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Keynote: Meeting the Moment by Leading the Last 8%

General Session
After a year of trials and tribulations, better days seem to be on the horizon. As we face a new post-pandemic normal, tough decisions and conversations will have to be made in order to fully realize our organizations’ successes. Avoiding the difficult conversations, decisions, and tasks, what is referred to as the Last 8% of Situations, not only inhibits an organization’s ability to adapt and win but disengages their most important resource, their people. During this inspiring keynote presentation by emotional intelligence and peak performance thought-leader Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry, the ANCOR community will learn how to engage in the difficult conversations and decisions that lead to a high-performing culture that can drive innovation, engagement, and success. JP Pawliw-Fry is the co-author of the New York Times best seller, Performing Under Pressure: The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most.
  • JP Pawliw-Fry, Bestselling Author; Partner and Co-Founder of Institute for Health and Human Potential

Keynote: Moving from Color-Blindness to Racial Consciousness

General Session
Our community and our country have taken on a new level of responsibility for racial equity since the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. As a result, there has been an increased focus on conversations and actions related to race within our workplaces, and these have highlighted the need for deeper understanding about race and equity and their intersections with our work. This session will offer an introduction to the history of our fixation on color-blindness and how we've gotten to this moment in our history. This session will also make clear why we need to move past the business case for diversity, equity and inclusion and embrace a broader perspective around racial consciousness.
  • Allison Manswell, Founder & Chief Results Officer, Path Forward Consulting, LLC

The Final Frontier: Supporting the Transition to a Meaningful Day

General Session
This session will kick off with the annual State of the Association address from ANCOR CEO Barbara Merrill. Barbara will highlight the myriad ways the ANCOR community has risen to meet the moment over the past year and highlight the many opportunities on the horizon for the ANCOR community to deepen its engagement and impact. One of the ways our impact will be most pronounced in the coming year is through the transition toward more inclusive day programs for people with I/DD. Therefore, after her State of the Association address, Barbara will moderate a panel discussion about supporting the transition to a more meaningful day.
With the new Administration in place and light emerging at the end of the pandemic tunnel,  there’s a renewed focus on the looming HCBS Settings Rule implementation deadline. States are employing a variety of approaches to ensure compliance, but just like states' Medicaid programs, compliance strategies vary from state to state. This is particularly true in the "final frontier" when it comes to community-based services: ensuring a meaningful day for people supported. To help providers understand the perspective of the Biden Administration and navigate the challenge of adhering to the Settings Rule in the context of day programs, this session will convene a rock-star lineup of state and federal experts and regulators who will discuss key considerations as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic with a new rulebook in play.
  • Alison Barkoff, Acting Administrator & Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Administration for Community Living 
  • Christopher Button, Supervisory Policy Advisor, U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy 
  • Barbara Merrill, Chief Executive Officer, ANCOR
  • Mary Sowers, Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services