Innovation Design Summit: Building a 21st-Century Social Sector Workforce

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 - Fri, 17 Nov 2017
Eastern Time (ET)

Design solutions to solve difficult problems and seize new opportunities at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Innovation Design Summits. Each summit will be focused on a different mission-critical issue to the Alliance network, and all will call on participants to roll up their sleeves.

These are not conferences. Innovation Design Summit participants will collaborate to design ideas and solutions that can be adopted and accelerated by the Alliance network. Presenters and collaborators from the Alliance network, and public and corporate sectors will provide stimulus to inspire and guide work being done onsite.

Building a 21st-Century Social Sector Workforce

This time of rapid change is replete with challenges facing nonprofit human services organizations and their ability to hire and retain skilled and knowledgeable staff. As organizational budgets shrink, innovative approaches for investing in the social sector workforce is critical. Consider just a few of the trends:

  • Long tenured leaders are retiring at a rapid pace
  • Millennials are reshaping the workforce
  • Decreased unemployment and growing competition for talent is putting pressure on nonprofits to attract and retain high performers
  • Lack of diversity in the workforce, particularly in leadership representing communities being served

At this Innovation Design Summit, leaders from the Alliance network and public and corporate sectors will learn, problem solve, and develop action plans around these challenges, and ensure a systemic approach in talent development efforts that simultaneously facilitates growth and change within individual staff, their managers, and their organizations.

Summit Goals

  • Innovative approaches to recruiting, engaging, and retaining human services staff
  • Increasing the quality and diversity of staff
  • Leading multi-generational workforces effectively
  • Addressing the leadership deficit
  • Recruiting talent from within community

Who Should Attend

Come as a team! The challenges that will be addressed require a full array of skills and expertise. Participate as a team so that you will be prepared to take action right after the summit. This conference will be of interest to:

  • Nonprofit human services organizations interested in considering talent development from a strategic vantage point:
    • CEOs
    • COOs
    • CFOs
    • Human resources leaders
    • Staff with responsibility for diversity efforts and initiatives
  • Workforce leaders interested in or invested in partnering with human services organizations
  • Public sector leaders
  • Foundation leaders

Location & Lodging

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
200 N. Ashley Dr. 
Tampa, FL 33602

Hotel Reservations
The Alliance has arranged a special room rate of $149 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes. Reserve your room online or call the hotel at 800-325-3535 by Oct. 17 and mention group name Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to receive the discounted rate.

This rate is available for stays up to three days prior to and after the conference, but it is subject to availability at the time of booking.

Ground Transportation
Super Shuttle offers shared van ride service for approximately $12 one way. Uber and Lyft are also available.

What to Wear
November temperatures in Tampa range from an average high of 78 degrees to an average low of 60 degrees. Dress for the event is business casual. The Alliance recommends attendees wear layers because meeting room temperatures may vary.

Direct questions to the Alliance Meetings Department.


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