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As MMI begins its 20th year of grant-making, we have set aside this time to share, learn, renew and celebrate with you around the theme of Community Engagement

 

Conference Goals:

     1. Meet and share information, knowledge and best practices from other organizations and communities.

     2. Learn from knowledgeable speakers and one another of ways systemic change, collective impact, leadership and        

         spirituality influences Community Engagement

     3. Deepen and renew our spirit and come away energized to lead organizations and pursue opportunities for         

         Community Engagement.

     4. Honor each other by celebrating MMI's 20 years of grant-making and the recipients of the Saint Louise de Marillac

         Service Awards. 

 

GRANTEE REVIEW

I was so impressed with every aspect of the conference - the people, meeting MMI staff and board members, the generosity of spirit that prevailed, the sessions and the accommodations. It was an honor to attend and meet new people who share the same values.

HOTEL INFORMATION

 

Conference Location:

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa

400 Mandalay Avenue

Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

Phone: (727) 461-3222 

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Check-in: 4:00 pm

Check-out: 11:00 am

This is a 100% non-smoking hotel.

Self parking is Not Available - Valet: $25.00

No Pets Allowed - Service animals allowed

Hotel Amenities: 

  • Automated Teller (ATM) 

  • Baggage Storage

  • Bar Area

  • Coin Laundry

  • Concierge Desk

  • Electric Service

  • Elevators

  • Gift Shop

  • Guest Activity/Recreation Desk

  • Laundry/Valet Service

  • Lounge

  • Luggage Hold

  • Multi-Lingual Staff

  • Room Service

  • Safety Deposit Box

  • Shoe Shine Stand

  • Snack Shop

  For your stay at the Hilton, MMI will provide the following ...

- Sunday and Monday evening stay at the Hilton (MMI will make reservations)

- Meals: Dinner on Sunday, Breakfast, lunch and banquet dinner on Monday, Breakfast on Tuesday

- Conference materials

- Time and activities to renew your spirit

- Invaluable conference learning and connections! 

 

Recreation:​

  • Beach

  • Beach Cabana Rental

  • Beach Chairs Rental

  • Beach Umbrella Rental

  • Bicycle Rental

  • Bouyah Water Sport Rental

  • Fitness Center

  • Fitness Room

  • Full Service Spa

  • Jet Skiing

  • Paddle Tennis Table

  • Playground

  • Pool

GRANTEE REVIEW

We had a wonderful experience.  The speakers were great, the MMI board members were welcoming, and the renewal time just hit the spot!  

 

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

 

Suggested Airport:

Tampa International Airport

4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa, FL 33607

 

Transportation from/to the airport will NOT be provided by MMI.  

 

Transportation Options between Airport and Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa: 

Super Shuttle ($28.00 one way)

(800) BLUE VAN (258-3826)

Olympus Limo and Sedan Service ($82.00 one way)

727-842-3522

Taxi - Yellow Cab ($53.00 one way)

727-666-6666

 

Uber (download the app to your phone)

GRANTEE REVIEW

Had a wonderful time and brought back many ideas. Thank you for the opportunity to renew my creative spirit!

 

SUMMARY AGENDA

 

GRANTEE REVIEW

Thank you so much for all of the thought and effort that went into making sure we all were comfortable, well taken care of and that we had opportunities to share our own work and learn from so many others. It reminded all of us that we are really part of such a bigger movement.

DETAILED AGENDA

 

SUNDAY - SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

 

11:00 am    Conference Registration - open until 4:00 pm (East Foyer)

                     

12:00 pm    Celebration of the Eucharist - Optional (Salon G)

 

  2:00 pm    Conference Opening:  Mary Wildeman and Sister Mary Bader, D.C. (Salon DE)

 

  2:30 pm    Welcome Back to the Table:  Fr. Tom McKenna (Salon DE)

  • Fr. Tom will review key points of the 2015 Grantee Renewal Conference, further define Systemic Change and show the importance of Community Engagement in efforts toward Systemic Change and Collective Impact.

 

  3:30 pm    Strategic Leadership with Compassion-Infusing Mission with Vision & Spirit: 

    Mr. Jim Emrich (Salon DE)

  • Jim will present a strategic leadership framework using as a case example a school he helped to found which now serves 600 children in Chester, PA.   

 

  5:00 pm    Reception and Dinner Buffet (Sandpiper/Blue Heron Deck and Waters Edge Ballroom)

 

MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

 

  7:15 am    Sunrise Prayer Service on the Beach - Optional (first light at 6:58 am, sunrise at 7:20 am)

 

  7:30 am    Breakfast Buffet - available until 8:30 am (Waters Edge Ballroom)

 

  8:15 am    Conference Opening for Day 2:  Sister Mary Bader, D.C. (Salon DE)

                   

  8:30 am    We All Have a Role to Play: Mr. Paul Schmitz  (Salon DE)

  • Paul will lead an interactive workshop on the strategy, leadership culture, and community engagement necessary for collective impact efforts that create systemic, population level change.

