October 11th, 2022 - October 14th, 2022
$499 per attendee (standard rate)

Green Valley Ranch Resort
2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89052

That sudden burst of inspiration, the unexpected flash of enlightenment, an idea that hits you for the first time – they’re Lightbulb Moments. With all of the challenges we face in the human services field, bold strategies to transform the work that we do are absolutely essential. But more often than not, innovation in the services sector can exist in isolation.

The ‘2022 CQL Conference: Lightbulb Moments’ will bring them out of the dark.

 

Event Overview

About The Conference

During the conference, some of the field’s most brilliant leaders will come together to exchange ideas, pass along best practices, and share tangible, relevant, applicable information to spark change.

And it all happens in Las Vegas – the brightest city on Earth, one of roughly 12 million lights, sparkling so much you can see it from space. It’s the perfect place to illuminate.

From the pre-conference hosted by the National Leadership Consortium, to engaging keynotes, eye-opening breakouts, and meaningful networking opportunities – we’ll interact, we’ll learn, we’ll grow. This event isn’t just an exercise in thought leadership, it’s action leadership.

Hybrid Event

The 2022 CQL Conference is available as either a traditional in-person conference or an online event, where all sessions will be live-streamed through the Zoom Events platform. When signing up for the conference, registrants will be able to designate if they will be taking part in the conference either in-person or virtually, with the same registration rate for both options.

At-A-Glance Schedule

This is an overview of the tentative schedule, but a more detailed agenda can be found below. The exact times (all in PST) are subject to change. It is intended for general travel/planning purposes.

Tuesday, 10/11/22

  • 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm  •  NLC Pre-Conference (in-person only)
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  •  Attendee Pre-Registration
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  •  Exhibitor Setup

Wednesday, 10/12/22

  • 8:00 am – 8:45 am  •  Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:45 am – 5:00 pm  •  Presentations (lunch on your own)

Thursday, 10/13/22

  • 8:00 am – 8:45 am  •  Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:45 am – 5:00 pm  •  Presentations (lunch provided, in-person)

Friday, 10/14/22

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am  •  Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – 11:45 am  •  Presentations (lunch on your own)

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Breakout Presentations

CQL is proud to host dozens of breakout sessions from numerous experts in the human services field who will share tangible, relevant, and applicable information to transform supports and improve people’s lives.

Sponsorship & Exhibiting

CQL has produced a Sponsorship and Exhibiting Prospectus. Companies that are interested in supporting the 2022 CQL Conference can apply online to sign up for the sponsorship or exhibiting options.

Awards of Excellence

The submission period for the 2022 CQL Awards of Excellence has expired and we are no longer accepting nominations. We intend on making our selections and notifying those who submitted nominations by 7/11/22.

Conference Registration

You can click the 'Register Now' button below to sign up for the conference through the platform JotForm.

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Registration Rates

The cost to attend the 2022 CQL Conference is $499 per attendee – whether you sign up for in-person or virtual attendance.

After 5:00 pm EST on 10/4/22, registration will close.

You can register online using platform JotForm, where you will enter in registration details and payment information for yourself and if applicable, additional registrants.

Conference Hotel

The conference is being held at the Green Valley Ranch Resort, an off-the-strip resort, featuring “unparalleled accommodations, a striking European-inspired aesthetic, and incomparable amenities.” You can reserve your hotel room at a discounted rate of $194 per night (not including taxes/fees). Your stay includes internet, fitness center access, complimentary valet and self-parking, and more. The resort offers complimentary shuttle service to-and-from McCarran Airport. To receive the discounted rate, reservations must be made before 9/16/22.

Keynote Presenters

CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership is welcoming a number of nationally recognized keynote presenters from both inside and outside of the human services and disability field.

Caitlin Bailey, PhD

National Leadership Consortium

Caitlin Bailey, PhD is the Co-Director of the National Leadership Consortium. In her role, Caitlin directs leadership development, technical support, and research and evaluation programs that inform effective practices for disability sector professionals and promote the rights of people with disabilities.

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Caitlin Bailey, PhD

Max Barrows

Outreach Director

Since 2007, Max Barrows has served as the Outreach Director for Green Mountain Self-Advocates. He advances advocacy efforts by mentoring people with developmental disabilities in building leadership skills. Max has received numerous honors, including a White House Champions of Change Award, a Champion of Equal Opportunity Award, and the Award for Service to the Self Advocacy Movement.

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Max Barrows

Mia Ives-Rublee

Center for American Progress

Mia Ives-Rublee is a disabled transracial adoptee who has dedicated her life’s work to civil rights activism. She began her journey as an adapted athlete and obtained her Master’s in Social Work at UNC Chapel Hill. As a public speaker, Mia advocates on the national stage for the rights of disabled people, immigrants, and other marginalized communities.

