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Facilitated Roundtable Discussions

Using the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to Address Housing

Monday, Feb. 6 beginning at 9 a.m.
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) presents an unprecedented opportunity to provide capital funding to address our critical need for housing and affordable homeownership across the country. Hear from practitioners who have successfully accessed ARPA for this purpose. Share your experiences and bring your questions for a robust discussion.
Moderators: Susan Jouard and Joseph Czajka


Monday, Feb. 6 beginning at 3:15 p.m.
What are the most significant challenges for nonprofit organizations to become "investor- ready"? Is it attracting the investor or building capacity to meet investor demands? Explore issues and ideas related to bring more capital into your organization.
Moderator: Paula Planthaber

Navigating Executive Transitions-What to Consider When Anticipating a Change in Organizational Leadership

Tuesday, Feb. 7 beginning at 9 a.m.
Are you an executive planning to move on? Are you a staff person or board member in an organization that will be experiencing a change in organizational leadership? Leadership transitions can have tremendous impact on an organization. Come to learn and share tips and ideas about how to manage transitions before, during, and after.
Moderators: Joanie Straussman and James Ross

Introduction to the Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI)

Tuesday, Feb. 7 beginning at 3:15 p.m.
Join us to learn how the Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI) can empower your organization to move from a social service model to a social enterprise. We strive to help our organizations meet this goal by providing access to learning, tools, technical assistance from subject matter experts and peer support. As social enterprises, network organizations will move toward a new business model by embedding a culture that allows them to be agile and open to change while improving their double bottom line: delivering on their mission and becoming more sustainable through earned revenue. Join this session to learn more about how the NeighborWorks network is leading the charge on increasing efficiencies, becoming more sustainable, scaling services and ultimately having a greater impact in the communities they serve.
Moderators: Mandy Kenny and Alicia McCoy

Housing Stability Counseling Program

Tuesday, Feb. 7 beginning at 3:15 p.m.
This roundtable will provide an update on the Housing Stability Counseling Program. During the session, we will share the trends we have seen during the program, successes, challenges, and how NeighborWorks is also supporting the grantees during the administration of the grant. Come find out how your organization cane have a greater impact.
Moderator: Megan McPherson

Coaching Skills for Supervisors

Thursday, Feb. 9 beginning at 9 a.m.
Staff recruitment and retention is becoming more and more difficult. Studies show that one of the main reasons staff leave is due to dissatisfaction with their supervisor. Organizations are realizing that to be an effective manager, it is important to sometimes be a coach for your staff. Come learn some great coaching skills to motivate, energize, and support your team.
Moderators: Joanie Straussman and Laura Rohman

Time Management - How to F.O.C.U.S.

Thursday, Feb. 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
In this roundtable, we will discuss how to F.O.C.U.S. when it comes to managing your time. This is an interactive discussion, so come prepared to really get down to what is essential and non-essential in all areas of your life and learn the F.O.C.U.S method.
Moderator: Elizabeth Fulton

African American Community Development: Virtual Tour and Discussion

Thursday, Feb. 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
As February is Black History Month, the NeighborWorks America Midwest Region team would like to take VTI participants on a virtual tour of network organizations that are doing transformative, comprehensive community development work in African American communities. Virtual video tours will be followed by a panel discussion with outstanding African American leaders who will talk about their leadership and approach to the work.
Moderator: Elizabeth Hollins