2015 UCP Annual Conference Schedule

 

Dates: May 20, 2015 – May 22, 2015

Location: Loew’s Chicago Hotel
                 455 N Park Drive
                 Chicago, IL 60611 

Theme: Focusing Our Vision, Reflecting Our Movement

 

Wednesday, May 20:

1:00-2:00pm: Policy Committee Meeting
Location: Weese

1:00-2:30pm: Affiliate Services Committee
Location: Holabird

3:00-5:00pm: Board of Trustees Meeting
Location: Jenney

3:00-7:30pm: Registration
Location: Sullivan Ballroom Foyer

5:00-6:00pm: Professional Council Meeting
Location: Jenney

5:00-7:30pm: Exhibit Hall Open
Sullivan Ballroom A

6:00-7:30pm: Reception
Sullivan Ballroom C

 

Thursday, May 21:

7:30am-5pm: Registration
Location: Sullivan Foyer

8:00am-9:00am: Continental Breakfast
Location: Sullivan Foyer

9-10:45am: Opening Session: Reflecting Our History, Focusing Our Future
Location: Sullivan Ballroom B & C

Progress is not about abandoning the past, but incorporating it as a frame of reference to help guide us forward. As UCP moves ahead with a new five-year strategic plan, it’s time to take a look back at the important events that brought us to where we are today and recognize the signposts that point us to where we are going in the future. Leaders from UCP’s storied past and active players in its dynamic present come together in a panel discussion connecting UCP’s history (and history-in-the-making) with the core of our mission.

Speakers:

      • Gloria Johnson-Cusack, Board Chair UCP National
      • Stephen Bennett, CEO & President, UCP National
      • John Voit, CEO & President, UCP of Greater Chicago & Seguin
      • Joe Russo, Deputy Commissioner of Compliance at the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities in Chicago
      • Jack Schillinger, Chair Emeritus of UCP of South Florida & Bellows Fund Chair
      • Ed Matthews, CEO, UCP NYC
      • RJ Mitte, actor

10:45-11:00am: Morning Break
Location: Sullivan Foyer

11:00am-12:00pm: Breakout Sessions

  • Better Board Governance and Recruitment
    Location: Maher

Nonprofit boards face tremendous challenges in governing and in attracting high-quality board members. Join us as we explore governance roles and responsibilities of the board, how boards can most effectively carry out their responsibilities, the role of the board and expectations of board members, and how to attract and engage board leaders over time.

Speaker:

      • Mark Lezotte, Board of Trustees Member, UCP National

Moderator: Chris Thomson, Chief Operations Officer, UCP National

  • Stepping Into Steptember
    Location: Adler

     

Three UCP affiliates will discuss their experiences in launching the virtual fundraising event Steptember in their communities, sharing insights and strategies that helped make their efforts effective. Each of these affiliates achieved success in different areas–including developing teams, raising funds, securing corporate sponsors and raising awareness — and the discussion will help affiliates of all sizes develop strategies to execute efficient fundraisers, grow the event and increase participation levels. Through this session, affiliates will be equipped with the tools to successfully implement Steptember in their own communities. Let’s get stepping!

Panelists:

      • Ann Elias, Development Director, UCP of the North Bay
      • Meg Enderby, Development Director, PROVAIL
      • Peter Quattromani, Executive Director & CEO, UCP Of Rhode Island

Moderator: Joanne Dorn, Director of Development, Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta

  • Maximizing Your Brand with Social Media
    Location: Richardson

    In modern marketing and communications, it’s all about the brand. Learn how to make your brand the workhorse for promoting your mission. In addition to advice on using your brand for impact from UCP’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Shelly DeButts, you’ll hear from Jenné Myers of Chicago Cares – a nonprofit which mobilizes thousands of volunteers to make Chicago a better place. This session will go in-depth about how to create a social media brand that reaps rewards for your organization and helps you better accomplish your mission.

    Speakers:

        • Shelly DeButts, Director of Marketing and Communications, UCP National
        • Jenné Myers, CEO, Chicago Cares
        • Alexandra Baird, Digital Marketing Specialist/Manager of Marketing and Communications, Chicago Cares
  • Innovations in Early Intervention
    Location: Jenney

What is the future of early intervention for children with special needs? Discover the key factors that help professionals change perceptions, adopt best practices and improve on the support they offer families with UCP of Birmingham’s Gary Edwards, UCP’s Public Education and Outreach Director O’Ryan Case and  Susan Conner, Ed. M, of the University of Illinois. Learn more about innovations taking place at UCP of Birmingham’s successful early intervention program and the University of Illinois’ Early Intervention Training Program, and explore UCP’s My Child Without Limits information and resource center for parents of young children with disabilities.

Panelists:

      • Susan Connor, Ed. M., Assistant Director, Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois
      • Dr. Gary Edwards, CEO, United Cerebral Palsy of Birmingham

Moderator: O’Ryan Case, Director of Membership and Public Education, UCP National

12:15-1:45pm: Awards for Excellence Luncheon and Awards Presentation
Location: Sullivan Ballroom C

Join conference attendees as we honor the exceptional programs, volunteers, and individuals whose impact has strengthened the UCP network.

Speakers:

      • Linda Cox-Maguire, Board of Trustees Member & Awards Committee Co-Chair, UCP National
      • Anita Porco, Affiliate Network Vice President, UCP National
1:45-2:30pm Coffee and Dessert with the Exhibitors
Location: Sullivan Ballroom A

 

2:45-4:15pm Plenary Session: Reframing Disability as a Part of Ever Family and Community
Location: Sullivan Ballroom B & C

Susan Dreyfus will explain her 21st century theory of change that includes four areas required for true systems-level change rather than program-level change. Systems-level change is necessary to move the needle on reducing poverty, improving health, and improving access to education and employment success.

