ACO Club Agenda

ACO Club Agenda For Members Only!

Our Team is preparing for adding members to train online

We will begin sharing webinars online for members only!

ACO Association – UFO Association Training the Trainer Seminars and Events 2019 is shaping up to be our best organizing efforts for our conferences yet! We are planning everything you can imagine, from inspiring talks from our practitioners to our keynote speakers and our trade association leaders. 

We will begin sharing new volunteer members stories to ad too our exclusive book at where ACO Club’s Narrative of the Ascension Age products are headed next. And, of course, tons of opportunities to connect and exchange ideas with people who walk in our holistic ET science community every day.

*agenda items subject to change


11:00am – 6:00pm


Get Hands-on at Our Pre-Conference Labs

Exclusively available with the ACO Club for free training card members only! Join us for a half-day of hands-on workshops for a day before our official conferences kicks off. In a single afternoon, you’ll glean valuable best practices, build tangible strategies and create action plans you can put to work when you’re back in the office on Monday. All of this in an intimate setting of CSR and employee engagement pros who are working to make the world a better place–just like you!

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Pick one Pre-Conference Lab

Building the Pitch for the ACO Association and UFO Association Professional Trade Peer Review ACO Club Program our spiritual science trade shares as a community

TJ Morris Agency – Internet Consulting

Perfect if you’re strategizing a new program online or refreshing an existing one!

Ready to create or refresh your work for self or your company’s approach to using the Advanced Communications Online? Need help making the business case and putting together a plan for internal buy-in? Need to figure out how to manage change?

No problem, we’ve got you covered! In this Lab, we’ll work together to create a business case and pitch that will turn your vision into reality.

Together, we’ll:

  • Craft a business case based on your company’s unique needs, challenges and opportunities
  • Prepare a plan to evangelize your vision with internal stakeholders
  • Share tips & tricks on how to champion change in your company
  • Provide you with a few tools of the trade to calculate quantifiable savings and opportunity
  • Practice your pitch and get feedback from the group!

ACO – ACIR Reporting Lab: Mastering the Art and Science of Your Data

Analytics & Insights

Perfect for all Website WordPress and cPanel users of all levels

In this interactive Lab, our computer webmaster nerds will help you master ACO UFO Club Reporting; from dashboards to reports to highly customized reports and visualizations of your own. We will walk you through scenarios based on real-world challenges and opportunities and get hands-on in American Communications Online Reporting as you pull data, build dashboards and get the opportunity to ask questions.

Together we’ll look at:

  • Time-saving reports that you’ll want at your fingertips
  • When to use the ACO Association websites and our Webmasters embedded dashboard
  • How to use the currency exchange rates report
  • Aligning volunteering, giving and grants metrics
  • Accessing the Internet to help with reporting

Bring your laptop for this one!

Content Reigns: Inspiring Action and Engagement in Your Initiatives

Perfect for all Artists, Authors as audio and video producers and/or their users

The cliché is true! In this ACO CLUB Members Only Meeting Online we will use SKYPE Meetings for our Chairpersons of our Committees. Our professional trade association will help you learn the secrets to creating compelling content that increases awareness, builds connection and, most importantly, inspires action.

Together, we’ll explore:

  • The anatomy of content that changes behavior
  • How to create compelling Giving and Volunteering Opportunities and Missions
  • Selecting images that tell the right story
  • How to use stats and stories that inspire people to get involved

ACO Association for International Radio Shows: Creating a Purpose-Driven Culture Across Borders

ACO Professional Trade Associations Solutions & Development

Perfect if you’re adding a global component to your existing program or planning to launch a global program from the ground up

Thinking about taking your program global? Need some help? We can get started right here!

