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MACA 2015 Annual Conference and Award Presentations

Missouri Association for Community Action

Community Action:
Education, Motivation, Inspiration

Excelsior Springs, MO
May 5–7, 2015

Workshop Schedule

The overall goal of the 2015 MACA Annual Conference is to educate, motivate, and inspire attendees by the great things that are happening in Community Action.  The conference is an opportunity to network with community partners and community action staff.   This year will feature keynote Dr. Gloria Wilder, who is a nationally recognized speaker and expert on poverty and economic segregation in healthcare.  Her personal mission is to end the injustice of generational poverty.

Keynote Speakers and Special Events

Keynote speakers will be:
  • Ending the Injustice of Generational Poverty, Ending the Injustice of Generational Poverty – Dr. Gloria Wilder, Social Justice Advocate & MD
  • Imagination is More Important than Knowledge when Trends are Hard and the Sky is Blue – Michael Gaffley, Professor, Author & CEO
  • Legislative Updates –  David Bradley, NCAF
Special events include:


This year's conference will feature the following workshop tracks – see full conference workshop schedule

Tuesday afternoon, May 5th
  • Using the 5 Keys of Social Justice in your Community - Dr. Gloria Wilder
  • Using Your Inner Strength: Utilizing Personality Types - Michael Gaffley
  • Key OMB Uniform Guidance Changes - Eleanor Evans, CAPLAW
  • Weatherization Plus Health - Jenae Bjelland, NASCSP
  • Statewide Transition & Implementation of a New Business Model - Minnesota Community Action Partnership
Wednesday morning, May 6th
  • AESenginuity v 5.5 - Jayna Gray, MACA & Kurt Brewer, Adsystech
  • Customer Service - Andy Huckaba, Kansas University
  • Communication Matters - Jenae Bjelland, NASCSP
  • Mission Driven Marketing - Cynthia Anne Laufer, University of Missouri Kansas City
  • Program Evaluation: Quick & Easy - Brent Never, University of Missouri, Kansas City
Wednesday afternoon, May6th
  • Talent Management & Succession Planning - Shelly Schwane, Wipfli
  • Engaging Employees - Andy Huckaba, Kansas University
  • Supervision that I.N.S.P.I.R.E.s - Michael Gaffley
  • Community is Your Customer - Seth Finestack, Wipfli
  • Community Commons: New Tools for Community Needs Assessments - Missouri University CARES & Jayna Gray, MACA

Award Presentations

Two awards will be presented during the conference:
  • Charles Braithwait Leadership Award to recognize someone in the Missouri Community Action Network who exemplifies the spirit of energy and dedication demonstrated by Charles Braithwait who began his career in Community Action at West Central Missouri CAA in 1965.  He was one of the founders of the National Community Action Foundation and was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the Commission for Economic Development.  In 1973, President Richard Nixon ordered the dismantlement of Community Action across the country.  Charles Braitwait, on behalf of West Central Missouri CAA, filed a lawsuit to prevent this action and won!
  • Outstanding Community Service Award to recognize a business, organization, community volunteer, board member, political figure or any other community partner that has made a considerable difference in their community.


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