2015 UChicago Volunteer Caucus: New York City

Thank you to all those who attended UChicago Volunteer Caucus on Saturday, February 21. Please fill out the survey to help us create more meaningful experiences for our volunteers. If you weren't able to join us, you can view select presentations and materials from this year's event here. Check back soon for pictures, or share your own on social media using #UChicagoVC.

Volunteer Caucus is an annual event hosted by your Alumni Board of Governors and open to all University of Chicago volunteers, including alumni, families, and friends. Whether you’re a seasoned or first-time volunteer, come and receive information and training on volunteering for the University, meet and reconnect with members of the UChicago community, and hear updates on University initiatives and priorities.

2015 UChicago Volunteer Caucus

Saturday, February 21

New York Marriott East Side
525 Lexington Avenue at 49th Street
New York, New York

Schedule of Events

8:00 a.m.: Registration
8:00–9:00 a.m.: Breakfast and Discussion Groups
9:00–9:45 a.m.: Opening Plenary
Damon Cates, MBA'05, Executive Director, University of Chicago Alumni Association
10:00–11:30 a.m.: Morning Workshops (see descriptions below)
Noon–1:15 p.m.: Keynote Presentation and Lunch
Eric D. Isaacs, Provost and Professor in Physics, The University of Chicago
1:30–3:15 p.m.: Afternoon Workshops (see descriptions below)
3:30–4:30 p.m.: Closing Presentation
Daniel L. Doctoroff, JD'84, Trustee, The University of Chicago, and Former CEO and Chairman of Culture Shed interviewed by Ray Suarez, AM'93, Host, Inside Story, Al Jazeera America
4:30–5:30 p.m.: Closing Reception

Morning Workshops | 10:00-11:30 a.m.

LEADERSHIP | Enhancing Your Management Skills
*Please note, this session is at maximum capacity.
Are you an officer for your club or organization and looking to enhance the effectiveness of your board or committee? Enhance your management skills and ultimately your board’s performance by increasing your knowledge and skill about the dynamics that govern small group behavior.   

SKILLS | Harness Your Strengths in Your Volunteer Role
Are you looking for your next move as a volunteer? New to volunteering and unsure of where your skills can be best utilized? Learn alongside fellow volunteers through a fun, interactive exercise intended to identify your thinking and feeling traits, then participate in a discussion about the ways that you can harness your preferred traits to find your niche as a UChicago volunteer and enhance your effectiveness in your current and future roles.

CONNECT WITH STUDENTS | Inside the Admissions Committee with the Alumni Schools Committee
Explore the role of the ASC in attracting, evaluating, and yielding the next generation of Maroons.  Both veteran and novice volunteers are invited to join this interactive session that will cover our distinctive College admissions process, ASC interview and write-up techniques, and more. 

SKILLS | Giving Matters: Philanthropy 101
Whether you're a recent graduate just starting your first job or you've entered retirement, you can make a gift at every stage of life that will have a huge impact. Learn strategies on how to maximize your philanthropy and hear stories from alumni about why and how they give. 

Afternoon Workshops | 1:30-2:15p.m.

NETWORK | Reunions: Connecting with Your Classmates
Are you a volunteer who is passionate about staying in touch with people who graduated in your class and want to maintain a high level of energy and pride amongst your fellow classmates? In this panel you’ll hear from representatives from the College, Law School and Pritzker School of Medicine about how you can be a part of it all.

SKILLS | Understanding UChicago Resources + Building Connections Beyond Booth
Learn more about the Alumni Association and how Chicago Booth alumni can network and partner more with fellow UChicago alumni across the University to collaborate on events and initiatives. Hear from Booth alumni who will share cases and best practices on building successful partnerships, and learn more about the resources available to all alumni of the University.

SKILLS | Volunteer Essentials, Part I: Event Planning and Communications
Whether you're a new or established volunteer, discover the key components to successful events and programs. This session will focus on planning and communications tools, resources, and best practices with case study examples from staff and fellow alumni.

ALUMNI BOARD OF GOVERNORS (ABG) TOWN HALL | Your Role in the Engagement Campaign
Are you curious about how you can be a part of the campaign? Share and hear from fellow volunteers on how to help further the reach of the University as we embark on this campaign together.

Afternoon Workshops | 2:30-3:15 p.m.

CONNECT WITH STUDENTS | Help Students Succeed through Career Support
Are you someone who is passionate about helping students develop their careers? Career Advancement and Graduate Student Affairs offers many opportunities for students to achieve post-graduate success. Learn how volunteers can play an important role in helping students

NETWORK/SKILLS | Develop and Refine Your Elevator Pitch
While one traditionally thinks of an "elevator pitch" in a business environment a way to sell a product or your ideas, you can also use this technique when meeting alumni whom you want to join your group or volunteer as a speaker.  In this session, we’ll work with you to perfect your “ask”. Apply some of your key learnings from the earlier sessions at Caucus and build your UChicago pitch.

SKILLS | Volunteer Essentials, Part II: Unpacking Resources and Maintaining Good Data
Whether you're a new or established volunteer, discover the key components to successful events and programs. This session will focus on available resources provided by the Alumni Association as well as the importance of keeping good records data for your own UChicago clubs and organizations.

ALUMNI BOARD OF GOVERNORS (ABG) TOWN HALL | Connecting across Schools and Divisions
Alumni from all schools, units, and divisions are part of the UChicago Alumni Association. Use this opportunity to talk to ABG members about your experiences, and provide ideas on how to build stronger connections between clubs, councils and groups across the University.


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We encourage you to explore the materials shared from previous events to get a better understanding of the types of workshops offered throughout the day.