In this Lab, we’ll help you design a plan that includes all the elements of a successful global program that unifies your people, including:

  • Identifying goals and objectives that align your program to our trade association strategy
  • Aligning all parties: how (and when) to involve local business and social media leaders
  • Engaging global ambassadors: how to train, empower and rally local social media mediators and volunteers with our friends who are experts and professionals in their own region
  • Success stories from the ACO community, including insight into the cultural nuances around giving back—whether it’s time, money, product or actions—across the globe

Infusing Your Experience with ACO Associates at any level

Perfect if you’re implementing your own business on the internet with monetizing ways as a user of any level

Back by popular demand! Creating a purpose-driven culture is a journey that takes thoughtfulness, creativity and cross-company collaboration. In this session, you will work with other leaders in the ACO Club building online community to brainstorm ideas for making meaningful connections with your people along their own spiritual journey—from co-creation and member workshop promotional recruitment all the way to retirement. You’ll leave this Lab with a solid action plan you can start implementing as soon as you get back to your own business home office. Just wait to see the incredible employee experience you can build when you infuse Goodness every step of the way!

Power of Promotion: Tried and True Communications Strategies

Joint presentation for ACO Association and UFO Association

Perfect if you’re implementing ACO Club Application and Newsletter monthly updates for our independent contractors, speakers, radio hosts, authors, artists, videographers on our social media free open source networks. Share in our professional trade association for our trusted members who share in our annual events and are recognized on our radio shows. ACO Club is getting ready to launch, have specific campaigns or looking to increase participation in your webinars and in our ACO CLUB programs.

In collaboration with ACO Association and American Communications Online we can share how we as an Independent Business Owners can join in our Professional Trade Association with our archivists and historians who share their files while they prepare to meet the digital libraries. This is a daunting task for all individuals in our UFO Association and ACO Association which speaks to a common challenge we hear from our clients: “how should I promote my program across different demographics, and how can I customize it to each audience?” Together, we’ll work to create a communication plan that meets your company’s and your program’s needs, including:

  • Creating communication goals and objectives, and aligning your message to your company’s overall brand message
  • Identifying the resources, tools and support that may already be within your company
  • Developing a radio show and event fund raising campaign calendar
  • Applying principles of persuasion/marketing in your communications to create resonant messages
  • Clever ways to engage hard-to-reach rural towns and clubs’ audiences

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Ascension Age Matters Mixer (and Volunteer Opportunity!)

We can’t wait to officially welcome you to ACO Association and ACO CLUB Matters 2019 with this casual mixer! (T-shirts are cool—literally in Navarre, Florida and Milton in 2020—

If you’ve already registered for a General Pass and there’s a Pre-Conference Lab you don’t want to miss, it’s easy to upgrade to the All-Access Pass. Just email us

Lab 2

8:00am – 9:00am


9:00am – 9:45am

A Big ACO Club Welcome

Theresa J Morris – Founder, CEO

Hear from our fearless founder and CEO, on how a changing industry and changing world are inspiring us to imagine a new “why” for sharing online with our American Communications Online strategy for sharing our time with others.  Ascension Age is now and is about the milestones that our change in community communications has changed us into a global community of concerned citizens. Our ACO Association practitioner’s client community and charities are planning events and are sharing in social media to achieve together and share our vision for where we want to go next—with you!

9:45am – 10:30am

Opening Keynote

World-renowned game designer, author and futurist will talk about how the gaming world isn’t so different from the CSR world. With both, we have an opportunity to create a future where empowered, hopeful people work together to solve the biggest social, economic and environmental problems. To do this, we need to imagine “epic wins” and then give people the means to achieve the epic win. Sound ambitious? Believe we can create any future we can imagine—and we can all agree!

10:30am – 11:00am

Networking & Demo Stations

Take a break and get to know some of your fellow attendees, visit speakers at the speakers’ corner row of tables or check out one of our Demo Stations for live product demos.

11:00am – 11:45am

Client Panel: Game Changing Brands Discussion

It’s becoming abundantly clear that we are changing the world with no longer just a for-profit economy. We’re in a for-purpose world, where business is becoming the force for good—both for society and individual well-being. Fast forward a year from 2018 and ACO Associations call for purpose and profit that raised the profile of Corporate Social Responsibility programs, and we’re seeing more and more companies embracing a “for-purpose” strategy. In this session, we’ll share how large, progressive companies are strategically evolving their programs to meet the new expectations (and opportunities) of today’s economy, social networking and workforce.

