CEO Summit 2024: Catalyst Roundtables


The Catalyst Roundtables offer opportunities for deeper exploration of key issues, combining industry expertise and peer insights, providing opportunities to share successes and learnings to inform our paths forward. Choose a session and join the conversation.

Advancing Housing Solutions

Tuesday, January 29

Launched in fall 2023, the Lutheran Services in America Housing Solutions Collaborative focuses on results with a bias toward action. Housing affects everything we do, from serving older adults, and people with disabilities to youth and families, new Americans and veterans.

With many further at risk of homelessness, as communities are struggling with a scarcity of affordable housing, join this discussion to spark your thinking and hear from leaders in the field. This engaging discussion will focus on innovative efforts and partnerships that move beyond traditional funding methods. Panelists will discuss the variety of stakeholders investing to expand access to housing along with a mix of financing strategies being used to increase availability including with needed supports and services.

Panelists include:

  • David Bowers, Vice President for Mid-Atlantic Market and Senior Advisor, Faith-Based Development Initiative for Enterprise Community Partners
  • Jeff Lubell, Director of Housing and Community Initiatives, Abt Associates 
  • Michael Skrebutenas, Senior Vice President, Housing, LISC
  • Adam Marles, President and CEO, Lutheran Senior Services

Catalyzing Healthcare Partnerships

Monday, January 28, and Tuesday, January 29

Across the Lutheran Services in America network, Medicaid and Medicare represent the largest source of revenue as we support the country’s most vulnerable people. In recent years, the landscape of publicly financed healthcare spending has and continues to shift, with Medicaid managed care organizations (payers) and Medicare Advantage playing an increasingly important role in cost management and resource allocation, including in addressing health-related social needs (or social determinants of health).

Through an engaging two-part discussion, we will highlight where these partnerships are working well today and what is needed for scale to improve individual and community outcomes in the future.

Panelists across both sessions include:

  • Tricia McGinnis, Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Center for Healthcare Strategies
  • Timothy McNeill, Founder of Freedmen’s Health
  • Brandi Newman, SVP of Community and Social Impact, Advocate Healthcare
  • Alison Rein, Vice President, Health and Human Services, Quantified Ventures
  • Mark Stutrud, President and CEO, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
  • Jen Vedadi, Senior Director of Population Health Equity, United Healthcare
  • Christy Zeitz, President, Fellowship Square

Expanding Philanthropic Partnerships

Monday, January 28

Many leading private foundations have moved beyond traditional grant making to also include impact investments. For example, donor-advised funds (DAFs) are now one of the largest vehicles for charitable contributions to ensure flexibility and impact. Corporate philanthropy is leaning further into social purpose aligned with mission. Amidst this landscape, what are the opportunities to expand your philanthropic partnerships?

Join this session to explore current trends in philanthropy and impact investing across the foundation, corporate and DAF sectors. At the same time, consider alignment of impact investments with your mission and discover strategies to diversify your funding portfolio.

Hear from a diverse set of viewpoints and perspectives including:

  • Joy Ryan, President and CEO, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch
  • John Brothers, President, T. Rowe Price Foundation 
  • Linda Norman, President and CEO, Mission Investment Fund
  • Aaron Seybert, Managing Director, Social Investment Practice, Kresge Foundation

There will also be time for CEO collaboration group discussions for those serving New Americans and the Disability Network. Stay tuned for more details.