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2022 Highlights & Engagement Opportunities

Over four action-packed days, we'll bring you an array of classic ISM offerings and new innovations! Please take advantage of these events while with us in National Harbor, MD.

Kick-off Sunday with These Activities

Sunday, October 23

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

First Time Attendees


Are you attending the ISM Annual Conference for the first time?

Plan to participate in a short orientation where conference veterans will give tips on getting the most out of sessions, the expo hall, and other networking opportunities that occur during and outside the conference. We welcome you to join us and start networking early. The State/Local Forum immediately follows this event for public agency attendees.

Sunday, October 23

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

State and Local Forum &
ISM Business Meeting


The State & Local Forum is a chance to meet with another state, county, and city participants in an informal setting to share information and learn from each other. Get out there and find whom you want to connect with over the course of the next couple of days at the conference!

(Open to All State and Local Government Agency Attendees)

Sunday, October 23

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Opening Reception & Technology For A Cause (TFAC) Activities

Join colleagues from across the country for a reception celebrating our annual convening. Make sure to also check out these additional TFAC activities throughout the conference.

2022 APHSA Emerging Leaders Cohorts & Charity Introduction

Join Tricia Cox, ISM Chair, as she opens the 54th ISM Annual Conference & Expo at National Harbor, Maryland. Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan will bring greetings from the state. We may have a few more surprise guests as we start a week of learning and engagement. Come prepared for a transformational week!

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At The Table... Together

We're better people when we're At The Table... Together. Why is that? Because being at the table together creates the best environment for connection to take root, grow, and flourish. During this keynote, Ginger will illustrate how to think about our connections with each other in this community. She will share myriad ideas, insights, and practices to apply right away—for self, team, and community. And it all starts At The Table... Together. Come ready to listen, learn, and step up to take your seat at the table during ISM.

The Face of Human Trafficking 2022

On Day 2, we present "The Face of Human Trafficking," as we are joined by the Deliver Fund (a nonprofit intelligence organization that leverages cutting-edge technology in the fight against human trafficking in the U.S.), along with representatives from the FBI and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.


​Leslie Adamczyk

Supervisory Special Agent

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Headquarters,
the Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking Unit


Keisha Head
Social Activist Lead
Case Manager

Salvation Army


Staca Shehan
Vice President
Analytical Services Division, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children


Nic McKinley
Founder and CEO
Deliver Fund


Derrik Anderson
Executive Director
Race Matters for Juvenile Justice

Closing General Session

Wednesday, October 26  |  10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

On Day 3, we will meet the 2023-2024 ISM Officers and Executive Advisory Committee and celebrate with a check presentation to our Technology For A Cause charity program recipient.

Fireside Chat with Federal Partners

Join our Federal partners from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, Food and Nutrition Services, the Children’s Bureau, and Office of Child Support Enforcement for an engaging fireside chat about what is hot in their respective agencies right now, how States are doing with the Public Health Emergency unwinding, new certification methodology, and Advance Planning Document advice. What things are changing, what may be going on with waivers and appropriations, and what cross-agency issues the Federal partners are seeing so they can offer guidance.


Ed Dolly


Division of State Systems, CMSDC, District of Columbia, United States

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Sasha Gersten-Paal
Program Analyst

USDA Food and Nutrition Service

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Karen Painter-Jaquess

State Systems Office
USDA Food and Nutrition Service


Tresa Young

Vice President

Analytical Services Division, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children



Scott Dunn

Senior Director, Health and Human Services

Informative Sessions & Engagement Events

NEW!  Innovation, Ideation & Inspiration–I3 Area

Throughout the ISM Conference & Expo, attendees will be encouraged to up their networking game through the Innovation, Ideation & Inspiration Area (I3 Area). This area will be the center of Tuesday afternoon's events. Mini sessions will take place during the breaks in the expo hall and watch as local non-profit organizations pitch ideas to earn consulting hours and prize money.


If you are a non-profit / community-based organization in Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia - you can nominate yourself to participate in this pitch contest, to be awarded consulting hours and cash investments! Access nomination form here.

Tuesday, October 25   |   4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Ideation: Non-Profit Pitch Contest

The Non-Profit Pitch Event is a play off of Shark Tank™. The event will feature local non-profits making quick presentations to a panel of judges or “sharks,” who will decide to advance and/or invest in their concept. Each group will pitch a solution and/or idea they want to solve/or are solving for a community social services issue.

Monday, Oct. 24 & Tuesday, Oct. 25

Inspiration: (Re) Brand You Bar

Personal branding sessions designed to help attendees ‘freshen up’ their resumes, LinkedIn profiles and interview skills throughout the conference. Mini sessions on (re)branding yourself will be offered on Monday and Tuesday on the expo floor. Professional coaches and experts in LinkedIn profiles will be available to work 1:1 with attendees.

Silent Auction & Technology For A Cause Charity Event
Donations to Give Back to the Local VA Community

We're delighted to offer a streamlined experience for this year's Silent Auction, eliminating the hassle of bid sheets and paperwork! Attendees will have a chance to bid on baskets created by and representing our APHSA member states!


Bidding will be online through the Expo Auction's web-based platform, which will open two weeks before the start of the conference and closes Tuesday, October 25, 2022. Proceeds go towards the $20,000 goal set to benefit the programs at United Community, our 2022 Technology For A Cause charity. United Community is a 53-year-old nonprofit offering an array of human services that lift families in Fairfax County, VA, out of poverty.


Professional Headshots

Update your professional image and have your portrait taken. Get into the best poses in just a few minutes and show off your best. While at the lounge, immediately upload and send your photos to yourself via email, text, or social media!

Tue. General Session
NEW! I3 Area
Wed. General Session
Non-Profit Pitch Contest
(Re) Brand You Bar
Technology For A Cause
Silent Auction
TFAC: Donate Today
Professional Headshots
Mon. General Session
Sun. Activities
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