2017 Annual Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Plans are well underway for the 2017 LSA Annual Conference, May 3-6 in Washington, DC. The largest event of the year, the Annual Conference celebrates LSA's national, strong and trusted network, bringing together hundreds of Lutheran social ministry leaders. At the conference, we'll focus on our united work, mission, impact and innovation – and how our network of social ministry organizations comes together to transform lives and communities.  We're excited to be back in the nation's capital for LSA's hometown conference, when we'll recognize the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the 20th anniversary of Lutheran Services in America, and will have a special focus on public policy issues. 

We will welcome a dynamic slate of speakers for the Annual Conference, both from within our social ministry network and outside the network, including two of our keynote presenters:

Robert Egger, Founder and President of L.A. Kitchen, CEO of Strong Food

Robert Egger founded the national Central Kitchen movement, a self-sustaining social enterprise that picks up wasted food, turns it into balanced meals for shelters and nonprofits, and uses the process to train jobless adults in the culinary arts. The Central Kitchen's focus on breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty through career training, job creation, and sustainable business practice has revolutionized the ways in which food is distributed to those in need. The Central Kitchen model has been scaled and replicated in more than 100 communities and campuses nationwide, resulting in a vibrant network of sustainable social enterprises, thanks to Egger's focus on investing in infrastructure, scaling, and cross-sector partnerships.

Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman of the Board, Special Olympics

Dr. Timothy Shriver, Chairman of the Board of the Special Olympics and world-renowned activist, will share his family's remarkable story and how it shaped his world view. An educator focused on social and emotional factors of learning, Shriver will share his faith-inspired journey and how his activism has helped shift the ways in which disabilities in America are viewed through his work with Special Olympics.
Mark your calendar to join us to hear from these and other speakers from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, including many perspectives from LSA members. Registration will open soon!  

2017 LSA Annual Conference
May 3-6, 2017 
Capital Hilton 
Washington, DC 

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