SOURCE: Conference Plus, Inc.

Conference Plus, Inc.

August 31, 2011 07:00 ET

Westell's ConferencePlus® Collaborates With American Cancer Society to Educate and Empower Volunteer Staff With Multimedia Website

SCHAUMBURG, IL--(Marketwire - Aug 31, 2011) - Conference Plus, Inc. (ConferencePlus®), a subsidiary of Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL), and a leading provider of global conferencing solutions, today announced a collaboration with American Cancer Society California Division Inc. (ACSCD) to develop a unique web portal solution designed to educate and empower the ACSCD volunteer staff.

"One of the primary goals of this project was to provide our volunteer staff with easy access to our existing repository of information and tools," stated Steven Rickards, Director, Patient Support and Training, ACSCD. "Previously, that access was limited to providing only a listing of training opportunities and an online registration function. With our new website we are able to deliver access to a much greater amount of information and tools, increasing awareness and understanding of all aspects of the American Cancer Society, from research to advocacy, while helping us address the silo approach to an individual's experience of the organization," added Mr. Rickards.

Another goal of the new volunteer website was to support independent access and use of training and information in a variety of media platforms, in keeping with the ACSCD philosophy to delivering on-going adult learning and at the same time enabling more effective use of limited staff resources. The automated setup of secure online member profiles together with built-in reporting capabilities provide a better understanding of the volunteer base and the specific types of trainings and topics that are most frequently accessed.

An important requirement of the new portal was to enable the ACSCD Network Training team to manage and regularly update the new website themselves with an integrated, easy-to-use content management tool. "Our Network Training team manages and updates the entire site, which is of great value to us because of the need to update content on a monthly basis," said Mr. Rickards.

The new website also includes a prospective volunteer page, where new volunteers can independently review information and access select trainings to make an informed decision about their volunteer role and allowing existing volunteers to explore additional volunteer roles.

"It has been extremely satisfying to work with the ACSCD Training organization to develop a customized solution that accomplishes their goals for delivering improved support and training to their volunteers and staff," said Dan Papa, Senior VP, Sales, ConferencePlus. "This is a great example of how a complete content management solution can be developed to expand and vastly improve upon the traditional basic delivery model for recorded audio and video content and related information. We believe that this type of website portal solution offers benefits for many other types of organizations with similar requirements."

About Conference Plus, Inc.
Conference Plus, Inc., a leading global provider of audio, video, webcasting and web conferencing services, is dedicated to providing high quality, reliable conferencing services that customers trust with their most important events. ConferencePlus is leading the way in providing innovative IP-based collaboration solutions backed by proven technology and exceptional customer service. Headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois with an international headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, ConferencePlus is a subsidiary of Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL). Additional information about ConferencePlus can be obtained by visiting

About Westell Technologies, Inc.
Westell Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is a holding company for Westell, Inc. and Conference Plus, Inc. Westell, Inc. designs, distributes, markets and services a broad range of broadband networking equipment, digital transmission products, remote monitoring tools, power distribution equipment, industrial-grade edge switches and demarcation products used by telecommunications service providers, utilities and other enterprises. Additional information can be obtained by visiting

About American Cancer Society California Division:
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a global grassroots force of three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping you stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, helping individuals get well by being there for you during and after a diagnosis, by finding cures through groundbreaking discovery and fighting back through public policy. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.5 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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