This year's conference kicks off on Monday, April 6. It will offer more than 40 sessions in six tracks covering a range of topics from employment growth and innovation to ethics and compliance and leadership development. It will conclude with the awards banquet the evening of April 8, where we recognize and celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities, nonprofit agencies, our community partners and customers.
*Training Incentive Program Eligible
Schedule subject to change
Sunday, April 5
Monday, April 6
The National Council of SourceAmerica Employers (NCSE) is an independent network of executives that provide services or manufacture products under the AbilityOne Program. Each SourceAmerica NPA with an AbilityOne contract is a member of the NCSE.
The NCSE Executive Committee is the elected leadership of the organization and acts as a liaison between the NonProfit Agency (NPA) community and SourceAmerica.The president of the NCSE serves on the SourceAmerica Board of Directors, thus ensuring the NPA community has direct input into the deliberations and policy-making decisions of the Board.
The NCSE addresses issues of significant relevance to NPAs and their participation in AbilityOne, and assists SourceAmerica with research and data collection necessary to advance the AbilityOne Program.
During their meeting, the NCSE Executive Committee will present a brief update on critical issues impacting NPAs, present Management Excellence Awards and share election results.
Tuesday, April 7
This session will provide a brief description of the history of the CAS’s, who is required to be CAS covered, and who is exempt from the standards. It will also discuss each standard and how it coexists with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Time will be allotted for your questions.
Both Federal Civilian and DoD customers will discuss their perspectives on changes to their acquisition of both services and products and address the different acquisition strategies they are utilizing to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and streamline acquisitions including contract language.
If you would like to learn more about SourceAmerica’s Member NPA Recommendation Process and are interested in pursuing potential AbilityOne Program contracts, this session is for you. The speakers will explain how to navigate this comprehensive process that presents AbilityOne contract opportunity notices to the NPA community, evaluates the capability of responding NPAs, and recommends NPAs to the U.S. AbilityOne Commission® as proposed providers of new and existing AbilityOne Procurement List (PL) projects.
Both Federal Civilian and DoD customers will discuss their perspectives on the changes to acquisition of both services and products and address different acquisition strategies they are utilizing to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and streamline acquisitions including contract language. Polling will be used to pose questions and give you the opportunity to provide answers and engage with other participants.
Your organization reads an Opportunity Notice for a service or product which is one of your core lines of business. You are ready to submit the winning proposal because “we’ve got this.” But do you really “have it”? Have you read the full solicitation? Do you even have the full solicitation or just the Statement of Work or even the less detailed Statement of Objectives? What are the government’s requirements? What about unusual terms and conditions? What are clauses and do they apply to you? You will learn the answers to all these questions and more by attending this session.
Attrition exists at all times in an organization and at all levels. Instead of being reactionary to voluntary resignations or retirements, how can you proactively prepare for the vacancy of key positions and have a bench of talent in the organization ready to fill those positions? This session will teach you the basics of succession planning including: how to identify key positions at all levels in the organization; how to identify individuals that are ideal for talent development; how to establish learning and development for those individuals; and how this fits into your organization’s strategy for a long employee lifecycle and employee engagement.
The majority of the time will be spent in a workshop format where you will work on identifying your key positions, ideal individuals, and a learning plan for each identified person that you can take back to the office and implement right away.
Reactionary recruiting isn’t sustainable in the long term. This session will teach you how to be more intentional with developing your existing talent for succession throughout their career with your team.
One the most important business strategies for maintaining current business and winning new business is consistent, competitive pricing for your customers. Within the AbilityOne Program, customers expect “fair market pricing” which challenges all AbilityOne stakeholders to continuously evolve pricing approaches. new centralized Pricing team will facilitate an interactive best practice sharing session allowing you to engage with your peers on successful pricing strategies and practices. Session facilitators will also address key AbilityOne program pricing requirements that need to be considered in implementing competitive price development. As an outcome of the session, you will have a shared listing of ideas, recommended resources and strategies developed during the interactive session as a take-away toolkit.
This session will discuss what both Civilian and DoD agencies are doing differently and how that impacts the AbilityOne Program and SourceAmerica NPAs. This shift in acquisition activities creates both challenges and opportunities for SourceAmerica. The speakers will address both, including actions that you, as NPA staff, can take 7to be prepared to grow in this new acquisition environment.
Specific examples include how to leverage consolidation efforts to grow more jobs and other examples related to standardization of analytics and metrics across contracts like custodial and grounds. Details on utilization of GSA Schedules and the MAS Consolidation will be discussed so that you have a better understanding of why this non-AbilityOne channel is important. Greater detail on DoD’s utilization of Other Transactional Authorities that mirror commercial acquisition processes will be offered and how you can prepare to be responsive on these types of acquisition activities.
This session will provide managers with an overview of employment law, including recent developments and compliance issues. Participants will also learn best practices related to the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Labor Relations Board and LGBTQ rights.
EQ or emotional intelligence is key to understanding, influencing, empathizing with, securing the trust of, and leading and collaborating with other people, at all levels of the organization. At its core, EQ is about promoting introspection, increasing empathy, and improving one’s ability to build trust and connection. In this session, you will use experiential learning techniques to rev up your EQ knowledge and skills, no matter your current level.
In this session, you will hear the latest feedback from SourceAmerica’s three customer groups – Federal Customers, NPA Members and Professionals with Disabilities. You will leave with knowledge and insights relevant to growing your business and increasing jobs for professionals with disabilities.
Wednesday, April 8
The speakers will share how SourceAmerica has been creating end-to-end solutions for federal and commercial customers, including teaming with industries to bring new and cutting-edge products forward, establishing new procurement vehicles for specific lines of business, and creating member pools to support growth strategies.