2022 Leadership Conference: The Future of Possible

2022 Leadership Conference: The Future of Possible

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The 2022 Leadership Conference will be a hybrid event- June 6-8, 2022! You can attend the 2022 Leadership Conference live in Washington DC or you can attend all the 2022 Leadership Conference virtual sessions on NCA Engage from the convenience of your home or workplace. All breakout sessions will be pre-recorded and plenary sessions will be livestreamed. 

This hybrid conference aims to provide continuing education, networking opportunities, and exposure to innovative programs and ideas for Children's Advocacy Center leaders. The 2022 conference agenda includes NCA's annual membership meeting, awards ceremony, plenary sessions, and 50 workshops. We're working with our incredible lineup of speakers and partners to build an engaging and educational virtual and in-person conference experience.

Conference attendees will have access to the virtual conference site and workshops until September 30, 2022!


Registration Information:

Registration Fees

NCA Member (Early Registration) – $650.00 Early registration price for Accredited, Associate/Developing, Satellite, Affiliate, or Chapter members registering before April 30, 2022. Early registration fees must be paid in full by May 20, 2022. All unpaid registrations will be canceled June 6, 2022 

NCA Member Registration – $700.00 Special price for Accredited, Associate/Developing, Satellite, Affiliate, or Chapter members registering after April 30, 2022.

Non-Member (Early Registration) – $700.00 For non-members registering before April 30, 2022. Early registration fees must be paid in full by May 20, 2022. All unpaid registrations will be canceled June 6, 2022

Non-Member Registration – $750.00 general registration fee for non-members registering after April 30, 2022. 

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be received by email to the Education and Meetings Coordinator, Rachael Novick (leadershipconference@nca-online.org). Cancellations received on or before May 1, 2022, will be refunded at 80% of the full tuition. Refunds will not be given for cancellations received after May 1, 2022, or for participants who register but do not attend.

Tuition includes entry to all of the conference sessions, awards ceremony, membership meeting, networking opportunities, and conference participant materials.

You may either pay online with credit card during the registration process or mail a check made out to National Children's Alliance and a copy of your invoice to:

Attn: Leadership Conference National Children’s Alliance  PO Box 71477, Washington, DC 20024.

Please Note: Early registration fees must be paid in full by May 20, 2022. All unpaid registrations will be canceled June 6, 2022.


How do I sign up for an NCA Engage account? 

Please visit NCA Engage Getting Started page for step-by-step instructions to request an NCA Engage account. The account request form will include a field that asks for an Organizational ID number. The Organizational ID number will inform us that the person signing into NCA Engage is employed at or partnered with a member organization. Please email membership@nca-online.org if you need your Organizational ID. 

If you are not employed at or partnered with a member organization, please enter LC2022 as your Organizational ID for non-member access to NCA Engage. 

Please note, registrants with a member organization will receive a discounted registration fee.


In-Person Conference Information: 

The current federal travel ban prohibits federal funds from being used for travel to in-person training or events, in addition to payment of staff time to travel to or attend/present at those events. Should the travel ban remain in place by the start of the conference, no federally funded travel or staff time to attend in person can be charged to federal awards. Registration, however, may be transitioned from in-person to virtual attendance at no cost and may be charged to federal awards.

Travel to Washington, DC: 

Three major airports serve the Washington, D.C. area: Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI). 

Of the three airports, Reagan National Airport is the closest and travel to the conference hotel by taxi, rideshare, or Metro (Washington’s subway system) is simple. Dulles and BWI airports are approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour from the conference hotel; private shuttles or private transportation is recommended when flying into these airports. 

Accommodations: 

Conference Center Hotel Information- The Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel, located at 999 9th Street NW, is home to Leadership Conference 2022. All conference sessions will be at the hotel which is centrally located in Penn Quarter, adjacent to the Washington Convention Center and within 2 blocks of the Metro, Chinatown, numerous restaurants and entertainment on 7th and H Streets. 

image Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel

A block of rooms has been set up at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel and the Courtyard Washington Downtown/Convention Center at the federal rate per night plus tax for single and double occupancy.
On April 29, 2022 the credit card on file for the reservation will be charged a 1-night non-refundable deposit. Please ensure that the credit card information provided is up to date; in case the deposit required cannot be collected, your reservation(s) will be cancelled. 

Book a room at the Renaissance here! 

Book a room at the Courtyard here!


COVID-19 Conference Protocol:  

All participants at the in-person 2022 Leadership Conference are required to be fully vaccinated per the CDC Guidelines*. This requirement applies to everyone attending, whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor. Proof of vaccination will be required on site. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination means documentation that the individual is at least two weeks past the full primary two-injection course of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or a single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Consistent with CDC guidance, National Children's Alliance also strongly encourages all attendees to receive a booster dose once eligible.

