September 2019

2019 Virtual Conference "Relationships for Readiness"

MFLN’s third annual virtual conference Relationships for Readiness is about a month away. Are you planning to join us? This year’s conference is truly a professional development investment for yourself, your staff, and your organization. We’re going to be talking about networks this year, and learning about the various skills you as a professional can develop and utilize to become a successful network contributor. In fact, we will be discussing how YOUR collaborative relationships with other service providers support the readiness of the military service members and families you work with. 

Did you know that as a military family service provider, the Department of Defense considers you to be a crucial part of the Family Readiness System (FRS)? The FRS is a network of collaborating people, programs, services, and organizations that supports readiness and quality of life for military service members and their families. No matter where you work or what your role is, if you work with service members and their families, you are a key contributor to the FRS. We’ll learn about the FRS as both a policy and a call to action in our first conference session, “The FRS and You.”  

To take action and contribute to the FRS, we first need to understand networks and how to work within them. Healthy networks require collaboration, creativity, different ways of working, innovation, generosity, information sharing, and time. We’ll learn from experts in various fields about how to become network contributors with engaging discussions on networked approaches to working by using network mindsets, creativity, collaboration, and developing integrated approaches to service delivery. Each afternoon, the “Making Connections” sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss the day’s major concepts and takeaways, and connect them back to the FRS framework with guidance and insight from Department of Defense. 

Please join us in this important learning opportunity to develop new insights into the work you do, and more importantly, how you do it. 

RSVP for the MFLN Virtual Conference

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Starting in October 2019, the Military Families Learning Network will host a series of webinars highlighting the THRIVE Initiative programs and available resources.

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Visit the THRIVE Series Homepage.

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