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Pre-Conference Workshops

The Improving Lives Pre-Conference Workshops occurred on Monday, September 26, 2022.

‘Super Advocate’ Advocacy Trainings


9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Free to attend, limited seating, must register in advance
Lunch provided


Teri Tibbett
Advocacy Coordinator, Alaska Mental Health Board/Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse


This free training offers tools and hands-on practice for advocating on issues you care about.

Participants learn how to talk to policymakers and speak at public meetings on topics and decisions that impact people with mental illness, substance use disorders, intellectual/developmental disabilities, including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, and traumatic brain injuries.

The training is for people with lived experience of a disability, family members, service providers, administrators, peers, and others interested in learning:

  • Tools for successful meetings with policymakers (Legislators, City/Village Council, Assembly, School Board)
  • Refining your personal story for the most impact
  • Tips for speaking on a public panel or before a public committee
  • Tips for advocacy from home
  • Updates on current issues
Succession Planning and Growing Board and Staff Leadership

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

$50.00, limited seating, must register in advance


Laurie Wolf
CFRE, MNPL, The Foraker Group


The right people at the right time to move mission forward can only happen on purpose. Join us to explore the essential conversations of board and staff succession planning. This high-level session will introduce frameworks for both staff and board succession planning. Mission continuity is at the core of this strategic work. Join us for a conversation about your next step.

Improving Your Nonprofit Financial Stability

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

$50.00, limited seating, must register in advance


Chellie Skoog
The Foraker Group


When you come to this session, you will take an important step to assure the financial health of your organization. As a leader, you are juggling many issues and concerns. We all know that a stressed organization operating with the best of intentions can still make ill-advised decisions – especially in the financial arena – and the results can be damaging.

Foraker has developed a tool to help you spot if you are in crisis or coming close to one. Chellie will walk you through the tool and answer any questions you may have about protecting your financial health and resiliency.

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