Jennifer Lawrence

Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations: Best Practices for Volunteer Retention

Jennifer Lawrence received a bachelor’s degree from Wagner College, a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Springfield College, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Social Work at the University of Kentucky with a projected graduation date of May 2023. She is a licensed clinical social worker in both Massachusetts and Texas.

Jen has experience working in a variety of settings including health care, hospitals, institutes of higher education, community based mental health agencies, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations. She is an experienced clinician who is trained in multiple treatment modalities including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Additionally, Jen is also a trainer for suicide prevention and intervention workshops including Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Having presented on the topic of wellness, the neurobiology of trauma, and burnout prevention, Jen is passionate about providing low-barrier engagement around mental health and wellbeing topics.

Having worked with a vast array of populations, Jen is passionate about implementing innovative, clinical solutions to best support clients and organizations. Her research interest, including Capstone Project, focuses around resilience and growth of nonprofit organizations and volunteer management. Specifically, she is working towards growing research in this under studied field to identify how administration and leadership in nonprofit organizations impact volunteer wellbeing, motivation, and retention rates. As a servant leader, Jen believes in the importance of leading from the front and currently provides clinical consultation, oversight, and strategic leadership to a number of nonprofit agencies worldwide.