Annual Training Conference
May 9-10, 2024
Hyatt Regency Columbus
We are excited to welcome Matt Selker to the conference to provide the opening keynote address. Matt is an organizational leader and scholar-practitioner in the space of organizational performance and leadership development. His passion is for developing managers and leaders at all levels, as doing so fulfills his personal and professional mission of helping others achieve their best self through the use of science, experiences, and conversations.
In 2021, after the diagnosis of, radiation to treat, and recovery from an aggressive form of thyroid cancer which eventually spread to his voice box, Matt received a voice prosthesis implant ensuring he could return to doing what he loves. He continues to demonstrate that a disability is not an identity, but rather a unique lens through which to view the world.
Modern to Post-Modern Leadership: Discovering the Difference
How we lead people has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Today, organizations - and the people within them - are opportunities to be harnessed rather than problems to solve.
In this keynote, Matt Selker, MPA will discuss these different styles of leadership, sharing the results of his lived experiences and observations working with supervisors, managers, and leaders across Ohio's county JFS organizations. His practical tips will help us discover that we can all be effective leaders.
In addition to a motivating opening keynote, the conference offers over 55 breakout sessions in a variety of training areas provided by program, policy, and issue experts. These areas include competency and professional development, fiscal, workforce, public assistance, Medicaid, human resources, management and supervision, adult protective services, and more.
The conference would not be possible without our resolute volunteers acting in the role of session volunteers and monitors to ensure sessions run smoothly and a small token of our appreciation is given to each confirmed volunteer.
Volunteers are asked to pick up a packet of information before their session starts and read a brief script to begin the session. Monitors provide additional support, especially in larger session rooms, and could be asked to take on the role of volunteer if needed. Every effort is made to assign volunteers and monitors to sessions they registered for.
Those who have not volunteered at a previous conference are required to join a brief virtual orientation to familiarize them with their role and responsibilities.
Check the box at the bottom of your registration form if we can count on you to join us!
The app serves as the conference's information hub before, during, and after the event. Attendees will rely almost exclusively on the app onsite and are encouraged to explore the platform in advance to acquaint themselves with its functionality.
Within the app registered attendees will find most importantly:
- Their personalized session schedule and room locations,
- Venue maps,
- Handouts, and
- Session and event evaluations.
App access is granted on a rolling basis to registered attendees only.
To help ensure everyone's Wi-Fi connections are the best they can be, download the app prior to your arrival.
- Search for the R@H ConferenceBeat Event App in your app store
- To receive push notifications, allow notifications if prompted
- Locate and select 2024 OJFSDA Annual Training Conference from the Current Events list
- Tap Go to Event below the event details
- Click the Sign In icon
- Enter the Email address used during registration
- Enter Passcode Discover2024
Beat the registration rush and skip the line by checking in before the conference begins from 3-6PM on Wednesday, May 8 in the Hayes Foyer of the Hyatt Regency. Event registration opens at 7:30AM Thursday, May 9 and 7:15AM Friday, May 10.
On Thursday, May 9 morning beverage service and an afternoon refreshment break, including snacks and a variety of hot and cold beverages, will be served. Lunch is not provided and is on your own. The agenda has a built in 1.5-hour break to allow attendees to grab lunch from area restaurants in addition to the Convention Center's food court, where they can expect to encounter long lines.
On Friday, May 10 breakfast and morning beverage service, including a variety of hot and cold beverages, will be served. As the conference concludes in the early afternoon, no additional food or beverage service will be provided.
On Wednesday ahead of the conference kickoff Thursday, the association will host its quarterly General Session. This required registration is separate from conference registration and is intended for county JFS agency directors and/or members of their leadership teams if they choose as is true for the March, September, and December meetings.
When: May 8, 2024
Where: Hyatt Regency Columbus
Time: 12PM buffet lunch, 1PM agenda start
Request for cancellation must be made in writing via email to Becca Krelko, Conference Coordinator, by the following refund dates. Cancellations by phone will not be accepted.
- 100% refund for cancellations received by April 11, 2024.
- 50% refund for cancellations received by April 25, 2024.
- 0% refund for cancellations received after April 25, 2024; a replacement will be accepted but no refunds will be issued.
If paying by invoice after the conference, applicable balances due will be invoiced at the rate corresponding to the date the cancellation was received. Registration fees for no-shows will not be waived or refunded.
Contact Conference Coordinator Becca Krelko at email@example.com or call the OJFSDA office at 614-221-3688.
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Ask The Fiscal Expert
Some of the most common questions are around fiscal and monitoring. What’s not always easy? Finding the right question to ask. Adding to the challenge? The fact that the answers we sometimes receive to the same question can vary depending on who, what, where, when, and how we ask the question.
To put faces with emails and voices on the phone, the Bureau of County Finance and Technical Assistance and Office of Fiscal and Monitoring Services will be staffing tables during the conference offering a more informal opportunity to discuss matters big or small. Even if you don’t have any burning questions, stop by and say hi and introduce yourself!
ODM County Engagement Team
Ever found yourself sitting at your desk wondering about where a process came from and why you are doing it? Or wondering if your county's approach aligns with others? Here's your golden chance to get those questions answered!
