For the Common Good
For the Common Good
In 2010, 36 million women dedicated 4.7 billion hours of service to communities across the country ("Volunteering in America," 2011). Why? This year’s For the Common Good Women’s Symposium delves into the question of why women choose to give so generously of their time and the impact it has on the quality of life and the security of citizens in the United States and around the world. Beth Forkner Moe, executive director, United Way of the Greater Winona Area will set the stage in her opening address. The keynote by Sister Tierney Trueman, OSF will provide an inside look at the work of faith-based organizations. She will highlight one of the Sisters of Saint Francis ministries which provides education for approximately 1,000 girls: Colegio Santa Francisca Romana in Bogotá, Colombia.
April 12, 2012
Toner Center – President’s Room, Lounge, Dining Facility, and the McEnery Center. Registration location – Toner Center Lounge
SMU students - no cost; Other college & high school students - $10; All others - $30
|3:30 - 4:00 pm||Registration Open & Reception|
|4:00 - 4:30 pm||
Opening Address: "Volunteerism"
Beth Forkner Moe, executive director, United Way of the Greater Winona Area will set the stage for the conversation in her opening address. She will discuss how volunteerism, particularly that of women, benefits communities, organizations and the volunteers themselves. She will share research about why women volunteer and how volunteerism differs by gender, and offer examples of how volunteering can actually change society.
|4:40 - 5:30 pm||Breakout session 1|
|5:35 - 6:25 pm||Breakout session 2|
|6:30 - 8:00 pm||
Dinner and Keynote Address: "Faith-Based Service"
Sister Tierney Trueman, OSF will provide an inside look at the work of faith-based organizations by highlighting one of the Sisters of Saint Francis ministries, in Bogotá, Colombia. In 1963, the doors were opened for the first students at Colegio Santa Francisca Romana. Two years later, the school population grew to 350 students and today the school annually provides education for approximately 1,000 girls.
Attendees will participate in two of the three sessions.
In the 20th century, volunteering offered a meaningful alternative to careers in paid work for many women. Today, a major motivator to volunteer for young people is the opportunity to gain work-related experience, skills and qualifications that can help them in their education and careers (Smith, Holmes, Haski-Levenhal, Cnaan, Handy & Brudney 2010). Does volunteering make a difference in securing, retaining or being promoted to a position in the workplace? Join Cheryl Thompson, CVA and Zeeda Magnuson, associate director, HandsOn Twin Cities, in exploring how a passion for community engagement aligns with attaining your career goals.
Corporate Volunteerism Council, Twin Cities members
Cheryl Thompson, CVA
Zeeda Magnuson, Associate Director, HandsOn Twin Cities
Over the past 10 years or so, companies have become some of the biggest supporters of volunteering, investing more money and resources into employee volunteering programs and community engagement projects (Volunteer Match 2011). Why does business actively encourage employee volunteerism? Does corporate volunteerism provide an avenue for women in the workplace to continue the long history of serving their communities?
Becky Nahvi, Community Impact Specialist, United Way of Olmsted County
Heidi Kramer, Corporate Citizen Manager, IBM
In the 20th century, volunteering offered a meaningful alternative to careers in paid work for many women. In the 21st century, women continue to top the volunteer rolls with 30% of women in the United States giving freely of their time. In 2010, 58% of all volunteers in the United States were women. This panel presentation gives insight on why emerging leaders, mothers and senior members of our communities volunteer.
Jennifer Hegland, Capstone Coordinator, University of Minnesota, Rochester
2011 United Way of Olmsted County Emerging Leader Award Recipient
Terri Lieder, Creative Director, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Michelle Bailey, STLI Advisory Board Member