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Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

The success of the 41st Annual Conference & Exposition presented by NBMBAA® depends on volunteers just like you. With over 10,000 attendees and more than 50 sessions, this year’s Conference will require a great deal of “behind-the-scenes” coordination. Not only will you help to create an outstanding event, as a volunteer you will get to be part of a rich and rewarding experience. Register to volunteer by clicking below – the earlier you register, the better selection of volunteer opportunities will be available.

Please note that the NBMBAA® does not pay for hotel accommodations, travel or meals. Volunteers are responsible for their own Conference-related expenses.

Why People Love Volunteering

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CALLEEN JONES

Q: In what way was this volunteer experience valuable to your professional development?

Being a new member of NBMBAA®, I wanted to contribute to the success of the Annual Conference & Exposition especially with it being held in my hometown of Detroit, MI. Networking and discussing shared experiences with people from across the country was invaluable! I was able to build on existing skills like public speaking & technical troubleshooting and effectively applying them in the workplace.

Q. What was the most rewarding volunteer opportunity and why?

Representing NBMBAA® at the Welcome Desk was such a great experience! Not only did I have the opportunity work with NBMBAA® members from different chapters, I was able to provide helpful information and provide reassurance to those seeking answers.  Being the first point of contact during the Conference allowed me to be the best representation of what it means to be a NBMBAA® member, especially being from the host city & chapter of Detroit.

Q. Why would you recommend someone else to volunteer?

I truly believe that the greatest gift that you can give someone, or a cause is your time. Dedicating your time to something that you’re passionate about or interested in allows you to gain new experiences and contribute to its success. If you’ve ever asked yourself, “what can I do to be an element of change?” My answer would be to dedicate your time and energy to a cause that you believe in.

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TONY SUTTON

Q: In what way was this volunteer experience valuable to your professional development?

It afforded me the opportunity to interact with professionals in various fields. From marketing to manufacturing, all conversations were engaging and educational.

Q. What was the most rewarding volunteer opportunity and why?

The most rewarding volunteer opportunity I had last year was volunteering for the Fitting in Fitness with Johnson & Johnson. The guest instructors were very energetic and interactive with all the attendees. My favorite part of the session was the silent exercise portion. It a must try!

Q. Why would you recommend others to volunteer?

I would recommend volunteering because it gives you the opportunity to interact with the corporate partners who host various sessions throughout Conference. This is one of the best opportunities to get to know someone within the corporations you are interested in interacting.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Volunteer?

You can register to become a volunteer by clicking HERE. On-site registration will begin on Sunday, September 22, 2019in the Volunteer Officer: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010, Room GRBCC – 330AB.

What volunteer opportunities are available?

Volunteers are asked to support a variety of important roles during conference, including floor management, event organization, crowd management and more. Volunteers assist in the following activities/events:

  • Career Exposition Floor
  • Luncheons
  • Case Competitions
  • Speaker Ready Room
  • Career Success Network Center
  • Employment Network
  • General Registration
  • Information Station
  • Volunteer Office
  • Social Media Support
  • Membership Booth
  • Workshops/Sessions

Can I register for multiple volunteer assignments?

Volunteers can register for multiple assignments as their schedule allows. Please do not register for opportunities that would create a schedule conflict.

Collegiate Partner Volunteers will be given special assignments and students will be allowed to self-schedule.

When should I arrive for Conference?

All Volunteers are required to attend one of the four orientation sessions. You should plan your arrival based on the orientation you want to attend and the day/time of your first assignment.

Volunteer Orientation:

Sunday, September 22nd – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Monday, September 23rd – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, September 24th – 10:00 am – 11:30 am OR  6:00 pm -7:30 pm

There will be a special orientation for Collegiate Partner Volunteers.

Can I attend Conference sessions?

Volunteers are allowed to register for conference events at their own expense. Being a volunteer does not gain you access to events, sessions or activities free-of-charge.

Should I register for Conference if I am volunteering?

We encourage all volunteers to register for Conference. It allows you to have full benefit of the Conference experience based on your type of registration. Please go to the registration website to see your options for registering to attend Conference events, sessions, and activities.

Are my travel and/or hotel paid for?

No, each volunteer is responsible for securing his/her own travel and hotel. Volunteers can make their travel arrangements via the NBMBAA® website to take advantage of Conference blocks, but please note that there is no volunteer discounts available.

The NBMBAA® assumes no responsibility for volunteer hotel or travel plans and encourages volunteers to purchase travel insurance.

What is the volunteer dress code?

Volunteers will be provided with a 41st Annual Conference & Exposition shirt to be worn during your volunteer shift.

Volunteers may keep the shirt at the end of the conference. All volunteers should wear black or dark colored suits, slacks or skirts/dresses and dark (comfortable) shoes.

Note some opportunities require business attire only. Please come prepared to walk as there will be a significant distance between some assignments.

Collegiate Partner Volunteers must wear business attire at all times given the various opportunities they can choose to work.

Where and when is this year's Conference?

The 41st Annual Conference & Exposition will be at the George R. Brown Convention Center 1001 Avenida de las Americas Houston, Texas 77010, from Tuesday, September 24th to Saturday, September 28th.

Is there an age requirement for volunteering?

Yes, volunteers must be at least 18 years old to participate.

Can I choose my volunteer assignment?

Self-scheduling will open the week of July 22, 2019. At this time, you will have a chance to select your opportunities(assignments). You will be sent via email the access link to the self-scheduling site.

