MinnCAP Annual Training Conference 2023

MinnCAP Annual Training Conference 2023


REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. We look forward to seeing you in Mankato!

There will be no refunds given but you can transfer your registration to another person. Please contact leahpauletti@minncap.org to transfer your registration.

Want more details about the sessions provided? You check out the great sessions we will provide HERE.

Hotel Information

ROOM BLOCKS ARE CLOSED. You can still book your hotel but you may not get the conference block price. Lodging information can be found HERE.


July 18-20, 2023

Event Venue

The Venue, 1850 Madison Ave, Mankato, MN


This annual staff training conference brings together hundreds of Community Action leaders and staff from across Minnesota to network and learn about the latest programs and strategies for reducing poverty and making our communities stronger.

2023 MinnCAP Training Conference Agenda

Lights! Community! Action! Keeping Our Promise

Tuesday, July 18

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Registration for CONFERENCE Open/Exhibit Hall Open

8:30 AM – 10:20 AM Meetings

MinnCAP Board of Directors

Ninja/HR/Fiscal/CAMIS Meeting

10:30 – 12:15 AM Welcome and Opening Plenary

Keynote: Arletta Allen Presentation

12:15 – 1:30 PM Legislative Luncheon

1:30 PM – 1:50 PM Break

1:50 PM - 3:05 PM Breakout Sessions 1

Eliminating Conflict with the Empathy Model - Dr. Michael Monroe Kiefer, Powermind Training
Managing Mission Fatigue: Battling Burnout from the Top Down - Ray Young III, Training Institute at People Incorporated
Labor Market Trends - Amanda O'Connell, DEED
Exploring, understanding, & serving people & families who are corrections system involved and impacted - Kate Erickson, MN DOC
Diversifying Revenue for CAAs - Jeffrey Prottas, WIPFLI

3:05 PM – 3:25 PM Break

3:25 PM - 4:40 PM Breakout Sessions 2

How to Protect Yourself and Prevent Dangerous Situations - Dr. Michael Monroe Kiefer, Powermind Training
Reinventing a Trauma Informed Team with Peer Specialists - Ray Young III, Training Institute at People Incorporated
Empathy's Double-Edged Sword: How Caring for Others Helps, Hurts and Heals and Strategies for Balance - Laura Harder, Happy With Work
Family Assets for Independence in MN (FAIM): Opportunities, Networking & Learning Together - Joelle Hoeft, Ann Macgregor, Sarah Priest
The Remote Work Divide: How to Make a Hybrid Workplace a Net Positive for You & Your Employees - Greta Bauer-Reyes, Stinson, LLP

Wednesday, July 19

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration Open

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Breakout Sessions 3

How to Eliminate Printer Servers and Improve Print Security - Jeff King, Loffler Companies
Meet the Reimagined Community Action Code of Ethics - Tawny Stottlemire CCAP, National Community Action Partnership
Financial Wellness for your Workforce - Jenna Witherbee, 401(k) Plan Professionals (Handout 1, Handout 2)
Implementing SNAP E & T: Employment and Training - Alice Meyer, Lynn Nesland CCAP, Destiny Weaver, Amy Olsen, MAHUBE-OTWA
The DEI Promise - Taking the First Steps - Denise Jamison, MRA - The Management Association

9:45 AM - 10:05 AM Break

10:05 AM - 11:20 PM Breakout Sessions 4
Microsoft 365 Productivity Hacks - Scott Vandeputte, WIPFLI
Advocacy is a Year-Round Sport - Maria Steen CCAP, CAPLP & Annie Shapiro, MinnCAP
The Employee Experience: Your Competitive Advantage - Julia Johnson, WIPFLI
Credentialling and Organizational Development in Community Action - Tawny Stottlemire CCAP, National Community Action Partnership
The Rural Voice (handout 2, handout 3) - Laura Thomas CCAP, Prairie Five CA

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Awards Luncheon sponsored by Mutual of America

1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Breakout Session 5

Solving the Top Cybersecurity Risks - Derek J. Olson, WIPFLI
Total Compensation Plan Elements and Strategy - Julia Johnson, WIPFLI
Understanding the Human Services Values Curve - Tawny Stottlemire CCAP, National Community Action Partnership
Community Action: Getting Grounded in our History and What it Means for Today's Community Action Network - Denise Harlow CCAP, National Community Action Partnership
Audit Readiness 101 - Maria Primus, Creative Planning

2:30 PM – 2:50 PM Break

2:50 PM – 4:05 PM Breakout Session 6

Community Action Board Governance: Roles and Responsibilities in a Community Action Agency - Denise Harlow CCAP, National Community Action Partnership
MAHUBE-OTWA Diversity, Equity, Decolonization and Inclusion: Strategies, Tools and Indigenous Outreach - Wayne Somes & Meagan Hernandez, MAHUBE-OTWA
Seven Simple Tips and One Big Payoff: Future Planning for Digital Assets - Roger Hagedorn
Older Adult Services: Implementing Evidence-Based Programs - Heather Molesworth CCAP & Alissa Smith, West Central MN Communities Action
Activating Your Mission: From Poster to Powerful Impact - Sandy Anderson MS, Sandy Anderson Consulting & Coaching

4:15 PM Evening Fundraising Event sponsored by Creative Planning

Thursday, July 20

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration Open

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Closing Session

Keynote: Sandy Anderson

Conversations that Transform: Building Capacity, Clarity & Connection We Crave

9:45 AM - 11:00 AM Breakout Sessions 7

The Workers' Comp/ADA/FMLA Trifecta - Katie H. Storms & Susan E. Stokes - Lind Jensen Attys, Michelle Peterson - TriCAP
Embrace Inclusivity: Learn to Speak the Language of Acceptance - Jeni Kolstad, Pride Counseling Services
Advocacy 201: Preparing Testimony and an Elevator Speech - Annie Shapiro, MinnCAP & Valerie Dosland, Ewald
Building and Retaining Strong Teams - Heather Jeseritz & Angela Larson CCAP, United Community Action Partnership
Financial Statements for Board Review - handout 2 - Chris Herme & Marie Primus, Creative Planning

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Break

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM Breakout Sessions 8

ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Interface - Understanding N.E.A.R. (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, & Resilience) - Kelly Engebretson & Heidi Corbin, Lakes & Pines
Allyship or Accomplice? How to Take Allyship to the Next Level - Jeni Kolstad, Pride Counseling Services
Employment Law Trends - Susan E. Stokes & Katie H. Storms- Lind Jensen Attys, Michelle Peterson - TriCAP
Media Engagement: Developing Relationships, Pitching Features & Providing Sources - Fellicia Smith, MinnCAP
Determining Cost Allocation Formulas - handout 2 - Chris Herme, Creative Planning

Updated 7/14/23

More Info, contact: leahpauletti@minncap.org