2018 Conference

Register Now for the 2018 Conference!

The Illinois CQI Community Group invites you to the 4th Annual CQI Community Conference – In Pursuit of Quality: Building a Dynamic CQI Culture, to be held November 28 & 29, 2018 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, Illinois. This year’s conference will highlight the critical components needed to foster a culture of continuous learning and enable organizations to improve their overall performance on an ongoing basis.  Click here to register: https://my.socialwork.illinois.edu/cqi-conference-2018. (Note: We are not able to issue refunds for cancellations after November 1st, 2018.)

Download our two-day schedule of events here.  More detailed information on speakers and sessions is available in our workshops brochure here.


For conference attendees, rooms at special rates are available if you register through the I Hotel site here:  https://reservations.travelclick.com/15044?groupID=2080789. There is also a group rate of $115 per night available at the Hilton Garden Inn Champaign/Urbana (5 minutes away from I-Hotel Conference Center). Book for the Hilton Garden Inn online by visiting www.champaignurbana.stayhgi.com and entering the Group Code CQIC18.

Featured Speaker (Day 1): Rella Kaplowitz

Rella Kaplowitz is the Program Officer for Evaluation and Learning at the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Rella helps to make sure the Foundation has the right information to gain insights to inform its work, and works with grantees and partners to enhance their capacity for data, metrics, strategy, analytics and evaluation. Rella is the author of the Schusterman Foundation’s Data Playbook, an online resource for organizations looking to enhance their use of data for decision-making and storytelling.

In a volunteer capacity, Rella is a board member of Elijah’s Journey, a Jewish non-profit based in New York that promotes mental health and suicide awareness in the Jewish community. Rella also serves as a peer support counselor for the National Capital Region chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Rella holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is a Six Sigma Green Belt. Rella lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Avi, and children, Ronen and Tali.

Featured Speaker (Day 2): Brad Kolar

Brad Kolar is the founder of Avail Advisors. Over the last 20 years, he has focused on one thing – bringing clarity, simplicity and resolution to complex issues. Brad holds a B.A. in Economics and a M.A. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, Brad holds a M.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University. Prior to founding Avail Advisors, Brad served as the Director of Learning and Performance Strategy for Accenture and as the Chief Learning Officer for The University of Chicago Medical Center. He is the co-author of the book, The Brain Advantage: Become a More Effective Business Leader Using the Latest Brain Research.



Become a Conference Sponsor!

Our conference sponsors make the event a success each year, and we invite you to join in supporting us again or for the first time. Please use the form here to become a sponsor.

Sponsorship Levels:

Level 1: CQI Supporter
$250, includes one conference registration for a recipient of your choice and recognition in the program.

Level 2: CQI Enthusiast
$500, includes two conference registrations and a half-page ad in the program.

Level 3: CQI Champion
$1,000, includes four conference registrations and a full-page ad in the program.