Innovation, 2024 annual conference

May 20, 21 & 22
Harrisburg Hilton

 
Education Sessions & Speakers
 

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Innovation will offer multiple educational and information sessions, including:

  • 12 breakout sessions that provide a deeper look into innovative ideas
  • 5 general sessions featuring spotlights on special partnerships and innovative approaches
  • 1 keynote speaker that will make you think and laugh

 


Working conference agenda

Monday, May 20: 
6:30 to 8:30 pm - Welcome Reception 


Tuesday, May 21: 
7:30 am - Breakfast, opening keynote session
9:45 am - Breakout sessions
11:30 am - General session
12:00 pm - Lunch
1:00 pm - Breakout sessions
2:45 pm - general session
5:30 - 9:30 pm - Achievement Awards and Banquet

 

Wednesday, May 22
7:30 am - breakfast and general session
9:45 am - UniqueSource Membership & business meeting
10:45 am - Breakout sessions
12:30 pm - Lunch and general session
1:30 pm - UniqueSource Board of Directors meeting

 


Keynote SessionColin McLetchie
Tuesday, May 21

 

From Imagination to Innovation: IMPROVing Your Leadership - Collin McLetchie

 

As leaders, our presence in any given conversation and our ability to use conversations more creatively is a determining factor between success and failure. Colin will shepherd us through a series of exercises and explore how we can use the language of leadership more effectively to move from imagining to innovating and beyond.

 

Colin McLetchie deeply believes in lives worth living, leaders worth following and organizations worth being a part of, all of which cultivate
communities and a world worth living in. He brings his unique blend of compassionate challenge and his deep insight and presence to all of his clients.
He is known for being wickedly intuitive, insightful, direct when appropriate, and supportive always. Many clients have referred to him as a “not kidding
around coach,” and leaders have often chosen him to partner with because they knew they would be challenged and supported in service of their goals and mission.

 

“My job as a coach and facilitator is to help leaders and people see, feel, think and believe differently, so they show up differently in service of the mission
and the impact they want to have on the world. It’s an honor to get to be a partner on the journey of development.”

 

He has a 20+ year career in human resource leadership working with organizations such as the World Bank Group, SourceAmerica, Goodwill Industires International, Kaiser Permanente, Aetna, and more. Colin now runs Five Ways Forward a coaching, consulting, and wellness company focused on helping individuals, managers, executives, teams, and organizations move forward to achieve their success - at work and in life.


 

Breakout Sessions

 

Breakout education sessions will take place on May 21 and 22 and be offered in four focused education tracks:

  • Operations - Sessions A
  • Human Resources - Sessions B
  • Photo ID - Session C
  • Sales & Innovation -  Sessions D

 

Tuesday, May 21
Breakout Session 1
9:45 am - 11:15 am

 

Breakout 1A: Non-Profits, Cyber Resiliency, and the Landscape of Cyber Threat
Michael McAllister, RKL

Non-profit organizations, despite their charitable nature and valuable contributions to society, are not exempt from the risks posed by cyber threats. In fact, they often manage vast amounts of sensitive data, including financial information, personal details of donors, and other proprietary information, which can make them attractive targets for cybercriminals.  We will discuss practical strategies non-profits can implement to bolster their cyber resiliency and protect themselves from the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats.

 

Breakout 1B: Tangible Hiring Solutions Panel
Travis Pearson, The DPI Group; Kristy Richardson & James Marker, Commonwealth Technical Institute at the Hiram G. Andrew’s Commonwealth Technical Institute; Pat Kane, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Still struggling with staffing? Come join us for a panel presentation on creative hiring solutions. This panel is designed to get you thinking outside the box with solutions ranging from second chance hiring of persons previously incarcerated to new talent pools of specialized trained graduates to on-the-job training programs, apprenticeships, and possible workplace accommodations in an effort to keep current staff. The panel will cover multiple solutions that can be utilized in your organization to find new talent.

