2018 MARO Spring Conference

June 6-8 2018

The program this year includes topics on Non-profit Fundraising and Capacity Building, Employment Law, Community and Economic Development, Current Political and Policy Updates, Talent Development, Behavioral Health Funding, Connecting with the Philanthropic Community, HCBS Update, and an Employment First Panel with SMEs, state VR leadership and Provider Transformation organizational leadership.

Events include, Michigan Public Radio’s live show It’s Just Politics, MARO Leadership Academy Graduation, MARO Annual meeting, a health and wellness component and more.

Share knowledge, leverage great networking, and participate in this marketplace of ideas!

Speakers Include:

Sandi Frost Steensma, President and CEO – Kennari Consulting

Lindsay Raymond, Attorney – Danbrook Adams Raymond

Mike Coast, President – Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Jamie Schriner, Executive Director – Community and Economic Development Assoc. (CEDAM)

Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio’s Program Director

Rick Pluta,  Lansing bureau chief and managing editor of the Michigan Public Radio Network

Rob Collier, President and CEO – Council of Michigan Foundations

Anya Eliassen, Chief Financial Officer – Oakland Community Health Network

Chelsea Mates, Michigan Talent Investment Agency

Derek Knuth, Director of Offender Services -Kinexus

Sonya Blanzy, Director of Talent at Kinexus

Sue Howell, Director- Michigan Rehabilitation Services

Bill Robinson, Director – Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

Lisa Kisiel- Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

Gwen McNeal- Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

Chris Zeigler, MRC Industries

Chris Girard, Do-All

Cherie Johnson, Mid-Michigan Industries

David Mank, PhD., Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

Spring Conference Agenda (PDF)

Spring Conference program

The MARO Spring Conference is Sponsored by: New Horizons Rehabilitation Services, Autism Alliance of Michigan, Hope Network, MARO Workers’ Compensation Fund, Midwest Employers Casualty, Peckham, Inc. & Berends Hendricks Stuit

Please contact Laurie Morse-Dell at ldell@maro.org for sponsorship inquiries.


2018 MARO Fundraising and Moving Your Mission Forward

MMTC Rich Wolin

Lindsay Raymond – MARO Presentation 2018 (PDF)-20180605-LJR




Talent Development





*cancellations must be received by 6/1 to be eligible for refunds.  There is a $25 cancellation fee. Substitutions are permitted.