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2021 Annual May Celebration Conference (virtual) – CAAA

Community Action Association of Alabama

Through the Lens of Community Action

May 18-20

Conference booklet

Conference web page

Plenary Sessions

Opening General Session (May 18)

  • National Legislative Update – David Bradley, National Community Action Foundation
  • National Partner Updates – Denise Harlow, National Community Action Partnership & Veronica Zhang, Esq., CAPLAW
  • Keynote Speaker – Jan McInnis, Comedienne @The Work Lady: Finding the Funny in Change

Town Hall Meetings (May 19 & May 20)

  • Employment Law and COVID-19 (May 19)
  • Energy, CSBG and Weatherization (May 19)
  • Social Determinants of Health: A Discussion on Racial Disparities (May 20)

Closing Program (May 20)

  • Keynote Speaker – Adam White, Human Potential Expert, Leadership Speaker, Author: The Power of Resiliency
  • Retirement Tribute and Closing Remarks

Workshops will be presented in five time periods – see Conference Program Booklet for a descriptions (pp. 8-16) and presenter bios (pp. 17-23) for each workshop.

Tuesday, May 18

  • Marketing and Branding Strategies in Community Action
  • Empowering People to Do their Best in Challenging Times
  • COVID-Specific Finance and Funding Issues
  • Raising and Preserving the Low-Income Voice of the Tripartite Board
  • Communication Across Culture and Community: Leading. Learning. Listening
  • Do You Know What You Need to Know? About Head Start, Shared Governance Requirements and What’s New?
  • New Workplace Regulations Expected Under the Biden Administration

 Wednesday, May 19

  • Strategic Planning in a Pandemic
  • Re-Think Engagement: Strengthening Your Connections, Collaborations, Partnerships
  • CSBG and Head Start: A Collaborative Guide that Promotes Self-Sufficiency
  • Self-Care: Beating the Odds, Mentally, Physically and Professionally
  • Delivering Difficult Feedback in a Shark-like Workplace
  • Personal Branding – Eight Ways to Enhance Your Personal Brand
  • Stress & Mental Health (True causes of Insomnia, Moodiness and Brain Fog)

Thursday, May 20

  • Practicing Empathy & Respect in the Workplace
  • Engaging Your Board During a Pandemic
  • Rapid ROMA!!
  • Trauma Informed Care in the Midst of a Pandemic


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