CEO Academy Speakers Announced - Registration Now Open

Harvard University’s Dr. Antonio Oftelie & Ken Daly, CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors, to Present on "Leading Through Innovation"
Friday, September 18, 2015

The CEO Academy is a highly interactive, three-day event that brings together chief executives from leading Lutheran social ministry organizations around the country to share, learn, build connections and strenghten the LSA network. This year's agenda focuses on the dynamics of innovation, sparking disruption, balancing risk, Board engagement and the inherent tension between leading a social ministry organization today while innovating for the future.

We're excited to announce two leading speakers for the 2016 CEO Academy to be held Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2016 in serene Carefree, Arizona:

  • Dr. Antonio Oftelie is the Executive Director of Leadership for a Networked World (LNW) and the Public Sector Innovation Fellow at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University. Through his research at the intersection of law, policy and technology, he advises senior government and business executives on organizational transformation, and has created frameworks and models for organizational innovation and creating value such as the Human Services Value Curve. Dr. Oftelie uses real-world case studies of how other human service and health care leaders have encouraged creativity and risk-taking and transformed organizations to learn faster and innovate more naturally.
  • Ken Daly is the CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the leading authority on advancing exemplary Board leadership. With more than 16,000 corporate director members, NACD provides world-class educational programs, peer exchange forums, proprietary research and more to shape the future of Board leadership. Daly has been the CEO of NACD since 2007, and is a recognized expert on Board transformation, governance and engagement practices. A frequent speaker and writer on issues facing today's Boards, he is described as "the consummate Board resource" and is a sought-after presenter. Daly will speak to Board engagement during disruptive times, and explore ways to position your Board Directors to develop strategies, evaluate new business models and identify opportunities as well as how to talk about risk and what generative questions your Board should be asking to help your organization move forward and innovate.

A hallmark of the CEO Academy is the blend of prominent subject matter experts and seasoned LSA CEOs to present sessions and facilitate conversations. Confirmed LSA CEO presenters include:

  • Angela Bovill, CEO of Ascentria Care Alliance
  • Larry Bradshaw, CEO and President of National Lutheran Communities & Services
  • David Duea, President and CEO of Lutheran Community Services Northwest
  • Dr. Luanne Fisher, President and CEO of Liberty Lutheran
  • Christie Hinrichs, CEO and President of Tabitha Health Care Services; Member, LSA Board of Directors
  • John Kristel, CEO and President of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
  • Mark Pile, President and CEO of Diakon
  • Carol Roberts, President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Northern California
  • Dr. Kurt Senske,  President and CEO of Upbring
  • Dr. Mike Thirtle, President and CEO of Bethesda 
  • Jessica Thomasson, CEO of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota

In addition to the can't miss speakers, the CEO Academy is an opportunity to explore leadership development, best practices, collaboration, networking and peer-to-peer learning, in a trusted environment that's grounded in faith and mission. Join fellow CEOs and industry leaders for in-depth exploration, candid discussions, tangible take-aways, peer learnings and relationship building.

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Registration is now open for the CEO Academy – space is limited; lock in your reservation now:

Make plans to join us January 31 – February 3, 2016 for sharing, learning, building relationships, and strengthening the LSA network. A limited number of scholarships are available for new CEOs. For more information on scholarships or any aspect of the CEO Academy, please contact Director of Member Engagement Kimberly Roque at

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