Can Beloved Community Exist in the “Live Free or Die” State? – 2022 Governor’s Conference on Volunteerism

Keynote: “Can Beloved Community Exist in the ‘Live Free or Die’ State?” – James McKim

Everyone wants to feel included – like they belong to a group; a state of being that is referred to as “Beloved Community.” But in some ways, our society seems to be moving toward an individualistic attitude of, “just let me do what I want to do,” which can be seen as a growing interpretation of our New Hampshire state motto, “Live Free or Die.” In this engaging keynote, James will share how volunteering in a collaborative way keeps us free, as individuals, and alive, binding us together in ways that make us feel that we belong as part of a Beloved Community.

Keynote Goals:

By the end of this keynote session, participants will have learned how to:

  • Understand the power of Beloved Community;
  • Understand your role as a volunteer in creating Beloved Community here in NH.


Keynote Speaker Biography:

James McKim is Managing Partner of Organizational Ignition, a Management Consulting practice. He is a sought-after organizational performance speaker, coach, change manager, and author of the best-selling book The Diversity Factor: Igniting Superior Organizational Performance. Over his 35+ year career, he has helped small and large organizations, for-profit and non-profit, spark efficiency and growth through the aligning of people, process, and technology. Mr. McKim is known nationally for his current focus on organizational and individual performance through diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). He is recognized by industry watchers such as ATD, Brandon Hall, Bersin Associates, Axelos, and PMI for his dedication to creating win-win situations between organizations and their employees.