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Mia Ives-Rublee

Kristen Loomis

National Leadership Consortium

Kristen Loomis is the Co-Director of the National Leadership Consortium, where she has worked since 2012. Kristen utilizes research and best practices in training and professional development to craft programming that engages and supports leaders to develop and grow their strengths and skills. Kristen is currently working towards her Master of Business Administration with a focus on Strategic Leadership.

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Kristen Loomis

Brad Montgomery

Motivational Keynote Speaker

Brad Montgomery is a motivational keynote speaker who teaches people how to use emotional and social skills to boost performance, creativity, and innovation. Brad has transformed audiences in all 50 states and on four continents. His clients include Microsoft, Verizon, McDonalds, UPS, Mayo Clinic, MillerCoors, American Heart Association, and many more!

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Brad Montgomery

Dr. Thomas Pomeranz

Trainer, Clinician, Consultant

Dr. Thomas Pomeranz is a nationally recognized authority, trainer, clinician, and consultant in the field of services for people with disabilities. Over the last forty years, Tom has conducted thousands of seminars and programs throughout the United States and Canada. His audiences praise his ability to combine information, humor, passion, and storytelling into an informative whole.

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Dr. Thomas Pomeranz

Diane Sieg

RN, CYT, CSP • Speaker, Author, Coach, Nurse

As a resilience speaker, author, coach, and champion, Diane teaches organizations how to create resilient cultures. She is the author of two books, STOP Living Life Like an Emergency! and 30 Days to Grace. As creator of The Resilience Academy, Diane teaches the resilience skills needed to cope with burnout, stress, and disengagement, helping workers restore joy, meaning, and connection to their noble work.

Diane Sieg

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, 10/11/22

Please note: This agenda is tentative and the exact times and sessions are subject to change. More details will be added as they become available.

12:30 pm – 6:00 pm • NLC Pre-Conference (in-person only)

Building our Leadership Networks and Skills: An Opportunity to Connect and Grow

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many field leaders have yearned for connection during one of the most difficult times our field has faced. This session is a great opportunity to engage and collaborate with others and to gain skills and strategies that can help us stay connected in the future.

This interactive pre-session is open to anyone who will be attending the 2022 CQL Conference: Lightbulb Moments in person. The session will include a series of short presentations, exercises, small and larger group discussions, and a networking lunch where participants will get to engage and connect with other like-minded leaders. Attendees will explore skills to connect and bring people together and to build their own connections, networks, and leverage leadership opportunities in their organizations and systems. All attendees will leave the pre-session with new connections and actionable steps to enhance connections in their role and within their organization.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm • Attendee Pre-Registration
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm • Exhibitor Setup

 

Wednesday, 10/12/22

Please note: This agenda is tentative and the exact times and sessions are subject to change. More details will be added as they become available.

8:00 am – 8:45 am • Registration
  • Grand Foyer
8:00 am – 8:45 am • Exhibiting & Breakfast
  • La Sirena / Grand Foyer

Enjoy breakfast while visiting with our exhibitors and sponsors in La Sirena and the Grand Foyer.

8:45 am – 9:00 am • Welcome Address
  • Grand Ballroom
9:00 am – 10:00 am • Keynote Presentation

Supporting Us To Live Our Lives in Our Own Way

  • Max Barrows
  • Grand Ballroom

We as people with disabilities clearly say that we want to live our lives in our own way. Our support providers must consider all the different parts of who we are that make up our identities: Gender, race, class, sexual orientation, physical capabilities, and mental ability.

Having more than one identity can be empowering, but also can be a challenge. All of these different parts that make us who we are intersect to make up a person’s unique experiences. No one should say they cannot help us because we are too complicated. We count on you to help us overcome challenges.

We also need our provider organizations to guide us to feel proud of who we are, because by joining together to celebrate our identities, we can strengthen our voices and make everyone’s lives better.

10:00 am – 10:15 am • Exhibitor Break
  • La Sirena / Grand Foyer

Please join our sponsors and exhibitors in La Sirena and the Grand Foyer to learn about their products, resources, tools, services, and other offerings.

10:15 am – 11:15 am • Breakout Sessions
11:15 am – 11:30 am • Exhibitor Break
  • La Sirena / Grand Foyer

Please join our sponsors and exhibitors in La Sirena and the Grand Foyer to learn about their products, resources, tools, services, and other offerings.

11:30 am – 1:15 pm • Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm • Exhibitor Break
  • La Sirena / Grand Foyer

Please join our sponsors and exhibitors in La Sirena and the Grand Foyer to learn about their products, resources, tools, services, and other offerings.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm • Breakout Sessions
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm • Exhibitor Break
  • La Sirena / Grand Foyer

Please join our sponsors and exhibitors in La Sirena and the Grand Foyer to learn about their products, resources, tools, services, and other offerings.

