Transition and Leadership
Nov. 14-17, 2022
B Resort and Spa | Lake Buena Vista, Florida
“Re-Imagine Together” is a four-day gathering of CVN member program staff and faith-based service partners that will create space to take a breath, be with other leaders, and pay attention to critical needs and opportunities.
CVN’s annual National Conference on Faith-Based Service (held for the past 44 years) is usually full of ways to engage the mind. This gathering, however, invites more heart and soul work. It will foster that without pressure or expectation.
Now is the time for leaders in the field of faith-based service to give serious attention to change, transition, and new ideas. Now is the time to trust how God works with us to embrace newness, the unknown, and holy risk. This November, engage the possibilities of intentional transition with a community you know. Come with the desire to strengthen your program and yourself. Bring a creative spirit that will help discern how to make your mission and leadership healthier, more impactful, and more relevant.
The past few years have been challenging because of COVID. And, they have been hard because of challenges to faith-based service programs and the field as a whole. This has taken emotional, spiritual, and practical tolls on communities and organizations seeking to promote service – and on individual staff striving to lead, learn, and adapt.
We must take care of each other in these times. As we reckon with realities and changes, we should honor challenges to both person and program. Space is needed to name, listen, and trust how God moves among us.
“Re-Imagine Together” will focus on:
- Re-connecting in person after challenging years.
- Being together with a focus on learning and supporting.
- Being guided by facilitators to explore 1) program challenges and transition and 2) personal health and leadership.
- Celebrating faith-based service, visionary and creative leadership, and the desire to move well into the future.
- Slowing down to experience one another, be refreshed, and honor what you need to lead and serve well.
Our space and spirit will also promote relaxing in the sun, dancing, and more! All without pressure or expectation!
Centering our time will be two tracks led by experts on transition, growth, and self-care in the nonprofit sector. Each track will have four different sessions (see schedule for days and times). Both leaders have worked with CVN members in recent years and understand many of your goals and needs.
Organizational Transition and Change
Led by Kelli Nelson, From Mission To Mission
Transition can be an exciting time in a person’s life. Endings and change can also be painful and exhausting. Transitions in organizations, groups or communities can be particularly difficult for those who have given so much of themselves to them, have had no or little say in big changes being made, and/or are no longer able to be involved in the same way while also accompanying and considering how the transition impacts those being served by the organization.
The goal of these workshop-like sessions is to help program leaders honor their own and the organization’s legacy, embrace the opportunities of transition, and to dream a new path forward with the tools to bring this work to their teams, colleagues and boards. Some of the themes covered during the sessions: Understanding Transition and Grief, Caring for Yourself and Team, Honoring the Journey, Holding the Hurts, Celebrating the Gifts, Integrating the Values and Wisdom Learned, and Living Your Mission
Sessions will include a combination of personal reflection, guided exercises, sharing, prayer, ritual and, presentation.
Kelli Nelson currently serves as the Executive Director of From Mission to Mission, and accompanies individuals, communities, programs and organizations through transitions via workshops and retreats. She holds a Masters degree in organizational management and cares deeply about organizational stewardship and its personal and social implications. Kelli’s professional background has been primarily in the nonprofit social enterprise sector which has allowed her intimate experience at the intersection of social services and business development and the transitions at every level. She believes strongly in personal power to help guide and shape the legacies of organizations for good.
Leadership and Health in Nonprofit Work
Dr. Daniela Domínguez and Cindy Berríos, On The Margins
This track will help attendees focus on personal health and self-care and the critical role those play for leaders in the nonprofit sector pursuing changes that can better honor the communities in which they serve. Leaders will help participants explore realities such as secondary trauma, burn-out, work/life balance, institutional challenges and constraints, and more. These sessions will assist attendees in understanding the challenges to personal health of working in the nonprofit sector and how they can think about professional goals, opportunities, and pathways.
Dr. Daniela Domínguez is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco and the Chief Executive Officer at On the Margins. She is a licensed psychologist and professional clinical counselor with a special interest in liberation psychology, anti-racism, migrant justice, and gender and sexuality matters. Her program of research has focused on understanding how Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) cope with stress and use specific strategies to draw upon resiliencies to achieve positive health. In 2020, the Society of Counseling Psychologists honored her with the “Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Counseling Psychology.” In 2021, the Society of Counseling Psychologists honored her with the “Social Justice Award” for her demonstrated evidence of achieving community change that supports disenfranchised or oppressed groups.
