MHS Assembly Schedule

All scheduled events are listed in eastern time
8:00 am
Pre-conference Workshops (Pre-registration required)
Workplaces as Communities of Belonging
Dr. Betty Pries, CEO, Senior Consultant, Credence and Co.

8am – 12pm

Discover why becoming a community of belonging is so critical for faith-based organizations. Celebrate the ways your work already nurtures belonging and consider additional ways your organization can deepen the commitment to belonging as an urgent need of our time. Betty will answer the question, “Why does being a community of belonging make you a better and more Christ-like organization?”

Innovate, Engage, Succeed: Technology's Role in Building a Premier Workplace
Amber Bardon, Founder & CEO, Parasol Alliance

9am – 12pm

Leveraging technology can help optimize staffing resources, improve employee satisfaction, and enhance care and engagement in your organization. In this session, Parasol Alliance’s Founder & CEO, Amber Bardon, will share key strategies to help your business overcome staffing challenges with technology. The session will also explore the importance of having a Strategic Technology Plan in place to help future-proof your business. Lastly, Amber will share key components for building a premier workplace culture, a method that has led to Parasol Alliance winning 23 premier workplace awards over the last six years. Building a premier workplace culture can help your business reduce employee turnover rates, improve productivity, and boost job satisfaction. Attendees will leave this session with actionable items they can take back to their organizations to help build their own premier workplace culture along with discovering valuable ways technology can be used to set a strong foundation for today and prepare for tomorrow.

12:00 pm
New CEO Lunch (by invitation)
1:15 pm
First-time Attendees Welcome
2:00 pm
General Session 1
Keynote: Becoming Communities of Belonging
Dr. Betty Pries, CEO, Senior Consultant, Credence and Co.

In this thought-provoking keynote address, Betty Pries will discuss why becoming a community of belonging is so critical for faith-based organizations. Pries will encourage participants to celebrate the ways their work already nurtures belonging and will consider additional ways organizations can deepen their commitment to belonging as an urgent need of our time. The keynote will answer the question: “Why does being a community of belonging make you a better – and more Christ-like – organization?”

3:30 pm
Networking Break
4:00 pm
Workshop Session 1
Beyond Charity: Strategies for Transformative Benevolence in Your Organization

4pm-5:30pm

Benevolence can be a key differentiator for your organization, one that advances your mission and distinguishes you in the community. Benevolence is the desire to do good for others as part of a calling. Faith-based not-for-profit organizations often express benevolence by raising and developing funds that are used to provide care for persons who have outlived their resources and to provide resources for other goals within the organization. This workshop will equip leaders of any organization to advance benevolence whether you are considering creating a benevolence fund or are already operating an established fund. You will gain ideas, best practices, and action steps to form or improve your benevolence program.

Future Forward: Gaining Innovative Advantages in Senior Living

4pm-5:30pm

Development, financial, marketing, and design professionals will share strategies for responding to evolving changes in senior living. Explore projected census and demographics and examine how the pandemic will impact projections for years to come. See how major economic disruptors like labor shortages and soaring home prices will impact senior living communities and their consumers – and how they can rise to meet the future! Presenters discuss new models of senior living that are challenging traditional communities and explore how these organizations meet consumer expectations by doing more with less through service flexibility and qualitative vs. quantitative experience. Attendees will discover how small ‘design moments’ rooted in a community’s story have a greater impact than grandiose trimmings. See examples of how a community can tell its story through thoughtful design, branding, and messaging. Explore marketing strategies that spark the imagination of future consumers by making them part of that story. This session will be presented through the lens of senior living, but tips and tools for responding to market changes will be useful for any organization considering ways to advance its mission.

Tech Trek: Navigating IT Solutions for Mission-Driven Organizations

4pm-5:30pm

Technology is a growing cost and risk center for health and human service organizations. Regardless of the organization’s size or complexity, leaders can take a strategic approach to using technology to create or improve business processes and meet customer expectations. Three leaders will describe how their organizations are approaching the challenges and opportunities of cybersecurity, achieving efficiencies and partnering with outside experts.

5:45 pm
Networking Reception
7:00 pm
Dine Around Dinner (pre-registration required)