2017 Western States Leadership Conference

May 16 & 17, 2017 | Black Canyon Conference Center, Phoenix, AZ

Conference Facilitator

Kristen Hayes

Management Consultant

Kristen Hayes, M.P.M., is a management consultant with 15 years of experience in program implementation and public policy formation. She has worked with organizations across the country to secure funding through two federal departments (ED and HHS) and has helped grantees to effectively utilize funds to meet desired outcomes and impacts. A former Region IX Office of Head Start (OHS) senior program specialist, she has consulted with and trained Head Start and Early Head Start agencies nationwide since 2011 on a variety of projects, including facilitation of strategic planning session, evaluating and improving management systems, coaching new directors through OHS requirements, conducting organizational assessments to increase efficiency, grant planning and writing, and supporting programs through re-competition. 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

1 to 5 pm

Session 1: Creating a Culture of Agility

As a Federally-funded program, change is certain.  Yet Head Start programs often struggle with change and are often playing “defense.”  In this session, we will consider what it will take to become a “Next Generation Organization” where program managers can act proactively rather than reactively.  Topics for discussion include:

  • Characteristics of “next generation organizations”
  • Head Start common leadership and management practices
  • Leadership under the watchful eye of the public
  • Hiring for potential

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Session 2: Riding the Public Policy wave in 2017

Leadership teams must keep an eye on the what is happening in Washington, D.C. and their state capitol.  Being astute, engaged and a conduit of information is essential to optimize opportunities in the public sector.   In this session, attendees will hear from a state and national policy expert, as well as explore resources that can be used with colleagues and consumers. Topics will include:

  • Federal appropriations and reauthorizations
  • The nexus between federal opportunities and state program developments
  • Program Innovations in local communities

Session 3: Taking Data to the Next Level

Programs are collecting a variety of programmatic, child, family and financial data for the purpose of informing key stakeholders.  But what does it mean to share data in the context of the five-year grant?  Participants will be challenged to think about their own five-year plans and strategies for sharing their success stories with staff, families, governance groups, and the community.  This session will allow for participants to informally share their own story-telling techniques with their peers.

Session 4: Maximizing Impact Through Implementation Strategies

The HSPPS require that programs have procedures for data management and that outcomes and impacts be measured and demonstrated.  While all programs are using data, there are opportunities to improve how our data systems support the articulations of outcomes—“a systematic way to assess the extent to which a program has achieved its intended results.” (From the Compassion Capital Fund National Resource Center, (2010)).  Topics for discussion include:

  • Planning for data management and outcomes measurement
  • Creating indicators of performance for staff, families, children, and the program
  • Testing whether indicators work
  • Reporting outcomes and impacts to the public


Final Agenda

2017 WSLC Agenda (PDF Format)

The Vision

All children, regardless of their circumstance at birth, deserve a full and prosperous life.

The Mission

  • Support high-impact Head Start programs for children and adults by creating opportunities for collaboration, networking and information sharing.
  • Unite with state and national Head Start organizations to ensure regulatory and budget outcomes that support our work.
  • Champion the message that every child and family who succeeds makes their community a better place.

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