A National Resource to Support Excellence in Community Action

2017 SEACAA Annual Conference

Southeastern Association of Community Action Agencies

October 31 – November 3 in Biloxi, MS

Conference Program

Agenda At-A-Glance

Conference web page

Pre-Conference Events (Oct. 31)

Regional Board Summit

Jimmy Samuel Day of Service/Jackson County Civic Action Committee's Taconi Head Start Program and the Ocean Springs Senior Center

New Executive Administrator Orientation

Opening Session (Nov. 1)

Keynote Speaker – Dr. William Pickard, Co-Managing Partner, MGM Grand Detroit Casino, CEO, Bearwood Management Company, Chairman, Global Automotive Alliance, Author, Millionaire Moves

The Indispensable Assistant Training (separate registration)

Innovation: It is Time to Change the Way We Think About Innovation in Community Action! (Plenary)

Plenary Session (Nov. 2)

On the Legislative Front – David Bradley, Co-Founder & CEO, National Community Action Foundation

Closing Session (Nov. 3)

Keynote Speaker – Paul Schmitz, CEO, Leading Inside Out, Senior Advisor, The Collective Impact Forum, Innovation Fellow, Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Innovation and Impact

Workshop Sessions

Eighteen workshops are being offered - see conference program for information on each session

Wednesday, November 1

  • Want a Good Plan? Get Strategic.
  • Agency Best Practices at Work
  • Organizational Standards for Boards
  • Agency Financial Operations & Oversight
  • RPIC for Boards
  • Bridges out of Poverty: Building Blocks to Sustainable Communities

Thursday November 2

  • Track A: Building Resilience in Communities (Trauma Smart)
  • Track B: Annual Auditing: From A-Z
  • Track A: Everybody Has to Blame Somebody (and Non-Profits are not Bullet-Proof)
  • Track B: Non-Mission Driven Innovation: Just Make Some Dang MONEY!
  • Track A: Community Engagement Matters
  • Track B: Disability and Mental Health Program Design and Management Systems
  • Spotlight on Mississippi: Best Practices for Implementing Youth Programs
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Fundraising
  • The Self-Sufficiency Standard: An Introduction
  • Integrating Services – Working in Harmony
  • Best Practices for Family Engagement Head Start Staff
  • Weatherization Updates Continued

SEACAA Awards (Nov. 2)

What a Difference a Measure Makes (keynote speaker) – Dr. Diana Pearce, PhD, Director, Center for Women’s Welfare, University of Washington

Learn more about SEACAA’s Awards including selection criteria and the nomination process.

Lonnie D. Burton Achievement Award to an individual who, through the assistance of a Community Action Program, has achieved a significant level of self-sufficiency and independence while recognition is given to the local Community Action Agency’s role in helping the nominee(s) to help themselves.  This award focuses on the personal progress and achievements of the individuals who are nominated.  CAA employees are not eligible for this award unless they are former recipients of CAA services.

William “Sonny” Walker Self-Sufficiency Award to a member organization of SEACAA or one whose interests SEACAA represents, not to an individual, although individual leadership will spur the award winning achievement(s).

Carl D. Perkins Human Service Award to be presented to an individual who consistently advocated and/or contributed to the growth, development and survival of Community Action Programs throughout Region IV (Southeast).


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