NOVAA hosts a variety of workshops, learning communities, happy hours, morning meet-ups and more throughout the year. Check below for more information about our upcoming events!  

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Note: NOVAA typically runs programming between September and June, taking the months of July and August to regroup, plan the upcoming year, and train a new board of directors. 

Upcoming events

    • September 18, 2019
    • April 23, 2020
    • Each workshop is at a different location
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    Members of NOVAA* have the opportunity to purchase all four NOVAA workshops for the 2019/20 year as a package deal! If you are not already a member, but would like to join to get this benefit and many others, join now!

    The package deal for all four workshops is $180. That's a 25% discount!

    This special deal includes attendance to:


    All workshops will be from 8:30am - 12:30pm and will be held in Portland aside from the September 18th training, which will be at the Oregon Food Bank in Beaverton.

    *The package deal discount is also available to members of other Volunteer Management associations such as DVPA, MVVMA, NOVA, and ALIVE.

    Learn more about these workshops and other NOVAA events on our calendar. 

    ABOUT THE TRAINERS

    Richard Lynch is a Seattle-based management consultant with a variety of clients in the United States, Canada, England and Russia. He is the president of Lynch Associates, a consulting firm whose mission is to help organizations create work environments which foster commitment and excitement and positive self-esteem. Each year, Rick speaks at approximately 150 workshops, conventions, and conferences in North America and Europe on topics related to personal growth and management effectiveness. He is the author of the books Precision Management and Getting Out of Your Own Way and of a monograph called “Developing Your Leadership Potential.” He is the co-author of the books Volunteer Management and Secrets of Leadership. Lead, his book on leadership was published by Jossey-Bass in January 1993. 

    Steve Patty has over 20 years of experience working in the field of evaluation and leadership development. He holds a Ph.D. from Trinity in Chicago and has been trained at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a former department chair at Multnomah University and visiting professor in the doctoral departments of business at the International University of Monaco. Steve has trained hundreds of leaders in evaluation strategy and design and has consulted with organizations and foundations throughout North America and internationally in evaluation.

    Seth Johnstone is the LGBTQ Education Specialist for the Bridge 13 Community Education Project at SMYRC (Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center). In addition to facilitating equity trainings, Seth holds a staff role at SMYRC’s resource center, working with and being inspired by queer and trans young people. Seth believes deeply in the role that community education can play in motivating people into action, awakening empathy, building alliances, and developing robust and accessible resources.

    Katherina Alexandre, M.A.Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional is recognized in the field of compassion fatigue and positive self-care activities that enhance well-being, solidify a commitment to self-care and team alliances. 

    • September 18, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Oregon Food Bank Beaverton 1870 NW 173rd Avenue, Beaverton
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    Does your organization support volunteers in different locations throughout the city or region? Are you faced with the challenge of not always (or ever) being in close physical proximity to the people you supervise?

    Some supervisors of volunteers, by virtue of organizational structure, are almost never in the same physical location as the individuals and teams they supervise. In such situations, unique supervisory problems tend to occur, such as people identifying more with the client than the organization, people pursuing their own agendas, and people operating in ignorance of decisions due to lack of communication. In this workshop participants learn techniques in long-distance communication, commitment-building, and control strategies, to solve these and other problems.

    Come learn new strategies, connect with your peers, and engage in interactive professional development!

    Richard Lynch is a Seattle-based management consultant with a variety of clients in the United States, Canada, England and Russia. He is the president of Lynch Associates, a consulting firm whose mission is to help organizations create work environments which foster commitment and excitement and positive self-esteem. Each year, Rick speaks at approximately 150 workshops, conventions, and conferences in North America and Europe on topics related to personal growth and management effectiveness. He is the author of the books Precision Management and Getting Out of Your Own Way and of a monograph called “Developing Your Leadership Potential.” He is the co-author of the books Volunteer Management and Secrets of Leadership. Lead, his book on leadership was published by Jossey-Bass in January 1993. 

