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15th Annual Conference

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304

The conference will be held in the Workforce Development Center. See the interactive campus map or the printable campus map for directions and details.

About the Conference

The 15th Annual Conference – with the theme “Taking on Today: Success Strategies for Human Services Professionals in the New Normal” – will include nonprofit leaders, board members, program staff and volunteers who will learn about innovative strategies and creative approaches to managing and navigating change. Mark O’Bryant, President /CEO of Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, is the featured keynote luncheon speaker. Please see below for our conference schedule and the amazing workshops available this year!


$65 for members and $100 for nonmembers. A continental breakfast will be provided at check-in and lunch will be catered by Uptown Café (meat and vegetarian options available).


As an organization approved by the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling, Daniel Memorial, Inc. is able to offer this activity for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit. CE Provider #50-481. Expires 03/31/2015. As an organization approved by the Florida Certification Board, Big Bend Community Based Care, Inc. is able to offer 5.5 hours of continuing education credit. CE Provider #5171-AE. Expires 12/31/14.

Conference Schedule

Pre-conference Workshop

May 13 from 5:30 PM-8:30 PM: Building Better Boards sponsored by Leadership Tallahassee. To register for this pre-conference workshop click here.

8:00 AM Check-in and Breakfast                  

Offerings from 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Tell the Story: Why Performance Measures Matter
Presenter: Cat Keen, Volunteer Florida

Join this interactive session and explore common language for describing the impact of your work. Learn a framework for describing ‘your story’ through outputs and outcomes. Explore how documenting the change contributes to program sustainability and stakeholder support.

Creating Optimal Health from the Inside Out
Presenters: Mary Barley, Wellness Coach, Leon County; Heather Fuselier, Certified Wellness Coach

Stress is a given in our world today, but it doesn't have to be a negative part of life. In fact, stress can even be a good thing! We will learn about the different ways stress occurs, affects us, and changes our health. Then we'll dive into techniques and strategies for managing stress to reduce or avoid burnout, master our emotions, balance work and life, and live a more balanced and fulfilling life. This session will be interactive, so bring a pen and notebook and be ready to think differently!

Marketing – Building a Foundation for Support
Presenters: Gary Yordon, Governance, Inc.

We live in a very noisy universe. How can your organization be heard over the noise? Everyone is asking for support…how you can craft a message that connects you with your community. Stop trying to think outside the box…it’s what’s inside the box that matters. Inside the box are authenticity, substance and character.

Communication Across Generations
Presenters: Charles McDonald, Children’s Home Society

We now have four generations of employees in the current work force: The Millennials, the Xers, the Baby Boomers, and the Matures. Each Generation of employees have different preferences when it comes to communication. The best communications strategy incorporates all four generations.

Understanding and Incorporating Trauma Informed Care Practices in to Current Agency Functioning (CEU)
Presenters: Jennifer Barr, LCSW

This presentation will provide an overview of Trauma Informed Care, including a discussion of trauma and trauma related diagnoses, as well as the approach’s basic principles and significance. It will also detail practical methods by which attendees can incorporate and implement Trauma Informed Care practices in to their respective agencies.

Offerings from 10:15 AM-11:45 AM

IT on a Shoestring: How Nonprofits Can Maximize IT Planning
Presenters: John Hornebuckle, FSU School of Business; Geri Forbes, CEO of TMH partner Doctors’ Memorial Hospital; Rich English, Executive Director America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend

This session is designed to help executive leadership explore options for maintaining a secure and reliable technology infrastructure within the financial constraints faced by most not-for-profit service agencies. While there’s no silver bullet, there are a variety of strategies and tactics that can help. A panel of seasoned experts will provide their experiences and engage with participants to discuss IT budgeting best practices, challenges, and victories.

Managing "Ahem" Supervising Interns and Volunteers
Presenters: Kay Pelt-Walker; VolunteerLeon, Stephen Mills, FSU Student Ambassador Program, Monique Ellsworth, FSU Student Ambassador, and Matt Vossler, Kids, Inc.

