Annual Conference

Boyne Mountain

Summer Conference 2020: Partnership: The Power of Connection

Michigan Community Action's (MCA) annual Summer Conference will be July 28-30, 2020 at the beautiful Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, MI. Representatives from Michigan's Community Action Agencies, state and local government agencies, and other nonprofit partner organizations will come together for networking, workshops and immersive trainings about the causes, conditions and innovative solutions to poverty in Michigan.

This year’s conference theme, Partnership: The Power of Connection will provide a forum of session offerings on how agencies can leverage their power in the community, build strong coalitions, and forge effective partnerships with community stakeholders. There will also be several workshops on issues dealing with trauma, secondary trauma, and building a resilient community.


The conference agenda is currently under development, but it will include a mixture of general and breakout sessions featuring speakers and topics that will resonate with CAA staff and board members who are interested in improving agency performance and their own personal effectiveness. In addition to the scheduled sessions and events that make up the conference, there are always ample opportunities for learning from peers and colleagues who share similar interests and responsibilities at their agencies.

Some of the speakers we’ve already confirmed include Charles Ballard, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at Michigan State University.  

In addition, organizational development expert, trainer and former elected official, Laura Huth-Rhoades of do Good Consulting will be doing an Immersion Workshop Session, an all-new MCA conference experience; Amp up those Visual & Written Communications! This is a half-day hands on session designed to learn-while-doing and turn lackluster communications into unforgettable outreach powerhouses! (Pre-registration is required and limited), click here to learn more about this workshop.  To register for this workshop click here.

Plus, Laura will be facilitating a special workshop session sharing strategies to raise your organizations visibility and credibility with key community stakeholders. Also, Laura is offering five FREE one-hour power hour private consulting sessions, click here to learn more (Pre-registartion is required and limited). We will continue to announce speakers and trainers as they are confirmed.  To register for a Power Hour Clinic please click here.

Organizations and companies that would like to connect with the Community Action network in Michigan can also participate in the conference as conference sponsors and exhibitors. More information on sponsorship can be found here and exhibit opportunities here.  Some of our 2020 sponsors are below:

MDHHS Mutual of America 

Finally, Northern Michigan is a great place to visit in late July with numerous lakes, rivers, beaches, golf courses, hiking and biking trails and more right there at Boyne Mountain or just a few minutes away. There’s even Avalanche Bay Water Park attached to the hotel! So it’s a great destination for Community Action staff who want a professional development experience along side a wonderful family vacation!

Boyne Mountain

Boyne Mountain offers a number of overnight room options.  See a description of the rooms available and room rates here. Note: Rates and a 9% Resort Service Fee are subject to a 6% sales tax rate and a 5% local lodging assessment. If your organization is tax exempt, please present proof of your tax exemption at check in.

 Boyne Mountain RoomsBoyne Mountain Rooms

Some items before registering:

  • Registration-  Full Conference is $375.00, LDI (for July 29 only) and One Day registrations $175.00 
  • The option for registering a guest is open, but please only use this button if you know the registrant does not have a MemberClicks account.
  • If the Key Contact from your agency registers multiple people they will be able to use the “Register Linked Profiles” button. This will also cut down on the data entry as it will prepopulate the registrant’s name and agency.
    • If you need to know who your agency's Key Contact is, you can email Nicole Caroen at [email protected]
  • For each person you are registering please know if they need meal tickets for family members who will be attending meals (these are available for purchase during conference as well), and which meals they will be attending.
    • These are required elements on the form