2022 Leadership Award Winners Step into the Ring with Héctor Colón

November 4, 2022

On this episode of “In the Ring,” Héctor Colón, president and CEO of our member Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan, interviews the three winners of our 2022 Leadership Awards: Kristyn Peck of Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area, Marian Baldini of KenCrest, and Kelli Dobner of Samaritas.

Join these three outstanding leaders as they share their stories about how they are tackling our sector’s greatest issues and empowering their communities.



View the teaser for a preview of the conversation:

Reimagining Diversity in the Workplace

October 3, 2022

“Diversity is the art of thinking independently together.” Are you looking for ways to increase your cultural awareness, inclusion skills and diversity dexterity while leveraging current best practices for leading your organization toward inclusive excellence? Join us for a new series of webinars, “Reimagining Diversity in the Workplace,” with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) expert Tommie Lewis from Make It Plain Consulting. Tommie will guide us through the “who,” “what” and “how’s” of making practical and realistic changes in our lives and workplace to better understand our differences, foster mutual respect and build more effective working relationships.

Webinar participants will raise awareness and understanding of DEI; increase knowledge of inclusive excellence; develop skills through real-world DEI case studies; and create personal, team and organizational plans of action. You’ll be able to more meaningfully engage with staff, clients and other partners.

Tommie has worked with several Lutheran social ministry providers and will bring targeted understanding to the webinars. These webinars are for anyone who wants to build their cultural competency muscle and take it home or in the workplace. Bring yourself and your teams!

Tommie is one of those rare consultants who was able and willing to be fully engaged with the leadership of our organization as a partner, dedicated to helping us achieve organizational change and personal growth. Tommie’s approach helped us move toward creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace environment and the tools to think differently. I hope you and your teams can join this three-part series hosted by Lutheran Services in America where we will share learnings with others who understand our challenges in a safe and trusted environment.

~ Ray Ratke, President and CEO of enCircle


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You can join us for one — or both — webinars. If you miss one, feel free to jump in for the next!

Previous Sessions

November 8, 2022: “Reimagining Diversity in the Workplace: The Who, What and How’s of Working in a Diverse Place”

About Tommie Lewis

Tommie has successfully guided companies, institutions and communities along their journey to equitable, diverse and inclusive cultures. As the co-host of “Diversity Conversations,” the national podcast show dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion topics, Tommie provides practical, research-based and outcome-driven solutions to complex individual, business and social issues.

Learn more about Tommie Lewis and Make It Plain Consulting.

Listen to Tommie’s “Diversity Conversations” podcasts.

About the Strength & Service Series

The Strength & Service Series is designed to help our member organizations nationwide—free of charge—stay in the know on new and evolving practices and resources, curating a broad line-up of topics and subject matter expertise. This interactive webinar is made possible by funding from a grant from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Special thanks to the ELCA for sponsoring this workshop.

2022 Lutheran Financial Managers Association Conference

September 9, 2022


Due to the projected impact of Hurricane Nicole on attendee and presenter travel, the LFMA conference will no longer be held in person in November. Instead, we are planning to host the conference in person in March 2023, when it will be even bigger and better! Stay tuned for additional details, coming soon.


Because so many flights to Orlando are being cancelled or rescheduled now, all airlines that we’ve talked with have offered free change fees, flight credits, or even refunds, depending on the original fare (be sure you ask your airline if you have a preference, otherwise flight credits are the default). For reservations booked directly through the airline, you may be able to easily cancel via the airline app or website and track your credits immediately. Even if you booked via a third-party carrier like Orbitz or Expedia, you are likely to be able to get a refund or credit for your flights. We recommend using the “chat” function or calling their toll-free number to contact a customer care agent as opposed to directly clicking the “cancel” button for your flight, as the automatic function will often end up charging you a cancellation fee.


The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has confirmed that we can cancel room reservations without financial penalty, so please contact the hotel directly at 407-239-1234 to cancel your reservation as soon as you are able. You will need to call the hotel directly, as opposed to going through the cancellation link in your email as you will then automatically incur a one-night charge for the cancellation. You will likely want to have your confirmation number on hand to expedite the process. The charges will come off your credit card within 5-7 days after being cancelled.

Bridging the Great Health Divide: The Linkage Between Nutrition Security and Health Equity

September 6, 2022

Join Dr. Sara Bleich, the first Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, as she challenges us to examine nutrition security and how it relates to health equity. In this virtual session, Dr. Bleich will explore how the USDA is working to promote and elevate nutrition security to focus on ending hunger, reducing diet-related diseases and disparities, and accelerating health equity.

On leave from her position as a Professor of Public Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dr. Bleich’s long-standing research centers on food insecurity, as well as racial injustice within the social safety net. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to deepen your understanding of nutrition as a key social determinant of health, and how your organization can play a part.

Dr. Bleich will be joined by several Lutheran Services in America members to discuss how their efforts are strengthening food and nutrition security in their communities:

  • Derrick Felder, COO at Lutheran Social Services of Nevada
  • Jennifer Fralic, Director of Food Pantry Services at Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
  • Tiffany Mitchell, Psy.D., EVP and COO at Lutheran Social Services of Southern California

Lutheran Services in America-Disability Network Winter Meeting 2023

September 1, 2022

CEO Summit 2020-2021

August 3, 2022

CEO Summit was virtual in 2021, and while we missed seeing everyone, 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 virtual leadership seminars designed to strengthen, inspire and enrich leaders across our network with a focus on emerging stronger.

CEO Summit 2022: A Future Reimagined

January 24, 2022

CEO Summit 2022 was held virtually January 24–26, 2022.

Join us for an event where you will discover new insights, ideas and strategies to forge new paths forward.

Details about the event are available below.

Technology Trends for Nonprofits

August 1, 2022

Digital transformation is a buzzword today, but what is it, and what does it mean for your organization? Learn about technology trends and how you can apply technology to help your nonprofit thrive. From user adoption, business alignment and technology implementation to change management and overall trends, we’ll focus on digital transformation and how it can help your nonprofit succeed.

With a special focus on finance—including software applications for accounting, payroll, budgeting and forecasting—data quality, governance and analytics, this webinar will provide you with actionable items to maximize your use of technology. This webinar was hosted in partnership with the Lutheran Financial Managers Association.

LTC Heroes Live Interview with Charlotte Haberaecker and Ted Goins

July 22, 2022

Charlotte Haberaecker, Lutheran Services in America president and CEO, and Ted Goins, president and CEO of Lutheran Services Carolinas, joined LTC Heroes podcast host and Experience Care marketer Peter Murphy Lewis for a live interview about overcoming long-term care industry issues, such as staffing shortages and recruitment, and pushing Congress to make the changes that long-term care needs to thrive.

Innovative Ways to Engage Technology in Your Senior Living Community

May 5, 2022

iN2L shared their innovative and timely research on the impact of COVID-19 on social isolation and quality of life of older adults. The programming includes a live demonstration of iN2L and the ways communities are enabling seniors to share conversations and experiences with each other, their caregivers and family members, regardless of cognitive or physical ability. IN2L also shared resources on federal grant funding available to bring this technology to your skilled nursing community.

This webinar is perfect for staff and organizations looking for an on-ramp to leverage technology to improve quality of life for older adults.


  • Lydia Nguyen, Ph.D., Lead Researcher
  • Karl Schweitzer, Enterprise Sales Executive
  • Susan Tournie, Director of Program Partnerships