Masks are required in the meeting space at all times except while eating, drinking, or actively presenting. 

National Children's Alliance may change, update, or add to these requirements at any time to best protect the health and safety of attendees and others, and attendees must comply with relevant policies and requirements as communicated by National Children's Alliance. 

 *Any individual seeking a documented medical exemption from this requirement should contact our conference organizer. 

 2022 Leadership Conference Website

How do I register?

You can register by logging in with your NCA Engage account (see below for how to register for a NCA Engage account) and by clicking register in the right hand corner of this page. The early registration fee is $650 for members and $700 for non-members that register before April 30, 2022. After April 30, 2022 the general registration fee is $700 for members and $750 for non-members. While registering, you will be required to choose in-person attendance or virtual attendance. Both in-person and virtual registration includes entry to all of the virtual conference sessions, awards ceremony, exhibit hall, annual meeting and conference participant materials. In addition, In-person conference registration includes meals, and receptions. Registration is the same cost for both conference experiences. You may either pay online during the registration process or mail a check.


What are the COVID-19 Policies for the in-person Conference? 

All participants at the in-person 2022 Leadership Conference are required to be fully vaccinated per the CDC Guidelines*. This requirement applies to everyone attending, whether a presenter, attendee, exhibitor, staff, guest, or vendor. Proof of vaccination and masks will be required on site. NCA will also follow local Washington, DC and hotel requirements.  

*Any individual seeking a documented medical exemption from this requirement should contact our conference organizer. 


What if I register for the in-person conference, but change my mind later? 

You are able to switch your registration from in-person to virtual or virtual to in-person at no cost. Please email the conference coordinator, Rachael, at leadershipconference@nca-online.org or rnovick@nca-online.org and ask to switch your registration at any time. 

Everyone who registers for Leadership Conference (in-person or virtual) will have access to all of the virtual content until September 30, 2022. 


What are the policies regarding the federal travel ban? 

As of April 4, 2022, the COVID- related federal travel ban no longer prevents the use of your federal awards to pay for travel and registration to attend the 2022 Leadership Conference in DC! 


How do I pay by check?

Please select "check" under payment method during check out. After checking out, please save your invoice or email confirmation. Please mail your check and invoice, payable to National Children's Alliance, to:

National Children's Alliance P.O. Box 71477 Washington, DC 20024

Write Leadership Conference in the memo of the check or with a note addressing what event the payment is for. 

** Your event registration is incomplete, and you will not have access to the event, until your check is received and is manually approved by our staff.


Can I pay for multiple registrations at once? 

Yes, but each individual attending Leadership Conference will need to register independently using their own NCA Engage account. You will need to request an invoice from the conference coordinator (leadershipconference@nca-online.org) to pay by check or credit card for a group. 


What is my username/Password?

Please use your NCA Engage username and password to login and access the virtual conference website.

CLICK HERE to reset your Engage password


How do I sign up for an NCA Engage account?

Please visit NCA Engage Getting Started page for step-by-step instructions to request an NCA Engage account. The account request form will include a field that asks for an Organizational ID number. The Organizational ID number will inform us that the person signing into NCA Engage is employed at or partnered with a member organization. Please email membership@nca-online.org if you need your Organizational ID.

If you are not employed at or partnered with a member organization, please enter LC2022 as your Organizational ID for non-member access to NCA Engage. Non-member access will provide access to the virtual Leadership Conference. 

CLICK HERE to request an Engage account 


What should I do about registration if my CAC applied for NCA Grant Funding in 2022? 

Conference Registration

For any CAC organizations who have applied for NCA grant funding in 2022, it is recommended that you register for the Leadership Conference after receiving your grant award letter so that you are able to charge the costs to your grant. Please be mindful that registrations made prior to your award letter date may not be charged to your NCA grant.

Hotel and Travel

For any CAC organizations who have applied for NCA grant funding in 2022, upon receiving your grant award letter, it is recommended that you reach out to your assigned Program Associate to discuss plans for travel. The current federal travel ban prohibits federal funds from being used for in-person travel, training, or events, in addition to payment of staff time to travel to or attend/present at those events. Should the travel ban remain in place by the start of the conference, no federally funded travel to attend in-person can be charged to NCA Awards.


What ongoing access will conference attendees have to the 2022 virtual conference?

Attendees will have access to the conference on-demand recordings and materials for three months. Access to the 2022 Leadership Conference will end on September 30, 2022 for all conference attendees.


What happens if I miss a live session or cannot attend?

