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National Human Services Summit 2023
May 21-24

Hyatt Regency Baltimore  |  Baltimore, MD


Thank You for Joining Us! See You Next Year

Sunday, May 21

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Live Disrupt the Dialogue Podcast
and Opening Reception

Disrupt the Dialogue: A Conversation with Leaders on Multi-dimensional Self Care in Human Services


Join the hosts of “Disrupt the Dialogue,” Alex Figueroa and Tina Wright-Ervin, for a live podcast where Human Services Leaders of Color have discussions about work that doesn’t always feel safe at work. Our panel will discuss the need for multidimensional self-care and its impact on them leading a workforce and agency. Audience participation is encouraged.

Sunday evening guests:

  • Derrik Anderson, Executive Director, Race Matters for Juvenile Justice

  • LaRae Cantley, Senior Manager of Community & Wellbeing, Full Frame Initiative

  • Vannessa Dorantes, Commissioner, CT Department of Children and Families

  • Dannette Smith, Chief Executive Officer, NE Department of Health and Human Services

  • Natalie Williams, Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer, American Public Human Services Association

Monday, May 22

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Focus: Co-Creating the Future of Human Services in Baltimore and Beyond

Keynote and Panel Discussion: The Power of Centering Families and Community


Three Baltimore community-based executives will discuss how the future of human services is exciting and challenging. As communities face multiple intersecting issues, we must authentically engage with them to configure systems that generate long-term solutions and support the well-being of families and communities. Building trust and meaningful opportunities for partnership is critical to developing those solutions and crafting a human services system of the future–one that is centered and driven by families and communities driven and centered. Join our panel of experts to learn how they leverage community through leadership, direct connection, and research to remove barriers to well-being while charting a way forward for tomorrow.

Monday panel guests:

  • Dannette Smith, Chair, APHSA Executive Governing Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, NE Department of Health and Human Services

  • Rafael Lopez, Secretary, Maryland Department of Human Services

  • Lisa Hamilton, CEO, Annie E. Casey Foundation

  • Joe Jones, CEO, Center for Urban Families

  • Dana Stein, CEO, Civic Works and Baltimore County State Delegate

Monday, May 22

4:30 PM – 5:45 PM

Main Stage Session

Focus: Experience with the Human Services System

Intersectional Professionals: A New Vision for the Human Services Workforce

Attendees will be introduced to the concept of “Intersectional Professionals” – people with lived experience of the systems they work in. The panel, comprised of Intersectional Professionals, will allow you to learn about their experiences, including where they have succeeded and hit roadblocks in their workplaces. You will hear about the unique contributions Intersectional Professionals make in human services, including direct service, policy, and systems change. You will come away with an understanding of their unique strengths and needs and will get perspectives on how to recruit, retain, and advance these professionals into leadership positions:

  • Anthony Barrows, Managing Partner and Founder, Center for Behavioral Design and Social Justice

  • Amy McDonald Cippolla-Stickles, Independent Diversity Consultant

  • Charles Lerner, State Director, Massachusetts Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association; Mishaela Durán, President & CEO, Forum for Youth Investment

Important Updates

Hotel & Travel

Hotel reservation links are open! Check out the latest hotel accommodations and travel information for this year's event, and book your hotel stay today!

Overflow Hotel Block closes Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Thank you for attending in Arlington, VA! 2022 On-Demand Materials Available


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