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SPARK 2024

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel 1550 Court Place
Denver, 80202 United States

October 21 October 22 UTC

Save the Date for SPARK 2024: Oct. 21-22, with pre-conference sessions Oct. 20.



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SPARK 2024 will unite practice excellence, innovation, and federal policy advocacy to advance our sector’s impact and help all families and communities thrive. This in-person event will elevate important conversations around our most vexing challenges and showcase insight and expertise from the field.

This event is designed for leaders who are fueled by a commitment to advance equity and improve the well-being of all people. Together, we will share inspiration and practical tools for implementing innovative practice, policy, and research. Our keynote speakers and breakout sessions will address new insight and promising approaches related to:

  • Brain science and trauma-informed approaches
  • Child, family, and community well-being
  • COA Accreditation
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Government affairs and advocacy
  • Leadership and organizational development

Who Should Participate

  • Executives
  • Director-level staff
  • Board members
  • Performance quality improvement staff
  • Professional and clinical services

Registration must be received on or before Sept. 20 to receive the early bird rate. After that date, regular rates apply.

Impact Partners (Formerly Engagement Packages) and/or Organizations that Have Achieved COA Accreditation
Early Bird Registration $595
Regular Registration $745

Other Organizations
Early Bird Registration $695
Regular Registration $845

Multiperson Registration Discount

Register five (5) full conference participants from the same organization and receive $50 off all subsequent full conference registrations from the same organization. Only one discount per person; no other discounts apply. Once all five full conference participants are registered, contact Social Current to receive the discount code for all subsequent full conference registrations.

Cancellation by Participant

All cancellation requests must be made in writing. Conference cancellations are subject to a $100 processing fee. Cancellation requests received after Oct. 1 will not be refunded. Credit toward future Social Current events is not currently possible. Participants unable to attend the conference may send an alternate participant. Notice of written cancellation or alternate participant requests must be emailed directly to Social Current.

Cancellation by Social Current

If Social Current cancels this conference, all registration fees will be refunded in full.

SPARK 2024 participants will convene in downtown Denver. The conference hotel is centrally located along the 16th Street Mall.

Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place
Denver, CO 80202

Hotel Reservations
Social Current has arranged a special room rate of $239 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes. Reserve your room by booking online or calling the hotel at 303-893-3333 by Sept. 20 and mentioning the group name Social Current SPARK 2024 to receive the discounted rate. This rate is available for stays up to three days prior to and after the conference, but it is subject to hotel availability at the time of booking.

Airport Train (A Line)
The airport train (known as the A line) from Denver International Airport to Union Station in downtown Denver costs only $10 for a one-way trip and takes 37 minutes. View full details online, including the schedule, stops, and where to buy a ticket.

Sunday, Oct. 20
9 a.m.-Noon Intensive Accreditation Training (IAT)
12:30-4 p.m. Registration Desk Open
1-4 p.m. Intensive Accreditation Training (IAT)
1-4 p.m. EDI and Leadership Practices for the Long Haul
4-6 p.m. Convening for Chief Executives
5:30-7 p.m. Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
7:15-9 p.m. UnCharitable Movie Screening


Monday, Oct. 21
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
8-9 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors
9-10:30 a.m. Opening General Session
10:30-11 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session A Workshops
12:30-2 p.m. Networking Lunch
2-3:30 p.m. Session B Workshops
4:30-5:30 p.m. Networking Reception


Tuesday, Oct. 22
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Desk Open
8-9 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors
9-10:30 a.m. Session C Workshops
10:30-11 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Session D Workshops
12:30-2 p.m. Networking Lunch
2-3:30 p.m. Session E Workshops
3:45-5 p.m. Closing General Session


Social Current’s robust network of organizations and individuals across the country provides a unique opportunity for sponsors to reach C-suite decisionmakers in their target demographics. Simultaneously, sponsorship will allow brands to assess challenges unique to the sector, collaborate, and access network expertise.

Through our network, we can reach more than 12,000 human services professionals representing more than 1,800 organizations that serve nearly 11 million individuals.

View the SPARK 2024 sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. Contact Marisa Collins, director of strategic partnerships and partner communications, to learn more.

Intensive Accreditation Training (IAT)
Oct. 20 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Intensive Accreditation Training (IAT) is designed to prepare organizations to get the most out of their COA Accreditation experience. It provides an overview of the COA Accreditation process and standards, tips on how to manage the work, and advice for preparing for the site visit.

