2017 LSA Annual Conference Agenda

2017 LSA Annual Conference
May 4-6, 2017
Washington, DC


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The 2017 Annual Conference will bring together leaders and innovators who are tackling the problems of today and developing solutions for the challenges of tomorrow. The conference will also focus on the changing policy environment with speakers from Congress and the Administration. And the conference will celebrate the strength and future of the Lutheran Services in America network. 
The conference begins on Thursday, May 4 at 8:30 am with a focus on advocacy and public policy and concludes on Saturday, May 6 at 12:30 pm

Thursday, May 4

8:30 – 11:30 am
An Insider’s View of Federal Policy and Politics
From attempting to change the structure and function of Medicaid in the form of block grants to the return of sequestration—in 2017, federal policy may have unprecedented impacts on LSA members and the people we serve. The advocacy program will bring together panels of bipartisan Congressional staff and Administration officials to discuss policy proposals and timing. 
Panel 1: The Outlook for Medicaid
Congressional proposals to fundamentally alter the structure and function of Medicaid are circulating in Congress. If converted to a block grant, per capita cap or similar structure, Medicaid stands to lose as much as $1 trillion in federal funding over ten years. 
Speakers: Staff from Republican and Democratic offices and committees of jurisdiction
Panel 2: Hot Topics on the Hill
Medicaid is not just the only policy topic of concern to LSA members. Several policy proposals—tax reform, sequestration and budget relief, replacement of the Affordable Care Act and proposals to alter Medicare and Social Security—could have significant impacts on the way LSA members serve their communities
Speakers: Staff from Republican and Democratic offices and committees of jurisdiction
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Luncheon Keynote Plenary: Susan Dentzer
Susan Dentzer is the President and CEO of the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI)—a health policy research organization focused on enabling innovation in health care. The former editor-in-chief of Health Affairs and on-air health correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, Dentzer will provide insight and analysis on the changing politics and policy with a particular focus on Medicaid and shifts in the Affordable Care Act
Sponsored by Lutheran Church Extension Fund and Concordia Plan Services

Breakout Sessions

2:15 – 3:45 pm
Navigating Complexity in Post-Acute Care
Post-acute care providers are facing complex and rapid change. From risk sharing to narrow networks, the industry is transforming at an accelerated pace. This panel will highlight how leading senior service providers are tackling these challenges—and succeeding. 
Moderator: Dan Hermann, Ziegler, Head of Investment Banking and Senior Managing Director
Speakers:   David Fenoglietto, President and CEO, Lutheran Senior Life; Eric Gurley, President and CEO, Immanuel Communities 
The Ultimate Partnership:  CEO and Board Chair Collaboration In Times Of Disruptive Change
Few relationships are as critical to an organization’s success as the one between a CEO and his or her Board of Directors.  Striking a balance between anticipating and planning for the future, while being able to pivot quickly to sudden changes in the environment is a hallmark of resilient organizations.  This session is designed for both CEOs and board members who want to find successful ways to work together to effectively navigate change in an uncertain environment.
Moderator: Ken Daly, Retired CEO, National Association of Corporate Directors
Speakers: Larry Bradshaw, President and CEO, National Lutheran Communities & Services; Dr. Tommie L. Robinson Jr., Board Chair, National Lutheran Communities & Services
The Future of Foundation Philanthropy:  Driving Change through Changing Times
Changes in the political and social landscape is redefining the world in which philanthropy operates. Foundations are in the unique position to bring people together in ways that other institutions cannot. Join a distinguished roster of senior executives from three national foundations as they share their approach to leveraging their resources to unite people, lead important discussions and drive change. Each foundation will share its goals, priorities and opportunities for collaboration during an unprecedented period of change for the health and human services sector.
Children, Youth & Families: Results Based Leadership Driving Systematic Change
Molly McGrath Tierney, Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, and Barbara Squires and Donna Stark from the Annie E. Casey Foundation will detail how Tierney leveraged “Results Based Leadership” to reduce the number of children in foster care in Baltimore by 70 percent. Panelists will describe the nationally-recognized model Tierney developed and how the results-based framework can be replicated to achieve measurable results. Members engaged in providing children, youth and family services are encouraged to participate.  
Speakers: Molly McGrath Tierney, Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services; Barbara Squires, Director, Leadership Development, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Donna Stark, Senior Fellow, Leadership Development, Annie E. Casey Foundation; Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen, Vice-President of Community Services, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota
5:00 – 6:00 pm
Worship Service
Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol St NE. Washington, DC 20003
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Capitol Hill Reception
Hart Senate Office Building
Connecting the LSA network to members of Congress is critically important to ensure that public policies protect the millions of Americans we serve. Join us on Capitol Hill to connect with Senators and Representatives and their staff as we work to raise the voice of Lutheran social ministry in Washington.
Appetizers and refreshments will be served in accordance with all applicable gift and ethics rules. 
Open to all conference and pre-conference attendees.  

