A National Resource to Support Excellence in Community Action

2019 Summer Conference – Michigan Community Action

Michigan Community Action

2019 Summer Conference

July 23-25 in Boyne Falls, MI

Conference schedule

Conference web page

Featured Speakers

  • David Bradley, NCAF: Legislative Update
  • Dr Gail Christopher: Making Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work for Organizations
  • Patrick Henry, Motivational Speaker: Keeping Your Community Action Team in Tune!
  • Erin Frisch, Chief Deputy Director for Opportunity, MDHHS
  • Professor James X. Sullivan, Notre Dame, Lab of Economic Opportunity: The Evidence Revolution: Transforming the Fight Against Poverty in America
  • Kristin Seefeldt, University of Michigan Poverty Solutions
  • Clarence Carter (video message), Acting Director of the Office of Community Services
Special Events
Breakout Sessions

More than 70 sessions are being offered through ten tracks – see session descriptions for details

*MCA’s Leadership Development Institute (afternoon on Wednesday)

Best Practices/Model Programs

  • CAA General Showcase
  • Overview of Housing and Community Economic Development
  • CAA Showcase: Affordable Housing and Building Trades Employment
  • Executive Director Panel
  • #CountMeIn: Making the Census Count for Community Action

CAA Board Members

  • How to be an Effective Board Member
  • Volunteer Management
  • The Brain as the Bridge
  • Techniques and Tools for Effective CAA Board Leadership
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • The Federal CSBG Act: Past and Present
  • Everyone in Your Agency is an Ambassador!
  • Board Networking


  • Skill Building for ROMA Implementers
  • New Requirements for Community Level Work
  • Taking ROMA to the Next Level
  • Advanced ROMA for ROMA Trainers
  • Advanced Community Needs Assessments and Strategic Planning
  • What Every CAA Should Know about Logic Models and Action Plans and How They Fit into the Annual Report
  • CSBG Roundtable
  • ROMA Collaborative Meeting


  • Uniform Guidance Update
  • Cost Allocation/Indirect Costs
  • What’s Allowable
  • Agency-Wide Budgeting and Financial Dashboards
  • Total Rewards: Moving Beyond Base Compensation
  • Talent Management & Succession Planning
  • Performance Management: Coaching for Performance
  • Why People Leave: Addressing Engagement Challenges
  • Tuning In: How Creating an Employee Engagement Committee Can Increase Communication and Support Staff Retention Strategies
  • Working in Teams

Front Line Staff

  • Case Management for Everyone and Volunteers
  • How to Disarm Hardcore Customers
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Working in Teams

Housing and Community Development

  • Neighborhood Opportunities
  • McKinney-Vento Act: Homelessness Services for Children/Students
  • Overview of Housing and Community Economic Development
  • Microenterprise Lending
  • Operating a Social Enterprise
  • Tiny House (Ownership)
  • Blight and Restoration
  • Brownfield Redevelopment for Your Community Projects
  • HUD's Continuum of Care Program

Marketing/Communications/Fund Development

  • Photography for Nonprofits (2-part session)
  • Your Development Plan, Your Dream Catcher
  • Storytelling 101: Weaving words that wow audiences
  • Storytelling 102: Putting pen to paper- Let's write some stories!
  • Writing Great Fundraising Letters- Inside and Out!
  • Hosting Unforgettable Events: Getting people there and wanting to come back!
  • Creating a Marketing Plan for your Agency and Why it’s Important!
  • Taking Advocacy to the Next Level

Energy Assistance

  • MPSC Update
  • Making Utility Assistance Coherent: How to Use Human Centered Design to Improve Eligibility, Enrollment and Referrals
  • Assurance 16 Update

FACSPro Administrators and IT Staff

  • Kentucky State Association's Client Management System
  • Embracing Technology
  • Share Point Training
  • Ad Hoc Reporting and Pivot Tables
  • Displaying & Analyzing Your Data Using Dashboards
  • Cybersecurity and Security Awareness
  • BIASurvivor!
  • Ask an Admin FACSPro Q & A


  • Weatherization Assistance Program DOE State Plan PY19 Kick Off
  • Technical Issues for WAP Managers/New programmatic and technical monitoring tools
  • Field Guide (SWS) and Health and Safety Plan Clarifications and Updates
  • Relationship between EA, QCI and WAP Manager
  • Healthy Homes Section Programs and How They Pair with Weatherization
  • Dashboards, Wx Data from Jobs and MDB Files
  • DBA Presentation on WAPLink
  • Weatherization Assistance Program Manager Meeting Roundtable
  • Expanding into Multifamily Building Weatherization
  • Leveraging Weatherization and Energy Waste Reduction Funding, Panel Discussion


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