We are committed to assuring a safe experience for all attendees at The Michigan YMCA Leaders Conference.

We will continue to monitor the progression of COVID-19 in the state, and at this time, we will ask the leadership at each YMCA to confirm proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test dated no earlier than October 26 in order to attend. Masks will also be required for all attendees.

Conference Agenda

The one-day conference schedule is filled with two excellent Keynote Speakers, plus three rounds of Breakout Sessions and Networking opportunities.

time activity
8:00–8:45 am Registration Starts
8:45–9:00 am Opening Remarks
9:00–9:50 am Morning Keynote
9:45–9:50 am Champions Award Presentation
9:55–10:50 am Network Groups
11:00–11:50 am Breakout 1
12:00–12:40 pm Lunch
12:50–1:40 pm Breakout 2
1:50–2:40 pm Breakout 3
2:40-3:00 pm Break
3:00–3:30 pm Afternoon Keynote
3:30–3:40 pm Closing Remarks and Prizes
4:00 pm Free Happy Hour
Location: the Nuthouse Sports Grill
sponsored by Radar Promotions

Conference Breakout Sessions

This year, our breakout sessions will include information about fundraising best practices, board development, and great things happening at Y across Michigan.

Breakout Session 1 (11:00 -11;50 am)

Fundraising
Data-driven Storytelling

Location: Room 101/102

Sometimes we have a story to tell, but not the data, and other times we collect data and need to know how to tell the story from the numbers. This workshop will help participants work through the steps of simple data collection, analysis, and creating a story of impact. Useful tools, tricks, and examples will be provided.

Presented by:

Dawn Palmer-Van Camp is a 14-year Y leader responsible for grants from writing to compliance with over 25 years of experience in evaluation and market research in for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Latitia McCree brings over 30 years of nonprofit leadership, communications/marketing, writing, and philanthropy experience to her role as Senior VP of Communications & Marketing.

Mike Strong is a veteran researcher with more than two decades of experience in market research, data analysis, questionnaire development, report writing, and presentation design.


Leadership Development
Designing a Thriving Organization: Build a high-performing organization that brings out the best in your people

Location: Room 103/104

This session is built on the research excellence of the Center for Positive Organizations, housed at the Stephen M Ross school of Business at the University of Michigan. Betsy Erwin will lead you in an interactive session that will deepen your understanding of the elements of a thriving organization and equip you with practices to elevate thriving in your own organizations.

Presented by:

Betsy Erwin, Senior Associate Director, Faculty Associate, Co-Director Engaged Learning and Innovation Center for Positive Organizations, University of Michigan Ross School of Business


Advocacy
Partnerships, Playgrounds & Pandemics

Location: Room 201

Michigan schools have received historic levels of funding to respond to the pandemic. Partnership between schools & community placed organizations like the Y is critical to respond to the increased needs of our communities. Come hear from the educational experts on how to identify, build, and sustain school partnerships.

Presented by:

James Yake, Director of Health, Safety & Nutrition, Genesee ISD

Paul Libenow

Erin Skene-Pratt, Founder and Principal Consultant, Momentum Associates


Board Development
Leadership Awakening

Location: Governor's Room

For decades, YMCAs have relied on a CEO-centric structure to set the direction and lead the organization. Through the past 18 months, some YMCAs have discovered the power - and absolute necessity - of an engaged and empowered YMCA Board. Learn what it will take to make this happen at your YMCA.

Presented by:

Gigi Woodruff, Founder, Gigi Woodruff & Associates, LLC


Career Development
Retirement Fund Consultations

Location: Boardroom 1

Retirement Fund consultations are by appointment. Please sign up here.

Presented by:

Miriam Paulin, Senior Client Relationship Manager, YMCA Retirement Fund


Career Development
Training Consultations

Location: Boardroom 2

Training consultations are drop-in.

Presented by:

Christina Carter, Ann Arbor YMCA

Breakout Session 2 (12:50–1:40 pm)

HR
Understanding Your YMCA Retirement Fund Benefits

Location: Room 101/102

A 45-minute presentation designed for new hires or those ready to save for retirement. Presentation highlights the difference between the Retirement and Savings Plans and how to make the most of the Savings Plan—403(b) Smart Account and Rollovers—features while working and in Retirement.

Presented by:

Miriam Paulin, Senior Client Relationship Manager, YMCA Retirement Fund


HR
Mental Health

Location: Room 103/104

Outcomes of this training:

  • Understanding the relationship of mental health, illness and a community organization like YMCA
  • Understanding changes in youth and adult mental health
  • Equipping participants with a tool to use in everyday mental wellness and resiliency 
  • Equipping participants with a tool to use in a mental health crisis
  • Understanding how the be nice. action plan can equip your staff and members with mental health and suicide prevention education

Presented by:

Cat Lanting & Christy Buck, Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan


Advocacy
Commitment to Quality

Location: Room 201

We will welcome the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs new Director, Emily Laidlaw to Leaders '21. Emily will share her vision for LARA as well as update us on changes and answer questions or address concerns. Please submit questions in advance if possible.

