Conference Volunteers

NAYDO is a volunteer-driven organization and each year 1 in 4 attendees volunteers: from serving on the Conference Committee to presenting a workshop to assisting with registration or any one of the many other opportunities. Volunteering is not just for currently employed staff attending the conference. We welcome current and former staff as well as YMCA retirees. Check out our Alumni and Retiree Team (ART).

Conference Committee

(advance and onsite work)

Key leadership roles are appointed by the NAYDO Council more than 18 months in advance of the conference dates, but there are many other positions on the committee that are recruited early in the year of the conference and some during the conference itself at the meeting held on Friday for those interested in serving for the following years. Besides the Chair for each of these categories there is a team of volunteers who assist. Currently the teams are:

  • Educational Tracks (Deans are recruited for each track)
  • General Sessions
  • Communications Awards
  • Sponsors/Exhibitors
  • Registration
  • Session Volunteers (Workshop Conveners and Hosts)
  • Philanthropy Live!
  • Promotion Campaign
  • Hot Topics
  • Networks (view that section of this website for details on the 10 different Networks available)

The committee holds monthly conference calls and key leaders meet for a 1-day planning meeting at NAYDO’s expense in June at the conference site.

Volunteer Positions During the Conference

(sign up on registration form unless otherwise noted)
  • Present a workshop  (Call for Presentation is available at the conference each year with a "to be announced" deadline for submitting 2021 proposals) (Gloria Price at
  • Facilitate a Hot Topic table discussion 
  • Assist with registration 
  • Serve as a workshop convener (introduces speaker) or workshop host (usher for participants) 
  • Sign up for Philanthropy Live! (Kim Lagunas at
  • Serve as a Mentor in the Young Professionals (Staff or Board)(Abby Waeiss at

Contact Mary Zoller in the NAYDO Office for more details about any of these roles or the Coordinator indicated.