Leadership Conference


2020 SOPA Virtual Leadership Conference

On behalf of all SOPA staff we want to thank you for attending our Virtual Leadership Conference. We hope that you found the conference informative and worthwhile. The primary goal of this conference was to bring volunteers, staff, and athletes together to learn how we can continue to work hard to achieve the goals of SOPA over the next year.

If you missed any of the Conference or would like to revisit some presentations, please check out our Conference recording.

View the Entire Leadership Conference or use the below hyperlinks to view certain segments.

Welcome by Matt Aaron, President and CEO

As SOPA continues to move on with program reorganization; the Reorg team, Greater Lehigh Valley & Pocono Region (Region 5 - GLVAPR) volunteers, and staff will update you on the overall status of the statewide plan. You will also receive a general update on GLVAPR and receive information on how to prepare your program for regionalization. The focus will highlight the tools that will make the transition as smooth as possible for volunteers and athletes.

As our state continues to take steps to reopen safely, SOPA has developed a Return to Activities plan. Join Special Olympics Pennsylvania staff as they review the guidance with opportunities for questions and answers throughout! There will be a focus on play (training and competition), social gatherings and fundraising.

About Guest Speaker Mr. Will Wise - https://weand.me/about-we/will/

After a yearlong process, the Strategic Plan committee would like to update Local Programs on the draft vision and goals for the 2020-24 SOPA Strategic Plan. This session will provide an overview of the strategies and measurable that will help us to monitor progress and determine what resources, funding, and partnerships will be needed to make it all happen!   Additionally, the plan’s alignment with the Special Olympics global strategic plan, and the steps which have been taken to involve staff, athletes, and volunteers in developing the current draft, will be addressed. More work will need to be done over the fall before this plan is presented to the Board of Directors in November, so we will be discussing the process and content during this session. Hearing your feedback is extremely important.


  • 2020 Department Leadership Sessions: Invitation emails will go out to team members noted if you are interested in attending and do not get an invite please reach out to the designated staff person for more information.
    • Building a Volunteer Management Toolkit – Leadership Session

      This session is designed to serve as a guide for volunteer management, but should not be considered exhaustive. As there is no “one size fits all” solution, we encourage you to seek a variety of volunteer management resources.  This plan addresses several key volunteer categories and gives programs the ability to look closely at how they currently work with volunteers and how to make a plan for the future. Please let me know if you have any questions

Future Leadership Conference Dates at The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center

  • 2021 - Leadership Conference – Saturday, August 28, 2021 – Sunday, August 29, 2021
  • 2022 - Leadership Conference – Saturday, August 27, 2022 – Sunday, August 28, 2022
  • 2023 - Leadership Conference – Saturday, August 26, 2023 – Sunday, August 27, 2023