Each year, DOVIA Tarrant County hosts the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) to educate volunteer management professionals in our area.  Organized and coordinated by DOVIA members, this workshop is tailored to address local needs and trends in volunteer management .  

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This year the PDW will be on October 5, 2018 at the Gladney Center for Adoption from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  This years theme will be "Life Long Learning Builds Superstars".  We will have break-out sessions for you to attend with fabulous speakers, Karen Reid, founder and principal of Kaber Communications and Dr. Stevie Dawn, CEO of Orange Compass. As well as a keynote address by Robert Early, President and CEO of JPS Health Network.

Breakfast and lunch provided. Breakfast will be breakfast tacos and fruit. Lunch will be pasta (gluten free pasta option as well), salad, rolls. Drinks are included.

A networking social will be held at the conclusion of the workshop at 4pm. Be sure to bring your business cards.  


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Keynote Speaker:

Robert Early, President, CEO -JPS Health Network 

Robert Earley’s journey from South Texas to CEO of Tarrant County’s public supported healthcare system was anything but a straight line.

A political science graduate from the University of North Texas, Earley put that degree to use as a staff assistant to a Texas congressman in our nation’s capital. His D.C. experience sparked his own political aspirations and Earley returned to Texas to run for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives.  He was only 23 when elected in 1984 to represent his South Texas hometown. He served 10 years before choosing not to seek re-election in 1995.

Before joining JPS Health Network in 2005 as a senior VP focused on community and government affairs, Earley taught college courses, ran an Austin-based public affairs firm and served as an on-air political analyst for NBC’s affiliate station in Austin. The Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers appointed him interim president and CEO in May 2008 and in February 2009 he was named president and CEO.

Earley holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Texas-Arlington.  He serves on the board of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute.

Earley and his veterinarian wife, Tricia, have one daughter.   



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Karen Reid, Founder and Principal of Kaber Communications

Karen Reid, MA, CVA As founder and principal of Kaber Communications, Karen creates innovative volunteer and ambassador programs that enrich workforce cultures and maximize community impact by cultivating both internal and external influencers and advocates. She works with core teams ranging from 2-250+, developing initiatives that provide strategic options, tools and tactics to promote effective communication and increase participation in – and satisfaction with – volunteering-based endeavors. An accomplished trainer and speaker, Karen believes in the power of education and lifelong learning. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is certified in volunteer administration (CVA).

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Dr. Stevie Dawn, CEO of Orange Compass

Dr. Stevie Dawn serves as CEO of Orange Compass, a corporate training company dedicated to providing staff and leadership training to organizations. Stevie Dawn brings a variety of experience in the corporate, non-profit, and governmental sectors. She has owned multiple small businesses and specializes in Emotional Intelligence strategies for the workplace. She enjoys challenging people to change their workplace behaviors. Her educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Wichita State University and a doctorate in Leadership from Colorado State University. With over 20 years of teaching and training experience, Dr. Stevie Dawn delivers training sessions with humor and high-energy that leave all participants inspired.