MFLN “Network News” – July 2017

June was an exciting month for a number of our MFLN colleagues as they traveled to several conferences to present and learn with the best of the best! Here’s a recap:

At the Association for Communication Excellence Conference in New Orleans, Jen Chilek facilitated a hands-on session about the importance of attributing images and captioning videos and how to do so. In addition, she shared the MFLN’s model of social media as wrap-arounds for our webinar education, discussing the tools we use for collaboration as well strategies for online audience engagement.

The week of June 10, MFLN colleagues Bob Bertsch, Karen Jeannette, and Anita Harris participated in Big Skies, Bold Partnerships, the 2017 join conference of Community Development and National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. Anita Harris and Bob Bertsch both ‘wowed’ crowds with their 5 minute IGNITE presentations. Anita shared how community development professionals can connect with MFLN and local military service providers to support the unique needs of military families in communities across the United States. Bob shared how to build more cooperative relationships and networking opportunities to address grand social and environmental challenges through an approach called Working Out Loud.

Prior to the conference, Bob, Karen, and Anita, and Nebraska Extension colleague, Connie Hancock, led a full-day, hands-on, pre-conference session illustrating how community development professionals could use the 5 elements of Working Out Loud and Working Out Loud circles to facilitate both personal and community change.

At the National Extension Technology Community (NETC) Conference in Savannah, Georgia, Kerry Walker and Coral Owen conducted a session on cost-saving methods to increase audience reach, demonstrating how Open Broadcast Software (OBS) can be used to stream a live webinar to YouTube Live. Coral also facilitated a “Birds of a Feather”  roundtable discussion for IT professionals and Extension educators on innovative uses of technology in program delivery.

Kerry, Coral, and Jen Chilek (who was busy presenting at ACE!) were awarded the Team Excellence Award by NETC for “demonstrating a strong work ethic, commitment to service, effective teamwork and exceptional job performance.”

Don’t miss our upcoming programming this month! For a complete listing of webinars or to sign up for the monthly email update, visit militaryfamilies.extension.org/webinars.

MFLN “Network News” – June 2017

Mark your calendars! Join us September 26-29 for our free virtual conference. This dynamic virtual learning and networking experience for professionals working with military service members and their families will center around the theme “Learning Through Change.” Conference keynotes and interactive sessions and activities will explore professional and organizational change from multiple angles:

  • How do we respond to change as individuals, and what do these responses mean for our professional selves?
  • How can we nurture our own professional development in times of uncertainty?
  • How can we lead effectively through change?
  • How can we contribute to positive organizational change within the military service context?
  • What is the impact of an intergenerational workforce on change management?

Be sure to stay up-to-date with the latest developments by visiting the conference homepage and signing up for email updates.

We also have a host of engaging professional development opportunities coming up in June that you won’t want to miss! Visit militaryfamilies.extension.org/webinars for a listing of all upcoming programming.