International Volunteer Day Forum and Awards Celebration Agenda

2:00 PM
Opening Remarks: Meeting the Century’s Development Challenges with Volunteers
Welcome by Michael Deal
President and CEO, Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)
Introduction to Master of Ceremonies Corey Arnez Griffin
CEO of 2GIP, and Board Director at National Peace Corps Association and Building Bridges Coalition

2:15 PM
Partnering for Greater Impact with Volunteers
Moderator: Corey Arnez Griffin
David Caprera, Chair, Building Bridges Coalition, Nonresident Fellow, Brookings Institution Vice President, Global Peace Foundation
Kathy Dennis, Executive Director, International Association for Volunteer Effort
Amanda MacArthur, Chief Program Officer, PYXERA Global
Diane Melley, Vice President at IBM, Global Citizenship Initiatives, and Founding
Partner of IMPACT 2030
Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell, Director of Strategic Engagement, Service Year Alliance

3:15 PM
International Volunteer Awards Ceremony
Building Bridges Coalition Volunteer Award
Presented by Senator Harris Wofford
Service Year Alliance Volunteer Award
Presented by Rosa Moreno
Partners of the Americas 30 Years of Service Award
Presented by Melissa Golladay

3:40 PM
Keynote Remarks: Prioritizing Volunteers in U.S. Foreign Assistance
Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Networking Break with Senator Murphy

4:10 PM
International Volunteer Awards Ceremony
VEGA Volunteer of the Year Awards 2016
Announced by John Pompay, VEGA Board Chair
VEGA’s Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Awards 2016
Presented by Justin Finnegan, USAID, Bureau for Food Security’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator

5:00 – 7:00 PM
Cocktail Reception: Networking and Celebrating Outstanding Volunteers