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Service Leadership and Volunteerism: The Power of WE

For more information and to schedule a presentation for your service club, not-for profit organization or volunteer group, contact Elizabeth Usovicz, Principal, Whitespace Consulting.  Topics can be tailored upon request.

Most of us know this from experience – and often from trial and error: working with volunteers is very different from working with employees.  These differences are real, often painful for volunteers and organizations and sometimes not discussed.  But we notice the differences when what works at work doesn’t work in our service or volunteer activities. 

Below are selected topics that I share, as a speaker or trainer, on service leadership and volunteerism.  I welcome you to contact me to schedule a program or training session, or request a related topic.

 Selected Speaking and Training Topics

Motivationsal Keynote – From ME to WE: Leading, Motivating and Achieving Results with and through Volunteers

Service Leadership as Cooperaship:  The Power of WE

Leading by Listening: Setting the Stage for Cooperation

Balancing Will and Can: The Service Leader’s Guide

Cutting Through Assumptions

Running Effective Service Club Board Meetings

As a Rotarian since 1998, and in my involvement in leading and working with volunteers in several organizations, I’ve both failed and succeeded in my service activities. I’ve reflected and written on service leadership in a blog communication called the Thought Spot.  And I’m delighted to share my perspectives with Rotary clubs, civic and service organizations and not-for-profits that may find these perspectives helpful.

My Rotary Service includes:

Rotary Foundation Major Donor and Paul Harris Society member
Training Leader, Rotary International Assembly 2010

President, Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club, 2002-2003

  • Member, Board of Directors, 1998-2004
  • Initiated the club’s matching grant sanitation project to aid the Malawi childrens Village (MCV ) in Africa

District Governor 2008-2009,  District 6040, Missouri USA

  • Initiated District Service Project Day: Rotary Lives Here
  • Initiated District Matching Grant to provide anti-malarial bed nets to 37 villages in Malawi, Africa

Additional Rotary Service

  • RI President’s Representative, 2010 and 2011
  • District 6040 Grants Chair, 2009-
  • Trainer, Zones 30 and 31 Institute, 2009 – 2012
  • Training Chair, Zones 30 and 31 Insittute 2013
  • Zones 30 and 31 Nominating Committee, 2011
  • District 6040 Grants Committee, 2005-2009
  • District 6040 Group Study Exchange Committee Chair, 2005-2006
  • District 6040 Conference Co-Chair, 2005-2006
  • District 6040 Assistant District Governor, 2003-2006
  • District 6040 Ambassadorial Scholar Advisor, 2001-2003
  • District 6040 Group Study Exchange Committee, 1999-2007

Show Me Rotary Council/Multi-District PETS

  • Council member, 2005-
  • Trainer, 2004- 
  • PE Training Chair, 2009-

MORYLA Multi-District RYLA

  • Committee member, 2008-2009
  • Rotarian Counselor, 2011 and 2012






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