 

11:00 am    Renewal Activities (Salons A,B,C, beach)

 

12:00 pm    Celebration of the Eucharist - Optional (Salon G)

 

12:00 pm    Lunch Buffet - available until 1:00 pm (Waters Edge and Outside Deck)

 

  1:00 pm    Learn and Chat:  Breakout Sessions

                   Evaluating your Project: Sister Margaret Marie (Marge) Clifford, D.C. (Salon F)

  • Sr. Marge will dive deeper into grant writing with a focus on setting goals and objectives with measurable outcomes.

   Networking Tables (Salon DE)

  • Participants will identify table discussion topics during Day 1

 

  2:30 pm    Grantee Panel on Community Engagement: Mr. F. Dale Whitten (Salon DE)

  • Dale will facilitate a discussion with grantees about the importance of community engagement in their programs.  

  • Organizations on the Panel:  

    • East Side Aligned (East St. Louis, IL)

    • Youth First, Inc. (Evansville, IN)

    • Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (Utica, NY)

 

  4:45 pm    Break

                                           

  5:30 pm    St. Louise De Marillac Awards Banquet & Celebration of MMI’s 20 Years

(Sandpiper/Blue Heron Deck)

 

TUESDAY - SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

 

  7:15 am    Sunrise Prayer Service on the Beach - Optional  (6:59 am first light - 7:21 am sunrise)

 

  7:30 am    Breakfast Buffet - available until 8:30 am (Waters Edge Ballroom)

 

  8:15 am    Conference Opening For Day 3:  Sister Mary Bader, D.C. (Salon DE)

 

  8:30 am    Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty: Dr. Donna Beegle (Salon DE)

  • Donna will provide a poverty knowledge base necessary for improving outcomes in your community. Participants will gain tools for understanding how the many different life experiences of poverty impact success and what they can do to improve outcomes.

 

10:30 am    Conference Close and Sending Forth (Salon DE)

 

12:00 pm    Celebration of the Eucharist - Optional (Salon G)

 

Optional Unstructured Renewal Activities - Sand Sculpting, Beach Walk, Etc.

 

GRANTEE REVIEW

It was a wonderful opportunity to interact with MMI staff, the MMI board, and fellow grantees. I learned a lot, both through formal presentations and informal conversations. The location was beautiful and renewing.

SPEAKER BIOS

Father Tom McKenna, CM

 

Welcome back to the Table
If you attended the 2015 Grantee Renewal Conference, you may remember Father Tom on opening day with a session on Spirituality in the Workforce.  During this conference, Fr. Tom will review key points of the 2015 Grantee Renewal Conference, further define Systemic Change and show the importance of Community Engagement in efforts toward Systemic Change and Collective Impact.

The Rev. Thomas F. McKenna, C.M., a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., was ordained in 1970, he received a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. John’s University in 1973 and earned a Doctorate in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America in 1982. For 10 years, Father McKenna taught spirituality as a member of the department of theology at St. John’s. He has also taught at Tangaza College in Nairobi, Kenya. Father McKenna was a former Provincial Superior of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission.  He is the author of several articles that have been published in theological journals and has written one book, titled “Praying with Vincent de Paul,” a series of meditations on Vincent’s spirituality.  He is presently working with the St. Louise Province of Daughters of Charity at their St. Louis headquarters.

 

Mr. James Emrich

Strategic Leadership with Compassion: Infusing Mission With Vision & Spirit  
Jim will present a strategic leadership framework using as a case example a school he helped to found which now serves 600 children in Chester, PA.
 

Jim Emrich has forty-four years of experience in the fields of general management, corporate finance, leadership development and organizational behavior. Jim's professional responsibilities have included CFO of a multi entity not-for-profit health care chain; Presidential Exchange Executive serving in the Department of Health and Human Services; Senior management at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of a privately held enterprise which provided organizational consulting services and marketed employee assistance programs.

Jim's undergraduate degree is from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce with a concentration in corporate finance and his graduate degree in hospital administration is from the University of California, Berkeley. He has held adjunct faculty appointments at both the Universities of Pennsylvania and California and Bethel Seminary of the East.

During his career, Jim has served on 23 boards, both for-profit and not-for-profit and has a particular interest in trustee governance. He is a Lilly Endowment Trustee Educator.