Volunteers who do not check in at least 30 minutes in advance of an opportunity may lose their assignment. 

How much time do I need to give to my volunteer assignment?

Volunteers are expected to satisfy the entire time that is posted for the assignment.  You must arrive 45 minutes prior to the start of an assignment.

What rewards can I receive as a volunteer?

Once you cash in your rewards points, they cannot be used toward another onsite reward.

YOU ARE ALLOWED ONLY ONE ONSITE REWARD.

  • All rewards are limited and are awarded based on the first group of individual volunteers who qualify for the reward.
  • Once the NBMBAA® has reached a rewards category’s designated quota no more rewards will be distributed for that reward category.
  • All rewards are non-transferable and must be redeemed prior to expiration date. Failure to redeem your reward by the indicated deadline may result in expiration of the reward.
  • PLEASE NOTE: NBMBAA®  at its discretion can change the type of reward at any time without prior notification to the award recipient.
  • No rewards can be banked or carried over to another conference year.
  • National Operations Team members and Local Conference Planning Committee members are not eligible to participate in the Volunteer Rewards Program.
  • Based on the total number of hours worked, volunteers may qualify to win one of the onsite rewards and/or one of the 2019 Post Conference Rewards.

Please download the volunteer guide for complete details on rewards and other FAQs

Volunteers can earn both onsite rewards redeemable at conference and rewards that are redeemable post conference.

 

Please see reward rules & regulations below.

 

Some of the onsite rewards you can choose from include 1- one-day access to the Career Expo floor, 1- Concert Ticket, or 1- entry to one General Session (The sessions you may select from are chosen by the NBMBAA®.) All onsite rewards must be used before the end of conference and volunteers can earn only one onsite reward.

 

Rewards redeemable post conference is assessed based on your membership status and the total number of hours you worked. These rewards may include one of the following:

  • One complimentary 2020 NBMBAA® Conference Registration
  • One 2020 Career Expo Registration
  • One complimentary 1-year NBMBAA® membership

What are the stipulations of earning rewards?

Once you cash in your rewards points, they cannot be used toward another onsite reward. YOU ARE ALLOWED ONLY ONE ONSITE REWARD.

All rewards are limited and are awarded based on the first group of individual volunteers who qualify for the reward.

Once the NBMBAA® has reached a rewards category’s designated quota no more rewards will be distributed for that reward category.

All rewards are non-transferable and must be redeemed prior to expiration date. Failure to redeem your reward by the indicated deadline may result in expiration of the reward.

  • NBMBAA® has the sole discretion as to the day of entry to the Career Expo for this reward.
  • PLEASE NOTE: NBMBAA®  at its discretion can change the type of reward at any time without prior notification to the award recipient.
  • No rewards can be banked or carried over to another conference year.
  • National Operations Team members and Local Conference Planning Committee members are not eligible to participate in the Volunteer Rewards Program.

What are the rules/regulations for being a Volunteer?

To become a volunteer you must agree to the rules, regulations, disclaimers and Code of Ethics. Click to view the full rules.

Who do I contact if I have a question that is not answered in the FAQ?

Please send an email to volunteer@nbmbaa.org.

On-Site Volunteer Registration

You may also sign-up on-site during conference at one of these two locations: Volunteer Office or at the Volunteer Registration Station during business hours. You can find more details about these items in the Volunteer Guidelines.

Volunteer Office Information

Office Location:
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
Room: GRBCC – 330 AB

Monday,
Sept. 23rd – 8am – 8pm
Tuesday – Thursday,
Sept. 24th – 26th – 6:30am – 8pm
Friday,
Sept. 27th – 6:30am – 6pm

Registration Station Information

Location:
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010

Monday,
Sept. 24th, 8:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday – Thursday,
Sept. 25th – 26th, 7:00am – 6:00pm

On-site registration will also be open following Volunteer Orientation on Sunday, Sept. 22nd in the Volunteer Office.

Mandatory Orientation

If you plan to volunteer you must attend one of the four orientations detailed below:
Sunday, Sept. 22th – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm |
Location TBA
Monday, Sept. 23rd – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm |
Location TBA
Tuesday, Sept. 24rd– 10am – 11:30am |
Location TBA
Tuesday, Sept. 24th – 6pm – 7:30pm |
Location TBA

About Rewards

Volunteers accumulate hours that can be redeemed for both onsite Conference rewards in 2019 and Post-Conference rewards. All rewards are limited and are awarded based on the first group of individual volunteers who qualify for the reward. Once the NBMBAA® has reached a rewards category’s designated quota no more rewards will be distributed for that reward category. All rewards are non-transferable and must be redeemed prior to expiration date. Failure to redeem your reward by the indicated deadline will result in expiration of the reward. No rewards can be banked or carried over to another conference year. We will notify winners of Post Conference Rewards by April of 2020. See the Volunteer Guide for a full description of rewards and how to earn them.

Post-Conference Rewards

2019 Onsite Rewards

2020 Conference Premium Registration Pass & 1-year NBMBAA® membership

General Session Ticket

2020 Conference Premium Registration

MBA Live® Friday Night Ticket

1-year NBMBAA® Membership

Resume Review & Posting and One-on-One Job Interview Coaching

2020 Conference Standard Registration Pass (Career Expo Only)

Career Expo One-Day Floor Pass

Collegiate volunteer partner rewards structure varies so please refer to the 2019 Collegiate Volunteer Partner Guide.

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