Volunteer Leadership Training Program (VoLT)
In support of Member and Geographic Activities (MGA) to modernize the volunteer experience, MGA piloted a volunteer leadership training program in 2013 with volunteers from across the IEEE regions. Given the great response to the pilot, the MGA Board approved its implementation and in 2014 the program known as Volunteer Leadership Training (VoLT) was launched.
The popularity of the VoLT program resonates by the continued support and feedback received from its 100+ graduates, 25+ mentors and volunteers across all IEEE regions. Many of its graduates have moved on to leadership positions within their units and/or their regions.
Program Structure and Eligibility
The VoLT program runs two tracks during the year:
Track 1 – It consists of eight courses covering the key organizational units of the IEEE. This track is made available to all IEEE volunteers through the IEEE Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) sometime between April and June each year. These courses are the pre-requisite to apply for Track 2.
Track 2 - Volunteers who complete Track 1 by the pre-determined deadline can apply for consideration for Track 2 of the program. This track usually starts in September and lasts three months. It consists of weekly live webinars focused mainly on leadership related topics. Presenters include senior volunteers and external speakers.
Participation in Track 2 will be determined by the MGA Training Committee based on predefined criteria. In addition to completing an application, each participant should provide a note of endorsement from a senior volunteer as part of his/her application. An endorsement is a short note by a volunteer leader who knows the applicant and believes the program will be beneficial to him/her. It can be an email signed by either his/her Region Director, Section Chair, Chapter Chair, or MGA Young Professionals (YP) Committee Chair. Other endorsements from IEEE volunteers (e.g., IEEE Committee Chairs) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
During Track 2 participants are grouped into teams to work on a project. Each participant will be asked to reach out to their section leaders to look for a project idea that can be implemented in a short time and that is meaningful and useful at the local level (e.g., a webinar, a new process, a program, workshop, or meeting). Participants discuss their ideas within their assigned project team and select the best one as the project. Each team will translate their project into a business plan and present it to a panel of program Mentors who will select the top best projects. The top teams may present to MGA Leadership later in the year. At the end of the VoLT program all projects are shared with the participants’ respective Section and Region leadership.
Program announcements and deadlines are published via these mediums: MGA News (Scoop), IEEE eNotice, IEEE HKN Newsletter, The Sentinel, and this website.