Nonprofits rely heavily on interns and volunteers, but many agencies do a poor job of managing them. As a result, more than one-third of those who volunteer one year do not donate their time the next year-at any nonprofit. This workshop will get leaders headed in the right direction when it comes to this overlooked and undervalued talent pool and will provide an overview of Volunteer Motivational Analysis and Maximizing the Volunteer Experience. Participants will learn about the FSU Ambassador program and how they can access interns from that program.

Best Practices When Contracting with State and Local Government
Presenters: Karen Walker, Holland and Knight PA, and Walter Sachs, Inspector General for the Department of Management Services

Participants will explore key facets that govern the public procurement process; and will focus on contracts entered into by the public authorities/governments. This workshop will also cover the various dispute resolution mechanisms applicable in a public procurement context. Finally, participants will engage in a discussion and provide input on improvements they would like to see in the public procurement system.

Change Your Mind, Change Your Future: Developing Your Leadership Brand
Presenters: Kimberly Moore, Tallahassee Community College and Mike Watkins, Big Bend Community Based Care. Moderator: Anna-Kay Hutchison, Capital Regional YMCA

Have you ever wondered why some people experience tremendous success and upward mobility in their careers, while others appear to be stagnant? Is it motivation, drive, networking skills? Is there something that you should be doing differently? This dynamic session will focus on core tenets to take your leadership skills to the next level. Investing in professional growth and development through mentor relationships, ongoing knowledge enhancement and community engagement can enhance your leadership potential. Join this structured dialogue to further explore insights and strategies for generating staff commitment, inspiring shared goals, and creating compelling visions of performance excellence.

Get the Inside Secrets for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention
Presenter: Dr. Anika Foster, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association

What you don’t know about substance abuse and violence prevention can hurt your efforts to help children and youth. Get the inside secrets from the prevention expert! Substance abuse and violence prevention are pervasive issues cutting across racial, socio-economic, geographic and generational lines. The complexity of these issues requires a comprehensive approach that includes prevention and treatment activities. Over the years, substance abuse prevention efforts have evolved from the use of scare tactics to a science based approach. This approach is based on the public health model and is driven by the concept of outcome-based prevention. Prevention now focuses on the complex interplay of multiple factors at the individual, community and societal levels. This session is designed to offer an introduction to the principles, models, and theory of modern substance abuse prevention.

12:00 PM-1:15 PM - Lunch Catered by Uptown Cafe with Plenary Speaker Mark O'Bryant

Offerings from 1:30 PM-3:00 PM

How to Advocate within the Law
Presenters: Jessica Lowe-Minor, Florida League of Women Voters; Gigi Rollini, Esq., Messer Caparello, P.A. Moderator: Ellen Piekalkiewicz, UPHS

Through attending this workshop participants will learn: (1) the do's and don'ts of grassroots advocacy, (2) the best way to represent yourself and/or your organization, and (3) how to deliver your message to elected officials in order to generate maximum results.

Succeeding in the New Normal: Embracing Change and Opportunity
Presenters: Scott VanDeman, President/CEO

This workshop explores the rapid nature of change in the 21st century, and provides effective techniques professionals can use right now to flourish in the 'New Normal.' Participants will gain insight regarding how change affects them and others, learn techniques to manage their own and others' resistance to change, and learn about both positive and negative behaviors that affect their ability to navigate change.

Fraud in the Workplace
Presenters: Mark Payne, James Moore and Company

This workshop will discuss how to improve a nonprofit’s existing internal controls. We will discuss ways to solve control issues and how to correct them without adding additional, unbugeted cost. In addition, the workshop will review fraud schemes and why and how they happened.

Achieving Cultural Competence
Presenters: Kelly Otte and Yolanda Fairell

This workshop will define cultural competency and explain why it is an essential ability for staff working with the diverse community we live in. Participants will have the opportunity to think about their own process of understanding as well as be given concrete tools to develop the knowledge and skills needed to work towards becoming culturally competent.

