DOVIA of the Sioux Empire

12th Annual Volunteer Conference


Location: Sanford Research Center
2301 East 60th St N, Sioux Falls, SD

Early Bird Registration EXTENDED to Oct. 11, 2019!
$75 Sioux Empire DOVIA Member
$100 Non-Member

Conference Registration Scholarships

Hotel Information: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Sioux Falls & Convention center, 1211 N. West Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57107.
$109/night Special Group Rate
Contact Adam at or 605.331.0100.

Questions: please email Registration confirmation will be sent via email. It will include information on hotel discounts, directions, and parking.

Cancellation Policy: In the event of conference cancellation, all registration fees will be returned. Employee substitutions may be made without penalty. There will be no refunds for individual cancellations.

Day 1

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

8:00 am Check-in
8:15 am Welcome, DOVIA President Jennifer Aman
8:30 am AL!VE Hybrid Conference Welcome with Dana Litwin
8:33 am Session 1: I, For One, Welcome Our New Robot Volunteers: How to Prepare Your Organization for the Robotic Workforce, Liza Dyer
9:38 am Networking Break
9:53 am Session 2: Strengthening Inclusion through Technology, Faiza Venzant
10:59 am Lunch
11:49 am Impact Awards
11:59 am Session 3: Becoming a Data-Informed Volunteer Engagement Professional, Erin Spink
1:04 pm Break
1:19 pm Session 4: World of Mouth, Rob Jackson
2:30 pm Day 1 Closing Announcements

Day 2

Thursday, October 24, 2019

8:00 am Check-in
8:30 am Welcome Address, Paul TenHaken
8:45 am Keynote: Stop Being So Bloody Nice, Rob Jackson
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Session 1: Understanding & Engaging 21st Century Volunteers, Rob Jackson
11:30 am Lunch
12:15 pm Craft Networking
1:30 pm Break
1:45 pm Session 2: How to Develop as a Volunteer Manager, Rob Jackson
3:00 pm Closing Address, Megan Assman-Davis
3:30 pm Closing Announcements




Keynote and Workshop speaker

Rob Jackson has written, spoken, and trained on volunteer program management internationally for almost 25 years. He lives in Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK. His passions include motorsport, red wine, rock & blues music, books, film, and tv.


Welcome Speaker

Paul TenHaken was elected mayor of Sioux Falls in May 2018. Paul is the founder and former CEO of Click Rain, a marketing technology agency in Sioux Falls. He has won numerous business and entrepreneurial awards over the years, but his proudest accomplishment is his family--wife, Jill, and their three young kids.

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Closing Speaker

Megan Assman-Davis grew up in Mission, South Dakota and is the Community Navigator for Call to Freedom. Megan is now responsible for training community groups including law enforcement, shelters, and medical personnel on how to identify a victim of human trafficking and developing multi-disciplinary groups within South Dakota communities to respond to the needs of these victims once they are identified.