Thank you for making the Virtual Summer Conference a Success!


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Virtual Summer Conference 2020

The agenda for the Virtual Summer Conference featured 18 live sessions spread out over six days from August 3-14 on a cross-section of topics, giving conference attendees access to over 15 hours of professional development and personal growth content. 

There were offerings for board members, front line staff, human resources, executive leaders, and marketing staff. In addition, we had a joyful and inspirational graduation ceremony celebrating the professional milestone of our 2019-20 cohort of Leadership Development Institute graduates featuring keynote Dr. Joyce Marter and remarks from Barbara Pagano, author of The Transparency Edge.

Our lineup of keynote speakers included a mixture of the inspirational and the informational. Dr. Marter and Matt Johnson led sessions focused on how we can support ourselves and each other in practices of wellness and productivity in an unprecedented time of uncertainty, stress and trauma.  We heard from our partners and leaders from the Michigan League of Public Policy, CAPLAW, Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity’s Poverty Task Force, Nonprofit Network, National Community Action Partnership and the WK Kellogg Foundation, to just name a few.

University experts Dr. Jameta Barlow from George Washington University and Dr. Charley Ballard from MSU’s School of Economics shared their research and recommendations about improving equity using social determinants of health and closing wage racial disparity gaps to better inform our work of helping families cope with scarcity and lack of opportunity.  We heard from CAA peers Toby Berry, Clint Brugger & Angela Turner of Community Action Jackson Lenawee, Hillsdale on trauma informed care and their journey as an agency to infuse trauma informed practices into every aspect of their work.

We had an opportunity to learn about board development best practices, work-life balance, volunteer management, and practical ways to become accountable by implementing robust diversity equity and inclusion practices into our workplaces.  

We are grateful for the support and participation of our members and sponsors for a productive and enjoyable conference. 

Missed the conference? You’re in luck – you can still get access to the Virtual Summer Conference Rewind!

The MCA Virtual Summer Conference Rewind is the complete set of all of the session recordings and presenter handouts and slide decks.  It’s all archived in MCA’s new Learning Management Center.  Access any of the sessions at your leisure, watch, and re-watch as needed.  The Rewind is available until July of 2022.

You can purchase access to all of that content in the Rewind for $99.  Get access here.

If you attended the conference, we need your feedback!

Please complete evaluations of the event in general and the breakout sessions you attended. Simply use the MCA Learning Management System to access the conference session evaluation and the overall conference survey. As we begin planning for next year’s conference, the evaluations will be a big help in the selection of topics and speakers for 2021.

Summer Conference Sponsors

If you would like to be a sponsor for our upcoming 2021 conference fill out our sponsorship form here.