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2015 NASW-Michigan Annual Conference:

Inspiring Change. Raising Hope. Moving Forward.

April 9 -10, 2015
with preconference event Wednesday, April 8
Kalamazoo Radisson
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Registration to open soon!

Join with hundreds of social workers from around Michigan for the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Profession Conference! NASW Michigan invites all social workers to the Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo for a chance to hear two inspirational keynote addresses, celebrate the 2015 social work award recipients, have a chance to get an inside look at social workers' role in the political process, and to choose from between almost 60 workshops. Get a first hand look at how social workers are impacting communities in Michigan while gaining one third of your CEs!

Keynote Speakers

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Jack Lessenberry

A Detroit native, Jack Lessenberry recognized that he wanted to become a journalist during his graduate studies at the University of Michigan. (He had previously set out to be a historian.) Now, he boasts thirty years of eclectic journalism experience. Jack has worked as a foreign correspondent and executive national editor of The Detroit News, and he has written for many national and regional publications, including Vanity Fair, Esquire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Oakland Press.

Currently, he is a professor of journalism at Wayne State University and a contributing editor and columnist for The Metro Times, The Traverse-City Record Eagle, and The Toledo addition to his work at Michigan Radio. Additionally, Jack is the host of the weekly television show "Deadline Now" on WGTE-TV (Channel 30) in Toledo. It airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m.

Throughout his years of journalism experience, his favorite memories are of interviewing Gerald Ford about Watergate in 1995 and winning a national Emmy for a documentary about Jack Kevorkian in 1994.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dr. Steve Perry, MSW 

Dr. Steve Perry’s heart pumps passion and produces positive change. Featured in CNN's Black in America series, Dr. Perry is the most talked about innovative educator on the scene today.  Perry is the founder and principal of what U.S. News and World Report has cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. Capital Prep has sent 100% of its predominantly low-income, minority, first generation high school graduates to four-year colleges every year since its first class graduated in 2006.   

When Dr. Perry speaks, he reaches the heart of his audience to motivate change in themselves and their community.  His secrets to success and calls to action are revealed in his new book, “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids The Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking A Fight.”

In addition to being the Founder and CEO founder of Capital Preparatory Schools, with locations opening in Bridgeport, CT and Harlem, NY Dr. Perry, MSW is an Education Contributor for CNN and MSNBC, an Essence Magazine columnist, best-selling author, and host of the #1 docudrama for TVONE “Save My Son.”For more information about Dr. Perry please check out his website at

Preconference Event

Continuing the Civil Rights and Social Justice Journey, Chapter 3: The Power of Music in Advocacy. 2 CEs.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015. 7:00-9:00pm

This exciting pre-conference event will explore the power of music in advancing the major civil rights and social justice issues of the past century in the United States.  Participants will be invited to lift their voices and join in a traditional sing-along, reminiscent of the way activists and organizers spread their messages through song:  You can threaten me, you can beat me, you can jail me, but you cannot make me stop singing. 

Sometimes the longer you attempt to define a style of music the more it eludes you. And so it goes with Ellis, Michael & Muxlow. They are one of the best examples in Southern Michigan of the timeless magic created by a blend of tight harmonies, strings and wood. There is a comfortable groove among these three established by a long musical marriage. Their songwriting is fresh and straightforward. The trio dips from the waters of many genres and eras of song. An evening with EM&M will leave you remembering, smiling, thinking, and humming.


Join us immediately following the event for an “Afterglow” celebration with hor’s d’oeuvres and a cash bar!


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Tentative Conference Schedule

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – Preconference

[2 CEs to qualified attendees]

6:00-7:30pm: Exhibitor Set Up/Registration

7:00-9:00pm: Preconference Workshop  

9:00pm: Reception – Cash bar, hors d’oeuvres

Thursday, April 9, 2015   

[6 CEs to qualified attendees]


6:00-7:30am: Exhibitor Set Up 

7:00am:  Registration Opens

8:15am:  Welcome and Annual Meeting

8:30-10:00am:  Keynote Address

10:30am-12:00pm: Workshops A“ Series

12:00-1:30pm: Lunch

1:30-3:30pm:  Workshops “B” Series

3:30-5:00pm:  Workshops B” Series

5:30-7:30pm:  Social Work Reception


Friday, April 10, 2015   

[7 CEs to qualified attendees]


6:00am: Registration Opens

7:00-8:00am: Early Bird Workshops

8:30am: Plenary: 10:00: Break

10:30am-2:00pm: Workshops D” Series

12:00-1:30pm: Awards Luncheon

1:30-3:00pm: Workshops E” Series

3:30-5:00pm: Workshops F” Series

3:30-5:00pm: Exhibitor breakdown

Questions should be directed to Tricia McCarthy at 517.487.1548 extension 16 or

Continuing Education (CEs)

NASW-Michigan is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative, provider number MICEC-0017. Attendees will receive the following number of CEs for their attendance at the Annual Conference.

Wednesday, April 8th: 2 CES

Thursday, April 9th: 6 CEs

Friday, April 10th: 7 CEs

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