2015 CEO Academy

CEO Academy 2015
Safety Harbor Resort & Spa
105 N Bayshore Drive
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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Each year, the CEO Academy gathers the chief executives of our Lutheran social ministry organizations from around the country for candid discussions, tangible ideas, take-aways, camaraderie and ongoing reliable support – all wrapped in a trusted environment of faith and mission.

Make plans to join us February 1-4, 2015 for sharing, learning, building relationships, and strengthening the LSA network.

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Safety Harbor

This year, we are hosting the CEO Academy at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa in Safety Harbor, Florida, outside of Tampa. Known as "the jewel of Tampa Bay," Safety Harbor enjoys an average high temperature in February of 73 degrees and is located about 15 miles from Tampa International Airport.

The Safety Harbor Resort & Spa is one of America's oldest spa resorts, known for its healing waters, and situated on 22 acres of Tampa Bay coastline. The resort is a member of Historic Hotels of America and provides a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere, but close to many amenities including dining, outdoor activities and shopping.  

Click here for lodging information at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa.

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Scholarships Available

Scholarships for registration and lodging costs are available to new CEOs that joined the LSA system from November 2013 to November 2014. At this time, all scholarships have been awarded for the 2015 CEO Academy. Please contact Alesia Frerichs at 202-499-5823 for more information or to be added to the waiting list. 


"We focused on the issues that are most important to me as a CEO."
Linda Timmons, President and CEO, Mosaic

"On many levels, this was the best LSA-sponsored executive leadership gathering I’ve attended in nearly 20 years as a CEO."
Jim Barclay, CEO, Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains  

"When I first attended the CEO Academy in 2009, I was amazed at its ability to embrace many new and seasoned Lutheran CEOs. The CEO Academy had one agenda to suit an audience comprised of organizations of different sizes and different needs. As a new CEO I was dealing with numerous things at once and trying to set up systems to take care of our organization's needs. However, what I found interesting, refreshing and fulfilling was the fact that no matter the size or the needs of organizations, the CEO Academy succeeded expectations and became a harbor, a safe place of hope, learning, partnerships, friendships, and knowledge sharing. The CEO Academy reassured me that with the help of our Lord, LSA and partner organization CEOs I too, will go through challenges facing our organization.

"From then on, each time I attend the CEO Academy, I receive information from a new perspective and each time it is a new enrichment and experience. As a seasoned CEO, the organization and I have other, new needs. I get answers to those as well at the CEO Academy. After returning from each Academy, I enforce, change, update certain structure or thinking systems. For example, our organization had formally adopted the "Forces for Good" book as a guiding principle and strategy. 

"The benefits of this wonderful organization LSA and the CEO Academy are countless. They are real and true. This is the time when I can focus on myself only! This is the place where I immerse myself into the ocean of knowledge, love and care provided by the CEOs of other Lutheran Ministries who I trust.
Armena Mnatsakanyan, Executive Director, Lutheran Social Services of Nevada 

"It was wonderful to be able to attend the CEO Academy. Coming from a new and smaller Social Ministry Organization, I must say, the first morning I felt a bit overwhelmed, but after listening to the presenters and the wonderful people I met I was glad to have been a part of the CEO Academy. I would encourage the CEO Academy to people who have never attended, who may feel that it’s just another conference, to attend the next CEO Academy, the information that is provided, the connection with other social ministries, are of benefit in moving social ministries organization forward. The presentation by Darian Rodriguez Heyman on the future of social media and social enterprise helped me to see the importance of thinking outside the box and how social media is the fastest way of getting an organization’s message to a wider community. Darian used the 4C'S, to encourage followers on social media: C-be Compelling, C-be Concise, C-be Creditable, and C-be Contiguous, As a leader I look at the 4C's as a good approach moving forward."
Antonia Clemente, Co-Founder/Executive Director, The Healing Center NY


Sam Sipes - CEO Academy video

Reasons to attend the CEO Academy by Rick Stiffney, President & CEO of Mennonite Health Services.

Rick Stiffney - CEO Academy video

Why Rick Herman, President of Wheat Ridge Ministries, is making the CEO a priority this year. 

The 2015 CEO Academy is made possible through generous gifts from the Twin Lakes CommunityPortico Benefit Services and the ELCA Mission Investment Fund. Lutheran Services in America is grateful for their generous support.

Click here for highlights from the 2014 CEO Academy >>