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2021 Virtual Summer Conference – MCA

Michigan Community Action

2021 Virtual Summer Conference

Innovation. Inclusion. Resilience.

August 10-12

Conference schedule

Conference web page


The agenda for this year's Virtual Summer Conference is underway and will feature 21 live sessions spread out over three days, giving conference attendees access to over 20 hours of professional development and personal growth content.

Conference Agenda

Full conference schedule with presenters and a description of each session

Opening Speakers for Each Day

What the Eyes Don't See: Stories from the Frontlines of the Flint Water Crisis, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis Resistance, and Hope in an American City.

Michigan’s New Normal: Communities Free from Poverty, Dr. Donna M. Beegle, Communication Acros Barriers – To deepen their learning, participants are encouraged to read See Poverty...Be the Difference.

Building Community/Academic Partnerships to Change Public Policy, Patrick Cooney, MPP, assistant director of economic mobility at Poverty Solutions, overseeing the Partnership on Economic Mobility between the University of Michigan and the City of Detroit.

Tuesday, August 10

  • Building Immigrant Inclusion to Local Anti-Poverty and Economic Opportunity Work
  • Living and Leading Boldly in Your 100-Year Life
  • Cybersecurity Playbook in Action
  • Creating Fair Districts
  • Economic Mobility through SNAP E&T Community Partnerships – How Community Colleges and Community Action Agencies can partner up
  • Moving from Fundraising to Philanthropy

Wednesday, August 11

  • Tools and Techniques for Effective CAA Board Leadership
  • Communicating and Relating More Effectively Across Poverty Barriers: Part 1
  • Employee Communications 101: Creating a Positive Workplace Culture
  • Maximizing Success: CAA Personnel Policies and Practices Post-Pandemic
  • Communicating and Relating More Effectively Across Poverty Barriers: Part 2
  • ROMA Principles of Data Analysis for Boards

Thursday, August 12

  • Leveraging Data Locally: Utilizing data and data visualizations to empower community action work
  • Quality Improvement 101
  • Change, Crisis Management, and Tending to Self
  • How to Raise Hell and Raise Money, Too
  • Quality Improvement 201
  • Hiring Revolution


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