Smart Start Sessions

Start your conference experience with one of our twelve
pre-conference Smart Start Sessions.

These sessions will be held starting at 2:00pm on Wednesday, February 20 and continue through the morning of Thursday, February 21. You may select one (1) Smart Start Session to add to your conference schedule for an additional $225 fee during the registration process. Special networking dinners are included for all Smart Start participants.

Preview what you will learn at each session HERE and download a printer-friendly version of all class descriptions.  

Education TrackSmart Start Session

Administrators: Conversation and Connection

Fred Staley, Associate for Administration
The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea

Christian Formation

The Way of Love: A Modern Rule for Modern Life

Sisters of St. Margaret

Clergy Associates

Thriving in the Second Chair: A Theology for Supporting Ministries

The Rev. Dr. Danielle Tummunio, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest


Digital Presence and Practice

Lara McCoy Roslof , Digital News Producer
WAMU 88.5, Washington, D.C.


Fresh Approaches to Endowments: Marketing, Policies and Microlending 

Ernest Q. Petrey, Jr, President and CEO of The Ardleigh Group

JoAnn Hanson, President and CEO, Church Investment Group

Jim Murphy, Managing Program Director, ECF

 John V. Reilly, Vice President, 19/19 Investment Counsel

 Deirdre Mary McElroy, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Baltimore, MD

Mark Green, President of the Endowment Trustees, Trinity Episcopal Church

Faith in Action and Gospel Justice

Inspiring Stories of Faith in Action and Gospel Justice in Boston

Lallie Lloyd, Director, All Our Children National Network

Leigh Bordley, Executive Director Latino Educational Achievement Partnership (LEAP)

Lisa Damico, Founding Board Member and Director of Development, Latino Educational Achievement Partnership (LEAP)

Innovative Ministry with Missional Voice

Short Course on Mission and Innovation in Ministry
Featuring Missional Voices

The Rev. Alan Bentrup, Founder, Missional Voices

The Rev. Joshua Case, Associate Rector, Christ Church, Charlotte

Rectors and Deans

Master Class with Dr. Christena Cleveland and Conversation Featuring Ray Suarez

Dr. Christena S. Cleveland, Professor, Duke Divinity School

Mr. Ray Suarez, Journalist and John J. McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College

Search and Transition for Today

Modern Techniques for Parish Search and Transition

The Rev. Meghan Froelich, Director of Transition Ministry, Ministries Within the Episcopal Church, The Episcopal Church

Van Sheets, Author and Executive Director, Educational First Steps

The Rev. R. Casey Shobe, Rector, Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas

Anne Schmidt, Search Consultant, Dallas

Judy Stark, Search Consultant, St. Petersburg, Florida

Stewardship for Everyone

Giving for a Lifetime: Using Data to Drive Successful Giving Initiatives 

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler, Vice President, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Donna Ashley, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, The General Theological Seminary

Deborah Kelly, Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh

Stewardship Professionals

Stewardship for Professionals

David Rocchio. Director of Stewardship & Gift Planning, Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta

David P. King, Karen Lake Buttrey Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University

Melissa Spas, Managing Director of Education and Engagement, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

Vestry and Wardens

Living into Our Ministry: Lay Leadership in Our Parishes 

Tracy Morgan, Managing Partner, North Star Strategies

David P. King, Karen Lake Buttrey Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University

James B. Jordan, Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner

 Donald V. Romanik, President, ECF

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