2020 Human Services Conference


“Everybody Counts: Creating

Solutions Together"


We are please to announce the addition of a Two-Generation/Whole Family Track, which includes workshop sessions on coaching, collective impact, trauma informed care, social determinants of health, whole family initatives and others.


As we are still finalizing the agenda, here are a few of the other sessions we will be offering during the conference. 

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Utilizing a Racial Equity Lens in Strategic Engagement and Evaluation

Human services organizations are being challenged to evaluate programs, services, and initiatives in ways that move from the traditional role of evaluation, and its perceived role of objectivity, to a process that considers who is being evaluated and who is conducting the evaluation. This workshop builds on work by Public Policy Associates and Michigan Public Health Institute to focus on the practical use of a racial equity lens when conducting evaluation in human services organizations and programs.


The framework argues that culture and race are important considerations when conducting an evaluation because we believe that there are both critical and substantive nuances that are often missed, ignored, and/or misinterpreted when an evaluator is not aware of the culture of those being evaluated. Participants will be provided with a Template for Analyzing Programs through a Culturally Responsive and Racial Equity Lens, designed to focus deliberately on an evaluation process that takes race, culture, equity, and community context into consideration.

Building Financial Empowerment

Are you looking for tools to promote financial empowerment with the clients you serve? The CFPB developed the Your Money, Your Goals (YMYG) Toolkit to provide materials that human service providers can use to promote financial empowerment.


This session will provide an overview of the Toolkit, engage in activities using some of the tools available, and share how the program has been implemented in Maryland. Topics covered include increasing income, reducing expenses, establishing savings goals, and protecting identity.


Come learn about this great resource and how to use the Toolkit in your work.

Much at Stake: A Short Course in Stakeholder Mapping

Are you designing a new program, implementing a change, or planning a campaign or event? How much do you know about your stakeholders?      


Your program’s success can depend on how much and how well you know your stakeholders: who they are, what they really need and want, how much power they have to influence your program, and more.  What are the needs and wants of your clients? Which of your funders would likely support the initiative? Would any of your stakeholders resist the idea altogether?    


During this session, we will explore tools and techniques to 1) Gather information about your stakeholders, 2) Create a Stakeholder Map, and 3) Prioritize Your Stakeholder Engagement Strategies.

Working with Humans: Using a DiSC® Approach to Building Stronger Relationships

Are there people on your team or in your organization that you just don’t “get” or those who just don’t “get” YOU?  Have you ever wished you had your own survival guide just to communicate with the various types of individuals we see and talk with each day?  


A “Tips” manual might be helpful – something that could offer clues to the unique personalities and behaviors exhibited by our colleagues, prospects, and clients.    In this session, we will explore how the DiSC® model can help us better understand the dynamics of certain relationships and develop strategies for improving our interactions with our colleagues and teams.

Managing Risk in an Age of Uncertainty

Now more than ever, nonprofit and government leaders must integrate sound risk management practices into their organizational oversight and leadership. While many organizations focus primarily on risks involved with having insufficient funding to fulfill mission, other significant risks may be hiding in plain sight, waiting for their opportunity to reach out and grab you when you aren’t watching! In addition, there are external risks that effect organizations, which can also have a profound impact.  


 Being so consumed with the day-to-day operating activities and decisions can make us complacent when it comes to risk management. As a result, we don’t have or take the time to be proactive when it comes to assessing and addressing organizational risks.    


In this session, we will uncover some of the obvious and not so obvious risk areas and explore ideas for prioritizing and mitigating them within your own organizations.

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