Visit the Ohio Department of Medicaid's county engagement team during the conference to confer directly with your county engagement managers. This is an opportunity to ask questions about county business processes, share your thoughts, and gain insights. ODM's expert team is ready and eager to address your queries, discuss solutions, and explore new opportunities for collaboration.
Thursday, May 9, 2024
Friday, May 10, 2024
If registering on behalf of others, please provide their contact information on their registration form. Registrants will not receive conference-related information nor be able to access the event app unless their correct email address is provided. If you notice incorrect information on your user profile when registering or within the confirmation email send afterward, please email conference coordinator Becca Krelko.
Registrations may be paid for by invoice or with a credit card. If paying by invoice, ensure your agency/organization is recorded accurately when completing the registration process as that is how invoices are built following the event. Do not abbreviate county names, especially if other counties begin with the same letter.
Early Bird 2-Day Registration: $350
February 26, 2024 - April 12, 2024
2-Day Registration (pre-event): $400
April 13, 2024 - April 26, 2024
2-Day Registration (onsite): $425
May 9, 2024
1-Day Registration (pre-event): $275
February 26, 2024 - April 26, 2024
1-Day Registration (onsite): $300
May 9, 2024 - May 10, 2024
Speaker 1-Day Registration: $0
February 26, 2024 - April 26, 2024
Speaker 2-Day Registration: $225
February 26, 2024 - April 26, 2024
OJFSDA Member Agencies 2 Complementary Registrations: $0
Applied to Highest-Rate Registrations After the Event
For those preferring to input registrations in bulk, an internal collection form is available for download to assist in the gathering of needed registration details from individual registrants. Do not return completed forms to OJFSDA, it is for your internal use only.
To register multiple people at once, enter the first attendee's information, including session selections, then click 'Register Another Person' at the bottom of the screen to repeat the process for each registrant. If logging in with your credentials and not attending the conference, delete the auto populated information and enter the information for the first person you are registering.
Support The Conference
Today’s human services workforce faces a complex and quickly changing environment. The OJFSDA Annual Training Conference is one of the most notable occasions for Ohio’s job and family services professionals to engage with thought leaders and innovators in the field, giving them the opportunity to discuss topics on a deeper, more personal level. As the largest event of its kind in the state, this two-day event provides a blended learning environment with multiple ways for the over 1000 attendees to hear and share ideas. Our mission is to provide conference goers with meaningful education and training on the systems, policies, programs, and skills that are integral to their work, so they leave feeling more empowered and connected to their peers than when they arrived.
We invite you to add your unique presence to the event through March 22, 2024 by discovering which of our sponsor or exhibitor packages, including our new exclusive sponsorship packages, best suits you. Together, we can inspire attendees to discover what the work means to them and make new connections that will prepare them for the future.
QUESTIONS? Contact Becca Krelko, Conference Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 221-3688 x4.
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Hotels & Parking
2024 Hyatt parking rates have increased to $43/night, $25/day for valet and $25 to self-park overnight at the Chestnut Street Garage.
BOOK EARLY, ALL RESERVATIONS BASED ON AVAILABILITY.
Hyatt Regency Columbus (Event Venue)
350 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
A block of rooms is available at the Hyatt Regency Columbus starting at $176 per night plus applicable taxes. Those who make reservations in this block receive a 20% discount on valet ($43 overnight, $25 daily) or self-parking at the Chestnut Street Garage ($25 overnight).
Reserve your room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus by Friday, April 19, 2024.
Sonesta Columbus Downtown (Across from Event Venue)
33 East Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43215
A block of rooms is available at Sonesta Columbus Downtown starting at $122 per night plus applicable taxes. Those who reserve rooms in this block may valet park for $42 per night or $20 per day or self-park at a nearby garage at varying rates.
Reserve your room at Sonesta Columbus Downtown by Friday, April 12, 2024.
Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Convention Center (Next to Event Venue)
88 East Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43215
A small block of rooms is available at Drury Inn & Suites starting at $122 per night plus applicable taxes. Those who reserve rooms in this block may utilize the Drury's on-site covered parking for $19 per spot per day or self-park at a nearby garage at varying rates.
This block is not eligible for association managed hotel accommodations and must be paid by credit card.
Reserve your room at Drury Inn & Suites by Saturday, April 6, 2024.
Association Managed Hotel Accommodations
Request for OJFSDA to make and manage single or bulk room reservations on your behalf
All requests should be submitted via email to Becca Krelko, Conference Coordinator, at email@example.com by the respective cutoff date. Charges for room rates, applicable taxes, and valet parking (or self parking at the Chestnut Street Garage for the Hyatt only) will be billed to the association's master account and invoiced to the county agency or organization with registration fees after the conference.
To make a reservation request, download the request form for the HYATT or SONESTA and return as an Excel file.
OR email your reservation request including all of the following:
- Hotel preference (Hyatt or Sonesta)
- County agency or organization to be billed
- Full name(s) of occupants
- Primary contact email for the room
- Arrival date
- Departure date
- Parking preference (valet or self-park; Hyatt only)
- Any special rooming requests (if applicable)