2016 Lutheran Leadership Summit

Lutheran Leadership Summit
2016 Lutheran Leadership Summit
February 21-24, 2016
Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center
Carefree, AZ
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"The Leadership Balancing Act" 

Designed for senior-level staff such as Directors, VP's, and the C-suite, this intensive leadership development conference explores the intersection of innovation, mission and change, through the lens and context of Lutheran social ministry. 

Now in its second year with a revamped agenda, this event provides the opportunity for social ministry and nonprofit leaders to come together for quality leadership programming and networking. This year, LSA has partnered with the renowned Center for Creative Leadership to develop a program that focuses on the inherent balancing act between running the day-to-day business and operations of a nonprofit organization while also innovating for the future. 

Dr. David Lose, President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, addresses the challenges of leading a Lutheran social ministry organization in the 21st century. The program also includes perspectives from some of the many exciting, accomplished and emerging leaders of the LSA network, including: 

  • Vickie Thompson-Sandy, ‎President of Lutheran Social Services of Michigan (LSSM)
  • Chris Card, President, Lutheran Services Florida 
  • Robin Dunbar Balck, Senior Vice President of Administration and Chief Strategy Officer, Ecumen
  • Joan Myers, Senior Vice President and COO, Liberty Lutheran
  • Kirby Nickerson, CFO, Lutheran Services Carolinas 
  • Kari Olson, Chief Innovation & Technology Officer, Front Porch 
  • Michael Sering, Vice President for Housing and Shelter, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries

Join your peers to share best practices, learn from real-world case studies and hear from experts that include other LSA leaders. Discuss the challenges and opportunities unique to Lutheran social ministry, and form valuable connections and support from a trusted network. 

LSA is the national network that brings together Lutheran social ministry organizations across health and human services. Our members touch the lives of 1 in 50 people in the U.S. each year. 


Key Program Takeaways:

  • Explore the inherent balance of running the day-to-day business of a nonprofit organization and the need to innovate for the future. Session led by the Center for Creative Leadership
  • Gain a richer understanding of the dynamics of an organization’s Lutheran roots in today’s world and how this context informs the challenging decisions leaders must make. Session led by Dr. David Lose, President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
  • Focus on the “switch” that innovative organizations have made to spark change in seemingly intractable environments and the changes that innovative leaders make to trigger transformational change. Session led by Susan Heath Hays, Human Services Consultant and Trainer for the best-selling book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard.
  • Hear from and learn with fellow Lutheran Services in America members. LSA members from NYU Lutheran, Diakon, Upbring, Ecumen, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan and others will share best practices and lessons learned with a Lutheran social ministry perspective and deep understanding of our shared heritage and how we work together as a national network. 
  • Gain valuable connections and support from a trusted network of Lutheran social ministry leaders, inspired to lead change and drive service innovation.


ANGELA BOVILL, President and CEO, Ascentria Care Alliance
"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."  

JENNIFER OLLIKAINEN, Executive Director, Lutheran Congregational Services, Liberty Lutheran
"The LSA Leadership Summit was a valuable time of learning and connecting with colleagues throughout the country. The presenters challenged us to examine our business practice in this ever-changing landscape from funding sources to church relationships. The most valuable take-aways for me were the contacts and conversations with colleagues from other organizations who live and work with the same joys and challenges I do - those concerning congregational and faith-based relationships. I come away with a sense of hope and creativity, seeing opportunity in the changes at hand and striving toward creating nimble processes which can effectively shift and change programs in an ever-transforming reality of service with those who are the most vulnerable in our midst."
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Thank you to the 2016 LSA Lutheran Leadership Summit Sponsors:

Mission Investment Fund | ELCA
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