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2013 Buddy Walk® Conference

Each year, NDSS holds a Buddy Walk® Conference to bring together Walk organizers from across the country. Over the past four years, the conference has taken place in Columbus, OH, Jacksonville, FL, San Diego, CA and Boston, MA. This year, we have decided to make this conference a virtual event so organizers from all over could attend without costly travel expenses. In 2014, the Buddy Walk® Conference will be in person again in conjunction with the Buddy Walk on Washington in Washington, DC

The 2013 Buddy Walk® Conference was held on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27. The same sessions were held on both days so participants were able to choose from the dates and times that were most convenient.  Although the event has already taken place, you can still register for the conference to receive the presentations and copies of the recorded sessions to assist you with your Buddy Walk® planning.

Conference Schedule 

Friday, April 26

11:00am - 12:00pm 

Welcome and Opening Remarks (Becky Switalski, NDSS National Buddy Walk Director)

An overview of National Buddy Walk® Partner and 2013 Preferred Vendor GoodThreads (Andrew Urban, VP of Business Operations)

12:15pm - 1:00pm 

Making the Most of Your Teams and Team Captains (Abbey Slee, Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio)

or

How To Successfully Secure Media Coverage For Your Buddy Walk® (Jennifer Connolly, Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, NY)

1:15pm - 2:00pm 

Recognizing Top Fundraisers - Before, During and After Your Buddy Walk® (Pam Sandonato, NDSS VP of Development)

Or

Making Your Buddy Walk® An Advocacy Machine (Sara Weir, NDSS VP of Advocacy and Affiliate Relations and Ginny Sessions, NDSS Grassroots and Development Manager)

2:15pm - 3:00pm 

Small Group Brainstorming (Self-Advocates, Fundraising/Partnerships, Volunteers or Entertainment/Event Day Activities)

Saturday, April 27

11:00am - 12:00pm 

Welcome and Opening Remarks (Becky Switalski, NDSS National Buddy Walk® Director)

An overview of National Buddy Walk® Partner and 2013 Preferred Vendor GoodThreads (Andrew Urban, VP of Business Operations)

12:15pm - 1:00pm 

How to Successfully Secure Media Coverage For Your Buddy Walk® (Alana Kennon, Down Syndrome Association of Tulsa)

or

Best Practices in Engaging the Community In Your Buddy Walk® (Maureen Gallagher, Massachusets Down Syndrome Congress)

1:15pm - 2:00pm

Secrets of a Successful First Time Buddy Walk® Organizer (Teri Hawthorne, The Arc of Greater Beaumont, TX )

or

Making the Most of Your Teams and Team Captains (Alejandra Lima, Down Syndrome Association of Houston)

2:15pm - 3:00pm 

Small Group Brainstorming (Self-Advocates, Fundraising/Partnerships, Volunteers or Entertainment/Event Day Activities)

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • My Great Story