CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

2019 CQL Conference: Dare To Dream

The journey of CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership began in 1969 to establish a new and innovative approach to understanding, assessing, and improving quality. This year we will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary, and there is no better event than The 2019 CQL Conference to look back on our past, reflect on the present, and especially look forward to the future.

The 2019 CQL Conference: Dare To Dream will use the previous 50 years to create context and perspective for where the human services field is going in the decades ahead. We will be exploring best practices to improve the quality of services, and in turn, the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, older adults, and youth.


The 2019 CQL Conference: Dare To Dream
October 22nd 2019 - October 24th, 2019

Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
110 South Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201


Dave H presents at 2017 CQL Conference


Additional Conference Details


Conference Schedule

For travel-planning purposes, the conference will begin with registration at 8:00am EDT on October 22nd, 2019, and conclude around 11:30am EDT on October 24th, 2019. You can View a Preliminary Schedule for a general overview of each day's events. Please keep in mind the specific times and sessions are subject to change.

Attendee Registration

The cost to attend the 2019 CQL Conference is $475 per attendee. The registration rate will then increase to $499 for 'late registration' between 10/2/19 - 10/15/19. You can Register Online using the conference registration platform, ConstantContact, where you will enter in registration information for yourself and potential guests. After completing the registration form, you will be directed to the secure PayPal platform, where you can place your payment either using a credit card, or a PayPal account.

Hotel Reservations

The 2019 CQL Conference is being held at the Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor at Camden Yards hotel in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. CQL has secured a block of rooms at a discounted rate, for $199 per night. Space is limited, so please be sure to Reserve Your Hotel Room as soon as possible to ensure that a room at the discounted rate is available.

Breakout Sessions

The 2019 CQL Conference is featuring Breakout Sessions from dozens of presenters covering a wide range of critical topics affecting human service providers and governmental agencies. These sessions go beyond principle, and share resources, guides, action steps, and practical insight that other organizations can actually apply in their daily work. Here is the listing of topics, presenters, and session descriptions.

Keynote Presenters

CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership is assembling dynamic and engaging Keynote Presenters for the 2019 CQL Conference: Dare To Dream. These nationally-recognized presenters will challenge preconceived notions about critical issues in human services, through non-traditional approaches, and lay the groundwork for what will be discovered during breakout sessions.

Sponsorship and Exhibiting

CQL has released a full Sponsorship and Exhibiting Prospectus with numerous opportunities for organizations to highlight their resources, products, services, and other offerings. We would like to extend our appreciation to the current sponsors and exhibitors for their support of The 2019 CQL Conference.

Any Questions? Contact Us!

If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please do not hesitate to Contact CQL about any conference-related issues.


About the 'Dare To Dream' Theme

“Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.” This is a lyric in the time-honored classic ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow,’ from The Wizard of Oz. It embodies messages of hope, optimism, and accomplishment. These messages parallel philosophies and practices of CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. The logo of CQL was designed with The Wizard of Oz in mind, as the ‘swoosh’ behind the letters C-Q-L represents the journey of the yellow brick road. When human service providers partner with CQL to pursue organizational transformation, it certainly is a journey.



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