Engaging Supervision: The Relationship Factor that Can Make or Break Your Team
Presenter: Carol Edwards, Community Based Care of the Big Bend

Come and enjoy an interactive session that addresses the big issue of supervision. During this session we will explore differences in styles of learning and behaving and how staff form relationships with others. We will also discover the implications of how the way supervisors see themselves can impact their ability to bring out the best in individuals on their teams. Hands on experiences and assessment tools will be introduced to create a dynamic learning opportunity. Leave this session equipped with information about how you can consciously utilize your own personality and skills to tailor the supervision of each individual staff person.

Pro Bono Legal Clinic for Nonprofits:
A Free Legal Assessment for Your Nonprofit

After the Annual Conference - 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The Pro Bono Legal Clinic for Nonprofits is designed to help local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations understand and address their legal needs to help prevent complicated and expensive problems from arising. This inaugural event will provide nonprofits the opportunity to:

  • Obtain a free legal assessment from volunteer attorneys from various specialties (such as human resources, contracts, real estate, and corporate governance) matched to the nonprofit’s needs
  • Identify issues that may affect the legal health of your nonprofit organization
  • Determine whether the nonprofit is in compliance with applicable laws and identify areas that need to be addressed or updated

To be eligible to participate in the Clinic, your agency must be a 501(c)(3) organization whose primary purpose is to serve low-income individuals or communities.

Membership Networking Reception

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Location TBD

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
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Location: Tallahassee Community College

Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m.
15 concurrent workshops throughout the day from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Building Better Boards, May 5, 5:30 p.m. - 8:15 pm. TCC

United Partners for Human Services (UPHS) is pleased to offer a selection of workshops conducted by prominent business professionals and respected citizen leaders in the Big Bend community and across the state of Florida. These workshops will include sessions on:

  • Fiscal Management
  • Executive Director Training,
  • Marketing & Fund Development,
  • Program/Case Management,
  • Middle management/Supervisor Leadership Development.

In partnership with many of Tallahassee's nonprofit organizations, UPHS is committed to providing today's community leaders and advocates with the essential building blocks necessary for guaranteed workforce success and longevity.

Visit the Annual Conference page for more info and to register!

Full Board Retreat

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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UPHS Membership Holiday Networking Lunch

Thursday, December 17, 2015 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Celebrate United Partners for Human Services!

Join your fellow UPHS members for German night at Township Tallahassee where there will be special foods and a cash bar. Come for the networking, stay for the German Band!


Township Tallahassee
619 S. Woodward Avenue (across from Madison Social)

Parking available after 4:30 p.m. in FSU Student lots at Pensacola & Woodward; and St. Augustine & Woodward

UPHS Members and Partners Networking

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UPHS Holiday Event

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 4:30 pm
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UPHS Holiday Grub, Gifts and Gab!

The UPHS Board of Directors invites you to come to Brass Tap on Wednesday, December 13 to celebrate with UPHS and its partners the holiday season. We are starting at 4:30 p.m. to accommodate those who have more than one event to attend.

Join us for holiday treats, gifts and good cheer. There might even be carol sing-a-long (back by popular demand). We will be welcoming our newest Executive Director, Tomica Smith, the new ED at the Capital Area Healthy Start.

Please feel free to invite your Board members.

(parking next door at TMH Administrative Building)

UPHS Members and Partners Networking

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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UPHS Members and Partners Networking

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Resilience Screening & Community Discussion

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 2:30 pm
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Join United Partners for Human Services, City of Tallahassee, FL - Government and Prevent Child Abuse Florida for a free screening of the documentary Resilience followed by a community discussion. Resilience explores the biology of toxic stress and the science of hope.

Click here to register

Tallahassee Beer Festival

Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Visit https://www.tlhbeerfestival.com/ for tickets and more information!

20th UPHS Conference for Excellence in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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For full information and to register, visit our UPHS Annual Conference page.

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