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Date(s) - 02/05/2020 - 02/06/2020
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Doubletree Hotel


Executive Leadership Conference – February 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am – February 6, 2020 @ 3:30 pm

The Executive Forum Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the Executive Forum Leadership Conferences, which will be taking place February 5 – 6, 2020 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Lisle, IL. This two day leadership conference offers information to everyone ranging from executives to parents/self-advocates. Main topics discussed include, Employment, Transformational Change, Opportunities for Growth and Innovation, and Healthcare. Click below to see the full line up of speakers.

AGENDA – Wednesday, February 5, 2020

8:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.Good Morning! Meg Cooch, Executive Director, The Arc of Illinois

Meg will review the objectives of the conference and give updates on State and National Affairs.

9:30- 10:15 a.m. – “Division of Rehabilitation Services Strategic Direction”

Presented by Director Rahnee Patrick, Division of Rehabilitation Services

Director Patrick will talk about DRS’ strategic direction, the steps the Division is taking to improve  employment services for people with I/DD and strengthen partnerships with community providers.

10:15- 11:15 a.m. – “Transformation in Employment: Supported Employment,                                                           Subminimum Wage and Community Trends”

                       Presented by Director Patrick, a Self-Advocate and Providers

A panel of the Director of DRS, a self-advocate and providers will talk about the opportunities and        challenges with transforming the current employment and community day systems to address federal and state employment priorities.

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. –  Break

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. – “Achieving Transformational Change”

              Presented by Lisa M. Dietlin

As a highly sought-after Transformational Change Coach working with everyone from students to CEOs, and Fortune 500 companies to community-based nonprofits, Lisa has seen firsthand how the ability to embrace and even pursue transformational change makes a profound difference in our work, our communities, and our lives. Lisa will share her life-changing event that opened her eyes to the power of transformational change.

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Luncheon: “DHS Strategic Direction”

                Presented by Secretary Grace Hou, Department of Human Services

Secretary Hou will discuss the exciting new priorities and activities of the Illinois Department of Human Services including her vision for working with community organizations and funding for critical  services.

2:00 –3:15 p.m. – “Opportunities for Growth and Innovation”

                                 Presented by a Panel

Learn about new and different opportunities in the state for growth and innovation including the new bill expanding 377 boards, new funding opportunities through the IL Council on Developmental       Disabilities, IFF funding, assistive technology pilot and self-advocacy innovations.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. –  Break

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. – “Division of Developmental Disabilities Priorities”

            Presented by Allison Stark, Director, Division  of Developmental Disabilities, DHS

Director Stark will talk about  the key priorities of the Division as well as hot topics regarding the rates oversight committee, supported employment learning network and more.

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. – “Ligas Consent Decree Update”

             Presented by Ronnie Cohn, Ligas Court Monitor

Ligas Court Monitor, Ronnie Cohn, will discuss her findings around the Ligas Class Member quality reviews and the perspective of the state’s compliance related to rates, staffing and investment.

5:00 – 5:45 p.m. – “Hospitality”

6:00 p.m. – Dinner – Cooper’s Hawk, Naperville, IL

Meet in the hotel lobby at 5:45 for a bus to Cooper’s Hawk!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

8:30-9:15 a.m. –           Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. –         Good Morning!  Kim Zoeller, Executive Forum President 

Lessons Learned and Objectives of the Day

9:30-10:45 a.m. –   “Federal Policy and Advocacy Perspective”

Presented by Nicole Jorwic

Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy for the Arc of the United States will share the latest from DC including key legislation and implementation of rules and regulations.

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. –  “Medicaid Managed Care and I/DD Trends”

        Presented by Laura Vegas, National Association of Directors of Developmental

                                                    Disability Services (NASDDDS)

Laura Vegas will share the latest trends across the country in the use of Medicaid managed care and other value based payment models.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. – Luncheon:  “Healthcare and Family Services’ Medicaid Priorities”

      Presented by Theresa Eagleson, Director, Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Director Eagleson will share her vision for HFS and HFS priorities around Medicaid including waiver services.

1:30 – 2:45 p.m. –   “Breaking Down Divides: I/DD and Mental Health”

                                                                 Presented by a Panel

Learn from a panel of providers who will discuss how they are harnessing funding through the behavioral health/mental health in order to support people with I/DD in different ways.


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DoubleTree Hotel

3003 Corporate West Dr.

Lisle, IL 60532