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2017 Tentative Agenda


Most NLTA activities will take place at (1380 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80204- Lawrence Street Center, Terrace Room 2nd floor). Thursday, April 27 breakout sessions and reception will be off-site (location TBD).

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registration and Breakfast

​Welcome & Group Activities

​Building and Leveraging Powerful Social Networks (Noshir Contractor)


​The Network Way of Working: Building a Network Culture (Janice Popp)

The Equity Lens on Network Leadership (Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler)


Thursday, April 27, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m; 4:40 p.m.-7:00 p.m.


Managing Networks (Brint Milward) 

Affective Contagion in Networks-Evaluating Process Quality (Darrin Hicks)

Lunch (Speaker Pam Coleman: Respect, Empower, Include: Community Organizing in the Federal Government​)

1:00-2:30pm: Breakout Session #1  (Off-site)
•A Community Organizing Approach to Network Leadership
•Funder Interest in Collaborative Networks
•Network Leadership for Effective Civic Engagement
•Tools for Assessing Personal and Community Networks: PARTNER Tool and the PCN App
2:45-4:15pm: Breakout Session #2 (Off-site)
•The Adaptive Network Leader
•Asset Mapping and Mobilizing Collaborative Networks
•Facilitation Skills for Network Leadership
•Network Leadership for Collective Impact

 4:30-7:00pm: Evening Reception (Off-site)


 IMG_9850.JPGIMG_9821.JPGFriday, April 28, 2017
 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Evaluating  Networks as Systems (Danielle Varda)

Panel- Sustaining your Network


Group Activities


Breakout Sessions in the City:
In addition to the core training sessions of the NLTA , on Thursday, April 27, attendees can select a breakout session when they register. These sessions are meant to give attendees more customized trainings and to allow you to connect with other attendees in your similar fields/interest areas (e.g. to create a "network of networkers"!).
When you register you will be asked to select one session for each time slot.  Workshop titles and descriptions are being confirmed. More information will be provided here when finalized.
1st Slot:
A Community Organizing Approach to Network Leadership
Funder Interest in Collaborative Networks
Network Leadership for Effective Civic Engagement
Tools for Assessing Personal and Community Networks: PARTNER Tool and the PCN App
2nd Slot:
The Adaptive Network Leader
Asset Mapping and Mobilizing Collaborative Networks
Facilitation Skills for Network Leadership
Network Leadership for Collective Impact
Community Organizing for Network Leadership
Presenter: Maggie Gomez
Description: A vital part of the success of successful collaborative networks relies on the cultivation of ideas and strengths of many organizations and individuals.  When organizations come together to solve problems, the most essential voices in the developing the right process and solutions are those of the people who will be impacted the most. While many well-intentioned efforts attempt to bring diverse groups of people and organizations together, it is not uncommon that different parts of the community get left out. This workshop will talk about community organizing, share some basic tools for authentic community engagement, and how to support the leadership of the community members you’re working with.
Funder Interest in Collaborative Networks
Presenter: ​Katherine Pease and Matthew Barry
Description: Like practitioners, foundations and other grantmakers are increasingly aware of the complexity inherent in addressing social, environmental and economic problems. Simple solutions are inadequate for the challenges that most foundations are trying to address. As a result, many funders are supporting and actively initiating collaborative efforts that they see as essential to their goals. In this interactive session, Katherine Pease and Matt Barry, who have both worked with multiple foundations in a variety of capacities, will share their experience working with foundations on multi-sector collaboratives and help participants better understand foundations' rationale in selecting and supporting collaborative networks.
Network Leadership for Effective Civic Engagement
Presenter: Rob DuRay and Silas Musick
Description: In civic engagement often times the problems are so multi-faceted and layered that it requires a network of issue specific organizations to achieve success. This session covers how to structure networks to get the most of them, proving that collective civic engagement work can affect big scale change. It will explore employing data to drive collective strategy, finding the right role for everyone, using tools effectively, as well as the importance of a shared message and vision.
Tools for Assessing Personal and Community Networks: PARTNER Tool and the PCN App
Presenter: Danielle Varda
Description:  In this session, two tools for assessing social networks will be demonstrated. 
PARTNER (Program to Analyze, Record, and Track Networks to Enhance Relationships): A major challenge facing organizations today is how to partner with other organizations, agencies, and groups to collaboratively address social and political goals while effectively maximizing resource sharing of the partners involved.  However, the process by which organizations have engaged partners in collaboration has varied, with few ways to measure the success of these partnerships. In this demonstration, the PARTNER tool ( will be presented to demonstrate how it can be used to evaluate social and organizational networks. PARTNER is a social network analysis tool designed to measure and monitor collaboration among people/organizations. The tool is designed for use by collaboratives/coalitions to demonstrate how members are connected, how resources are leveraged and exchanged, the levels of trust, and to link outcomes to the process of collaboration. The tool includes an online survey that you can administer to collect data and an analysis program that analyzes these data. 

