Countdown to the Event

About the Event & NCE

The Summer Leadership Institute, hosted by The Arc and its National Conference of Executives (NCE), unites executives, leaders, and professionals from across the disability sector in pursuit of a shared mission. The Summer Leadership Institute’s goal is for everyone to work better and smarter towards a shared purpose: ensuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) achieve their full civil and human rights and are fully included in their communities.

Attendees engage in constructive dialogue and discussion, gain valuable knowledge of current issues facing the disability community, and receive educational materials to help further develop and hone their professional skills.

This year’s event focuses heavily on the most pressing issues in the disability community, including the intersection of students with the IDD and the justice system, education, and employment; leadership training; delivering quality support services; the DSP workforce crisis; breaking down silos between residential and day services; and much more.

Can’t attend but still want to support our work? Any donations are appreciated if you’re able!

Registration Rates

The cutoff date for online registration is Wednesday, July 19. Attendees can register onsite from July 23 – 26.

Registration Rate Deadlines NCE Member* Non NCE Member

Full Registration

Early Bird (on or before June 23) $699 $799
Standard (after June 23) $799 $899

One-Day Registration

Early Bird (on or before June 23) $350 $450
Standard (after June 23) $450 $550


*All executive directors of chapters of The Arc are automatically members of NCE. Other chapter staff can join here for a fee. NCE membership is not open to those outside of The Arc’s chapter network at this time. For more information, contact Abby Owusu at [email protected].

Schedule at a Glance

Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Check back for updates!

All times are listed in Pacific Standard Time.

** Denotes a Leadership Track

July 24


7:00 am – 8:00 am


General Sessions

8:30 am – 9:45 am

Inclusion: Not Just “In” the Community, but “Of” the Community!
Russell Lehmann, Poet & Advocate

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Powerful Practices To Retain & Develop the Talent of Tomorrow**
Nell Callen & Eric Curtis, Curtis Strategy

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Value Over Volume: Payment Reform Pilots in Community IDD Services
Donna Martin, ANCOR
Mark Davis, Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability
Kathy Carmody, The Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch (provided)

1:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Federal Policy Update
The Arc’s Federal Policy Team

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

The Arc New York Leadership Institute: A Leadership Development Model**
Erik Geizer, The Arc New York
Gregory North, Globe North
Shaloni Winston, The Arc Lexington

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Residential vs Day Services: Breaking Down Silos for Quality Services
Lori Opiela, UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago
Sammy Gutierrez, UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Evening Event: Brooklyn Bowl

July 25


7:30 am – 8:30 am


Breakout Sessions

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Education + Employment = Empowerment
Harnessing the Power of Grassroots Advocacy
Raising the Bar: Elevating Inclusive Leaders’ Mental Fitness**

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Creating Competitive Integrated Employment Informed Approaches to Meaningful Day Services
Defending Against Adult Guardianships: Exploring Your Options & Alternatives
Cyber Security Awareness for the CEO**

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Dautel Nutrition Center: Meal Delivery Service for Individuals With IDD
Including Disability in DEI Conversations
How To Win the Top Spot: Lessons on Changing Leadership**

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Preventing the Pipeline: Students With IDD and Justice Involvement Risks
Life After the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Fundraising Events for the Future

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Breakout Sessions
Advocacy From the Inside: From Disability Rights Advocate to Legislator
Aktion Club: It’s All About Inclusion and Community Access
Inclusion Reimagined: Delivering Support Services in the Community

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Building Together: Using Co-Design To Empower People With Disabilities
PII Program: An Inclusive Internship Model for Local Government Agencies
The Arc of Monmouth’s Strategic Plan**

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm


July 26


7:00 am – 8:00 am


General Sessions

8:30 am – 9:45 am

Building Relationships: The Arc Way**
Kevin MacDonald, Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center

10: 00 am – 11:00am

Got Turnover? 10 Tips for Attracting and Keeping Great DSPs
Barbara A. Kleist, Institute on Community Integration

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in the Workplace**
Hassan M. Abdulhaqq, AHRC Nassau

12:00 pm


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