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Become a Volunteer

The success of the 40th 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 Volunteer?

Get First-hand experience in Event Management

Take Advantage of Networking Opportunities

Earn Rewards both On-Site and Post-Conference

Why People Love Volunteering

Itunu Charlyne Ogunsola headshot

ITUNU CHARLYNE OGUNSOLA

Q: What was your most valuable experience and why?  

The 2017 NBMBAA® volunteer experience was significantly different, because of the opportunity to attend speaking sessions as a part of our volunteering assignments. I was particularly impressed with the Bitcoin and Blockchain: The Future of Money session, as this conversation delved into an area that will greatly impact the financial terrain as we know it, in the years to come. Learning from great minds is a valuable gift that transcends generations, when the wisdom disseminated is acted on and shared.

Q. In what way did this experience assist you in your professional development? 

The NBMBAA® platform brings internationally acclaimed organizations and elite professionals together. The connections I was able to make in between volunteer sessions with peers and industry leaders, has paved the way to a greater network that I can reach out to, when the need arises.

Q. Why would you recommend someone else to volunteer?

Volunteering at the NBMBAA® Conference & Exposition creates a deep sense of contribution to a cause uniquely empowering for business professionals. Every moment I spent as a volunteer came with great joy – one that I can’t explain!

Q. How many years have you volunteered at the Conference?

I have volunteered for 2 years with the NBMBAA®.

Faith Wells

FAITH WELLS

Q: What was your most valuable experience and why?  

My most valuable experience was helping at the Higher Ed Expo. I loved being of assistance and help the high school and college students with navigating the Expo. I liked offering them advice and guiding them through the specifics of the Expo.

Q. In what way did this experience assist you in your professional development? 

I was able to get to know various people and network with them. I was provided with resources and knowledge of NBMBAA®.

Q. Why would you recommend someone else to volunteer?

Volunteers are not only able to be of assistance to conference attendees but they are able to participate in the conference during the allotted free time. While helping others as a volunteer, you are able to help yourself.

Q. If you are a student volunteer, in what way has this experience helped you to better plot your future goals?

I was able to connect with different graduate colleges and network with individuals from a school I am currently interested in.

Q. If you are attempting to re-enter or move up in the workplace, how was volunteering beneficial to you?

I was given encouragement and advice on how to best navigate the workplace.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a Volunteer?

You can register to become a volunteer by clicking HEREOn-site registration will begin on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at the Volunteer Registration Station, location: TBD or in the Volunteer Office- location: TBD

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 23rd – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Monday, September 24th – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, September 25th – 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 40th Annual Conference & Exposition presented by NBMBAA® 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 40th Annual Conference & Exposition presented by NBMBAA® will be at the Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226 from Tuesday, September 25th to Saturday, September 29th.

Please note that volunteer opportunities start as early as Sunday, September 23, 2018.

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 23, 2018. 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.
  • NBMBAA® has the sole discretion as to what hotel the reward winner will be housed.
  • NBMBAA® has the sole discretion as to the day of entry to the Career Expo for this reward.
  • NBMBAA® has the sole discretion as to type and value of the Gift Card 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 2018 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, or Networking 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:

  • Two-night complimentary hotel reservation at the 2019 Conference
  • One complimentary 2019 NBMBAA® Conference Registration
  • One 2019 Career Expo Registration
  • One complimentary 1-year NBMBAA® membership
  • One Gift Card (Value TBD)

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 what hotel the reward winner will be housed.
  • NBMBAA® has the sole discretion as to the day of entry to the Career Expo for this reward.
  • NBMBAA® has the sole discretion as to type and value of the Gift Card 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: TBD)
Monday, Sept. 24th – 8am – 8pm
Tuesday – Thursday, Sept. 25th – 27th – 6:30am – 8pm
Friday, Sept. 28th – 6:30am – 6pm

Registration Station Information

(Registration Hall: TBD)
Monday, Sept. 24th, 8:00am – 6:00pm
Tue – Fri, Sept. 25th – 28th, 7:00am – 6:00pm
On-site registration will also be open following Volunteer Orientation on Sun, Sept. 23rd  in the Volunteer Office.

Mandatory Orientation

If you plan to volunteer you must attend one of the four orientations detailed below:
Sun, Sept. 23 – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Mon, Sept. 24 – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Tue, Sept. 25 – 10am – 11:30am
Tue, Sept. 25 – 6pm – 7:30pm

About Rewards

Volunteers accumulate hours that can be redeemed for both onsite Conference rewards in 2018 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 2019. See the Volunteer Guide for a full description of rewards and how to earn them.

Post-Conference Rewards

2018 Onsite Rewards

2019 Conference Premium Registration Pass

General Session Ticket

2-night Hotel Reservation for 2019

MBA Live Friday Night Ticket

1-year NBMBAA® Membership

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

Gift Cards

Career Expo One-Day Floor Pass

2019 Conference Standard Registration Pass (Career Expo Only)

Collegiate volunteer partner rewards structure varies so please refer to the 2018 Collegiate Volunteer Partner Guide.

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