Presented by:

Emily Laidlaw, Director, Child Care Licensing, State of Michigan


Aquatics
Aquatics Strategies for Diversely Abled Swimmers

Location: Room 203/204

Outcomes of this training:

  • Learn to identify and implement which teaching methods will work for diversely abled swimmers
  • Understanding cognitive and mental health benefits of swim lessons for diversely abled swimmers
  • Equipping participants with specific skills that will be beneficial to diversely abled swimmers
  • Utilizing volunteer instructor assistants with diverse abilities for a better Learn-To-Swim Program at your facility. 
  • Mobilizing staff and community to work with diversely abled swimmers
  • Creating a welcoming environment for diversely abled swimmers

Presented by:

Whitney Ferrell, Mary Free Bed YMCA

Dr. Marshall Spencer M.D., Cardiology Specialist, MidMichigan Medical Center

McKenna Crossley, Swim Instructor Aid


Board Development
Leveraging the Generative Mode in the Boardroom

Location: Governor's Room

Every YMCA board must learn to engage all three modes of governance -- fiduciary, strategic, and generative. After years of education and discussion, staff and volunteer leaders still struggle to identify truly generative opportunities or challenges - and how to engage others in the discovery. This highly interactive session will discuss what it takes for a board, and its leaders, to hold generative conversations, and how your YMCA board can reap the power of functioning appropriately at this level?

Presented by:

Gigi Woodruff, Founder, Gigi Woodruff & Associates, LLC


Career Development
Training Consultations

Location: Boardroom 2

Training consultations are drop-in.

Presented by:

Christina Carter, Ann Arbor YMCA

Breakout Session 3 (1:50–2:40 pm)

IT & Communications
Roll your own: open source solutions for “big budget” problems

Location: Room 101/102

In this session, the Detroit Y team will discuss 3 technology-related communication challenges (virtual YMCAs, digital in-branch displays, and parent-to-overnight camper communication) and share their budget-conscious, open source solutions.

Presented by:

Seth Amadei, Events Director, Y Arts Detroit & Boll Family YMCA

Jim Baksa, Director of Information Systems, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Elizabeth Kerner, Director of Digital Marketing, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Jacqueline Kippen, Executive Director of Volunteer and Virtual Services, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit


Leadership Development
WLRN Connection and Lean in Circle Michigan Addition Launch

Location: Room 103/104

How is your work-life balance? What can you do, your Y do to support women leaders? Network with women leaders and allies from across Michigan and talk about tactics and tools to continue to move your career forward. Share WLRN Resources, sign up to participate in a LEAN in Circle and continue to strengthen the women's leadership network across Michigan.

Presented by:

Lynette Simmons, Vice President of Operations-Community Initiatives, YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit

Lauren Trautz, Vice President of Human Resources and Business Services, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

Lydia Mitchell, Executive Director of Youth in Government, State Alliance of Michigan YMCAs

Joslyn Jamrog, Membership & Marketing Director, Dow Bay Area Family YMCA

Board Development
Seismic Shake-Up -- What Have we Learned?

Location: Governor's Room

We don't want to repeat it, but we have learned a great deal about ourselves through the pandemic and other world challenges that have greatly impacted our organization and communities. Learn from and share case studies of how our organizational practices and priorities have been changed forever!

Presented by:

Gigi Woodruff, Founder, Gigi Woodruff & Associates, LLC


Advocacy
Child Care is Essential for Michigan Families

Location: Room 201

Public awareness of faults in the child care system has increased dramatically throughout the pandemic, creating an opportunity window to educate lawmakers about the importance of investing in child care to support kids and families across Michigan. Learn how you can use your voice and encourage your YMCA members to do the same. This session will include a discussion about child care and other policy areas that are important to you.

Presented by:

Madeline Elliott is a Policy and Programs Associate at Michigan’s Children. Her focus area is early childhood policy. She is an MSU graduate with a passion for uplifting programs and services that kids and families need to thrive.


Career Development
Retirement Fund Consultations

Location: Boardroom 1

Retirement Fund consultations are by appointment. Please sign up here.

Presented by:

Miriam Paulin, Senior Client Relationship Manager, YMCA Retirement Fund


Career Development
Training Consultations

Location: Boardroom 2

Training consultations are drop-in.

Presented by:

Christina Carter, Ann Arbor YMCA

Networking Groups

Our Network Gatherings give conference attendees dedicated time to connect with their cohorts from across the state to discuss best practices, trends, and challenges.

Group Room
Membership & Marketing Directors 101
Fundraising & Development 102
Youth Sports 103
Overnight Camp 104
Child Care (Afterschool & Early Learning) 201
Branch Directors 202
Volunteer Leaders 203
Aquatics 204
Health & Wellness 205
CEOs Governor's Room
Information Technology Boardroom 1
HR Specialists Boardroom 2
Outreach (Food) NE Banquet
Outreach (Mentoring) NW Banquet
Property Managers SE Banquet
SW Banquet Teen Programs

 

Conference Location: The Lansing Convention Center

The Lansing Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown Lansing, Michigan.

We’ll meet at the Lansing Center, which is located in the heart of Michigan’s capital. Lansing Center is conveniently attached to the Radisson Hotel via a covered sky bridge that stretches over the Grand River.

Address:

Lansing Center

333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: 517-483-7400

Parking:

Parking lots under and north of Lansing Center are available for conference attendees to park free of charge on the day of the conference. If there is a parking attendant present, please tell them you are attending the Michigan YMCA Leaders Conference. The entrance to the parking lot underneath the Lansing Center is on Cedar Street.

There are many other paid parking options in and around the Lansing Center. You can find more information here.

 

Conference Safety

The Conference Planning Leadership is committed to assuring a safe experience for attendees. We will continue to monitor the progression of COVID-19 in the state including any variants and outbreaks and will make decisions based on the best information possible. At this time, we believe we will require masks in attendance. Should a switch to a virtual experience be required, we will make that decision soon after the first of October and will provide partial refunds as possible.