2015 Lutheran Leadership Summit Testimonials

Lutheran Leadership Summit
Safety Harbor Resort & Spa
105 N Bayshore Drive
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

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Read on to hear first-hand from member CEOs about the new Lutheran Leadership Summit. Discover how the new agenda was shaped, what you can learn from the revamped program, and why the Summit is the must attend event for senior leaders. Plus, hear from 2014 Leadership Academy attendees about their unique experiences.

Angela Bovill

Angela Bovill

President and CEO
Ascentria Care Alliance
(formerly Lutheran Social Services of New England)

"Empowering our executive team with the knowledge and tools to lead through change while honoring our Christian faith, mission and values, is critical as our organization moves forward in a new direction. Serving on the Lutheran Leadership Summit Advisory Committee provided an opportunity to help shape the Summit and enhance its relevance by addressing the unique challenges we all face in today's rapidly changing nonprofit environment. Sharing knowledge, ideas and best practices will elevate the performance of our leaders and our organizations, and ultimately will benefit those we are called to serve. I'm sending a team and I encourage my colleagues to do the same." 

Ted Goins

Lutheran Services Carolinas

"Lutheran social ministry organizations are operating in an ever-changing environment, and we need to be able to develop strong senior leaders to keep our organizations thriving. The LSA Lutheran Leadership Summit is designed to do just that – by drawing on innovations, best practices, thought leadership, strategies and rich resources presented by insightful speakers and leaders, this conference will help our senior leaders not only be better prepared to lead during times of great change, but to understand leadership in a Lutheran context.

I’ve been honored to serve on the Advisory Committee for this event, and see the evolution from the Leadership Academy to the Lutheran Leadership Summit. Rooted in the needs of C-Suite and senior leaders within the LSA network, the program content will bring real value back to the organizations of those participating. One of the aspects we felt was very important for this conference was to create a network of peers, much like we enjoy with the CEO Academy. Also, to ensure that the Summit draws on real-world case studies and examples from the business and nonprofit world, as well as from within the LSA network.

I was very excited to see that LSA had secured John Nunes of Valparaiso University (and formerly of Lutheran World Relief) as a keynote speaker, that is exactly the kind of thought leader that will help our leadership teams understand the nuances and value of leading a faith-based organization and what it means to lead a Lutheran social ministry organization.

It is my goal to have a Lutheran Services Carolinas' leader at every Summit to build long-term relationships with peers and colleagues in Lutheran social ministry – people they can work with and rely on long after the Summit concludes, in a network defined by trusted sharing and shared values.

I encourage you to do the same."

2014 Leadership Academy Reviews

Charles Hiatt

Executive Director
Good Samaritan Foundation

"Over the years I have attended many professional conferences. Usually, I find some really great sessions and some that are less than expected. At the end of the LSA Leadership Academy I found every session had meaningfully engaged the topic of leadership development and personal and professional growth. The staff and facilitators are gifted, passionate and overtly faith-oriented. The highlight of the week was meeting and engaging deeply with many excellent Lutheran leaders. The social ministry of the Lutheran church is in the good hands of leaders who are passionately committed to their call of serving the last, the lost and the least. The focus of the LSA Leadership Academy propels that passion forward in a strategic and powerful way."

Becky Miller Updike

Vice President Child & Family Services
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains

"The LSA Leadership Academy far exceeded my expectations. The Academy challenges participants to learn about themselves as leaders while also learning how to lead others to maximize the potential of the team. Through a mix of presentations and engagement activities, participants gain a tool box of new approaches to effective leadership and organizational advancement. The Academy was refreshing, inspiring, and impactful. I highly recommend it to emerging and seasoned leaders."

James Greer

Northeast Regional Director
Bethesda Lutheran Communities

"As a 2014 attendee of the LSA Leadership Academy, I was skeptical that this would be similar to many of the Leadership conferences I had attended in the past. I was more than surprised to be proven completely wrong. The Leadership Academy opened my eyes to the type of leader I am and the type of leader I want to continue to aspire to be. Attending the academy and meeting the other impressive leaders from other organizations was not only impactful for my personal growth buy very impactful for my professional growth. This learning experience is one that will continue to be embedded in my mind for years to come. I would recommend the LSA Leadership Academy to all leaders regardless of the industry they are in."