New This Year! On Thursday, March 2, DSAIA has gathered thought leaders for a day of in-depth workshops.  Cost to attend these workshops is included in your conference registration fee; choose your workshop when you register!  Check out the 3 workshops below and choose the one that fits your role.

From the Banquet to the Boardroom:  Empowering Executive Directors across the Lifespan of Down Syndrome Organizations
Thursday, March 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Especially for:  Executive Directors 
Join colleagues from around the country for this unique opportunity to network and meet like-minded professionals. This workshop offers a platform for leaders to exchange views and ideas, to discuss challenges as well as share ideas. Throughout the day, you will have an opportunity gain feedback from peers, listen to leaders who offer different prospectives, engage in collaborative problem-solving, and  develop your own leadership skills. Click here to see the full agenda.


Board Basics for New and Returning Board Members
Thursday, March 2 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Especially for:  All Board Members
Presented by: Amy Van Bergen
Even if they receive a copy of the bylaws, many nonprofit board members never receive an orientation about their basic roles and responsibilities. As a result, you have amazing people who want to help but don’t know how. Add to that mix, staff members that don’t understand why their board isn't doing more. In this workshop, we will go over the basic responsibilities of nonprofit board service to help board leaders understand their commitment and to set appropriate expectations between staff and board. Additionally, we will explore ways for nonprofit board members to maximize support of the organization's mission. This session is also a great program for individuals interested in exploring a nonprofit board leadership role on the executive committee and gaining a better understanding of what this commitment means. It will also give you tools to easily create your own annual board orientation process.
· Learn what it means to be a nonprofit board member and define your individual commitment
· Gain a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of nonprofit boards
· Learn how to move your board beyond basic oversight to governance as leadership
· Receive tools to create your own basic board orientation program


Hot Topics for Staff in Down Syndrome Associations
Thursday, March 2 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Especially for:  All Staff--Program, Development, Outreach, and more
This workshop is especially for staff members—fundraising, programs, marketing, etc. There will be something for everyone and this workshop offers an opportunity to build your professional network, learn something new, share your successes and challenges. Each of the Hot Topic presenters below will speak for 30 minutes. At 2:30pm thiese presentations will be followed by facilitated roundtable discussions. Attendees will leave with great takeaways for their individual organization. Click here for the full agenda and list of presenters.