MASFAA Conference

2022 Conference

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November 17th – 18th, Hotel 1620, Plymouth MA

Agenda

Agenda coming soon!

 

Call for presentations for the 2022 conference is now live!  Have a session you want to present?  Please submit your proposal here.

 

2021 Final Conference Program

Presentations

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Health and Safety

MASFAA is taking the pandemic seriously and will be abiding by state and local guidance to help our attendees feel comfortable attending in-person. Please see our health and safety protocols document for detailed information.

Keynote Speakers

MASFAA is happy to welcome Natalie K. Hodge, writer, producer and owner/founder of Rudy’s Girl Media, as a keynote speaker for the 2022 conference.

Natalie K. Hodge is a writer, producer and owner/founder of Rudy’s Girl Media, a Martinsville, Virginia based multimedia content development company.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Guilford College and a master’s degree from Cornell University alongside over a decade of independent film and television experience in New York and Los Angeles.  Natalie utilizes her background in workforce development and higher education to craft entertaining and inspiring stories about the triumphant human spirit.

Natalie is deeply committed to impacting the lives of young people and as a result, held student affairs positions at Cornell University, Columbia University – Teacher’s College, Stony Brook University and the Art Institute of Los Angeles.  She has trained, supervised and coached hundreds of college students and impacted thousands through speaking engagements, workshops and seminars.  Her most important work has been to inspire young people to identify and tap into their purpose.  This has been the driving force for her creation of workforce development initiatives in the West Piedmont region of Virginia.  During her tenure as project director, Natalie’s programs funneled over $4 million into internship stipends and post-secondary aid to area youth.

When she is not developing high impact youth programming, Natalie is creating innovative multimedia content. To date, she has produced three film/television projects in Martinsville – Sell (2019), Stolen Crowns (2020), Hometown Hustle (2021).  Natalie and her team are currently in preproduction on the second season of Hometown Hustle, a feel-good reality series about small businesses in small towns that make a big impact.  Season 2 covers a larger geographic footprint across ten counties and cities in Southern Virginia.

In addition to a growing portfolio of digital content, Natalie has three published books – The Biggest BUT in the World (2015), Metallic Dusty Rose: Poems about life and love (2016) and From Unemployed to Unstoppable: A 30-day transformation guide (2020).  Natalie is a community change agent and an active member of numerous local volunteer boards and organizations.  She is the 2022 grand prize winner of the Gauntlet, Virginia’s largest business pitch competition.  Natalie’s winning pitch was for RGM Studios, Uptown Martinsville’s first digital content development studio.

Check out Natalie’s work at www.RudysGirl.com.

MASFAA is happy to welcome Judy Hu, as a keynote speaker for the 2022 conference.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, teleworking (working remotely) was considered an alternative work option that some employers/organizations offered as part of their work-life balance practices. Since 2020, a large proportion of U.S. workers have transitioned into teleworking without systematic preparation, precedence, or a timeline for return/recovery. In addition, organizations have become more flexible with hybrid work arrangements, allowing employees to work from home at least one day a week. This “new normal” inevitably poses challenges to workers, such as how to “seamlessly” change our roles as we move from the kids’ room to the work room, how to draw lines between work hours and nonwork hours. This talk will introduce two key topics: 1) the idea of work-family interface, understanding how individuals may differ in terms of how one sets their boundaries between different life domains, and how to respond to misalignment between one’s preference of work-family boundaries and how organizations expect one to enact work-family boundaries; 2) the idea of “always on” culture due to electronic connectivity, understanding how communication technology has extended our work hours, and even encroached our family/life domains, and how to cultivate better technological behaviors on our own and also within our workgroups.

Charity

The charity for this year’s conference is Cape Kid Meals.

Cape Kid Meals: The purpose of Cape Kid Meals (CKM) is to raise awareness of Cape Cod families facing hunger, and to provide food for the school-aged children of these families when access to school breakfast/lunch programs are not available, including weekends. They started in 2015-16 in Dennis, MA with elementary school-aged kids at one school and have expanded to 29 schools with 800 food bags every week, including weekends, to ensure kids are getting the food they need to be able to attend school and learn better. In the fall, they are piloting this program with a high school, and they also have junior high schools in their school listing. The program is anonymous to prevent any stigma in terms of the students receiving the benefit. Only the schools know who is in the program. How can MASFAA help? At the 2022 Fall Conference in Plymouth, we will be having a 50/50 raffle and a charity basket raffle, with all proceeds going to Cape Kid Meals! Bring your cash for tickets and while you’re trying to win fun prizes and cash, you’ll also be helping out this great organization!