FHSA Fall Leadership Training and Annual Awards luncheon will be held in-person at the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach, FL on October 7-8, 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone in person, socially distanced, of course. FHSA has established a meeting safety plan to ensure our attendees feel comfortable during the training and awards event.

Meeting Safety Plan

We are planning for a touchless registration and safe event to protect all our attendees. This includes:

  • Name tags will be displayed on the table available onsite for you to pick up
  • Agreement to safety guidelines prior to arrival
  • Masks are required unless actively eating or drinking
  • The awards lunch will be prepared and served with your safety in mind
  • All tables are set for social distancing
  • Hand Sanitizer will be available at each table, as well as stations provided throughout the facility 

Attendees will have the option to choose which training sessions they would like to attend. This year training will benefit Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start/Early Head Start, and Child Care Partnerships leaders such as Executive Directors, Head Start Directors, Family Service Managers, Center Directors, Fiscal Officer, as well as other key staff who hold a position of responsibility and accountability.

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Program at a Glance 

Tentative Schedule: Subject to Change

Thursday, October 07

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check-In

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Equity in Action: The Brain and Heart Connection, Guylaine L. Richard, MD, MPH, CEO of Guylaine Richard, LLC

The process of building relationships brings with it at times some real challenges. Why? What can be done? How do we establish the right connections and know we are making progress toward equity for all? As Head Start leaders you may want to explore a sound path, develop and implement some effective strategies to enhance your team‘s cultural responsiveness and equitable practices. Join us in this session for a unique opportunity to examine together some practical tools and resources while building your plan of action to shift the talk to a real walk.

Session Objectives
Participants in this session will:

  • Learn some facts about biases and the diverse influences guiding our attitudes
  • Deepen their understanding of systems thinking of the brain
  • Explore strategies to enhance positive relationship building with others who are different from us
  • Share available resources in support of continuous learning to overcome our biases, and build positive and respectful relationships to derive the best outcomes for all

9:00 am – 5:00 pm - Employee Retention/Wages/Human Resources Issues, J. Christopher Watkins, MA, MBA, Executive Director, T/TAS, Western Kentucky University

Securing and retaining skilled employees plays an important role in the operational life of a Head Start program because employees’ knowledge and skills are central to a programs’ ability to be functional. Given that employee retention is very important for the functioning and competitiveness of a program given the employment opportunities that abound, this workshop focuses on the organizational and personal factors that influence employee retention.

A special interest will be taken in employees’ learning because this is seen as a retention supporting activity. Tied to this is employee compensation which tends to moderate the relationship between types of employee participation and employee retention. The critical issue in compensation is the need and usage of the local wage comparability studies that programs need to use when comparing and adjusting salaries.

Last but certainly not least will be a lively discussion of general Human Relations systems issues as they apply in Head Start programs today.

12:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)

1:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Expanding your Unrestricted Funds: Committing to Community, Billy Starr, The BSA Group, Managing Partner, MBA, IA-CGAP 

Grantees, especially nonprofits and community action agencies, remain dangerously close to financial insolvency. A study completed by The Nonprofit Finance Fund says that regardless of their current financial situation, nonprofits universally reported that long-term financial sustainability was a top challenge.

A major part of the financial challenges nonprofits face lies in the type of funding nonprofits receive, whether from an individual donor, government grant, or foundation. This dilemma is compounded when we consider the discrepancy between what funders ask from nonprofits and what nonprofits are able to provide is only growing.

This session is meant to provide a knowledge base of key elements to assist in closing the gap between what is discretionary and what is required for growth. We will discuss the organizations that successfully implement a data analysis strategy and create reports that clearly track outcomes, which lead to unquestionable funding benefits. No session addressing unrestricted funds would be valuable if we did not discuss some assured practices and projects that present a significant shift in your securing restricted funding. This includes investments in its data infrastructure, providing outcomes-based evidence of need, and creating a clear picture of the advantage obtained by fiscally sound organizations. When you depart this session, everyone should be ready to attract their first foundation-based funding, initiate a revenue-generating division, or obtain a government-sponsored social impact bond.

3:15 p.m. - 3:35 a.m. Coffee/Snack Break

Friday, October 08

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Administrative Structures for Creating Staff Wellness Programs, J. Christopher Watkins, MA, MBA, Executive Director, T/TAS, Western Kentucky University

This eclectic workshop intends to focus on the behind-the-scenes topics that programs need to consider before starting staff wellness programs. This will include conversations around the topics of:

Step 1: Determining needs of program staff
Step 2: Obtain Management Support
Step 3: Establish a Wellness Committee
Step 4: Develop Goals and Objectives
Step 5: Establish a Budget
Step 6: Design Wellness Program Components
Step 7: Select Wellness Program Incentives or Rewards
Step 8: Communicate the Wellness Plan
Step 9: Evaluate the wellness program as part of Self-Assessment

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Strategies for Sustainability, Billy Starr, The BSA Group, The BSA Group, Managing Partner, MBA, IA-CGAP  

Sometimes it seems like community service work has a high price tag, and no one wants to foot the bill. There is so much change we want to see happen, but our finances are in such a fragile state that we're usually stuck trying to simply sustain our basic operations. Staff is underpaid, overworked, and burning out; necessary programs are dropped or scaled back because there's little funding, and closing the organization's doors is a constant fear in the back of everyone's mind. This goes on for years for many nonprofit and community service agencies.

The strategies required to induce an agency or organization to move toward financial stability are varied and multifaceted. It depends on where an organization finds itself ready to turn the page and when it engages in the process. The “when” and “where” established, the next steps though varied, will always require a need to educate the decision-makers; pursue new sources of revenue; evaluate contracts and costs, and develop internal and external opportunities for human capital.

This session is about the mixture and measure of these components. It’s also about what different strategies exist and what type of organizational mix works best for each type. Overall, you should leave this session understanding the dynamics and paradigms that affect the outcome to a successful and sustainable strategy for financial stability.

12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. FHSA Annual Awards Luncheon (separately ticketed event)

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Hotel Information

FHSA has secured a special $149++ rate for our out of town attendees at the Hard Rock Hotel in Daytona Beach, FL 
918 North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Hotel Rate: $149++ single/double based on availability.
Reserve Your Room or call (386) 947-7300 and reference FHSA Fall Leadership Training. 
Room rate Cutoff: Sept. 17, 2021

Registration Information

FHSA Members: Early Registration Fee thru September 17 Non- Members: Early Registration Fee thru September 17
$275 -  Workshop plus awards luncheon  $375 - Workshop plus luncheon
$250 - Workshop only $350- Workshop only
$50 - Awards luncheon only  $75- Awards luncheon only 
FHSA Members: Regular Registration Fee 
September 18-October 1

Non- Members: Regular Registration Fee
September 18- October 1

$325 - Workshop plus awards luncheon

$425 - Workshop plus awards luncheon

$300 - Workshop only  $400 - Workshop only 
$100 - Awards only  $100 - Awards only 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests made in writing by 5:00 pm, October 1 will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations made after October 1 WILL NOT receive a refund. There will be no refunds for “no shows.”



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