Track:

  • Educational Success
  • Organizational Excellence

Format: Project-Based

Success in our sector comes from committed and sustained attention to three elements in equal measure; the effectiveness of our services to others, fiscal sustainability, and staff well-being. Only a balanced commitment to all three components allows agencies to achieve their potential.

This session will explore how to chart a path from intention to action plan within highly strained work environments. Successful plans target strategies that truly make a different and can be implemented even within the pressures on agencies now. We will learn about this path and the critical element needed to develop strategies designed to each participant's agency context. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the connection between staff well-being and the performance and fiscal outcomes of agencies
  • Learn about a path for developing and executing strategies that boost staff well-being
  • Use the elements of a staff well-being plan to begin creating one that adapts to your agency’s current needs 

Presenter:

  • Margaret Vimont, vice president of strategy and service development, Nexus

Margaret Vimont
Vice President of Strategy and Service Development
Nexus


Margaret Vimont, LCSW has dedicated her 30-year career to youth and family services.  Beginning as a youth care worker out of college, the first half of her career focused on residential treatment as she took the roles of therapist, clinical supervisor and residential director at Jewish Child and Family Services in Chicago. From there, she expanded her scope as Chief Operating Officer for JCFS in Chicago and One Hope United in Florida, Missouri, Wisconsin and statewide in Illinois. In these roles, Margaret provide leadership for the full array of services to youth and families, including mental health services, residential and foster care, workforce development, early childhood services, services to people with disabilities and community-based programs, related to both prevention and child welfare. 
 
Ms. Vimont served on the board of directors for the Association of Children’s Residential Centers for many years and as their Board President from 2009 to 2011. She also has represented JCFS, OHU and the private sector on Illinois’ Child Welfare Advisory Committee and on subcommittees for over 10 years. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in humanities and an Advance Clinical Practice Certificate from the University of Chicago. She also has dedicated 25-years of service as a self-defense instructor for IMPACT Chicago Self Defense for Women, where she continues to address the issue of violence against women through self-defense empowerment.

As the Vice President of Strategy and Service Development at Nexus, Ms. Vimont leads the identification, development and implementation of innovative treatment options to complement existing services and offer additional opportunities to help youth and families when they need it most.