11:45am – 12:30pm

ACO Association 2020 Now & Next: A Review and Preview  

Always a much-anticipated session of the conference, join us for a look at some of the hottest releases from the year and a glimpse into ACO Association’s newest innovations set to be released in a year.

12:30pm – 1:30pm

Networking Lunch

Connect with others from the same industry who have similar goals and challenges and share ideas and best practices.

1:30pm – 2:00pm

B-10s: 10-Minute Tech Showcase Experts

10-minute glimpses into some of our most powerful products and features that we think you ought to know about!

TJ Morris dba American Communications Online Education Research Association

Community online Practicing Skills – Theresa J Morris, Ascension Age Community & Content

Go Mobile Application: Introducing ACO Club Mobile – ACO Association, Software Developer, Mobile

Missions: Inspiring a Purpose-Driven Culture Through Small Actions – ACO Radio Show Manager

2:00pm – 2:45pm


Client Success Story:
Evolving from a Pledge-Based Program to Year-Round Goodness

ACO Association is perfect if you’re strategizing a new workplace giving program or refreshing an existing one!

Ready to move from a pledge-based program to an open, year-round program? You probably have a few questions, like how do I run year-round campaigns? What is the user experience like? What can I expect from an open program? Can I still enable pledges? We’ll answer all these questions and more and share examples from clients who have made the transition and created incredible social and business impact as a result.

Closing the Digital Skills Gap: How Microsoft is Using Skills-Based Volunteering to Prepare for the Future Economy in the US and UK

Perfect for anyone interested in skills-based volunteering to support humankind education online

The world is changing fast, and companies have a huge role to play when it comes to creating a positive and inclusive future. Join us for a live Q&A to discuss how radio and podcasting are driving more skills-based volunteering and how this approach is helping the US and UK fill the digital skills gap in social networking communities to accept communication on the Internet.

Life After the Honeymoon: What to Expect After Signing with ACO Association

ACO Club Benefits in Membership

Perfect if you’re an ACO Club guest

Considering ACO Association Events? Get together with other people who are in the same boat and let’s talk about what you can expect when you partner with us. In an informal setting, we’ll chat about:

  • What the implementation process looks like
  • What ACO Club Consulting is and how can it help you build the right program for your company and your people
  • The ACO Association teams that will support your program
  • What it means to be part of our ACO community
  • All the resources available to help you do better
  • All your questions!

Maximize Your Impact (Without Increasing Your Budget)!

Perfect if you’re implementing ACO Association impact on our social media networkers or looking to evolve your program for more impact

This snappy session will highlight some of the insights ACE Folklife ‘s Department of Mysteries has unearthed when companies start getting creative with their speaking and writing budgets. You’ll get the data, stories and tricks to generating greater listener engagement in your programs that are sure to increase your social (and business) impact—without increasing your budget!

Building a Better Quality of Life Experience that Delivers Better Impact Stories in our Integrative Medicine Practitioners

ACO Club Solutions & Passionate Solutions for our Support Groups

Perfect for Artists & Authors Funding and Grants users and decision-makers

In this session, we’ll dig into how you can build your funding and grants experience to collect the data and insights that will help you tell a compelling impact story. We’ll explore best practices and client stories to help you ensure your grants forms are serving the right purpose and how you can optimize them to make your reporting more efficient and impactful.

We will explore:

  • Collecting the critical elements of effective impact storytelling
  • Designing your applicant experience to promote funding or grant requests that drive your purpose
  • How your forms can help you collect the right data for decision making and reporting
  • The importance of follow-up data collection for your impact reporting

2:00pm – 3:45pm

ACO Club Speakers Innovation Workshop: Mobile & Content

Theresa J Morris Director, Product Design & Ken R. Johnston, Director, Product Strategy

Perfect for all ACO Club app users

You use our products every day, so we think you probably have some pretty awesome insight into things that would make them even better!