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm • Breakout Sessions
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm • Exhibitor Break
  • La Sirena / Grand Foyer

Please join our sponsors and exhibitors in La Sirena and the Grand Foyer to learn about their products, resources, tools, services, and other offerings.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm • Keynote Presentation

The Resilience of Self-Leadership

  • Diane Sieg RN, CYT, CSP
  • Grand Ballroom

Resilience has become such an overused term, but the skills and tools remain a critical element to manage exhaustion, burnout, and disillusionment.

Self-Leadership goes deeper than self-care because it determines all the decisions we make every day to support our overall well-being, in other words, our resilience. This highly interactive program will give you tools you can use in the moment to practice self-leadership and take back to your colleagues and staff as well.

    • Understand the meaning of Self-Leadership and how it empowers you to build and sustain your resilience
    • Experience Self-Leadership live with guided CPR practices (Compassion, Presence, and Rest and Recovery)
    • Gain follow-up support and accountability with a FREE digital 7-Day Self-Leadership Campaign
Thursday, 10/13/22

Please note: This agenda is tentative and the exact times and sessions are subject to change. More details will be added as they become available.

8:00 am – 8:45 am • Registration
  • Grand Foyer
8:00 am – 8:45 am • Exhibiting & Breakfast
  • La Sirena / Grand Foyer

Enjoy breakfast while visiting with our exhibitors and sponsors in La Sirena and the Grand Foyer.

8:45 am – 9:00 am • Welcome Address
  • Grand Ballroom
9:00 am – 10:00 am • Keynote Presentation

Promoting Disability Rights Through Storytelling

  • Mia Ives-Rublee
  • Grand Ballroom

Storytelling is a fundamental tool used by humans to teach and connect. Mia provides participants the opportunity to learn how to use storytelling to promote disability rights and policy. In the presentation, Mia will share her own story and how it has informed her organizing practices. She will share the fundamentals of good storytelling and discuss how participants can use their own stories to promote disability rights as well as other areas they are passionate about.

10:00 am – 10:15 am • Exhibitor Break
  • La Sirena / Grand Foyer

Please join our sponsors and exhibitors in La Sirena and the Grand Foyer to learn about their products, resources, tools, services, and other offerings.

10:15 am – 11:15 am • Breakout Sessions
11:15 am – 11:30 am • Exhibitor Break
  • La Sirena / Grand Foyer

Please join our sponsors and exhibitors in La Sirena and the Grand Foyer to learn about their products, resources, tools, services, and other offerings.

11:30 am – 1:15 pm • Lunch (provided) & Awards of Excellence
  • Grand Ballroom
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm • Exhibitor Break
  • La Sirena / Grand Foyer

Please join our sponsors and exhibitors in La Sirena and the Grand Foyer to learn about their products, resources, tools, services, and other offerings.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm • Breakout Sessions
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm • Exhibitor Break (exhibiting teardown)
  • La Sirena / Grand Foyer

Please join our sponsors and exhibitors in La Sirena and the Grand Foyer to learn about their products, resources, tools, services, and other offerings.

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm • Breakout Sessions
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm • Break
  • Grand Foyer
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm • Keynote Presentation

Supported Routines – Best Practice Strategies for a Fulfilling Life

  • Dr. Thomas Pomeranz
  • Grand Ballroom

This lively and informative session brings home the point that “habilitation is not a goal – it is a result.” People grow, develop, and become more independent as a result of participating in meaningful life activities. The session details how supports should be delivered to allow individuals with significant cognitive, physical and/or behavioral challenges to participate in all aspects of their life. The session provides the participants with insight as to how our perceptions and expectations serve as barriers in providing support. The four supported routine outcomes (facilitating connections, maximizing independence, enhancing self-worth, and producing self-determination) are detailed and their life enhancing effects are reviewed. The maxim that “without a presence, there is no future” serves as the foundation for this session.

In addition to the powerful presentation, all conference attendees will also receive one year of free telephone or email consultation with Dr. Pomeranz!

Friday, 10/14/22

Please note: This agenda is tentative and the exact times and sessions are subject to change. More details will be added as they become available.