Cindy Berríos is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with almost 20 years’ experience in the social services, non-profit sector. She has extensive experience providing therapy services, as well as program creation and implementation, budget management, and staff development. Her areas of interest and study are trauma, intimate partner, family and community violence, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. She believes that healing from trauma happens in the community and through collective care. She is trained in Levell II EMDR and is a graduate of the Center for Mind Body Medicine. She also completed a post-graduate certificate program and fellowship at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Political Science from Gettysburg College and a Master of Social Work with a specialization in cross-cultural children, youth, and families from Temple University. She also serves as Adjunct Faculty for the University of San Francisco’s Counseling Psychology Department.
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We will also hear from local leaders and CVN program leaders who exemplify creative transition and attention to the inward/outward journey. They will address how their programs and ministries are changing, what that has required, key decision points, and more. They will touch upon the role of self-care and personal discernment and leadership. We will be releasing information about additional speakers and presenters in coming weeks!
Sponsors will have the opportunity to support our vital, groundbreaking conversations about transition and leadership while also promoting the importance of self-care for hardworking faith-based service leaders. For CVN members, there is a special sponsorship tier with unique benefits just for service programs! Sponsorship is now open!
This schedule will be updated and may change some as we continue to develop this event.
Monday, Nov. 14
7:00 pm Centering: Why We Are Here
8:00 pm Welcome Reception
Dinner is not provided*
Tuesday, Nov. 15
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Concurrent Track Session 1
10:30 am BREAK
11:00 am Concurrent Track Session 2
12:30 pm Lunch on own*
4:30 pm Sisters INSPIRE Cohort: Helping More CVN Members Explore
5:30 pm Stories of Transition and Growth (TBD Speaker) and Processing the Day
6:30 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Fun and Fellowship
Wednesday, Nov. 16
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Concurrent Track Session 3
10:30 am BREAK
11:00 am Concurrent Track Session 4
12:30 pm Lunch on own*
4:30 pm Mass
5:30 pm Stories of Transition and Growth (TBD Speaker) and Processing the Day
6:30 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Fun and Fellowship
Thursday, Nov. 17
8:00 am Breakfast
9:15 am TBD Speaker
10:00 am Re-Imagining Together: Processing Our Time, Exploring Ideas, Next Steps
12:00 pm Closing
* The hotel has a takeout restaurant with sandwiches, snacks, drinks, etc. It also has a full restaurant. Nearby Disney Springs offers a range of food options. It is a 25-minute walk and parking is available.
This year's conference will be held at the beautiful B Resort and Spa in Lake Buena Vista, Florida! Wave hello to Mickey Mouse!
About B Resort & Spa
Wake up each morning near Disney Springs® feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on the day. Resort & Spa amenities offer a variety of services curated to your needs. From exclusive Disney perks and family-friendly amenities to services to help you unwind and make your stay even more meaningful. Amenities include an accessible zero-entry pool (mimicking a beach entrance from sand to water), on-site dining and bar, free wifi, a fitness center, and more.
To save on gas and time, Catholic Volunteer Network has secured a block rate of rooms so you can stay right on site. Block rates begin at $129.00.
Catholic Volunteer Network is committed to making the National Conference on Faith-Based Service as accessible as possible and is excited to provide an experience that offers many meals included in the cost. We recognize that this year's location can be costly for travel and urge you to book travel options as soon as possible.
Registration includes full access to the conference, several meals throughout the event, and more.
The registration fee for CVN Members is $400. The fee for non-members is $450.
Register early to save! All registrations before September 14, 2022 will have an automatic $25 discount applied. Registration will be open soon!
B Resort & Spa is located 18 miles away from the Orlando International Airport and 15 miles away from Amtrak Orlando.
Renting a car or planning a road trip? Self-parking is available on-site at a discounted cost of $11 per night, plus tax. Valet parking is also available at an increased cost.
Catholic Volunteer Network encourages attendees of the conference to coordinate travel from and to the airport with other conference guests to help save on costs for rented vehicles or rideshares. Complete this short form to let us know what you need/are able to contribute!
To save on gas and time, Catholic Volunteer Network has secured a block rate of rooms premium at the B Hotel and Spa so you can stay right on site. Block rates begin at $129.00 and are available the Monday-Thursday of the conference. Please contact the hotel at (888) 66B-Hotels to secure your blocked rate. We will also provide a link to use to book your blocked rate room online once it becomes available. Blocked rooms are limited so we encourage you to book early.
Looking to coordinate a room share with another visiting guest? Let us know how we can help you coordinate your efforts by completing this short form.
