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Executive Leadership Conference 2022

Venue: Westin Tampa Waterside Hotel

April 3-6, 2022

Address: 725 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

Join us in person in beautiful Tampa next spring at VSA’s 2022 Executive Leadership Conference! Industry professionals and leaders involved in the provision of service to or with people who are blind or have low vision are invited to reflect on the impact our industry has on society and share ideas for a transformative future. The 3-day event will offer opportunities to attend exceptional learning and networking sessions on topical issues, including specific learning tracks for CEOs, Programing, Fundraising/Administration, and Advocacy. Attend the #1 conference to advance your professional development, organizational effectiveness, and more.

Interested in being a Sponsor or Exhibitor at the ELC? Contact Wendy Hymes for more information.

Be A Presenter in Tampa

We are currently accepting presentation proposals for the spring 2022 conference until Nov. 19, 2021. Attendance at the VisionServe Alliance Executive Leadership Conference is open to any and all leaders in the field of blindness, low vision, and visual impairments. The Conference Committee is especially but not exclusively interested in proposals on the following subjects:

  1. New treatments and trends in vision loss, especially those that focus on constituents’ mental health and best practices to improve client and staff safety and ameliorate social isolation
  2. Techniques for confronting ableism – how to have difficult conversations about ableism/racism/implicit bias
  3. Implementing diversity, equity and inclusion policies and plans to advance throughout your organization
  4. Creating and sustaining a healthy and engaged organizational culture
  5. Strengthening and engaging your board in a virtual world
  6. Fundraising strategies/successes in the new reality
  7. Integrating assistive technology throughout program services and how to get access to the latest technology available
  8. National advocacy/policy and legislative priorities affecting the blindness community
  9. Discussing accessibility requirements with members of your community
  10. Models for dramatically increasing employment opportunities for people who are BVI
  11. Innovative strategies for recruiting and retaining staff
  12. Reimagining the workplace in 2022
  13. Best practice models for vision rehabilitation services in 2022
  14. Addressing Leadership Burnout

Guidelines: This conference is planned to be in-person with the option for presentations to be recorded and also shared with a virtual audience. Please include in your proposal a plan to share your presentation virtually as well as in person. Please include the following:

  • Name(s) of presenter(s) (Panel discussions will be considered) along with title and email
  • Title of proposed presentation (100 characters or less)
  • Description of presentation (500 characters or less)
  • Attach headshot and bio for all presenters
  • Include online links to relevant media

How to submit your proposal: Email to info@visionservealliance.org with the subject line: ELC 2022 PRESENTATION PROPOSAL. Note: incomplete proposals will not be considered!

Deadline to submit proposals: Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 by 5pm CST

If your proposal is not selected for this event, it may also be considered for an additional VSA virtual or regional event.