    • November 07, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • St. Philip Neri - Carvlin Hall, 2408 SE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
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    All of us who work with people need a way both to prove and to improve our impact. We need data to demonstrate what we are doing is making a difference. We also need data to show us how to get better at making a difference. Too often we use anecdotes or program satisfaction or superficial metrics that miss the deeper, more durable, more meaningful aspects of human and societal progress and development. We need better ways to evaluate what really matters. And we need better ways to communicate the difference we are making to others. This presentation will show us how.

    Back by popular demand, and based on the work of over a decade of capacity-building with more than 300 agencies throughout North America, Steve Patty Ph.D. will bring to us innovative thinking and proven techniques to help us prove and improve our impact.

    Steve Patty has over 20 years of experience working in the field of evaluation and leadership development. He holds a Ph.D. from Trinity in Chicago and has beentrained at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a former department chair at Multnomah University and visiting professor in the doctoral departments of business at the International University of Monaco. Steve has trained hundreds of leaders in evaluation strategy and design and has consulted with organizations and foundations throughout North America and internationally in evaluation, including the YMCA of the USA, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Canadian Evaluation Society, Foundation Centers, Americorps in Oregon, Washington, and Iowa, Geneva Global, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, United Way, and Lilly Endowment Inc., among others. He is a published author and frequent conference speaker. 

    • February 19, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Southeast Uplift, 534 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214
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    Join us for a morning of training and discussion on creating affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals in our organizations and volunteer programs.

    After nearly two decades of working with sexual and gender minority youth, New Avenues for Youth and the SMYRC program know firsthand that the harassment and discrimination they experience commonly lead to adverse long-term impacts on their education, safety, mental health, well-being, and future socioeconomic status.

    Bridge 13 community education training is designed to address root causes of discrimination impacting the LGBTQ+ community and to create affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ people of all ages. The Bridge 13 curriculum is broad in scope and covers topics related to sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, and gender expression. Participants gain a deeper understanding of the barriers that LGBTQ+ individuals face and take away tangible skills to create more equitable and accessible workplaces. 

    Seth Johnstone is the LGBTQ Education Specialist for the Bridge 13 Community Education Project at SMYRC (Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center). In addition to facilitating equity trainings, Seth holds a staff role at SMYRC’s resource center, working with and being inspired by queer and trans young people. Seth believes deeply in the role that community education can play in motivating people into action, awakening empathy, building alliances, and developing robust and accessible resources.

    • April 23, 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Japanese Garden, 611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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    As volunteer managers, caregivers, educators, and others in helping professions, we speak about the importance of self-care to others but often fail to follow our own advice. It’s time to make time to gather in a supportive, interactive and relaxed environment to begin the conversation about the demands of our work and the sometimes negative effects on our well-being.

    In Katherina's workshops, participants learn about the impact of compassion fatigue through a variety of focused activities. Katherina guides participants to recognize their own symptoms and lessen the negative effects, gain self-awareness, and reconnect to their purpose and mission.

    These workshops offer an opportunity to begin or continue the conversation about the emotional and physical cost of helping others who hurt. We learn that compassion fatigue is normal and that with support, knowledge and a self-care plan we can perform our best when we help others.

    Katherina Alexandre, M.A.Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional is recognized in the field of compassion fatigue and positive self-care activities that enhance well-being, solidify a commitment to self-care and team alliances. 

