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2020 Affiliate Pre-Conference Day

Affiliate Pre-Conference Day

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Pre-Conference Day 2020 will be held on September 2, 2020, one-day prior to the MHA Annual Conference September 3-5, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Pre-Conference Day provides a unique opportunity for MHA affiliates to, build camaraderie, engage and learn from and with colleagues from around the country about their exemplary work, connect with MHA staff and meet MHA leaders.

The Pre-Conference Day theme is “Affiliate Resilience.” Think disruption isn't going to affect your organization? Think again! Learn how MHA affiliates have reinvented themselves, created a new framework to adapt and improve their organization’s resilience in the face of change.

Pre-Conference Day registration is included in the MHA Annual Conference registration for MHA affiliates. Simply remember to check yes for Affiliate Pre-Conference Day, when registering for the MHA Annual Conference. 

If you don’t know your affiliate registration code, contact MHA’s Valerie Sterns at

2020 Pre-Conference Day Agenda

Wednesday, September 02, 2020
Time Session

Pre-Conference Kick-off & Networking Breakfast

Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Bringing in the Money When It All Goes Sideways (Shannah Mulvihill, Mental Health Minnesota)
  • How Our Contingency Plan  Propelled Us Further (Tom Starling, MHA of the MidSouth)
  • The Big Turnaround; Profiting in a Nonprofit World (Nicholas Coppola, Sheana Firth - MHA in Indian River County)
Pre-Conference Workshops

  • The Loneliness Crisis: The Importance of Social Integration for Overall Wellbeing (Patrick Hendry, Emily Skehill - MHA)
  • Information & Referral's Resilient Recovery to Become Peer Support (Ben Harrington, MHA of East Tennessee)
  • Discovering Personal Leadership with Aimee Falchuk (Aimee Falchuk, The Falchuk Group)
Pre-Conference Workshop

  • Affiliate Compensation Survey & Benefits Study Analysis (Association Trends)  CLOSED SESSION (MHA Affiliates Only)


Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Small Shops...Big Dreams--How to Manage a Small Development Department (Molly Ann Woods, MHA of Los Angeles; Eric Litwiller, MHA of South Central Kansas)
  • Multi-level Approach to Sustainability (Andrew O'Grady, MHA of Dutchess County; Elisa Gwilliam, Hudson Valley Healing Center)
  • Business Models to Sustain New Programs in Changing Times (Linda Raines, Sharon Lipford - MHA of Maryland)
Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Affiliate Advocacy: Relevance and Innovation from Street to Statehouse (Michael Brose, Jacob Beaumont, Kellie Wilson - MHA Oklahoma)
  • How to Successfully Harness the Power of Your Leadership and Board to Achieve Your Strategic Vision (Dennis Miller, Dennis C. Miller Associates, Inc.)
  • No more Bored Boards: Re-engaging Your Leadership for Success (Mary Jones, MHA of South Central Kansas)
Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Change is the Only Constant: Challenges and Opportunities in a Time of Transition (Vincent Atchity, Mental Health Colorado) 
  • Why Adding the Compeer Program to Your Menu of Program Offerings Makes A Lot of Sense (Tim Boling, Compeer)
  • Creating Effective Job Descriptions (Susan Gallagher, Dawniell Zavala - Cal Voices, formerly NorCal MHA)
Pre-Conference Workshop

  • Delegate Assembly
Affiliate Reception (By Invitation Only)

  • Capitol View Terraces - 20 F St. Conference Center