If you register but happen to miss any of the live webcasts, no problem! Each session will be recorded and available on demand after the event until September 30, 2022.


How do I access the sessions?

Once the conference page is live, you can access any of the sessions by clicking on the "Agenda" or "Live Sessions" tab on the main navigation menu. From there, select the conference day you would like to view. Click on any session title and access the "View Session" button.


Can I share access to my NCA Engage account with others on my staff to access sessions? 

Sharing your account credentials, such as your password, with others, is not permitted. It also carries security risks for you and your staff. While logged in using another person's credentials, users may post, reply, and share articles under the account owner's name. Even if inadvertent, posts and comments from the unauthorized user can potentially lead others to believe the account owner has made the comments under their name, and anyone logged into someone else's account can access sensitive communications from private communities and personal communications between users they were not meant to see.  From a practical perspective, users logged in as another person may not obtain CEUs or other credits, and the system may automatically log out multiple users logged in under the same account. The system bandwidth and the number of seats available in each live session are also based upon the number of registrations we receive, potentially causing system slowdowns or paid users being unable to enter rooms, just like an overcrowded concert. 

Please purchase registration for all staff and partners who wish to attend the conference. 


When will the workshop recording be available to conference attendees? 

All workshops are prerecorded and scheduled to be released Monday, June 6, 2022. 


Can I receive CEUs for the conference?

Attendees must complete at least 30 minutes of each virtual workshop or attend in-person and complete the short workshop evaluation at the conclusion of each session they attend to receive credit. Attendees can access their conference certificate by clicking the certificate button on the homepage. If allowed in your State and/or professional discipline, you may use the certificate and detailed certificate report to obtain CEUs. NCA keeps records on file for CEU audit verifications. 

Conference attendees must complete the workshop and workshop evaluation by September 30, 2022. Conference attendees will not have access to workshops or workshop evaluations after September 30, 2022, and the conference certificate will only include credit for completed workshop evaluations. 


Will I receive credit for watching workshop recordings?

Yes, conference attendees can access the conference site until September 30, 2022, and can continue to watch workshops and receive credit.


Do NCA grant-funded attendees need to attend a minimum number of sessions in order to submit the registration cost as part of a grant report? 

NCA grant representatives and any NCA grant-funded attendees must attend the equivalent of one session per each concurrent session with a minimum of at least five (5) workshops. Please contact your assigned Program Associate if you have further questions or concerns.


Do grantees need to complete their workshops and workshop evaluations by a specific date? 

Grantees will need their attendee certificates to upload with their report following the end of the conference, grantees may not submit for reimbursement of this expense until the conference has ended and therefore certificate received. Knowing this, grantees should plan accordingly by having their grant-funded attendees complete their sessions in enough time to collect documentation for the appropriate reporting deadlines. In order for the expense to be approved, all NCA grant-funded attendees must attend a minimum five (5) sessions and upload their certificate of attendance with their grant report. Please contact your assigned Program Associate if you have further questions or concerns. 

Brooklyn Dicent, M.Ed: 

The Chief Happiness Officer, is a happiness and mindset expert. She's worked with companies such as Microsoft, Bob's Red Mill, T-Mobile, and Booking.com to help create positive workplace culture. A highly sought-after speaker in the area of happiness at work, she infuses comedy with brain science. She teaches how to tap into your personal reservoir of joy to create a happier life regardless of external circumstances. 

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Dr. Jessica Pryce: 

She is an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. For over 10 years, she has been involved at multiple angles of child welfare (direct practice, teaching + training & policy and research). She has published on child welfare related topics, such as, training and education, racial disparity, and anti-poverty practices. She has presented at 100+ virtual and in-person conferences both nationally and internationally. She is the author is several op-eds focused on racial disparity and effective strategies to impact racial disproportionality within child welfare. Her TED Talk on Implicit Racial Bias in Decision Making has since been viewed over 1.3 million times. Dr. Pryce has worked on the frontlines of child welfare, conducted primary research, been a policy advisor to Florida’s legislature and taught graduate level courses in child welfare. Previously holding the positions of Child Protective Caseworker with the Department of Children and Families, and the Deputy Director of the University at Albany's New York State Education Consortium. In 2019, she received a 5-year appointment to the Advisory Board of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, where she consults and advises on leadership and workforce interventions around the country. She currently sits on the Florida Dependency Court Improvement Panel, alongside judges and advocates who are working towards a more trauma informed approach within the judicial system. She has maintained and cultivated a commitment to the wellbeing of vulnerable children and families, the sustainability of the child welfare workforce, and effectively addressing inequity. Her paramount goal includes re-building and leading a child welfare system that focuses on strengthening families instead of pulling them apart.

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