Friday, May 5 

8:30 – 10:00 am
Breakfast Session: Annual Meeting
The 2017 Annual Meeting features updates from the Board of Directors and LSA President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker.
Sponsored by Ziegler
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Morning Keynote Plenary: Robert Egger
Robert Egger founded the national Central Kitchen movement, a self-sustaining social enterprise that focuses on breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty through career training, job creation and sustainable business practice.  Egger developed an innovative solution to hunger and unemployment by mobilizing corporate partners and individual donors and creating a network to bring the idea to scale. Egger’s model is currently in use in more than 100 communities and campuses nationwide.
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Presidential Ballroom: Open Networking Lunch
South American A&B: CEO Roundtable Luncheon
General conference attendees will have the opportunity to network in a meet and greet setting over lunch; LSA member CEOs will gather for a roundtable discussion and luncheon.
Sponsored by The Graham Company

Breakout Sessions

1:30 – 3:00 pm
Social Ministry in the ELCA (B1)
Engage with leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) as they discuss an exciting initiative that will serve as a focal point for the ELCA’s work in 2017 and beyond. 
Behavioral Health Partnerships with Health-Related Entities
Understanding how to assess the potential risks and rewards of partnerships with behavioral health programs is essential in a changing health care delivery landscape. This session will review various service models (including telehealth) and what to keep in mind as you negotiate contracts, define parameters and assume risk. 
Moderator: Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Speakers: Larry McReynolds, President, NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers; Todd Reckling, Vice President of Programs, Lutheran Family Services Nebraska
How to Find the Best Employees and Keep Them on the Job
Attracting and retaining a qualified workforce is a perpetual challenge. As the labor market tightens, nonprofit employers will face increased challenges as they compete with for-profit employers for a dwindling pool of direct care workers. Panelists will share the latest innovations in nonprofit recruitment and retention strategies from affordable housing to job training and education.
Speakers: Angela Bovill, President and CEO, Ascentria; Peggy Powell, National Director, Workforce and Curriculum Development, PHI
Racial Equity:  What Is Our Role?
People of color are disproportionately represented in the justice and foster care systems. As organizations on the front lines, Lutheran social ministries must confront this reality and become agents of change. This session will focus on the role, responsibility and actions organizations can take to promote racial equality. 
Facilitator: MacArthur Antigua, Senior Director, Alumni Engagement and Cross-Sector Partnerships, Public Allies
Gift Planning for the Future
The ELCA Foundation and LCMS Foundation offer a range of services for Lutheran social ministry organizations to grow their legacy giving program. Join the leaders of the ELCA Foundation and LCMS Foundation to learn how their professional gift planning staff can help you create a gift plan to support your ministries today and into the future. In addition to gift planning, there are other resources available as well including investment and endowment management services. The ELCA and LCMS Foundations can make it possible for people in congregations and other organizations to joyfully answer the call and make a difference in the lives of people and communities by making a planned gift to their local social ministry. 

