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Executive Leadership 2021 Agenda

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. – Welcome and Agenda Review

Michael Glanz, Executive Forum Chair and CEO of The Arc of the Quad Cities and Meg Cooch, Executive Director, The Arc of Illinois

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – “Nonprofits and the Pursuit of Quality during Covid-19 and Beyond”

Presented by Mary Kay Rizzolo, CEO of the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL)

Mary Kay Rizzolo will highlight recent research, trends and opportunities to pursue and evaluate quality services and supports during this challenging time, while preparing for a post-COVID future.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. – “Change, Challenge and Opportunity”

Presented by Al Condeluci

Al Condeluci will share with us new ways to consider the elements of change, why resistance occurs and how we can get in front of the change process.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Break

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. – “DHS Strategic Direction”

Presented by Secretary Grace Hou

Department of Human Services Secretary Hou will discuss the hard work of the Illinois Department of Human Services during the time of pandemic and her vision for working with community organizations and funding for critical services.

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – “2021 Outlook for Division of Developmental Disabilities”

Presented by Allison Stark, Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities

DHS Director Stark will talk about  the key priorities of the Division as well as hot topics regarding the rates oversight committee, State Employment Leadership Network and more.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Break

2:45 – 3:30 p.m. – “Wellbeing – What Makes Worthwhile and How We Can Support Each Other”

Presented by Peter Leidy

This interactive, thought-provoking, and fun workshop is an opportunity to learn, think, and work     together around ways to enhance the wellbeing of ourselves and people we care about. We will look at how 5 elements of wellbeing (career, social, physical, financial, and community) interact with each other and contribute to our overall wellbeing.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. – Good Morning!

Michael Glanz, Executive Forum Chair and CEO of The Arc of the Quad Cities

Lessons Learned and Objectives of the Day

9:30 -10:30 a.m. – “2021 Federal Legislative and Administrative Update”

Presented by Nicole Jorwic

Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy for the Arc of the United States will share the latest from DC including key legislation, expectations with a new administration and Congress, and implementation of rules and regulations.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. –  Break

10:45 – 11:45a.m. -“A Conversation on Engaging the Whole Person in Planning a Life Like Any Other”

With Art Dykstra and Thane Dykstra, CEO of Trinity Services

Art Dykstra and Thane Dykstra, CEO of Trinity Services will join us to discuss their latest book and offer    insights for how to ensure that person centered planning allows people to lead in their own lives.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –  Break

12:00 – 12:45p.m. –“Healthcare and Family Services”

Presented by Theresa Eagleson, Director, Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Director Eagleson will share her vision for HFS and HFS priorities around Medicaid including waiver services.

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. –  Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. –“Employment and a Meaningful Day Beyond Covid”

Presented by Rie Kennedy-Lizotte and Barbara Brent, NASDDDS

Rie Kennedy-Lizotte and Barbara Brent from the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) will provide insights into employment and day activities post covid, using data and innovations from other states as well as challenge us to leverage different resources to expand employment and meaningful day opportunities.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. –  Break

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. –  “View from Springfield”

Join a panel of elected leaders in the Illinois House and Senate as well as The Arc’s lobbyist, Phil Milsk, to discuss the spring legislative session and possible opportunities and challenges with advocating for increases to community living.

3:15 p.m. –  Wrap Up and Next Steps

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