In 1991, Jim established a consulting practice grounded in the discipline of servant-leadership. His client engagements have been with a variety of enterprises including for-profit firms such as Teleflex, Inc., The Bank of Montreal, The Wilmington Savings Fund Society and Morgan Stanley-Dean Witter; ECONET; religious enterprises such as McCormick Seminary, The Sisters of Charity in New York, the Sisters of Mercy in St. Louis and Sojourners/Call to Renewal; not-for-profit enterprises such as Elwyn, Inc., Leadership Oklahoma and The Hyde School; and peace and justice organizations such as the Center for Ethical Leadership, The Special Olympics World Games and the Martin Luther King Center. He has also been active for many years in a small action research group that is endeavoring to develop a practical theology of institutions which can be used in the workplace.

 

In preparation for his session, Jim is asking you to do a little work of inner discovery by taking a confidential personal values survey.  The Personal Values Assessment is a simple survey that takes just a few minutes of your time and provides a wealth of information about why you do what you do.  

 

He would also ask if you would consider some reading in advance:

First, ponder a story about a master woodcarver and how he was present to his own spirit and the spirit of the work he was ordered to do.

 

Second, read this short monograph by my dear friend, Parker Palmer.  It concludes with this paragraph, “I know that many of you are on this journey toward leading from within.  

 

Mr. Paul Schmitz

We All Have a Role to Play
Paul will lead an interactive workshop on the strategy, leadership culture, and community engagement necessary for collective impact efforts that create systemic, population level change.
 

Paul Schmitz is the CEO of Leading Inside Out, which advances strategies that develop authentic, inclusive, and collaborative leadership; engages community members as partners in solving community problems; and help diverse leaders and groups achieve greater impact together. Paul also serves as Senior Advisor to The Collective Impact Forum, a partnership of FSG and The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, and the first Innovation Fellow at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Innovation
and Impact.

Paul is the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up (Jossey Bass, 2011). The book is based on lessons learned from 21 years leading Public Allies, an innovative leadership development program that helped more than 5,000 diverse young adults across the country turn their passions to make a difference into careers as leaders working for community and social change.

Paul is a faculty member of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute; a board member of The Corps Network, Independent Sector, the NYU Leadership Initiative, Playworks, and The United Way of Greater Milwaukee. He is the former cochair of Voices for National Service, which led advocacy for AmeriCorps and other national service programs. Paul co-chaired the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign’s Civic Engagement Policy Group, was a member of The Obama-Biden Transition Team, and was appointed by President Obama to The White House Council for Community Solutions.

An honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Paul received their Graduate of the Last Decade Alumni award. He has also been recognized by The Rockefeller Foundation as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow, by the Nonprofit Times three separate years as one of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in America, and by Fast Company Magazine with their Social Capitalist Award for innovation. He lives in Milwaukee with his partner and five children.

Paul's book will be available for sale at the conference, or you can purchase here. Time will be provided at the conference for book signings.

 

Sister Marge Clifford, DC

Evaluating your Project
At the 2015 Grantee Renewal Conference, Sister Marge provided a short introductory session on Grant Writing.  For the 2017 conference, she will dive deeper into grant writing with a focus on setting goals and objectives with measurable outcomes.
 

Sister Margaret Marie (Marge) Clifford, D.C. has over 20 years of experience in Advancement.  She is currently working at the Vincentian Family Office in Philadelphia, PA.  There she creates international and national advancement initiatives to grow the Vincentian Family awareness and relationships, including Wise Assets Management workshops internationally and Project management.  Prior to her ministry with the Vincentian Family Office, Sister Marge worked in various ministries providing her advancement services in the areas of planning; research; writing; submission; evaluation; mentoring and teaching; and special events at the local, national and international levels.

 

Dr. Donna Beegle

Breaking the Iron Cage of Poverty
Donna will provide a poverty knowledge base necessary for improving outcomes in your community. Participants will gain tools for understanding how the many different life experiences of poverty impact success and what they can do to improve outcomes. Donna will also share examples from multiple communities who are implementing proven strategies and having success in removing poverty-related obstacles.

 

Dr. Donna Beegle inspires and educates individuals, organizations, politicians and entire communities with proven models to better outcomes for people in poverty. Born into a migrant labor family and married at 15, Dr. Beegle is the only member of her family who has not been incarcerated. By age 25, she earned her GED and then, within 10 years, received her doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is an authentic voice from poverty that speaks, writes and trains across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty for others through services provided by her company, Communication Across Barriers (CAB). For more than 25 years, she has traveled throughout hundreds of cities in 47 states and four countries to assist professionals with proven strategies for breaking poverty barriers. State agencies, politicians and other organizations have partnered with her to implement community-wide approaches to improving outcomes for citizens in poverty.

