The Catalyst

Senior Services News
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Lutheran Services in America “Strength & Service Series”

Becoming an Antiracist Organization
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Time: 1:00-2:00 EDT

Hear from three peer leaders as they continue addressing their organization’s role in systemic racism, explore efforts to engage community partners to dismantle racism, and discuss the importance in recognizing and naming the pain that racism causes.  Join Damyn Kelly, President and CEO, Lutheran Social Services of New York, Michael Bertrand, President and CEO & Beverly Jones, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois and Paulo Pina, Pediatric Medical Director, Assistant Clinical Professor, NYU Robert I. Grossman School of Medicine, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone.  For more information and to register click here.

Engagement Technology — What Happens When You Pair Technology and Creative Leadership

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

Time: 1:00-2:00pm EDT

The COVID-19 crisis has brought to the forefront the importance of staying connected, and the consequences of being isolated. Come see how the pairing of technology and creative leadership can lead to successful outcomes and improve the quality of life for everyone involved. Hosted by Jack York, President and Cofounder of iN2L, Dave Gehm, President and CEO of Wellspring Lutheran Services, and Kevin McFeely, President and CEO of Tacoma Lutheran, will share their own experiences and expertise on creative ways they have kept their residents, families and staff connected and engaged through the pandemic. For more information and to register click here.




Registration for CEO Summit Series: 2020–2021 Now Open

CEO Summit is going virtual this year, and while we will miss seeing you in person, our new format offers the opportunity for additional CEOs to participate nationwide, and for us to engage an even broader, strong lineup of thought leaders. With your direct feedback, we’ve developed a series of four virtual leadership seminars designed to strengthen, inspire and enrich leaders across our network with a focus on emerging stronger.

Renowned corporate strategist and advisor to Fortune 500 executives David Morey returns this year to kick off the series on September 24 to discuss how CEOs can lead effectively through crises. Then on November 10, Dr. Garth Graham, vice president and chief community health officer at CVS Health, will guide us through some of the most innovative partnerships in the health and human services sector. In 2021, Carolyn Cawley, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, will examine the broader trends of the workforce and its recovery. Carolyn will be followed shortly thereafter by Advocate Aurora Health president and CEO Jim Skogsbergh and others to share their visions for 2022 and beyond.

Join us in crafting the answers to the biggest questions now facing our entire network. Register for this timely series today!

Advocacy Update

Progress on Next Broad Coronavirus Relief Package Stalled

Lawmakers and key officials from the Trump Administration made little progress in August on negotiating a final version of the next expected coronavirus legislative relief package. While the House passed its version (the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or HEROES Act) in May, the Senate has yet to vote on it or pass its own version (known as the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools, or HEALS Act). While the Senate did take a procedural vote on a trimmed down version of the HEALS Act on September 10, the measure did not pass and received no support from Democrats.  House Democrats and Senate Republicans, along with Administration officials, are at odds primarily over cost of the legislation, with Democrats aiming for a $2.2 trillion bill and Republicans unwilling to go above $1.5 trillion. No meetings have been set to resume negotiations, and many expect no deal will be reached before Congress recesses in October leading up to the 2020 election.

Since none of these most recent bills under consideration include all of the priority areas for our members as outlined in our key priorities and our ongoing advocacy efforts (including forgivable loans for nonprofits of all sizes), we continue to urge lawmakers and their staff to come back to the table and make these much-needed improvements, and ask that you continue to make your voice heard during this critical time. 

Please join us in sending a message to your Senators by clicking here to use our advocacy tool.

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