ARRM Leadership Conference

2017 Conference: Celebrating Our Past, Owning Our Future

Conference Agenda

During this period of change and uncertainty in the field of disability services, the 2017 Leadership Conference Agenda is designed to draw on the lessons and successes from the past 50 years to build a sustainable future. Attendees will have numerous opportunities to engage with presenters and share with ARRM how the association can provide the best support and representation for the coming year and beyond.

The full agenda will be published here soon. General times and session highlights are featured below.

Wednesday, September 27: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

*Pre-conference training: Critical Issues: DWRS, the Attestation Process, and other critical issues*
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

For the first time, head to the conference before the conference. ARRM Vice President of External Affairs Barb Turner shares the latest information on three critical regulatory areas for members. The event is available for no additional charge for those who wish to attend, just select it as an option when you register for the conference.

Registration opens, lunch served
11:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Where We Have Been
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

After a 35+ year career in Minnesota’s disability service sector, one could say Sandy Henry has seen it all. She’ll share the history of the industry and how many times its felt like we’ve been looking over the cliff, and how each time leaders emerged to usher in a new era of progress.

Federal and State Policy Issues Reviewed
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Visiting from Washington, DC, ANCOR COO Gabrielle Sedor will delve into the federal relations work that ANCOR does in the heart of the nation’s capital and share insider knowledge about what policies are making their way from the Beltway to your organization Claire Wilson, Assistant Commissioner of Community Supports for the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), will present on current activities at DHS and the department's vision for the future.

Thursday, September 28: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Think Like a Futurist, Own Your Opportunity
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Predicting the future doesn’t come from the wispy depths of a crystal ball but learning to read the key signals from the forces that drive politics, economies and human nature. Best-selling author Cecily Sommers knows how to break down these signals and help chart paths to the future for organizations from Fortune 500 companies to small non-profits. In her presentation, Sommers shows attendees how the issues we face stem from just four forces, how they come together to drive change, and important opportunities that creates.

What Are People Looking For
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

As much as policy and regulations shape the industry, everything comes back to working to ensure our services can meet the needs and desires of people. By centering our focus on that ultimate mission and partnering with advocates to target areas we can change to have the most impact, we will be successful.

ARRM welcomes a familiar face in a new role, Alicia Munson, Senior Policy Director at The Arc Minnesota, to share the latest perspectives on what people want, along with Katie McDermott, Advocate Associate at The Arc Greater Twin Cities.

Friday, September 29: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Building ARRM: Lessons From The Conference
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Thursday’s work will create a wealth of information to guide ARRM, including the information and insights from presenters, and the feedback from attendees on the future they want to see. ARRM staff and board members will present a report from Thursday and facilitate a working session to create member-led strategic guidance for ARRM.