 

Dr. Beegle’s inspiring story of moving from 28 years of homelessness to achieving a doctorate and her groundbreaking work assisting people to move out of poverty has been featured on the internet, in newspapers, and on television around the nation. She is presently completing a PBS documentary with award-winning producer, George Rivera and was featured on CNN in The Other America segment. Dr. Beegle has received numerous awards (i.e. National Speaker of the year for the New Mexico Bar Foundation and the Oregon Ethics in Business award). In 2013 Donna was named Woman of Influence by the Portland Business Journal and received the Orchid Award which honors women who are compelling, affect change and represent their positions with strength, wisdom and grace. Just recently, Dr. Beegle was named a prestigious Woodrow Wilson Princeton Fellow through their Office of Governmental Relations. 

Donna's book See Poverty ... Be the Difference: Discover the Missing Pieces for Working with People in Poverty  will be available for sale at the conference, or you can purchase here. Time will be provided at the conference for book signings.

 
 

Visit Hibiscus Spa (on the lobby level) to sign up for activities to renewal your mind and body. 

Microcurrent Facial - A Microcurrent Facial improves skin tone, contour, and reduces wrinkles using LED therapy combined with powerful cosmeceuticals to deliver instant results.

 

Massage - Enjoy a relaxing light to medium pressure with

our signature massage. Therapists use steamed towels,

a lavender chamomile hot herbal back pack and eye pillow

to let you truly tune out the world and find peace within

your spirit.

Foot Scrub and Rub - Soak, exfoliate, massage and hydrate your tired feet. 

Hibiscus Spa 

 
 

RENEWAL ACTIVITIES

Sand Sculpting (on the beach between Tommy's Tiki Hut and the water)

 

MMI Board Member, F. Dale Whitten and his lovely assistant and wife, Linda, will lead you on the fine art of Sand Sculpting.  Dale and Linda will give you the tools and knowledge to build the perfect sandcastle and so much more.  For your comfort, pick up a towel at the beach desk.

Beach Walk (meet on the lower level by parking lot)

MMI Board Member, Sister Teresa George, will lead you to Pier 60 Park, located just past the Hilton parking lot.  From there, enjoy a walk on the winding beachside promenade with lush landscaping, artistic touches and clear views to Clearwater's award-winning beach and the water beyond, a place where bicyclists, rollerbladers and pedestrians all have safe and convenient access.  

The half-mile paved promenade begins at Pier 60 Park and ends at

the parking lot at the south beach area.

 

The use of the imagination is key to grasping what lies beyond human understanding. Through guided meditation, the imagination provides images for the soul’s expression.  Find this time of rest and relaxation with God, free from concerns and responsibilities.  Participate in a journey that will help you do this through deep rhythmic breathing and consideration of images that will challenge you to understand the significance of their presence in your life.  MMI Board Member, Sister Ann Marie Butler, will guide you during this time of meditation and reflection.  

 

Sister Ann Marie Butler, D.C. has been a teacher, principal, spiritual director and retreat director for a variety of groups of all ages from the very young to those who are experiencing the wisdom and challenges of the elder years.  She is the author of Many and Beautiful Things:  Small Group Spiritual Guidance.

Guided Meditation/Reflection (Salon A)

 

MMI staff member, Leah Roll, leads a 30 minute basic yoga class offering gentle/restorative movements and breath work to relax and renew the mind, body and spirit.  

 

Yoga mats and/or towels will be available for your comfort.

Yoga (Salon B)

Book Discussion (Salon C)

Join former MMI Board Member, Sister Mary Walz, in a candid discussion of The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World.  The 272 page Jacqueline Novogratz book is available as audio, paperback and e-reader formats at most book retailers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Audible, etc.)

 

The Blue Sweater is the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking to spend her life on a quest to understand global poverty and find powerful new ways of tackling it. It all started back home in Virginia, with the blue sweater, a gift that quickly became her prized possession―until the day she outgrew it and gave it away to Goodwill. Eleven years later in Africa, she spotted a young boy wearing that very sweater, with her name still on the tag inside. That the sweater had made its trek all the way to Rwanda was ample evidence, she thought, of how we are all connected, how our actions―and inaction―touch people every day across the globe, people we may never know or meet.
 

She shows, in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking, how traditional charity often fails, but how a new form of philanthropic investing called "patient capital" can help make people self-sufficient and can change millions of lives. More than just an autobiography or a how-to guide to addressing poverty, The Blue Sweater is a call to action that challenges us to grant dignity to the poor and to rethink our engagement with the world.

 
 
 

Unplugged Personal Renewal (on your own)

Relax, unplug and enjoy your time alone.  Meditate, journal or stare at the waves - anything goes as long as you leave your phone, computer and other connections to the outside world unplugged for this hour.