8:00 am – 9:00 am • Breakfast
  • Grand Foyer
9:00 am – 10:00 am • Plenary Session

Leadership Lightbulb Moments: Skills And Strategies That Inspire Change In Our Field

  • Kristen Loomis
  • Caitlin Bailey
  • La Sirena

Over time, leaders in many roles have been the catalyst to the transformation and forward momentum of the disability service sector. This session will highlight great leadership strategies and skills that inspire and enable innovative organizational practices and improve services, supports, and the lives of people with disabilities. Kristen Loomis and Caitlin Bailey, Co-Directors of the National Leadership Consortium, will share examples, insights, and lessons from field leaders. Attendees will leave this presentation with a deeper knowledge of the leadership practices that can help our field continue to advance the rights of people with disabilities, as well as actionable strategies and approaches for investing in their own growth and the development of others.

10:00 am – 10:15 am • Break
  • Grand Foyer
10:15 am – 11:15 am • Keynote Presentation

Embrace Your Awesomeness – It’s all about the people

  • Brad Montgomery
  • Grand Ballroom

Knowing that people are our most valuable asset isn’t enough. We need to fully understand how to empower and inspire them. Brad Montgomery will use humor, stories, music, and other tools to illustrate ways to improve our ability to meaningfully encourage others. Discover ways to achieving untapped productivity and accuracy while creating and sustaining positivity, optimism, and meaningfulness in others. Focusing on the people side of business not only improves the bottom line, it can be enormously satisfying, inspiring, and sometimes very funny.

11:15 am – 11:45 am • Raffle & Farewell Address
  • Grand Ballroom

Silver Sponsors

Therap Services, LLC

Therap Services, LLC. provides an integrated solution for documentation, reporting and communication needs.

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Therap Services, LLC

Bronze Sponsors

AAIDD

Join AAIDD today! Members receive valuable discounts for the field’s top education events, books, tools, and scholarly journals.

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AAIDD

MediSked

MediSked is the leading brand in holistic solutions that improve lives, drive efficiencies, and generate innovations for human service organizations.

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MediSked

High Tide Press

High Tide Press publishes books and media on Positive Organizational Culture, Leadership, and developmental disabilities.

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High Tide Press

Tarrytown Expocare Pharmacy

As America's IDD Pharmacy we provide Agencies/ICF's with cost savings, staffing efficiencies, increased med availability, and our IDD focused Web Portal/APP.

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Tarrytown Expocare Pharmacy

NADSP

NADSP is a national non-profit whose mission is to elevate the status of direct support professionals.

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NADSP

Conference Exhibitors

Nationwide Insurance Co.
Focus EduSolutions
Institute on Community Integration at the University of MN
American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)
QBS, Provider of Safety-Care

Registration/Attendance Policies & Guidance

Registration Cancellations
  • All registrants (in-person and virtual) who cancel prior to September 19, 2022, will be issued a refund, less a $50 administrative fee.
  • No refunds will be issued on or after September 19, 2022.
  • Registrants must submit the cancellation request through the Attendee Changes Form.
Registration Substitutions
  • Registrants (in-person and virtual) are allowed one (1) free substitution, if requested prior to September 19, 2022.
  • Subsequent substitution requests, occurring prior to September 19, 2022, will incur a $50 administrative fee.
  • No registrant substitutions are permitted on or after September 19, 2022.
  • Registrants can only substitute a registration to another employee of their own organization.
  • Registrants must submit the substitution request through the Attendee Changes Form.
Registration Transfers
  • Registrants are allowed one (1) free transfer to switch their own registration (in-person conference to the virtual conference / virtual conference to the in-person conference) – subject to availability – if requested prior to September 19, 2022.
  • Subsequent transfer requests, occurring prior to September 19, 2022, will incur a $50 administrative fee.
  • No registrant transfers are permitted on or after September 19, 2022.
  • Registrants must submit the transfer request through the Attendee Changes Form.
In-Person Conference Health & Safety Protocols

Due to the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership and National Leadership Consortium will be releasing safety protocols closer to the conference date. Broadly, the in-person event will align with the relevant guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and employ measures to help protect the health of those in attendance.

In-Person Conference Disclaimers
  • In-person conference attendees assume any and all risks to their health and safety related to participation in the event. By registering for this conference, the in-person conference attendee is acknowledging that CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership is not responsible for any personal injury (including death), property damage, or loss suffered by the attendee as a result of their participation.
  • CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership reserves the right to transition the 2022 CQL Conference from a hybrid event (both in-person and virtual) to solely a virtual event, for any reason.
  • Any decision to transition the 2022 CQL Conference to solely a virtual event would be made on or before September 5, 2022.
  • In-person conference registrants will then have two (2) weeks to elect to either cancel or transfer their registration.
  • In the case that CQL transitions the conference to solely a virtual event, all cancellation and transfer related administrative fees for in-person conference registrants will be waived.
  • In-person registrants are strongly advised to make travel arrangements (hotel, airfare, etc.) that are refundable. If you elect to purchase non-refundable travel arrangements, it is at your own risk and CQL is not liable for any associated costs or fees.