Events and Membership 

Keynote Presenters

Since we first began talking to each other, telling stories has been a powerful way to capture attention, engage an audience, and motivate them to act. As we learn more about how our minds work, we’re also discovering that stories are intrinsic to decision-making, shape our view of the world, and affect our daily decisions.

Andy Goodman

The Goodman Center, Los Angeles, CA

Story Telling as a Best Practice

Andy Goodman is co-founder and director of The Goodman Center, which teaches communications and marketing professionals how to reach more people with more impact. Andy is internationally known for his speeches and workshops on storytelling and has led over 500 trainings for clients including CARE, The Nature Conservancy, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, MIT, Princeton, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Bank of America, and many others. He has designed communications curriculum for the College for Social Innovation in Boston as well as for the African Leadership University in Mauritius. He is the author of Storytelling as Best Practice and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes.

 In his plenary address, “Storytelling as Best Practice," Andy Goodman will explain why storytelling remains the single most powerful communication tool you possess, and he will offer specific ways your organization can use stories to advance your mission.

Lori Gerhard, Acting Director

Center for Integrated Programs

Administration for Community Living

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Washington, D.C.

As Acting Director for the Center for Integrated Programs, Ms. Gerhard oversees ACL’s administration of programs and initiatives that serve both older adults and people with disabilities, as well as their families and caregivers. Programs include consumer access and protection and initiatives that promote the use of self-directed and person-centered service models.

She was previously Director for the Office of Consumer Access & Self-Determination, which works in collaboration with other federal agencies to make grants to states to transform Long-Term Service & Support Systems to be more responsive to the needs of people with disabilities, older adults, and their caregivers. The Office of Consumer Access & Self-Determination administers the No Wrong Door System program (ADRC), the Veteran Directed Care program, the Lifespan Respite program, the Inclusive Community Transportation program, the Supported Decision-Making program and the Assistive Technology Act program.

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