Performance and Quality Improvement Training (PQI)
Oct. 20 from 1-4 p.m.
This performance and quality improvement (PQI) training is designed to help organizations pursuing COA Accreditation develop a comprehensive approach to a quality improvement process that will advance an efficient and effective service delivery system and enhance organizational capacity to deliver quality services.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership: Practices for the Long Haul
Oct. 20 from 1-4 p.m.
This session will feature the latest insight on what organizations need to understand to successfully advance equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), as well as leadership principles and strategies to support organizational EDI journeys. It will look to support frank dialogue and include small-group discussions on what’s at stake for EDI and how leaders can continue to make progress in their organizational goals. Participants will hear insights from around the country on how to bridge divides and make shared commitments to EDI through strong leadership principles and trauma-informed care.

Convening for Chief Executives
Oct. 20 from 4-6 p.m.
Cost: $150
This convening will offer learning and networking tailored to chief executives of human services organizations. By bringing together sector leaders who truly understand each other’s day to day, this CEO-only event will offer a safe space to develop relationships, share challenges, find solutions, and build community. This event will emphasize dialogue and collaboration with ample time for informal networking over food and drink, offering the opportunity to make new connections, deepen relationships, and grow your network of go-to colleagues.

Volunteer Appreciation Celebration
Oct. 20 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Cost: Free for active COA Accreditation volunteers
We could not do what we do without our COA Accreditation volunteers. All active COA Accreditation volunteers are invited to join us as we gather and celebrate all that you do. Catch up with colleagues, share site visit stories from the road, and get ready for the start of SPARK 2024. There will be food, drinks, prizes, and a host of swag – so you will not want to miss this event.

Movie Screening of UnCharitable
7:15-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
Prepare for the opening keynote session by joining this special screening of the movie UnCharitable.

About the Movie
After three successful U.S. charitable campaigns were attacked by charity watchdogs, destroying lives and cutting off precious resources, many of the top influencers in the field knew something had to be done to overhaul the nonprofit sector.

Led by Dan Pallotta, whose record-breaking TED Talk on the subject has inspired leading philanthropists and changemakers, this feature-length documentary directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal exposes the dark side of philanthropy and introduces a radical new way of giving. In a powerful call to action, Uncharitable demands that charities be freed from the traditional sackcloth-and-ashes constraints, so that they can truly change the world.

Each workshop is identified as a “learner” or “doer” session:

  • Learner Sessions: For those with limited knowledge on the topic who are looking for an introduction
  • Doer: For those with prior knowledge and experience with a topic who are looking to advance their skill and mastery
Sort By:

A (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

A1: Using Human-Centered Design to Influence Stakeholders and Policy
Area of Focus: Government Affairs and Advocacy
A3: EDI: Beginning the Journey
Area of Focus: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
A5: Execute Your Priorities with Project Management for Organizations of All Sizes
Area of Focus: Leadership and Organizational Development

B (2-3:30 p.m.)

B4: Sustaining Ourselves and Supporting Others: Somatic and Embodied Approaches to Healing
Area of Focus: Brain Science and Trauma-Informed Approaches

C (9-10:30 a.m.)

C2: Using the Science of Hope to Foster Community and Organizational Wellness
Area of Focus: Child, Family, and Community Well-Being
C3: The Power of Partnership: Centering Father Engagement in Advocacy
Area of Focus: Government Affairs and Advocacy
C5: Meaningfully Engaging Your Communities with Inclusive Data Practices
Area of Focus: Leadership and Organizational Development

D (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

D2: Economic and Concrete Supports: Exploring New Narratives Together
Area of Focus: Child, Family, and Community Well-Being
D5: Trauma-Informed Performance Management: Balancing Care and Standards
Area of Focus: Brain Science and Trauma-Informed Approaches

E (2-3:30 p.m.)

E1: The Care Paradox: Storytelling for Change
Area of Focus: Government Affairs and Advocacy
E2: 2Gen Coaching Strategies to Support Family and Programmatic Goal Achievement
Area of Focus: Child, Family, and Community Well-Being
E3: Fostering Belonging Through Cross-Cultural Connections
Area of Focus: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
1550 Court Place
Denver, 80202 United States
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