 

Breakout 1C: PID Annual Training
Annette Bezri, Susan Drummer, & Trevor Trittenbach, UniqueSource

The breakout is designed specifically for those working with the photo ID program and is part of the annual required training. It will cover topics such as wrong records, motor voter procedures, and downtime practices and will include a round table discussion. This session will be offered on two different days and times to allow participants to attend other breakout sessions. Attendance is only required at one of the sessions.

 

Breakout 1D: The New Opportunity and Award Process
UniqueSource Sales Team

UniqueSource regularly issues “new opportunity” notices for prospective business. If you are new to the process, or just not clear on how this works, join this session with the UniqueSource sales team as they explain the procedures behind the process. The team will work through the details, from identifying the opportunity to reviewing, advertising, and selecting the appropriate member for each.

 

Tuesday, May 21
Breakout Session 2
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

 

Breakout 2A: AI & Big Data: Managing the Flood of information
Yoel Alveraz, Appalachia Technologies, LLC

In today's digital age, the proliferation of fake information poses a significant challenge to businesses, governments, and society at large. The sheer volume of data generated online makes it increasingly difficult to distinguish between authentic content and misinformation. Advancements in artificial intelligence plays a key role in this challenge, making it easy to generate more content while at the same time helping us manage it. Join us as we explore the intersection of AI, big data, and misinformation, and discover how these innovative solutions are reshaping the landscape of information management in the digital era.

 

Breakout 2B: The Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program (PA ABLE)
Diana Fishlock, Pennsylvania Treasury

Do you have employees worried about saving for their future?  Are they receiving benefits and think they cannot have money in their savings?  If so, come learn how the PA ABLE program allows people with disabilities and their families to take greater control of their finances and plan for a more financially secure future while maintaining important disability benefits.  You can also learn how family and friends can contribute to these accounts and how the PA ABLE Outreach Team is available to provide support to organizations interested in offering payroll contributions or workplace activities.

 

Breakout 2C: OVR Supports for Photo ID
Patrick Kane, Office Vocational Rehabilitation
The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain or maintain employment. This breakout is designed exclusively for agencies who staff Photo and Real ID sites throughout the Commonwealth and will provide an overview of OVR and how to access support for individuals employed in the Photo ID program.

 

Breakout 2D: Modern Mission-Focused Recruiting Strategies
Myles Wallace, Peak Performers

Recruiting is hard, especially if you don’t do it all the time. What is an applicant tracking system? How do you use artificial intelligence to expedite hiring? In this discussion, join Myles Wallace from Peak Performers, a nationwide nonprofit staffing agency, as we explore how nonprofits can successfully recruit talent with disabilities by leveraging the latest technology and modern recruitment strategies.

 

Wednesday, May 22
Breakout Session 3
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

 

Breakout 3A: The Economic Forecast
Mark Hoffman, Fulton Financial Advisors

Develop a financial business plan with this analysis of the global financial markets. This popular session from the 2023 conference, returns to once again provide financial outlooks will of economic and market updates with consideration of the short-term, intermediate, and long-term trends and potential impacts.

 

Breakout 3B: Still under development

 

Breakout 3C: PID Annual Training
Annette Bezri, Susan Drummer, & Trevor Trittenbach, UniqueSource

The breakout is designed specifically for those working with the photo ID program and is part of the annual required training. It will cover topics such as wrong records, motor voter procedures, and downtime practices and will include a round table discussion. This session will be offered on two different days and times to allow participants to attend other breakout sessions. Attendance is only required at one of the sessions.

 

Breakout 3D: A 14c Transition Story...From Facility to Community-Based Employment Opportunities
Kevin Walker & Tricia Zeltwanger, Penn-Mar Consulting

Have you been considering a 14c transition, but have no idea where to begin?  Do you want to make a transition, but are unsure of the financial repercussions or how it may impact your staff? If you answer “yes” to either question, this is the breakout session for you. Kevin and Tricia are here to share Penn-Mar’s story, lessons learned, and some of the high-performance strategies Penn-Mar used to make a successful transition.


 

 

 

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