able to combine her social justice values and strategic leadership work in her career for more than two decades.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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