This interactive session is your chance to share your ideas and needs to help us imagine what’s possible, through the lens of your employees, as we build and advance our products. In this workshop, we’ll brainstorm around the ACO Club Application mobile experience and a ground-breaking approach to content that brings people together around the causes that matter to them.

2:45pm – 3:00pm

3:00pm – 3:45pm

Networking Break and Demo Stations

ACO Association Operation Analyst, Team Leader – Steve Colbern

Perfect for advanced Spark admins

In this session, we will share the most frequently asked questions from Our ACO Association – American Communications Online Community Users. We’ll answer these questions live and equip you with technical tips and tricks for how to use our networking and online communications to run engaging campaigns and programs.

Unveiling the New ACO Association

Dr. Rick Alan Miller, ACE Metaphysical Institute Solutions Engineer

Interested in learning more about it

Say hello to the new ACO Association!

We’ve re-imagined everything—the workflow, user experience and interface—to create a simple and intuitive granting solution that we think you’re going to love. We’ll explore all the updates, including:

  • Automated workflow
  • Simple and intuitive interface
  • Cause filtering
  • New form creation processes
  • Links to the ACO Association Causes Portal
  • Aggregated disbursements

What’s New and What’s Next?

Client Success Story: Local Champions: Your Biggest Asset in ACE Folklife Goodness

Perfect if you’re implementing and getting ready to launch, or if you are a speaker and user of any level

Your people are your best asset and engaging local ambassadors (or program champions) will create more impact for your program. They make it easier for employees to get engaged in your efforts, and in the community, and when you train your people to become ambassadors, they gain a sense of ownership and can deliver more support for the causes your company and people care about. And all that leads to more donations and more volunteers!

 Janet Lessin, Senior Manager of ACO Association USA Citizenship Engagement shares her journey creating and leading a local ambassador program. In this session, you’ll also learn:

  • Best practices for running ambassador programs
  • How to train and engage your ambassadors
  • Successful approaches from other companies using ambassadors

Serving the Charitable Landscape: A Look at the ACO Association Causes Portal

Senior Manager, Charity Relations & Senior Product Manager

Perfect for everyone!

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the nonprofit experience through the ACO Association Causes Portal and learn how you can better engage with organizations, build upon existing partnerships and create content to help promote causes that matter to you.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn how our simplified registration process saves charities valuable time and resources
  • Look at the value and impact of a micro-donation aggregation model and how this funding method is shifting the way charities process gifts and steward a new breed of donors
  • Deepen your understanding of some of the misconceptions around fees in the charitable space
  • Get a sneak peek into some of the immediate and longer-term investments we’re making to cultivate more purposeful relationships with charities

3:55pm – 4:30pm

Lightning Talks: 10-Minute Showcases from the ACO-ACE Client Community

Think fast! You’ll be on the edge of your seat for this lightning-round showcase from inspirational leaders in the ACO -ACE client community who are turning imagination into reality and making notable impacts in their own unique ways.

Senior Director, Community Engagement

Thomas R Becker, Program Manager, Employee & Community Impact

 Senior Specialist Radio Talk Show Management

4:30pm – 5:15pm

Tackling the World’s Biggest Social Problems: Perspectives from the ACO Nonprofit Community Council

From climate change to human rights, from STEM to education, our very own ACO members will discuss how they are solving some of the world’s most daunting challenges facing humanity today (both macro and micro) and what the charitable landscape needs most from individuals and corporations.

5:15pm – 6:00pm

Demo Stations

7:00pm – 9:00pm

The 2019 ACO Club Annual Awards Gala

We’re blown away every day by companies like yours that are creating amazing impact, and we think they’re worth celebrating—in style. So, let’s add some glam to goodness in our ACO Club! This year’s ACO Award for Goodness awards go to…people who had the courage to imagine what’s possible, and made it happen! (And of course, we’ll wine you, dine you and entertain you, too.)

