CEO Summit 2022 — Agenda

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Sunday, January 23

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Forefront Healthcare
Stop by to reconnect with familiar faces and meet others while you enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and most of all, the fellowship of your peers.

Monday, January 24

7:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Sponsored by Concordia Plans

Opening Devotion and Welcome
8:45 – 9:15 a.m.

  • Pastor Mark Huber, Sanctuary Church (MA)
  • Alesia Frerichs, Vice President of Member Engagement, Lutheran Services in America 

Future Forward: Creating and Sustaining Competitive Advantage
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Nicolaj Siggelkow,David M. Knott Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

The nonprofit health and human services sector is experiencing significant disruptions in the competitive landscape accelerated by Covid-19, technology, consumer preferences and funding models. Nicolaj Siggelkow leads this interactive seminar on the ways successful CEOs create and sustain competitive advantage.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Creating Competitive Advantage: Continued
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Johnson, Kendall & Johnson

Creating Competitive Advantage: Wrap Up
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion: The Realities of Organizational Transformation
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Fellow CEOs share the realities of organizational change—what’s working and what’s not.


  • LaSharnda Beckwith, President and CEO, Lutheran Social Services of Southern California
  • Keith Frndak, President and CEO, Concordia Lutheran Ministries
  • Michael Spigel, President and CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

4:00 – 4:15 p.m.

  • Pastor Mark Huber, Sanctuary Church (MA)

First-Time Attendee Welcome Reception
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Portico Benefit Services and Mission Investment Fund
Inviting first-time CEO Summit attendees to join us for a special meet-and-greet event.
All other attendees are welcome to join in at 6:30 p.m.

Group Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Portico Benefit Services and Mission Investment Fund
Let’s unite as a caring and trusted group to network with peers, introduce new CEOs and celebrate member milestones.

Tuesday, January 25

7:00 – 7:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
7:45 – 8:45 a.m.

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.

  • Pastor Mark Huber, Sanctuary Church (MA)

Workforce: The Great Migration
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

COVID-19 exacerbated an already severe workforce shortage. This session is designed to help CEOs think strategically about how to address current—and future—vacancies, minimize turnover, and become competitive in the labor market to engage the workforce of tomorrow.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Workforce Today and Tomorrow
10:45 a.m. – Noon


  • David Duea, President and CEO, Lutheran Community Services Northwest
  • Adriene Iverson, President and CEO, Elder Care Alliance
  • Cyndi Walters, President and CEO, National Lutheran Communities and Services

Networking Lunch and Annual Meeting & Leadership Recognition Awards
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Ziegler and Lutheran Church Extension Fund

  • Darrell Gordon, President and CEO, Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center, and Chair of the Lutheran Services in America Board of Directors
  • Charlotte Haberaecker, President and CEO, Lutheran Services in America

Join us for our 2021 Annual Meeting where we will vote on Lutheran Services in America board members and our FY 2023 budget. Plus, we’ll celebrate with a special ceremony to announce the winners of our Annual Awards that honor members for their exceptional work and leadership and exemplifying our core values. Stay tuned for more details on the awards and nomination process coming this fall. Note that we need your attendance promptly at 12:15 p.m. so we have a quorum for voting.

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Speed Networking
2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

  • Luanne Fisher, President and CEO, Liberty Lutheran Services

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
At Lutheran Services in America, we work to create unique opportunities to engage with thought leaders and industry experts in meaningful ways. This year, we are offering three compelling breakout sessions. Choose the one that sparks your interest and join your colleagues for a deeper dive. Information on each roundtable is forthcoming.

One-to-One Walks
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
New and experienced CEOs are matched together for a short conversation to discuss issues, share ideas and foster relationships.

Networking Dinner (Optional)
7:00 p.m.
Join us for a networking dinner (participants cover their own meal costs) with your fellow CEOs. We will meet in the hotel lobby at 7:00 p.m. and walk to the restaurant together.

Wednesday, January 26

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

  • Pastor Mark Huber, Sanctuary Church (MA)

Pathways to High-Performing Diverse Boards
8:45 – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Jim Taylor, Vice President of Leadership Initiatives, BoardSource

The pandemic illuminated the need for high-performing boards of directors to provide organizations with exceptional expertise to reimagine the future. High-performing boards require relevant experience and diversity—two competitive differentiators that lead to improved decision-making and innovative thinking. Join Jim Taylor to explore ways to expand the experience and diversity of your board and unlock the door to the future during this critical time.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.                  

Panel Discussion: How Is This Working?
11:00 a.m. – Noon


  • Jim Taylor, Vice President of Leadership Initiatives, BoardSource


  • Damyn Kelly, President and CEO, Lutheran Social Services of New York
  • Ted Goins, President and CEO, Lutheran Services Carolinas

Closing Lunch, Open Forum and Benediction
Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Let’s get together as the CEO Summit draws to a close with a discussion of participant-driven topics.

  • Pastor Mark Huber, Sanctuary Church (MA)
  • Charlotte Haberaecker, President and CEO, Lutheran Services in America