Breakout Sessions

3:30 – 5:00 pm
Making the Congregation Connection
One of the potentially greatest sources of support of social ministry is congregations. But reaching this audience isn’t always as clear cut as it may seem. Panelists will describe how they are exploring new collaborations with Lutheran congregations and other faith-based groups, and how you can apply these tactics with your congregational partners.  
Moderator: Kristen Gay, President and CEO, Silver Springs-Martin Luther School
Speakers: Brady Gurganious, Spiritual Life Leader, Lutheran Family & Child Services of Indiana; Sven Schumaker, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Lutheran Family & Child Services of Indiana; Pastor Michael Wilker, Lutheran Church of the Reformation; 
What’s next in Affordable Housing?
Creative supports to provide wrap around services and achieve health outcomes, new innovations in financing and the types of housing are changing the way affordable housing is provided in communities.  Given the current and likely environment, what are the changes we should anticipate in affordable housing?  This session will explore the changing future of affordable housing for all demographics. 
Moderator: Drew Genszler, President and CEO, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries 
Speakers: Paul Weech, President and CEO of NeighborWorks America; Janet Pope, President and CEO, Compass Housing Alliance
The Future of Medicaid: An Expert View
Medicaid has a role in supporting nearly every individual LSA members serve and support. This year Congress and the White House are moving forward with plans to drastically restructure the program, potentially leading to reductions in services, eligibility and provider rates at the state level. Join a panel of national experts to learn how these Medicaid changes could impact you and your community.
Sponsored by the LSA Disability Network
Navigating the New HHS
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administers key federal programs for populations LSA members serve. Under the new Administration, HHS is expected to adopt new policy priorities and program goals. In this session, attendees will hear from HHS officials about the agency’s evolving focus and future plans.
5:15 – 6:15 pm
Worship Service
Capital Hilton
South American A&B
6:30 – 8:30 pm
LSA 20th Anniversary Celebration Reception (Invitation Only)
Woodrow Wilson House
2340 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 

Saturday, May 6  

7:00 – 8:45 am
Resilience Network Breakfast
The LSA Resilience Network will convene to review progress on 2017 objectives including external funding sources and partnerships, federal funding opportunities, and foundation interests. For more information contact T.J. Cantwell, TCantwell@lutheranservices.org.  
8:00 – 8:45 am
Presidential Ballroom: Open Networking Breakfast
Join fellow conference attendees for an open networking breakfast.
9:00 – 10:30 am
Morning Keynote Plenary: Dr. Timothy Shriver
Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D., is a social leader, an educator, author, film producer and entrepreneur. He is the Chairman of Special Olympics, and in that capacity he serves with over 5.3 million Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners in 169 countries.
10:30 – 11:00 am
Book Signing: Dr. Timothy Shriver
Following his keynote plenary, Dr. Shriver will sign copies of his book Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most.

Breakout Sessions

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
How Do We Address Poverty When the Problem Is So Complex?
If poverty were an easy challenge to solve, it wouldn’t exist today. The tangled web of racial injustice, mass incarceration, global displacement and low-wage jobs, make poverty one of America’s most challenging problems to solve.  A leading researcher will walk through the poverty landscape and describe actions the LSA network can take to address its root causes.
How to Be a Persuasive Communicator
Persuasive communications isn’t solely about advocacy or sales. Learning how to read an audience, tailor your message to them and deliver a persuasive argument can improve the effectiveness of your personal and professional communications. In this workshop-like session, you will learn the principles of persuasive communications and how to apply them in a range of environments. 
Speaker: Rachel Kerestes, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Lutheran Services in America
Social Ministry in the LCMS
Engage with The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) Office of National Mission (ONM) on Synod-wide efforts to connect with the program ministries of other agencies.
Engaging New Donors:  Real Results, Real Ideas
How do health human services nonprofits raise money from individuals that they need to provide needed services in American communities? Join a panel discussion with senior level fundraisers with a broad diversity of experiences in raising money in the health and human services sector share effective ways to engage new people in giving to your organization.

Post Conference Activities

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Washington, DC Highlights Tour 
Tour departs and returns from the Capital Hilton 
There is a per person fee, by reservation.
Please select the tour when registering for the conference.
Cost includes: round-trip transportation conveniently departing from the host hotel, certified tour guide, applicable admission fees, taxes, and gratuities. Experience a sampling of what makes our nation’s capital so fantastic! Washington, DC is brimming with historical attractions, monuments, events, clubs, culture, vibrant faith communities – and, of course, the seat of our government!  From seeing the Capitol to the White House to the monuments, there is something for everyone.  During your 3-hour tour, you’ll see important highlights of the Washington, DC areas of interest, accompanied by a knowledgeable tour guide. Stops will be made at various points of interest, including the White House and the monuments.  Please contact Jackie Palmer at jpalmer@lutheranservices.org for more information.
Service Project, Hosted by Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area
Hosted by Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS-NCA), in celebration of their 100th anniversary.  Activities will include making blankets with the foster care and unaccompanied refugee youth; participating in an interactive activity for the Youth Haven Stigma Awareness; or setting up an apartment for a refugee family.  Please note that blanket making and the Youth Haven Stigma Awareness activities will take place on Capitol Hill and will be Metro accessible.  Setting up an apartment will take place in Riverdale, Maryland; transportation will be provided by LSS-NCA. Families are welcome to attend.
Agenda as of February 24, 2017