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Betty Stallings, MSW, is a highly regarded international trainer, keynote speaker, consultant and author specializing in volunteer management, fundraising, leadership and board development. She teaches at universities, provides training for state, national and international conferences and consults with many non-profit organizations, public programs, hospitals and foundations. Participants in her audiences and seminars note her vitality, inspiring message, engaging humor, practical presentations and valuable resources.

For the past 18 years, Betty has been the President of Building Better Skills whose mission is to inspire and empower people to effectively attract and utilize volunteer and financial resources to achieve their organization's mission. Her website used to be www.bettystallings.com where she gave out free training resources and carries some of the best books and resources supporting volunteerism and fund development.

She has received numerous awards for her dedication to volunteerism and philanthropy, has written 7 books and numerous training curriculums and articles. Among the best known titles are: Getting to Yes in Fundraising, Training Busy Staff to Succeed with Volunteers, The 55-Minute Staff Training Series and How to Produce Fabulous Fundraising Events: Reap Remarkable Returns for Minimal Effort. In 2005 Betty did research on the impact of executives on successful volunteer programs. Energize Inc. published the results of that study: 12 Key Actions of Volunteer Program Champions: CEOs Who Lead the Way. Her most recent book, Leading the Way to Successful Volunteer Involvement: Practical Tools for Busy Executives, was released in the Fall of 2010.

Since 2000, Betty has served as the volunteer editor/designer in charge of the "Training Designs" feature section in e-Volunteerism: The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community. She was selected to serve on the National Council supporting the new Reimagining Service Initiative and does extensive volunteer work in her community.

A lifelong volunteer, Betty also founded and was the 14-year Executive Director of a volunteer center in the San Francisco Bay Area. While at the center she initiated programs which served as national models for volunteer utilization and also obtained funding and supervised innovative research on volunteer management resulting in her volunteer center's publication of the book, At the Heart- The New Volunteer Challenge to Community Agencies.

Betty lives in Pleasanton, California with her husband, Charles. She has 2 daughters and 4 adorable grandchildren! She can be reached at betty@bettystallings.com.