2014 Annual Conference

2014 Annual Conference
Hilton Omaha
1001 Cass Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
April 28-May 1, 2014

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LSA 2014 Annual Conference

Hilton Omaha

At the heart of America, Omaha, NE will be the host city for Lutheran Services in America 2014 Annual Conference. This convergence is sure to result in a record number of members and partners sampling the best in Midwestern hospitality and the energy of a city on the move.

Theme: Future Forward: Leading Change, Renewing Mission

The future of Lutheran social ministry is changing rapidly, but the mission – the call to love and serve our neighbors – hasn’t changed. The 2014 LSA Annual conference in Omaha will focus on how health and human services professionals are defining the future and renewing and transforming their social ministries.

The conference theme – Future Forward: Leading Change, Renewing Mission – captures this focus. During this time of time of unprecedented challenges, we see great opportunities. Our Lutheran social ministry leaders are shaping the future and leading the change – both as individual organizations and as a connected network of community leaders. We’ll recognize the power of possibilities and celebrate how our members are always moving forward. Our network is strong – we will celebrate how our members are building on this strength, and doing so without ever losing sight of their mission to love and serve their neighbors.

Keynote Speakers

We’ve worked hard to bring a high-caliber of speaker to the Annual Conference to move us ahead with our theme of Future Forward: Leading Change, Renewing Mission.

Brian Brim Steven Zimmerman Jeff Kutash Wendy Goldstein Jodi Harpstead




Members will be able to draw on the innovations, best practices, thought leadership, strategies and rich resources that will be presented by an impressive line-up of sought-after speakers and leaders from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Gain best practices, share and network with your peers and colleagues, learn and enjoy fellowship. We will equip our members with real-world innovation case studies and successful examples from people in both the business and non-profit worlds who have shaped their futures, their industries and their communities.

Innovative breakout sessions: Our breakout session topics were strategically chosen to provide impactful context and discussions on topics we know have a profound impact on your organizations, including:

  • Making Sense of Social Enterprise – We’ll interpret the buzz around social enterprise using real-life examples of social enterprise’s potential to raise program revenue for your organization, business aspects crucial to success, how to assess programs for social enterprise potential and taking the first steps. Panelists include a representative from Lutheran Social Services of New England and Ric Leutwyler, President of SkyTouch Technology and founder of Philanthropegie.
  • Transforming the Business Model – hear from other nonprofits that have radically transformed how they deliver services and revamped their mission in a rapidly changing world Panelists include James X. Sullivan, co-founder of Notre Dame’s Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO) and Danielle Marshall, Director of Community Engagement Programs at KaBoom!
  • Non-Traditional Fundraising – from crowdsourcing to LinkedIn, social media is changing the donor landscape – how do you reach new audiences (and established donors) using online and mobile channels – hear from the experts and those who are leveraging non-traditional means to meet their fundraising goals. Presenters include social media expert Darien Rodriguez Heyman and a representative from Wheat Ridge.

For the full agenda, visit: http://lutheranservices.org/ac_agenda

In Omaha, we’ll convene our strong community of faith and sharing to find support and to renew both ourselves and our missions. Together, we will amplify our voice and exercise our influence, creativity and determination as we look forward to a new future of innovation and inspiration.

We hope you will make plans to attend and be a part of shaping the future of social ministry.

Visit the LSA website often for news, registration dates and program updates.




Visit LSA's Omaha Visitors Guide for more information about Omaha.




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