PCN App (Person-Centered Network App): The Person-Centered Network (PCN App) is a tool that can be used to assess the gaps and strengths in a person’s support network and then, based on the results, link them to available community resources. The basic PCN App allows a user to collect data on a person’s personal network, identifying who they are connected to and how well connected (or not) those network members are to one another. It also assesses the content, strength, and importance of those connections. An additional feature to the App is an automated link to available community resources.
The Adaptive Network Leader
Presenter: Corina Lindley, MPH
Description: Network leaders often find themselves leading in new and unusual situations. The complexity of bringing multiple diverse stakeholders together to engage in shared work can be challenging and uncertain. Dealing with these challenges requires an adaptive leadership approach based on flexibility, observation, and intuition. In this workshop, Corina Lindley, a veteran network leader, will focus on skills and tips for how to be adaptive, rather than reactive, in uncertain and changing network dynamics. Corina has been on the front lines of leading and participating in networks for many years and has experience that ranges from standing up new networks to supporting the end of networks. This workshop will also leverage the collective experience from attendees on developing the essential adaptive network leadership skills and tips.
Asset Mapping and Mobilizing for Network Leadership
Presenter: Mike Green and David Portillo
Description: Asset mapping provides information about the strengths and resources of a community and can help uncover solutions. Once community strengths and resources are inventoried and depicted in a map you can more easily think about how to build on these assets to address community needs and opportunities to improve health, community, and economy. When people discover what they have- they find power. When people join together in new connections and relationship they build power. When people become more productive together, they exercise their power to address problems and realize dreams. Come learn about the practical principles and practices of asset mapping that can be applied the next Monday morning!
Facilitation Skills for Network Leadership
Presenter: Lisa VanRaemdonck
Often times, network leaders are thrust into positions where they must facilitate group discussions and group decision making with limited training in facilitation. This session will cover some of the basic theories of group dynamics, introduce a selection of facilitation models, and share some easy-to-use facilitation tools. The session will include lots of references, resources and additional training opportunities for you to explore later. Throughout, we will discuss when it is most appropriate to use the theories and tools we discuss. For experienced facilitators, this may be a great refresher and chance to dust off some old tools.
Network Leadership for Collective Impact
Presenter: Blythe Butler
Description: Join this workshop to explore the connections between Network Leadership and the Collective Impact frameworks. Participants will learn about the linkages between the two approaches, and the implications for strategy, structure, evaluation and engagement processes. The workshop is from the perspective of practitioner, Blythe Butler, Network Weaver at the First 2000 Days Network in Calgary, Canada.  The First 2000 Days Network is a collective response of community members, organizations, and professionals to act as a catalyst for linking, aligning and leveraging efforts to improve Early Childhood Development outcomes and enable collaborative action for all children from conception to six to be supported by family and community in order to reach their optimal development.


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