Speakers:

      • Susan Dreyfus, President & CEO, Alliance for Strong Families & Communities
      • Connie Garner, Public Policy Consultant, UCP National

4:30-5:30pm Break Out Session

  • The Strength of Volunteer Leadership
    Location: Maher

    One of the most important relationships within any organization is with its Board— and in this session, we will discuss strategies for how individuals can work more effectively together to achieve the best possible results. An engaged Board can help to grow, strengthen, and focus UCP affiliates as we move forward with our strategic planning processes and prepare for the future of UCP

    Speakers:

        • Gloria Johnson-Cusack, Board Chair, UCP National
        • Edward “Woody” Connette, Board of Trustees Member, UCP National
  • HIPAA-HITECH: Potential Obstacles on your Visionary Path
    Location: Adler

     

    This session will provide an overview and specific applicable details of the HIPAA rules that most organizations are not aware of, the recent Omnibus Act that requires audits and penalties for HIPAA breaches or for not having required policies and procedures. We will review case studies of recent audits and related penalties and how to avoid these. We will share the importance of understanding the related security requirements with examples of how these can be achieved and the use of electronic documentation as a method for audit proofing your organization.
    Sponsored by: Therap Services

    Speakers:

        • James McAllister, Director of Consulting and Compliance Services, IIT, Inc.
        • Barry Pollack, Regional Director, Therap Services
  • Tech Trends: Effects on Accessibility
    Location: Richardson

    Take a  look at the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) and how it can reinvent accessibility, simplify and enable new, more natural approaches to AT and inclusive design; providing the ability to easily identify what each person needs, store it in the cloud, and invoke it instantly on any device they encounter.

    Speaker:

        • Gregg Vanderheiden, Professor of Industrial Engineering; Director of Trace Center at UW-Madison
  • Healthcare Reformed: The Impact of Entitlement Changes to the World of Disability Service Delivery
    Location: Jenney

    With the anticipated Supreme Court ACA decision and entitlement reform discussions in the forefront of healthcare, this session will highlight (1) the impact of the Burwell decision on the sustainability of the ACA, (2) the interrelationship of Medicaid expansion with the Burwell case, (3) current proposals for SSI/SSDI reform, and (4) the triangular challenge that these three issues create on the delivery of meaningful services to people with disabilities.

    Speaker:

        • Connie Garner, Public Policy Consultant, UCP National
6:30-8:00pm: Networking Dinner Reception
Sponsored by: Career Builder
Location: Outdoor Terrace

8:30pm – 10:30pm: Margarita With a Straw Movie Screening – Q&A With Sathi Alur
Location: Sullivan Ballroom C

 

Friday, May 22:

7:30am-2:00pm: Registration
Location: Sullivan Ballroom Foyer

8:00am – 9:00 am: Continental Breakfast
Location: Sullivan Ballroom Foyer

8:45-10:15am: UCP Annual Membership Meeting
Location: Sullivan Ballroom B & C

10:30-11:30am: Break Out Sessions

  • Case for Inclusion
    Location: Maher

This session will give a preview of the 2015 Case for Inclusion rankings showing how well the states’ Medicaid programs perform in serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Highlights include positive and negative changes in the states as well as some new case studies of immerging trends.

Speaker:

      • Tarren Bragdon, CEO, Foundation for Government Accountability

This session will give a preview of the 2015 Case for Inclusion rankings showing how well the states’ Medicaid programs perform in serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Highlights include positive and negative changes in the states as well as some new case studies of immerging trends.

  • Implementing Innovation Lab
    Location: Richardson

Find out how you can bring an Innovation Lab event (formerly Design-athon) to your community, fostering innovation in technology for people with disabilities and their families. On the heels of a hugely successful Innovation Labs in Washington, D.C., UCP’s Life Labs will recap the past few days at the Chicago Innovation Lab and will roll out the new Innovation Lab Toolkit giving you the resources you need to bring an Innovation Lab home.

Speakers:

      • Marc Irlandez, Director of Technology & Life Labs, UCP National
      • Josef Scarantino, Manager of Strategic Partnerships & Life Labs, UCP National
  • Succession Planning and Leadership Development
    Location: Adler

Rethinking the work of boards and the importance of succession planning As the world evolves, so does the work of nonprofit boards. Some boards have a fiduciary focus, others are strategic and some work toward generative thinking. This session will look at reframing the work of nonprofit boards. This session will also look at succession planning, as well as how to manage difficult board members and the importance of board self-evaluation.

Speaker:

      • Cathy Ficker Terrill, CEO, The Council on Quality and Leadership

11:45am-1:30pm: Lunch and Closing Plenary: Our Stories, Our Movement
Location: Sullivan Ballroom B & C

Stories are an important part of any social cause. Telling stories – and telling them well – inspires advocacy, motivates support, drives partnerships and, most of all, communicates on a human level unlike any mission statement ever written.  The stories are right in front of us, being lived every day by the people connected to us, but it can be a challenge to parse out the ones that will truly resonate with our audience and encapsulate our mission. In this panel discussion, we’ll hear from experienced storytellers on what they’ve learned about how to be heard above the chatter.

Panelists:

      • Olga Bach, Advocate & President of People First, UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago
      • Abbey Curran, Miss Iowa USA 2008
      • Ellen Seidman, Blogger and Editor
      • Tim Wambach, Author and Performer, Handicap This Productions
      • Rob White, Board of Trustees Member, UCP National

Moderator: Gloria Johnson-Cusak, Board Chair, UCP National