Nov. 15 at Noon-Nov. 17 at noon

Tampa, Florida

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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 completed 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

Spark Sessions

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 Drive
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.

Meet Our Participating Business Partners

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a business partner.


FEI hotel key card & AV sponsorBrown & Brown Change Maker Sponsor
Mutual of America Networking Lunch SponsorDATIS HR Cloud Welcome Reception Sponsor
Nonprofit HR Designer SponsorNonprofit ARC Designer Sponsor

Ebsco Activator Business Partner


Day 1

Noon-1:30 p.m. Registration 
1-3 p.m.

Event Kickoff

  • Welcome
  • Orientation to summit format and human-centered design
  • Kick-off presentations and talk show chat with sector leaders
3-5:30 p.m.

Design Lab 1: Framing

  • Drafting positive goals
  • Mapping questions
6-7 p.m. Welcome Reception


Day 2

7:45-8:30 a.m.  Power Breakfast 
8:30-9:30 a.m.

Spark Presentations

  • Select from one of four sessions designed to spark ideas and fuel work in design labs
9:30-9:45 a.m. Break
9:45-10:45 a.m.

Spark Presentations

  • Select from one of four sessions designed to spark ideas and fuel work in design labs
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Design Lab 2: Synthesis

  • Finding themes
  • Crafting insights
12:30-1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:45-3:15 p.m.

Design Lab 2: Synthesis (Continued)

  • Converting challenges into possible design opportunities
3:15-3:45 p.m.


3:50-5:30 p.m.

Design Lab 3: Concepting

  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Storyboarding experiences
6 p.m. Dine Arounds


Day 3

7:45-8:30 a.m. Power Breakfast
8:30-10 a.m.

Design Lab 4: Prototyping and Pilot Planning

  • Making and testing prototypes
  • Refining solutions
  • Planning pilots
10-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.-Noon Pitch Session