Special Session Presentations

Networking Luncheon:
How To Be Successful Despite Government Regulations and Oversight

Tuesday, July 18, 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Additional fee required
Gerald Nebeker, Ph.D.
Dr. Gerald Nebeker will lead a discussion of proven methods to implement creative solutions in the shadow of government regulations that hinder them. This is a working lunch where participants will share their own experiences on how they have personally implemented a program/approach where there were no governing regulations; what they have done that involved a “creative” interpretation of regulations; how they have worked around a ridged bureaucrat; and how they have worked around a limiting regulation. Participants should plan for a challenging, lively, fun, and funny discussion ending with rich information for them to try at home.
Dr. Gerald Nebeker is an expert in nonprofit governance, and is an advocate, researcher, and national presenter on issues related to supporting people with developmental disabilities. He is the founder and president of RISE, Inc., a 30-year-old nonprofit organization that supports people with disabilities, including foster care, in Arizona, Oregon, and Utah. He is also the founder of Acumen, Inc., a fiscal employer agent organization with contracts in 16 states, supporting thousands of people in self-directed care initiatives. He has been successful in forming several public/private alliances, and starting many unique and creative initiatives within restrictive state and Medicaid funding structures.
 Sponsored by Casey Family Programs

Open Invitation:
C35 Calling all Changemakers – Reimagining & Redesigning Child Welfare

Tuesday, July 19, 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Amelia Franck Meyer, MS, MSW, Katie Miller, MSW, Debi Grebenik, MSW, Ph.D. and Margo Kemp-Johnson, MA, Alia Innovations 
We are calling all interested changemakers who believe “there’s got to be a better way” than what we’re doing in child welfare. Maybe you’ve figured some things out, but you think others have pieces of the puzzle, too, and you want to join us to get better traction by rowing the same direction? Maybe you are tired of fighting or trying to fix a “broken system”, and instead you want to create a new way that obsoletes the old way. Whatever your frame or motivation, we are gathering a tribe of interested changemakers to discuss ways to work together to create a movement for change!