The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities invites you to share your knowledge, promising practices, and solutions that respond to the pressing challenges impacting the health of human services nonprofits by presenting at the 2019 Senior Leadership Conference, to be held Feb. 16-19, 2019 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

This conference provides an opportunity for emerging and seasoned human services leaders to come together and engage in discussions that focus on optimizing the internal infrastructure, policies, and practices and maximizing resources of human service organizations to help them better meet their missions and influence systems change. At the Senior Leadership Conference, attendees can expect to learn, build skills, network with colleagues, and develop meaningful relationships.

Presenters will choose from several engaging presentation formats and five requested topic areas pertinent to organizational excellence. Share your knowledge, strategies, and stories that will enable participants to better address the challenges they face. All presentations should help to develop human services leaders so that they realize their impact and relevance in co-creating with communities and working with fellow leaders within their organizations, and across organizations and sectors to achieve their missions. The Alliance advanced content for audiences with prior experience in the subject area who are looking to advance their skill and mastery. Content should include tactical strategies and concepts participants can apply in their work.

Submit proposals through the online form by July 26.

Contact the Alliance Conferences and Meetings Department with questions or for more information.  

Proposal Selection Process and Deadlines  

All workshop proposals must be submitted online by July 26.

All information must be included for proposal consideration:

  • Contact Information: Include full contact information including name, title, organization, address, phone, and email address for the lead presenter (or main contact person) and any co-presenters. If presenters or their organizations use Twitter, list their usernames for increased connection with participants and conference promotions.
  • Biography: Include a current biography for each presenter that is no longer than 200 words.   
  • Requested Topic: Select the requested topic that best matches your proposal.  
  • Presentation Title: Include a brief, descriptive title for your presentation.  
  • Presentation Format: If you are proposing a “Design Your Own” format, describe the format/delivery methods you will use to engage the audience. Preference will be given to formats focusing on participant engagement.  
  • Description: Describe your presentation in 350 words or less. Include an explanation of how your topic is practical and relevant for the attendees of this conference.
  • Learning Objectives: List two to three learning objectives describing what attendees will learn from your presentation.
  • Workshop Timeframe: Indicate if you’d prefer 30, 60, or 90 minutes.     
  • Prior Presentations: If this workshop has been presented before, list the conference(s) and date(s).

Workshop selections will be made by the Senior Leadership Conference Council, which is comprised of executives and directors from the Alliance network. Submitting a proposal does not guarantee acceptance. Individuals will be notified by Sept. 21 if their presentations have been selected for inclusion in the conference.  

The Alliance will not permit any presenter to use his or her presentation to make a sales pitch for any specific firm, publication, or service. Presenters are not paid for their participation.  

Requested Topics       

Learning from the successes of others is valuable, but presenters who will use an example from their organizations as the center points of their presentations must be able to pull out the takeaways that transcend local climate, contracts, and norms so that all can benefit from the experience.  

Together with the Alliance Senior Leadership Conference Planning Council, the Alliance has identified the following topics for which we seek proposals for conference presentations.  

  • Advancing Equity: How organizations can create a more just, fair, and inclusive organizational culture and society through policies, organizational leadership, and programs and services.  
  • Leadership Practices: How organizations can develop and enable leaders to be visionary, navigate ambiguity, and address adaptive challenges in a time of constant, dynamic change in the human services sector. 
  • Financial Health and Sustainability Strategies: How organizations can advance practices and policies that ensure a well-resourced and financially stable nonprofit sector that is resilient and able to manage risk effectively, achieve measurable outcomes, and positions itself for innovation and growth.
  • Nonprofit Workforce Development Strategies: How organizations can develop a diverse and robust talent pipeline and advance organizational capacity through effective employee engagement and retention strategies, the application of emerging human resources technologies, and cross-departmental collaboration to safeguard a strong and engaged workforce.
  • Strategy and Innovation Approaches: How organizations can create an innovative culture through processes and practices, including generative thinking, technological advances, and cross-sector partnerships that lead to generating new solutions that help organizations more effectively meet their missions.  

Requested Formats

The 2019 Senior Leadership Conference’s breakout sessions will feature several formats to enhance the learning, sharing, and networking experience. Brief orientations will be held in the fall to prepare presenters to deliver compelling presentations in their specific formats. Workshop timeframes can range from the bite-size 30-minute session, to a 60-minute session, or a more in-depth 90-minute workshop. All presentations must align with one of the requested topics.    

All presenters should allow ample time for group interaction and Q&A. Past evaluations have made it clear that conference participants prefer hands-on workshops with clear takeaways, rather than the lecture format. Panel discussions are limited to three presenters.  

  • Pop-Up Presentations: These 15-minute standing sessions will take place during the conference breaks and will be limited to a microphone with no audio-visual equipment. Speakers should be experienced and succinct in their presentation of a focused topic or idea.
  • Candid Campfire Conversations: These sessions have no audio-visual equipment and participants seated in a circle of chairs. The presenter poses an idea, opportunity, or challenge, and after the 30-minute introduction, the focus shifts from the presenter to the audience. For the remainder of the 60- or 90-minute session, the presenter will become the facilitator and invite responses to comments and questions from those around the room, letting the audience dictate the ultimate direction of the conversation. 
  • Talk Show Panel: These 60- or 90-minute sessions, consisting of up to three panelists and a moderator, are a great way to showcase multiple expert opinions on a topic in a short amount of time. Feature different perspectives, offer alternative solutions to problems, and start new conversations with this engaging format.
  • SLC Snapshots: Multiple presenters will deliver TED Talk-style presentations for five minutes each. After all presenters have spoken, they will lead small-group discussions with participants on their topics.
  • Design It Yourself: Suggest a workshop format of your choosing. Consider a traditional presentation, world café, or other style. The format will be left up to you—just remember, adults have a hard time learning from 90-minute lectures. Keep your session as participatory and engaging as possible.