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Pre-Conference Events



10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Healthcare 101 (Registration required)

An Introduction to Partnerships and Possibilities
Fee: $35
Presenters: Stephanie Archer-Smith, MS; Dan Hale; Melissa Smith; Jennifer Stiff
Moderator: Celia Barker, PMP
Track: Healthcare 

Partnering with healthcare provides the best opportunity for the Meals on Wheels network to reach more clients, keep them healthy and safe in their own homes, and tap into the abundant funding that can future-proof our organizations. Our 2019 Pre-Conference crash course is designed to provide programs beginning to consider healthcare as an option with a foundational understanding of what’s possible and what’s needed to play in this space. You’ll hear from experts in the field about how you can ready your program, get a seat at the table and tell the story of your impact. If you’re looking to dive deep into these promising opportunities in healthcare at this year’s Conference, this session is a great place to start.

To register, simply add this session to your cart during the Conference registration process. If you have already purchased your registration and would like to add a Pre-Conference session, you can do so under MY EVENTS in Member Central. 

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Break for lunch (not provided)

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Intensive Workshops (Registration Required)

NRCNA Intensive Workshop: Imagining an Innovative and Sustainable Future Through Creative Thinking
$60; includes refreshment break
Presenter: Gregg Fraley

Creativity – it's critical for your business! Innovative practices and programs offer senior nutrition programs the opportunity to meet the evolving needs of the seniors they serve, remain nimble in the face of a changing business environment, drive improved health outcomes for program recipients by promoting a higher quality of services and increased program efficiency. To build a sustainable future, we must first imagine what it will look like. Join the National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA) for an in-depth Pre-Conference Intensive Workshop led by trainer and master innovation facilitator Gregg Fraley. Attendees are encouraged to attend two virtual sessions included in the price of registration – one prior to this in-person workshop at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel on August 26, 2019 and one following. This three-phase learning series is designed to engage senior nutrition program leaders in an exciting and proven method rooted in creative problem solving to find fresh perspectives and identify new opportunities. This technique, combined with an array of targeted tools and resources, will enable you to identify key challenges and plan for an innovative future.

Part 1: Virtual Session – Innovation 101 (Online – July 23, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Part 2: Intensive Workshop – Practical Applications in Creative Ideation (In person – August 26, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel, Dallas, TX)

Part 3: Virtual Session – Launching Your Innovation Journey (Online – October 2, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Intensive Workshop: Social Enterprise Fundamentals
$60; includes refreshment break
Presenter: Vin Hoey

Social enterprise as a way to help generate revenue has been an increasingly popular topic in recent years as more and more Meals on Wheels programs find success in these ventures. If you are an aspiring social entrepreneur interested in learning how to start your own social enterprise or improve the one you already have, this Pre-Conference Intensive Workshop is for you. Vin Hoey from Strategic4sight will teach you what you need to know to go from a rookie to a pro. This fast-paced interactive session will start by covering foundational social enterprise knowledge and end with business plan development and marketing. Along the way, you’ll explore just what your organization could turn into a social enterprise, how to compete with other businesses and designing a business plan that can have you on your way to getting your idea off the ground!

To register, simply add the session you wish to attend to your cart during the Conference registration process. If you have already purchased your registration and would like to add a Pre-Conference session, you can do so under MY EVENTS in Member Central.

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Meet and Greet Reception

5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. – State Association Meetings

Both current State Association members and attendees interested in forming a Meals on Wheels State Association have the opportunity to hold business and/or interest meetings during this time. If interested, please contact for more information.



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  • Mutual of America
  • PetSmart Charities
  • Subaru of America
  • The Home Depot Foundation
  • Parker
  • TrueSense Marketing
  • AARP Texas
  • Accessible Solutions
  • Better Medicare Alliance
  • Delivery Concepts
  • Meals on Wheels Fundraising Co-Op
  • Oliver Packaging and Equipment
  • Premier
  • Sysco
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    • EcoSure
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    • Mutual of America
    • Premier
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