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2017 Buddy Walk® Conference Schedule and Sessions

2017 Buddy Walk® Conference Schedule and Sessions

The 2017 Buddy Walk® Conference will again bring together Walk organizers from across the country to share ideas and best practices at this exclusive one-day meeting.   The conference will run from 7:30am (registration) through 5:00pm.  The schedule will be available shortly.

Buddy Walk® Conference Schedule

7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.    
Registration & Continental Breakfast
Vendor Marketplace Open
Stop by the “Idea Exchange” and check out materials from other Walks
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.   
Opening Remarks / NDSS Updates / National Partner Overview       
9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.     
Main Session - Led by Team Dylan of the Cincinnati Buddy Walk®             

10:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
Securing Sponsors for Your Buddy Walk®
Making the Most of Your Team Captains®

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.     
Networking Lunch                                                                

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.     
An Introduction to DonorDrive
Volunteer Management Tips and Tricks  
2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.     
Powerful Voices: Engaging Self-Advocates & Members in Buddy Walk® Advocacy
Incorporating a 5K into your Buddy Walk®
3:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.   
DonorDrive Best Practices
Secrets of a Successful First Time Buddy Walk®

4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.     
Lightning Round: Social Media, Moving Locations, No Registration Fee, Getting High Schools Involved, Marketing, Entertainment and Activities  

4:50 p.m.         
Closing Remarks



Buddy Walk® Conference Sessions

We are finalizing the program for the 2017 Buddy Walk® Conference.   We are planning to hold sessions on Incorporating a 5K into your Buddy Walk®, Volunteer Management Tips and Tricks,  Secrets of a Successful First Time Buddy Walk®,  Making the Most of Your Team Captains,  Finding and Keeping Buddy Walk® Sponsors,  DonorDrive's Online Fundraising Best Practices, and Powerful Voices: Engaging Self-Advocates and Members in BuddyWalk® Advocacy.

If you have ideas for a session or are interested in being a presenter, please contact NDSS at [email protected].

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • NDSS DS-Ambassadors