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2018 Training Conference – Iowa Community Action Association

Iowa Community Action Association

July 17-19 in West Des Moines, IA

Conference Web Page

Conference Information

Conference Schedule
Conference At-A-Glance including pre-conference meetings, Detailed Schedule with information on keynote speakers and workshop session descriptions, and Conference Sponsors

Mobile App Instructions and Conference App Video Tutorials: Instructions for the ICAA Conference App (1:22) and App Features (2:32)

Content for Specific Audiences
Highlights conference content for specific audiences: CAA Board Members, DCAA Commissioners, Executive Directors, FaDSS Staff, Frontline Staff, Head Start Staff, HR Staff, Non-Profit Partners, Supervisors, WAP Staff

Keynote Speakers

Fighting Poverty in the “New Normal
Dr. Lenette Azzi-Lessing, Clinical Professor of Social Work, Boston University

National Updates
Allison Ma'luf, Deputy Director and Senior Counsel, CAPLAW
Denise Harlow, Chief Executive Officer, Community Action Partnership

When the White House Calls
Jeannie Chaffin, Consultant

Special Conference Activities

Silent Auction

Book signing with Dr. Lenette Azzi-Lessing
Behind from the Start: How America's War on the Poor is Harming Our Most Vulnerable Children
National Center for Children in Poverty Online Book Discussion

CAPpy Hour and Networking Lunch and United for Success Networking Event including drawings for prizes

Awards Ceremony: Recognition of Network Leaders (CCAP, ELITE & ROMA Professionals) – Years of Service Honors – State Partnership Award – Friend of Community Action Award – Robert F. Tyson Memorial Award


There will be six workshop sessions - see conference schedule for details on each session.

  • SunShare: A Model for Equitable Solar Energy Development
  • Meeting in the Middle - Adapting Your Style to Accommodate Others
  • Key Elements of Promising Programs to Break the Cycle
  • New(ish) to Community Action
  • Conversations No One Likes to Have: Addressing Mental Health Accommodations in the Workplace
  • Raising the Low-Income Voice: Democratic Selection and Procedures
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go? Personal Safety for Home Visitors
  • Political Process 101
  • A Focus on CAA Fundraising Efforts and the Legal Landscape
  • Me Too to Oh No: Responding to Complaints and Concerns in the Workplace
  • Visual Identity and Other CRAP: Setting Your Organization Apart from the Crowd
  • Radon and Weatherization
  • How to Update Your Fundraising Methods: Ideas, Trends and Methods to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Fundraising Budget
  • Working with Interpreters
  • A Triple Win: Empowering Customers, Expanding CAA Capacity, Building Community, Part 1
  • ASHRAE 62.2 Compliance - Solutions
  • A Triple Win: Empowering Customers, Expanding CAA Capacity, Building Community, Part 2
  • Finance for Non-Finance Community Action Employees
  • Opioids 101 and Other Drugs: Recognizing and Responding for the Best Outcomes
  • The Latest in Combustion Safety
  • Volunteer Engagement - Room: Woodbury
  • Introduction to Conscious Discipline
  • Strategies for Influencing Change
  • Community Level Work: United for Success

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