I identified core areas that our past events had fallen under and requested volunteers to form these committees. Initially I assumed I could get committee leaders for each, but people were reluctant to take on the responsibility. Once we had a few people on each committee it was easier for people to join.
Our committees were Education & Advocacy, Career Development, Community Outreach, and Social. Since this was written we have developed a new strategy as our leaders moved on to bigger and better roles and no longer had the time to plan events or moved outside of the company (it happens), so we’ve developed a more lightweight level of planning where a few people plan the events and we request specific volunteers for events. This has led to high volunteer engagement but is a bit harder to plan as an organizer.