5th Annual Community Engagement Spring Conference

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May 2 - Milwaukee County Zoo - Peck Center

May 3 - Medical College of Wisconsin - HRC Auditorium

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MCW Engage 2019
Cultivating Capacity. Strengthening Partnerships.

Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3

Join the MCW Office of Community Engagement and the Community Engagement Core for the spring community engagement conference, MCW ENGAGE 2019: Cultivating Capacity. Strengthening Partnerships. We are excited to offer special sessions this year focused on leadership, planning, and relationship-building strategies that can nurture strong community-engaged partnerships.

Day 1: Thursday, May 2 | 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Milwaukee County Zoo’s Peck Welcome Center
10001 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226

9am | The Idea Exchange
Kick off the morning with a fun and intentional networking session where you’ll meet your fellow conference attendees and have the chance to share and discuss areas of interest and affinity around community engagement. You’ll have the chance to expand your circle, exchange business cards, and grow your network.

10:30am | Conference Kick-off
Syed Ahmed, MD, DrPH, MPH, Associate Provost & Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement (Medical College of Wisconsin)

11am | Keynote | Process is the New Program
Susan Lloyd, PhD (Lloyd Consulting, Inc.) and Darlene Russell (Greater Milwaukee Foundation)

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA Credit Designation Statement:
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 1 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.

12pm | Lunch

1:00-2:15pm | Concurrent Breakout Workshop Sessions
Session A | How to Eat an Elephant: Project Planning One Bite at a Time
This workshop explores project planning and development with a focus on making timely decisions around key project details that support effective implementation. Attendees will gain an appreciation of building trust, clarifying goals, and committing appropriate resources to support successful project execution. Community engagement principles of mutual respect and effective communication ring throughout this session designed to cultivate capacities that strengthen partnerships.

Session B | It’s a Zoo Outside, Lead from the Inside
This workshop explores the traditional dynamics of power and authority in positional leadership and demonstrates how successful leaders don’t require a title or org chart to make an impact. By shifting the traditional mindset about leadership to one of influence that cultivates relationships and builds capacity from an inner coherence of values and action, reliance on power-over tactics is not necessary. Join this session to gain a better understanding of your inner sources of influence to reach the goals you want to achieve, whether that be organizational change, community engagement, or personal transformation.

Session C | Understanding Ruffled Feathers in Your Flock: Using True Colors to Navigate Complex Relationships
Through the application of True Colors personality types, this workshop will help attendees to understand how people absorb information, engage differently on a team, communicate, and how they can use this knowledge to better navigate relationships.

*Light breakfast will be offered

Day 2: Friday, May 3 | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Medical College of Wisconsin - HRC Auditorium
8701 W Watertown Plank Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226

10:00-11:30am | MCW Engage 2019 Poster Session
The MCW Engage 2019 Poster Session highlights community-academic partnerships, community centered projects, and community engaged and translational research. Posters will be presented by one or more authors who will be available to talk through their work, answer questions, and expand the dialogue around community engagement.

11:45am | Lunch & Community Engaged Scholars Mentoring Network Recognition

12:15-2pm | President's Community Engagement Award Ceremony
The President’s Community Engagement Award recognizes exemplary community-academic partnerships, community engaged research, and community outreach activities and programs of MCW faculty, staff, students, and community partners. Join us over lunch to honor this year’s awardees and learn about their remarkable work.

2:30-4:30pm | Invisible Lines Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Join us for a showing of Invisible Lines, a new film from 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. In the feature-length documentary, ten Milwaukee residents of color share their personal stories of segregation, racism and prejudice. No narrator. No script. Just conversations between people. The film will be followed by a panel that will discuss the topics and issues explored in the film.

*Light breakfast will be offered

Please contact Erika Petterson at (414) 955-4424 or with any questions or visit our website.


  • Complimentary parking will be available both at the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Details to follow closer to conference!

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