Summit on Poverty

Staff Registration

The SUMMIT ON POVERTY is an annual event that the Social Development Commission hosts to bring people from all walks of life together to work on the issues of poverty and begin the process of change. Through the work of the SUMMIT ON POVERTY four key issues have been identified as barriers that keep people in the cycle of poverty…

  • Trauma – the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, and diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel a full range of emotions and experiences.
  • Isms – racism, sexism, heterosexism (homophobia), ageism, ableism, classism, and other forms of oppression have damaged us all.
  • Cognitive Dissonance – the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.
  • Policies & Systems – the biases, inequities, and/or systemic abuse of organizations, businesses, governments, and laws.

This year we are exploring the theme…
In Pursuit of Resilience & Self-Determination

We are so glad to have you as a part of this year’s Volunteer Team. Take a look at the many different Volunteer Opportunities. Once you have reviewed the Volunteer Opportunity descriptions you will be able to register for the SUMMIT ON POVERTY, select your volunteer area, and register for SDC’s Annual Meeting. If you have any questions please contact your Manager.

Your participation in this annual event is going to make an impact on our community that will bring about transformational change. We are looking forward to this year’s SUMMIT ON POVERTY and the contribution you will make to ensure its success.

Volunteer Opportunities

*Volunteer Opportunities with an asterisk (*) need to be tech-savvy.

Greeter Team

The Greeter Team is responsible to stand at key entrances and checkpoints throughout the event venue to direct traffic to appropriate locations and give general information about the event. Greeters should have a friendly personality/disposition, be able to handle many types of people, and stand for extended periods of time with a smile.

Lead By: In-Person Experience Manager

Registration/Check-In Team*

The Registration/Check-In Team is responsible for handling check-in for pre-registered SOP attendees, Annual Meeting attendees, and onsite registration. Registration is handled through the Whova platform which can be accessed on laptops, iPads, and smartphones. Being tech-savvy and having knowledge of how to use a laptop, iPad, and smartphone is required. Training for the Whova platform will be provided. The Registration/Check-in Team should have a friendly disposition, able to handle many types of people, be customer service oriented, be able to stand for extended periods of time with a smile, and be tech-savvy.

Lead Byo: In-Person Experience Manager

Workshop Assistant Team

The Workshop Assistant Team is responsible for ensuring our in-person & virtual attendees have an excellent experience within their workshops. This team will be posted inside of the workshop rooms and will make sure that all in-person attendees feel welcome, have adequate seating, filter questions to the workshop presenters, ensure safe social distancing practices, and wipe down and sanitize the room. Team Members will also assist virtual workshop attendees to ensure connectivity throughout the workshop, field virtual guest questions to the presenter, and keep the virtual guests engaged. Training for the Whova and Zoom platform will be provided. The personality/disposition that works best for Workshop Assistant Team Members is friendly, outgoing, eager to help, able to handle many types of people, customer service oriented, and tech savvy.

Lead By: In-Person Experience Manager

Whova Team*

The Whova Engagement Team will ensure that all attendees both in-person and virtual stay active and engaged on our Whova platform by creating games, networking roundtables, making posts, asking questions about the event, and giving out general information to guests. This Team is also responsible for responding to all questions regarding the virtual platform, troubleshooting problems, and navigating the platform. Training for the Whova platform and Zoom will be provided. The Whova Engagement Team should have knowledge of how to use a laptop, be customer service oriented, tech-savvy, friendly personality/disposition, be able to handle many types of people, and ability to type.

Lead By: Community Engagement Manager

Mobile App Help Desk*

The Mobile App Help Desk is responsible for ensuring all in-person attendees have all access to the Whova Mobile App. The team will answer questions for guests, troubleshoot problems, help guests to download the app, and help guests navigate through the app. Training for the Whova platform will be provided. The Mobile App Help Desk should have knowledge of how to use a smartphone, be customer service oriented, be tech-savvy, friendly personality/disposition, able to handle many types of people, and have the ability to keep a smile through challenging situations.

Reports To: Community Engagement Manager

Social Media Team*

The Social Media Manager Team will assist in managing our social media presence during the Summit on Poverty by making posts, tagging people, and sharing other posts by attendees to our profiles. Social Media Managers should have a working knowledge of social media, excellent grammar skills, and have an existing social media account.

Lead By: Community Manager

Stage Runner Team

The Stage Manager Team helps to ensure the main stage runs smoothly by cueing speakers, running microphones, and communicating with the AV/Production Vendor. Stage Manager should be able to walk long distances, comfortable with speaking assertively in a pleasant way, and anticipating the needs of keynotes.

Reports To: Stage Manager

Virtual Host/MC

The Virtual Host/MC is responsible for welcoming our virtual attendees with a smile, giving an overview of what to expect throughout their experience, and sharing what area of service they serve within the organization. The Virtual Host will be paired with someone who will lead the conversation. Virtual Hosts should have a friendly personality/disposition, be comfortable in front of the camera, speak clearly, and keep a smile.

Reports To: Event Producer – Chantell Sain

Set-Up & Break Down Team

The Set-Up & Break Down Team is responsible for setting up and breaking down the registration areas, workshop rooms, vendor tables, signs, and banners. The Set-Up & Break Down Team should be able to lift 25 lbs and walk long distances.

Reports To: Mike Gorgas

Security Team

The Security Team will ensure that our guests feel safe at all times while enjoying the conference. The Security Team should be able to walk long distances, comfortable with speaking assertively in a pleasant way, be able to deescalate stressful situations, and understand A.L.I.C.E. and other safety protocols.

Reports To: Leroi Adams

Shuttle Driver Team

The Shuttle Driver Team will ensure that our staff members get to and from the Summit on Poverty from SDC – North Ave. Staff will utilize SDC’s parking lot to park personal cars and use the shuttle service to go to and from the Summit on Poverty.

Lead By: Mike Gorgas

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Milwaukee, WI 53223

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