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WAFCA Institute 2023
Landmark Resort
4929 Landmark Dr
Egg Harbor, Wisconsin 54209
United States
920-868-3205

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 6:30 PM to Friday, June 23, 2023, 12:00 PM CST
Category: WAFCA Conferences

Hidden Reefs:  Navigating the Challenges of Cross-Cultural Collaborations 

As human services agencies we are increasingly challenged to pursue strategic partnerships and alliances.  Such partnerships require authentic collaboration. Before we can pursue a path toward greater efficiency through integration, we must first step back to engage in an honest assessment of the paradigms and assumptions that may be hidden beneath the surface of our organizations.  

Just as our collaborative work at a personal level requires us to explore and examine the implicit biases and preconceptions operating under the surface for each of us, so too must we assess for the “hidden” elements of our individual organizational cultures before we are ready to engage in authentic and effective collaboration.  

Join us for a two-day retreat in Door County as our facilitator, Jane Pirsig, guides us through a series of cultural models to help us identify and articulate our own, often unspoken, elements of organizational culture while we consider other paradigms that may align or diverge from our own. Through panel presentations and activities we will begin on Day 1 by “Mapping the Waters” and then shift in Day 2 to “Navigating Collaborative Waters.”  

This one-of-a-kind, family inclusive event gathers members up in beautiful Door County for two days of retreat and joint learning. Agencies are encouraged to bring their leadership teams to deepen learning and deliver durable results for your organization. 

About our Presenter - Jane Pirsig

With over 35 years leadership experience in mental health, social service, and aging services, Jane is an established subject matter expert in the integration of social care and healthcare, from concept to operations.   As Executive Director of Aurora Family Service, she led the successful integration of Milwaukee’s oldest family service agency into Aurora Health Care (now Advocate Aurora Health), a $10 billion regional healthcare provider.  Currently Jane provides consultation, thought leadership and training in the social/healthcare ecosystem through work with leading national organizations including Social Current (formerly Alliance for Strong Families & Communities/COA)the Center for Complex Care, RISE network of Medicaid/ Medicare CMOs and the Partnership to Align Social Care and HealthcareShe has had a close relationship with WAFCA for many years, serving on its Board of Directors, including Board Chair and Chair of its Marketing Workgroup. 

Jane holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. 

WAFCA Members click here to log in and register.  Registration is open now through June 5.    


Contact: Johanna Nelson, WAFCA Operations Manager, [email protected], 608.257.5939