May 2022 Breakfast Program: Why We Help: An Outlook on Volunteerism

  • May 19, 2022
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • NRTC at 2121 Cooperative Way,CO-OP Auditorium (1st-floor lobby), Herndon, VA 20171


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Join your fellow regional meeting professionals for breakfast, networking, and the most topical programming. Complimentary for planners currently in the association, non-profit, and private sectors as well as those in transition. Experience a warm and engaging setting to meet new friends and connect with industry peers.

Why We Help: An Outlook on Volunteerism

8:00 am - 8:15 am - Registration & Networking

8:15 am - 9:30 am - Presentation

9:30 am - 10:00 am - Networking


NRTC at 2121 Cooperative Way

CO-OP Auditorium (1st-floor lobby)

Herndon, VA 20171

(Link for Directions)

*Visitors should not park in the garage.  Both surface parking lots are available and marked in red on this image. (Click to view image of parking lot).  

The pandemic created opportunities to re-think our personal priorities. For some in our industry, they've channeled more personal time to make a difference to community projects and charitable or religious organizations. Hear from some of your colleagues about their volunteer "jobs" -- how they found their passion, what they discovered about themselves, and why they've continued to give their time even as they are becoming busier with their real jobs in 2022.



Eric is an accomplished association meetings and events professional, with more than 20 years in the industry, including 13 years at NRECA. NRECA represents more than 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives, public power districts, and public utility districts in the United States. Eric oversees all aspects of event execution and implementation. Under his direction, he ensures that 100+ events are well-managed from a financial and resource standpoint. He serves as a committee member with the PCMA Capital Chapter and as a member of many Customer Advisory Boards. Eric earned his CMP in 2006 and recently earned the Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification in 2020. He has also received the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate through the University of South Florida. 


Vicki brings over 40 years of experience in a variety of capacities associated with the hospitality industry. She has been on the operations side of hotels, served as an account executive for a large third party, represented a CVB and led highly productive sales teams as the executive director for Hotel National Sales.  For the last 15 years, Vicki Johnson & Associates has represented a large number of Associations and corporations, supporting the conferences in various capacities.    

Vicki provides education and awareness to both the local and national community through her work and previous Board position with the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She most recently was the President for the Capital Chapter of PCMA and  currently serves on the board for Georgetown Main Street.

Jolene McNeil, CMP, DES, CEM

Director, Event Operations
American Public Health Association

A Philly native and American University graduate, Jolene is a 20+ veteran of the events and association management industries. As an events professional, she has planned events for audiences of up to 20,000 attendees and had held leadership positions with the American Psychiatric Association, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Bipartisan Policy Center, and is the current Director of Event Operations at the American Public Health Association.

Jolene brings her passion for impactful and inclusive engagement and belief in humanity’s shared future to design experiences that strengthen and re-energize communities. She works with associations to define “inclusion” and “equity” and to develop strategies to engage all members of the community.

Jolene’s true passion is serving the community. She has served in several volunteer roles including being in alumni leadership at The American University.  She is the founding Chair of the Black Alumni Alliance, the first affinity alumni organization at AU, a past Alumni Board Member, and the current Co-Chair of the AU Women’s Network. In these roles, she partners with the university to design diverse events for students and alumni. Additionally, she was Board Chair of Extra-Ordinary Birthdays, an organization that provides birthday parties for homeless children from 2016-2021.

When this ambivert is not working or volunteering, she is binge re-watching SEAL Team and Chicago Fire.


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