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Group Hotel Rate for the 2018 NASW National Conference Ends May 31


We hope you will join NASW in Washington, D.C., June 20-23, for an incredible event! The 2018 NASW National Conference, “Shaping Tomorrow Together,” will attract more than 2,000 social workers from various practice areas. A thought-provoking event addressing some of the most pressing issues facing the social work community today – it will also be a celebration of social workers and all that they do.

The ultimate gathering of the social work profession – this conference provides wonderful opportunities to network, earn up to 25.5 CEUs, choose between more than 100 unique professional development seminars on a wide range of topics, and hear from a captivating group of renowned Keynote Presenters and Plenary Session Presenters.

A Sampling Of Keynote Presenters

  • Van Jones, Opening Keynote Presenter, Wednesday, is a CNN Correspondent, and President and Founder of the nonprofit Dream Corps, a justice incubator that houses initiatives that create innovative solutions to “close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.”
  • Kane Smego, Opening Presenter, Wednesday, is a spoken word and hip hop artist, a National Poetry Slam finalist, and Co-Founder of the youth arts and education nonprofit Sacrificial Poets.
  • Fredi Lajvardi, Keynote Presenter, Thursday, is a nationally-recognized STEM educator. Lajvardi captivated the country when he led his team of disadvantaged teenagers in a university-level underwater robotics competition, where they defeated leading schools, including top-ranked MIT. Their story inspired the acclaimed documentary “Underwater Dreams” and was also adapted into the major motion picture “Spare Parts.”
  • Wendy Sherman, Plenary Session Presenter – Shaping Tomorrow Together: Maximizing Opportunities to Create a Just Society – Thursday, Ambassador Sherman is a member of the NASW Social Work Pioneers®, Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama. She is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Aspen Strategy Group.
  • Vanita Gupta, Plenary Session Presenter – Shaping Tomorrow Together: Maximizing Opportunities to Create a Just Society – Thursday, is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Before joining The Leadership Conference in June 2017, she served as Acting Assistant Attorney General and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. In October 2014, she was appointed as the chief civil rights prosecutor for the United States by President Barack Obama.
  • Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, Keynote Presenter, Friday, is the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and advises the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary on improving behavioral healthcare in America. She also leads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within HHS.
  • Julius W. Hobson, Plenary Session Presenter – Election Forecast – Friday, is Senior Policy Advisor for Polsinelli, where he assists clients with legislative and regulatory advocacy for health care, appropriations, budget, taxes, and other public policy issues. With more than 45 years of experience working with the U.S. Congress and the Federal Executive Branch, he served as Director, Division of Congressional Affairs, American Medical Association (AMA).
  • Gretchen Rubin, Closing Keynote Presenter, Saturday, is author of New York Times bestsellers, “The Four Tendencies,” “Better Than Before,” “Happier at Home,” and “The Happiness Project,” and hosts a weekly podcast, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.”

A Sampling Of Special Events

  • Voter Engagement Teach-In On Capitol Hill (Wednesday, 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.).
  • Eight Pre-Conference Workshops (Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.).
  • Welcome Reception With Exhibitors (Wednesday, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.).
  • Film Festival (Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.).
  • A Night at the Awards, A Night To Remember (Friday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.).

You can mix and mingle with other members at the Meet Ups, learn from approximately 80 unique Poster Presentations, gain fresh perspectives, and forge new relationships. To further your professional development, you can also choose between more than 100 workshops that cover a wide range of topics including – Advocacy, Aging, Child Welfare, Criminal Justice/Juvenile Justice, Ethics and Values, Ethnicity and Race, Health Care, Immigrants/Refugees/Displaced Persons, LGBTQ, Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders – and many others!

To learn more about the Conference Agenda – including Pre-Conference Workshops, Keynote and Plenary Presenters, the Voter Engagement Teach-In on Capitol Hill, and other Special Events – please visit the NASW website.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements! For questions, email We hope to see you in Washington in June!

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