ARRM Leadership Conference

Thank you to the 250+ attendees that made the 2016 Leadership Conference a smashing success!

About the conference:

The ARRM Leadership Conference brings together the leaders of ARRM member organizations for a three-day working conference to address the key issues of the day for our industry. Attendees learn from state and national experts, hear updates on policy and regulations from ARRM staff as well as state and federal officials, and engage with peers to support the implementation of best practices across all our organizations.

About the 2016 Conference: Building a Stronger Person-Centered Workforce

The 2016 ARRM Leadership Conference focused on addressing the growing workforce problem for the disabilities service sector, working to develop short- and long-term solutions that ARRM will work with members and public policy officials to implement over the coming year. This included a close exploration of how creating a person-centered culture is not only beneficial for the people our members serve, but can have positive impacts on staff morale, retention and growth. In addition to learning many new strategies for implementing these solutions, conference attendees collaborated in generating dozens of suggestions for simple and straightforward strategies and tactics that have brought positive workforce outcomes to members who have established them.

ARRM members can access the materials presented and created at the conference in the conference download center.

We also celebrated the career of retired ARRM CEO Bruce Nelson. It was a wonderful sendoff for our leader of 21 years.

View the conference agenda here (members only).

2016 Keynote Speaker

Lynne Seagle, Executive Director

Lynne began her career at Hope House Foundation in 1978 as Director of Residential Services, and has been our Executive Director for more than three decades. Prior to joining Hope House, she was a special education teacher. And throughout college, she worked as Direct Support Staff for the Arc of Tidewater, which later merged its services with Hope House.
Under Lynne’s leadership, Hope House has become internationally known for its innovative, person-centered approach. One of her proudest accomplishments was guiding us through our transition from group homes to supporting people in their own apartments in the early Nineties.

In 1986, Lynne was honored as the Virginia Administrator of the Year by the Virginia Community Living Association (CLAMR), and also received an Innovation Award from the same organization. In 1990, she received the Leadership Award from the American Association on Intellectual Disabilities, and in 1998, she received the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation's International Future Leader Award. In 2011, she was appointed to the Arc of Virginia’s Board of Directors. She has also served on the President's Commission on Intellectual Disabilities and is on the Advisory Board of the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation.

Lynne is in great demand as a consultant and speaker on the topics of organizational and leadership development, strategic planning, and team-building, both nationally and internationally. She offers these services to local non-profits at no charge or a very reduced rate. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Educational Leadership, both from Old Dominion University.

Lynne is passionate about social justice and equality for all people, particularly those with intellectual or developmental disabilities. She also enjoys reading, travel, Mexican cuisine, and the beach

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