Past events

July 10, 2019 Happy Hour for Leaders of Volunteers: Connect with Local College/University Engagement Staff
June 06, 2019 NOVAA Year-End Celebration & Annual Member Meeting
May 21, 2019 Training: Volunteer Management 101
May 15, 2019 Morning Meet Up for Leaders of Volunteers
May 02, 2019 Learning Community: Volunteering While Transgender
April 25, 2019 Workshop: Mission-Essential Skills for the 21st Century Leader of Volunteers with Barry Altland
April 16, 2019 Happy Hour for Volunteer Leaders
April 04, 2019 Hors d'oeuvres & Info: Learn about Joining the NOVAA Board or a Committee for the 2019-20 Year
March 22, 2019 Learning Community: Seen & Heard - Getting a Seat at the Executive Table
March 19, 2019 Training: Volunteer Management 301 with Jim Laden (*Note: This training is not included in the workshop package.)
March 14, 2019 Morning Meet Up for Volunteer Leaders
February 19, 2019 Workshop: Building Stronger Staff-Volunteer Relationships with Erin Barnhart
February 12, 2019 Happy Hour for Leaders of Volunteers
January 31, 2019 Training: Volunteer Management 201
January 16, 2019 Morning Meet Up for Leaders of Volunteers
December 06, 2018 Learning Community: Removing Barriers By Thinking Outside the Box
November 13, 2018 Workshop: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Phu Dao
November 12, 2018 2018-19 NOVAA Workshop Package II: 20% off of three workshops!
October 29, 2018 Training: Volunteer Management 101
October 16, 2018 Morning Meet-Up for Volunteer Leaders
October 04, 2018 Learning Community: Delegation: Empowering Volunteers and Creating Team Leaders
September 18, 2018 Happy Hour for Volunteer Managers
September 12, 2018 Workshop: Carve Your Own Path with Dana Litwin, CVA
September 12, 2018 2018-19 NOVAA Workshop Package: 25% off all four workshops!
June 14, 2018 NOVAA Year-End Celebration & Annual Meeting
June 04, 2018 Training: Volunteer Management 101
May 21, 2018 Workshop: Educating for Change: How You Can Partner with Higher Education (with Stephanie Stokamer)
May 15, 2018 Morning Meet Up For Volunteer Managers
April 25, 2018 Happy Hour For Volunteer Managers
April 05, 2018 Info Session: Get Involved with NOVAA! Learn about Joining the Board or a Committee for the 2018-19 Year
March 15, 2018 Workshop: Volunteer Management 301 with Jim Laden
March 08, 2018 Morning Meet Up For Volunteer Managers
February 27, 2018 Learning Community: ADA & Inclusion
February 06, 2018 Happy Hour For Volunteer Managers
January 29, 2018 Training: Volunteer Management 201
January 19, 2018 Morning Meet Up for Volunteer Managers
December 05, 2017 Learning Community: Embracing Volunteer Turnover
November 16, 2017 Happy Hour For Volunteer Managers
November 13, 2017 Learning Community: Online Volunteer Orientation & Training
November 09, 2017 Training: Volunteer Management 101
October 24, 2017 Morning Meet Up for Volunteer Managers
October 18, 2017 Workshop: Develop Your Leadership, Team-Building, & Coaching Skills w/ Daryl Dixon
October 18, 2017 2017/18 NOVAA Workshop Package II: Buy Two, Get the Third 50% Off
September 26, 2017 Happy Hour For Volunteer Managers
September 08, 2017 Workshop: Conflict Management, Leadership, and Mindfulness with Nancy Alder
September 08, 2017 2017/18 NOVAA Workshop Package: Four workshops for the price of three!
June 13, 2017 Learning Community: Volunteer Recognition Deconstructed
June 06, 2017 NOVAA Year-End Celebration & Annual Meeting
May 23, 2017 Workshop: Volunteer Motivation and the Enneagram
May 18, 2017 Happy Hour for Volunteer Managers
May 01, 2017 Training: Volunteer Management 101
April 27, 2017 Morning Meetup for Volunteer Managers
February 28, 2017 Morning Meet-up for Volunteer Managers
February 24, 2017 Workshop: Cultivating Your Volunteer Base Through Servant Leadership
October 18, 2016 Morning Meetup for Volunteer Managers
August 23, 2016 Morning Meetup for Volunteer Managers
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