Be part of United Way of Broome County’s annual conference, entirely dedicated to organizational best practices and community collaboration.

United Way of Broome County is excited to announce the third annual Partnering for a Purpose Conference. This year’s conference will be fully virtual, with two full days of conference sessions on Monday, November 9th, and Tuesday, November 10th.

Keynote Speaker, Bill Clark, World Champion, and World Record Holding Powerlifter, a Multi Guinness Book of World Records Title Holder, International Medalist in Olympic weightlifting, and much more, will bring insight on leadership, teamwork, and the importance of a positive mindset.

In addition to a dynamic keynote, Day 1 of the conference will convene professionals around each of United Way’s strategic priority areas, with experts speaking on topics relevant to Basic Needs, Health, Education, and Financial Stability.

** Please note, Funded Community Partners are required to attend the session-specific to funding area strategic priority, at a minimum. Full conference participation is recommended. **

Sessions on Day 2 of the conference will focus on professional development opportunities, covering topics such as marketing, program evaluation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.




9:30am - 10:45am: Keynote: Bill Clark, World Champion

The 2020 Partnering for a Purpose Conference kicks off with Bill Clark, a motivational speaker, world champion and record holding powerlifter, multi Guinness Book of World Records title holder, international medalist in Olympic weightlifting, division one college strength trainer, college lecturer, and to top it all off, high school teacher! In this keynote speech, Bill Clark discusses the power of leadership, collaboration, and a positive mindset.

11:00am - 12:00pm: Understanding ALICE: Brenda Episcopo, United Way NYS
Who is ALICE? 27% of Broome County households are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed, earning an income above the federal poverty line, but below what is needed to afford their family’s needs such as healthcare, transportation, and housing. During this session, Brenda Episcopo offers an overview of the 2020 ALICE Report for Broome County, including what this information means for the community we serve and how you can access this data at home.
Please note – funded Financial Stability partners are required to attend this session. All others are welcome.
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Social Determinants of Health: Jack Salo, Rural Health Network
When it comes to improving the health of Broome County residents, increasing access to healthcare is just one piece of a larger, more comprehensive strategy we must implement. In this session, Jack Salo from Rural Health Network discusses the importance of social determinants of health in relation to Broome County’s 2019-2024 Community Health Assessment.
Please note – funded Health and HLC partners are required to attend this session. All others are welcome.
2:00pm - 3:00pm: Parent Engagement and Student Success, Dr. Denise Yull, Binghamton University
Join Binghamton University’s Dr. Denise Yull, as she highlights the critical role that parents play in improving educational outcomes for students. Dr. Yull will answer questions and discuss how local organizations can assist parents in supporting and advocating for their children.
Please note – funded Education partners are required to attend this session. All others are welcome.
3:30pm - 4:30pm: Homelessness in Broome County, Rebecca Rathmell, Housing Advocate and Owner of ProcessSPEAKS
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the homeless population of the Southern Tier of New York has steadily continued to rise over the last decade. Local housing advocate and Owner of ProcessSPEAKS Rebecca Rathmell presents on the state of homelessness in Broome County and how we can work together to address this crisis as we move forward.
Please note – funded Basic Needs partners are required to attend this session. All others are welcome.


9:30am - 10:30am: Troubleshooting the "Volunteerscape" Panel
Volunteers play a critical role in our organizations. Local volunteer administrators discuss strategies you can use to get the right fit, and what to do if you find yourself in the midst of a not so great fit. Participate in this interactive panel featuring Vikki Collazo from Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference, Haley Desilet from Rural Health Service Corps, and Morgan White from Action for Older Persons, moderated by Jibreel Cooper from VINES.
11:00am - 12:00pm: Looking Back and Moving Forward, United Way of Broome County Staff
Let’s catch up! Join United Way of Broome County staff as we reflect on the past year including the community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, staff will present the results of the recent Community Based Organization survey, as well as introduce new support services we are excited to offer to local organizations, include a new Volunteer Digital Platform to connect local nonprofits to volunteers in our community.
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Program Evaluation, Dr. Kristina Lambright, Binghamton University

Join Binghamton University’s Dr. Kristina Lambright as she walks attendees through the basics of program evaluation, including how to select the right indicators and how and why you should create a logic model for your program. Whether you are new to program evaluation or just need a refresher, all skill levels are welcome!

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Marketing in the “New Normal”, Jocelyn Bailey, IdeaKraft
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to influence not only our personal lives but also the daily operations of our organizations, including how we market ourselves to potential donors, clients, and volunteers. In this interactive session, Idea Kraft’s Jocelyn Bailey will present on innovative marketing, branding, and fundraising strategies for our “no contact” world.
3:30pm - 5:00pm: Equity vs. Equality, Emerging Leaders Society Let's Get Real Roundtable Panel
What is the difference between equality and equity, and why does this difference matter? Listen in to a timely, interactive, raw, unfiltered conversation with local young professionals designed for you to build character, become a champion of positive cultural change, and cultivate personal and professional leadership skills. This roundtable is the third installment in the Emerging Leaders Society series.

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