A Conversation with Dr. Dora Hughes, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

January 30, 2023

Join Dr. Dora Hughes, Chief Medical Officer at the CMS Innovation Center as she shares how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is encouraging innovation to advance health equity in rural and underserved communities across the country. Dr. Hughes will explore how the Center envisions advancing health equity through community-based providers and other non-traditional partners to increase access and improve health outcomes.

You will also hear from trailblazer Lutheran Services in America member Lindsey Sand, vice president of population health at Knute Nelson, and Donna Magnuson, Chief Program Officer at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, on their population health strategy and the ways Knute Nelson is approaching partnerships with Medicare Advantage providers in Minnesota.

Video Recording


Looking Ahead: Insights, Challenges and Opportunities for the Future of Public Health

December 9, 2022

The American Public Health Association hosted a webinar session with four public health experts, including our president and CEO, Charlotte Haberaecker, who discussed their visions for the future of our field, bringing unique perspectives from local, national, global and cross-sectoral levels.

Charlotte previously served as a member of a bipartisan task force that shaped the recommendations of a Bipartisan Policy Center report for modernizing the public health system. Building on that experience, Charlotte emphasized the importance of addressing social determinants of health and partnering with community-based nonprofit organizations.


  • Shared lessons learned from collaborative efforts to transform public health
  • Examined major threats and opportunities for the next generation
  • Reflected on how we can engage communities and partners to create new champions for public health and equity

A recording of the session is available to view.

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

Previous Sessions

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

Reimagining Diversity in the Workplace: How Others are Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Spaces” (December 6, 2022):

Reimagining Diversity in the Workplace: Incorporating Appreciation of All into the Hiring Lifecycle, from Recruitment through Retention” (February 7, 2023):

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.

2023 Lutheran Financial Managers Association Conference

September 9, 2022

Financial managers are facing complex challenges from today’s economic disruptors. Whether it’s increasing workforce costs, tightening cash flow, new business models or capital investments, the rising costs of doing business are forcing managers to make tough decisions. The Lutheran Financial Managers Association conference is your opportunity to network with your peers and learn from experts on how to respond effectively to our current environment. From expert topical presentations to in-depth networking opportunities, the conference is designed to give you the connections, tools and resources you need to navigate the “new normal.”



The 43rd annual conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress hotel in Orlando, Florida.


What is LFMA?

Our mission is to enable and support the continuing improvement of fiscal management services in Lutheran affiliated/recognized social ministry organizations by providing a vehicle and forum where people in the industry can join together for common sharing and educational experiences.

What Happens at the LFMA Conference?

The board of directors develops a program around the significant issues currently confronting our organizations. Topical experts provide their insight and knowledge, while peer speakers provide suggestions, ideas and best practices on tough issues. The conference is designed to be participatory, encouraging questions of the presenters and stimulating dialogue amongst the attendees. Plus, the networking is what distinguishes the conference and makes it a must-attend event. In addition to lessons learned from your colleagues, many collaborations and partnerships have been launched at the LFMA Conference.

How Do I Become an LFMA Member?

Membership entitles one person for your organization to attend the conference. While at the conference, nearly all meals are provided along with social engagement events. Dues are determined by your organization size.

Less than $30 million     $600

$30–50 million                $700

$50–80 million                $800

Over $80 million             $1,000

Contact Steve Anderson for more information.

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

CEO Summit 2024

April 27, 2023

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.