Lab 3

8:00am – 9:00am

9:00am – 9:45am


Power of Purpose

Mission Purpose

Purpose is the buzzword of the moment, with billion-dollar purpose-driven brands like Tesla, Patagonia and Airbnb leading the cultural revolution around business as a force for good. But what is brand purpose? What are some of the myths and misconceptions around it? How can older companies reverse-engineer it into their DNA in an authentic and meaningful way? And how can leaders harness its power to create compelling brand propositions for a new generation of socially-aware consumers—as well as attract the best volunteers and talent who want to do meaningful work? In this illuminating talk, shares examples from brands we can trust like our ACO Brand and many others to help introduce the topic in a clear and insightful way.

9:45am – 10:30am

Social Impact: Models for Measurement

Moderated by CEO of Ascension Center Offices Truth Impact Movement

Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Engagement,

Impact. It’s the word we all use, but measuring it is no simple matter. Hear from leading experts on measuring social impact, along with a panel of ACO clients who will share their own unique approaches to measuring social impact and how they are telling their story to the world.

10:30am – 11:15am

Lightning Talks: Inspiring 10-Minute Showcases from the ACO CLUB Client Community

Think fast (again)! You’ll be on the edge of your seat for this final lightning-round showcase from inspirational leaders in the client community who are turning imagination into reality and making a notable impact in their own unique ways.

Mobile Corporate Responsibility

11:15am – 11:30am

Networking Break & Demo Stations

11:30am – 12:00pm

Brands of the Future: Business as the Force for Social Change

Thomas R Becker, VP Marketing/Research and Insights, American Communications Online,

Ralph Ken Johnston, VP of Social Impact, Fleet Commander Veteran Auxiliary Senior Manager, Community Affairs,

More and more companies are taking a stand on pressing social issues. It’s not an easy to do, and it requires a delicate balance between employee support and brand reputation. In this panel, our moderator will talk to some brave brands who have recently shown the courage to be a positive force for social change in very public ways.

12:00pm – 12:30pm

Open Mic: The Courage to Imagine: Transforming Your Vision into Reality

This fast and fun roundtable format will give you the chance to meet and chat with peers who have been in your shoes. Seize this opportunity to brainstorm practical solutions to your shared challenges.

12:30pm – 1:30pm


1:30pm – 2:00pm

B-10s: 10-Minute Tech Showcases Experts

10-minute glimpses into some of our most powerful products and features that we think you ought to know about!

Embedding Goodness into Your Consumer Brand –

Always be Prepared: Disaster Relief Solution Engineer

Putting the Fun in Friend raising – Relationships

2:00pm – 2:45pm


Beginning to Belong: How First Tech is Creating an Inclusive Culture Where Everyone Can Become Agents of Change

Product Manager, Senior Director, Community Engagement, First Tech Financial

Perfect for everyone!

American Communications Online’s latest product innovation, Missions, is being used to drive more inclusive cultures where more people can participate and become agents of change—at work and in the world. Hear how First Tech, a financial services company, took the plunge and ran a beta of our Missions Belonging Content Library to move the needle on inclusion, and make Goodness something for everyone.

Join us to get:

  • An understanding of why a sense of belonging is key to an inclusive and successful workplace
  • Some immediately actionable practices you can use to build belonging now
  • An understanding of how Missions can help infuse purpose and belonging into your culture and create endless opportunities for more people to do good.

Hacking Goodness: Fun Ways to Engage Your Employees in Doing Good

Communications & Culture & Relationship Management

Perfect if you’re a guest, implementing, new to Spark or if you’re an existing Spark user of any level

Want to take your employee engagement to the next level? This session will challenge you to think outside of the box to run fun and innovative campaigns that really drive participation and social impact. Whether it’s gamification, competition, communications or events, this session is jam-packed with ideas that will get your creative juices flowing and get the Goodness going.