Catholic Volunteer Network is happy to provide breakfast and dinner on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the conference, as well as breakfast on the Thursday of the conference, to make costs as affordable as possible. When registering, please let us know of any dietary needs or concerns so we may accommodate you.
For lunch, you can find dining options on-site at a sit-down restaurant or a grab-and-go counter with sandwiches, salads, chips, and more. Wanting to venture off-site for a meal elsewhere? Coordinate plans with fellow guests to carpool or share the cost of rideshares. We continue to assess ways in which to make meals not included in the registration cost more affordable and may have updates later
We know that a number of conference attendees may extend their trip to Orlando to enjoy vacationing in the area. Though Catholic Volunteer Network is unable to assist with securing discounts to Orlando theme parks and attractions, we encourage you to let us know if you have plans to stay in the area to check out the parks in case anyone wants to arrange a park gathering.
Slowing the Spread of Covid-19
Exposure to Covid-19 is an inherent risk in any public venue. We are encouraging wearing masks every time we gather indoors and when we are not able to socially distance ourselves outdoors. CVN is not requiring verification of vaccination or recent negative lab result.
Below are responses to Frequently Asked Questions. Please note that all guidelines are subject to change.
What do I do if I test positive for Covid-19?
Before you travel. Stay home. We will give you a full refund of your conference registration fee.
Once you arrive. Quarantine for the length of the conference. Consider remaining in quarantine for up to 5 days before returning back home.
Within 5 days of the conference ending. Please inform CVN by emailing Jocelyn so that health and wellness notifications can be shared with any close contacts.
What is CVN’s Refund Policy?
If you are unable to attend because you test positive for Covid-19 before you arrive, your registration fee will be fully refunded. If you would like to transfer your registration at the rate you purchased it to a colleague, you are encouraged to do so.
If CVN cancels or postpones this in-person gathering, CVN will refund the cost of registration.
If our hotel (B Resort and Spa) cancels, CVN will refund the cost of registration.
Although, as noted just above, there are situations in which CVN would refund registration fees, CVN cannot offer financial assistance to cover travel expenses or hotel room costs incurred if a registrant cannot attend. Please be aware of hotel room cancellation policies.
Will we be required to wear a mask for the entire conference?
In an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19, we are in alignment with CDC guidelines: CVN supports the need for indoor masking, especially as this action helps us care for those most in need of protection and care in our community.
Is proof of vaccination required to attend the Re-Imagine Together?
No. Although proof of vaccination is not required, CVN strongly encourages the safest practices in community. We encourage masking in public indoor spaces as well as social distancing when possible.
Will the conference sessions be held in indoor or outdoor venues?
Our morning sessions will be offered indoors. We are hoping to enjoy great weather in the afternoons and evenings and MAY be able to utilize more outdoors spaces when we convene. Meals will be served indoors, potentially buffet style, and there may be an option to take food outside. Check back at the Conference Schedule for specific information.
What is being done to ensure the safest experience of community when we are indoor with one another?
Face-Coverings. Masks are needed indoors (especially if you are unvaccinated) and when unable to keep socially distanced outdoors.
No Contact Policy
To assist in minimizing potential physical contact, elbow bumps are a great alternative to handshakes.
Will First Aid and other medical assistance be available?
In-room medical services are available. Simply touch “Front Desk” from your in-room phone for assistance, 24 hours a day.
First Aid centers can also store medications which require refrigeration. For your safety, special containers can be provided for disposal of hypodermic needles.
Offsite Urgent Care is available. AdventHealth Centra Care Walk-in Urgent Care Center at Lake Buena Vista is open 24-hours a day, 7 days per week. All other locations are open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Complimentary transportation for health emergencies is available by the hotel, and many insurance plans are accepted. Call (407) 934-2273 for more info.
This information and CVN’s plans for promoting health and safety may be adjusted leading up to the event based on factors such as the spread of COVID, CDC recommendations, etc.
For more information or general questions or concerns, please contact Jocelyn A. Sideco, Associate Executive Director at [email protected]
Planning For Attendance
Looking forward to joining us? Here is what we recommend as we finalize details.
- Plan for Your Travel: Book flights, coordinate road trip plans, connect with fellow member programs to organize carpools, etc. Orlando can be pricy during this time of the year and we recommend arranging your travel plans as soon as possible.
- Become a Sponsor: Information is now available!
- Join Our Planning Committee: Our conference is stronger with your input. Contact Yonce Shelton at [email protected] to learn more about the committee.