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Fri Oct 14, 2016 08:00 AM - Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:00 PM


Chicago School of Psychology325 N Wells StChicago, IL 60654


Become a Volunteer at ACT-W Conference

ACT-W conferences run on the energy of our volunteers who care about empowering women in technology. The ACT-W Chicago Conference is an annual one-day action-packed event where talented women can build skills, grow their community, and accelerate their career path by connecting with companies that truly fit them best. The conference includes speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, and more.

As a volunteer, you’ll be a vital part of the conference and help to create a welcoming and outstanding conference experience for about 500 participants from the Chicago area.

The volunteering experience is a unique opportunity to participate in the conference activities. ACT-W Seattle volunteers will be responsible for various conference duties such as staffing the registration/information booth, crowd management, assisting speakers and pre-conference course instructors, and the communicate information about the conference.

What is expected of me?

As a volunteer, you’ll be expected to be available throughout your entire shift on Friday, September 9th and/or Saturday, September 10th. You’ll also be responsible for any parking and accommodation costs to and from the conference.

Who can volunteer?

  • Anyone 16 and over

Hours & Volunteer Location(s)

Chicago's 2016 ACT-W Kickoff Happy Hour - Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North 350 W Mart Center Dr, Chicago, IL 60654 - Thursday, October 13th from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chicago's 2016 ACT-W Kickoff Conference - Chicago School of Psychology 325 N Wells St., Chicago, IL 60654 - Fri, October 14th & Sat, October 15th 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM


ACT-W Kick-off Happy Hour "Ask Me" Ambassador - These are sociable people that check greet folks at the door. You may also guide people to the bar, bathroom, and tables. They will also refer issues to problem solver volunteers or registration/information volunteers as needed.

ACT-W Conference "Ask Me" Ambassador - These are sociable people who are experts on various areas of content: conference schedule content, happy hours, dinners, etc. All of the information they provide is to enhance the attendees’ experiences. They will also assist any overflow attendees by locating alternative sessions they can attend. They will also refer issues to problem solver volunteers or registration/information volunteers as needed.

Registration/Information Booth -These volunteers will locate registration packets and explain contents to attendees. Any registrations issues will be transferred to the load for resolution. They will also act as the source of information about the conference activities, directions and sessions. Volunteers will be required to stay at registration booth for the assigned hours unless otherwise directed.

Event Manager - Sessions, Workshops, Keynotes, and Opening/Closing Ceremonies - These volunteers will act as the liaison to speakers during sessions and workshops. They will introduce speakers with a pre-written script, assists speakers with A/V issues, make sure water has been provided, act as a time-keeper for session/course, act as room monitor to make sure room is not overcrowded, and collect presentations on USB drive at end of sessions and workshops. If room reaches capacity, they will work with Problem Solvers or "Ask Me" Ambassadors to close the session to further attendees. Volunteers will be required to stay in the session/course for the assigned hours.

Social Media / Citizen Journalist -These volunteers will be responsible for covering sessions as a reporter. They will make social media posts, and take pictures during the session. Volunteers will coordinate with communications and social media leads to follow posting requirements.

Problem Solver - These volunteers assist where needed to resolve unexpected issues. We are seeking people who are comfortable being in customer service and resolving problems on the fly.

Volunteer Wrangler - These volunteers ensure that all other volunteers know where they should going and what they should be doing.

Set up / Clean up Crew - These volunteers help set up and/or breakdown the conference area, sessions, workshops, career fair, breakfast, lunch. This includes moving chairs, tables, et. Must be able to lift 25 lbs.


  • Event Management
  • Fundraising
  • Ushering
  • Interactive/Social Media/SEO
  • Operations

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Varies
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