ACIR Reporting: The Top Sources of Data You Need at Your Fingertips

Director, Analytics & Insights & Senior Manager, Pre-sales Solutions

Perfect if you’re a guest, implementing, new reporting

For data nerds and data hacks alike, this session will take you inside Benevity Reporting. In this session, you will learn about the top reports being used by the client community, get tips for how to leverage your dashboard for program insight at your fingertips and have your reporting questions answered by our resident data gurus.

Innovation Workshop: Impact Reporting

Business Director, Grants & Designer

Perfect for Grants users and decision-makers

This session is an opportunity to share our collective knowledge and help shape new impact reporting feature. We’ll talk about how impact is measured across distinct programs, how it’s used to inform future program decisions and how it can create opportunities to better align your programs with your company’s strategic goals and help you deliver even more impact for your organization—and the world.

Client Success Story: Making Global Local: Building International Goodness Programs that Deliver Greater Impact

Relationship Manager & International Relations Specialist, Global Employee Engagement & Philanthropy, PayPal

Perfect if you’re curious about adding a global component to your existing program or planning to launch a global program from the ground up

In this session, we’ll focus on the importance of inclusive and locally-relevant approaches when expanding your programs globally. Join Global Employee Engagement & Philanthropy Manager at PayPal, as she shares PayPal’s journey into Global Goodness. We will explore the “why” behind going global, best practices for successful implementation, and what’s next for global Goodness.

2:45pm – 3:00pm

Networking Break

3:00pm – 3:45pm


Getting Ready for a Be evolution

Senior Manager, Technical Services & Client Success, Enablement Specialist

Perfect if you’re implementing Spark, getting ready to launch or re-launch your program

Getting ready to launch (or re-launch your Goodness program)? We’ll explore tips and tricks for getting people on board from day one and look at how your new (or improved) program can help you develop a purpose-driven culture that will have more social impact than you could have imagined.

Together, we’ll cover:

  • Must-have features for a successful launch
  • Using the Giving Account to achieve record giving (and familiarity with your program)
  • Putting together a communications plan to launch your program
  • Using your program to drive awareness in your community

Creative Campaign and Communications Strategies that Work

Manager, Client Success & Product Owner

Perfect for all Spark users

Let’s get creative with campaign strategies that are as fun as they are effective! In this session, you’ll get your creative juices flowing as we talk about how companies are using communications, campaigns and A/B testing strategies to effectively promote their programs and boost overall employee engagement.

You’ll come away with easy and actionable ways to increase your program’s impact.

Getting Funds to Charities in the Most Efficient Way

Cause Disbursement Analyst & Project Manager

Perfect for prospects, implementing clients and those who’d like a refresher

Catch up with Benevity’s resident disbursement experts to find out how Benevity gets your funds to recipient causes in the most efficient, accurate and scalable way. We’ll touch on everything from donor advice to float funds, manual checks to EFT and tax receipts to donation acknowledgements. We’ll also de-mystify the complex world of making sure charities get the funds they require to focus on their social missions.

Making Change: Building the Business Case for Your New Goodness Program


Perfect if you’re strategizing a new workplace giving program or refreshing an existing one!

Before we head back to the office, let’s take some time to pull together all of the valuable tidbits you’ve learned and help you craft a business case and plan to address the internal change and buy-in you’ll need to make your new program a success. Bonus: we have a few tools you can leverage to demonstrate the value to your business!

From Grants to Goodness: A New Era of Impact

Perfect for Grants users and decision-makers

We’re in a new era of corporate “Goodness” where employees and customers want to participate in the impact companies are making. This shift is taking grantmaking in a new direction, with purpose-driven companies involving (not just informing) more stakeholders than ever before!

Join us to learn:

  • The trends that are leading this cultural shift
  • Stories from companies that are embracing a holistic approach and the incredible results they’re seeing
  • Strategies for how to build awareness, engage your people (and the public) and create greater impact for everyone

3:45pm – 4:30pm

ACO Association & UFO Association Matters Farewell

Let’s make the most of our last day and enjoy conversations with our new friends from the ACO CLUB community.

Registration is now closed. Please contact TJ with any questions.

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