The OFN Conference is more than sessions and networking opportunities. Each year, OFN offers plenty of options for attendees to learn and engage with their peers and the greater community in the host city.

In addition to this year’s CDFIs in Action neighborhood tours detailed in a separate blog post, the Conference will feature pre-Conference trainings and offsite Congressional visits:

Pre-Conference Training: Creating a New Asset-Based Narrative for CDFIs

Sunday, October 20

The language CDFIs use and the way we tell stories can sometimes work against us, suppressing understanding of our programs and reinforcing deficit-based viewpoints. Now more than ever, it’s critical to use research-based strategies to communicate with the public and policymakers. In this interactive workshop, participants learn how to create a new narrative for their organizations, one that leads with shared values, relies on asset-based language, and is proven to persuade, educate, and motivate. Seating is limited for this fee-based training. See the Conference agenda to learn more.

Pre-Conference Training: Organizational Health with Patrick Lencioni's The Table Group

Sunday, October 20

Designed around the concepts in leadership and business pioneer Patrick Lencioni’s best-selling books The Advantage, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and The Ideal Team Player, this focused, quick-paced, and practical session is designed to help educate CEOs and their leadership teams to identify and address organizational health and teamwork issues. This fee-based session is for CEOs and their leadership teams. See the Conference agenda to learn more.

Congressional Advocacy: An Afternoon on Capitol Hill

Tuesday, October 22

Conference attendees from across the country will meet with U.S. Senators, Representatives, and their staffs to describe how CDFIs invest in their communities, build local economies, and benefit their constituents. Stay that evening for a reception honoring CDFI Congressional Champion Awardees. While both events are free, you must pre-register by September 18. Visit our website to learn more.

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