unifying our human service voice

2018 NJHSA Conference

The conference will focus on the role that NJHSA and its member agencies can play to strengthen each other as well as provide the highest level of service to constituents through innovation, service delivery and best practices, successful collaborations, and advocacy and government affairs. 

Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel

Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 E North Water Street
Chicago, IL 60611   

Workshop Sessions

Workshop sessions have been grouped by theme:

  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Service Delivery

View a list of sessions by theme here

Guest Speakers

David Axelrod | Sunday Opening Plenary Lunch | April 29th

David Axelrod will be a featured speaker at the 2018 NJHSA Inaugural Conference's Sunday Opening Plenary Lunch, the Conference's first gathering.  Using a fireside chat format, Axelrod will engage in a far-reaching conversation about today's political climate and its impact on the human service sector. Axelrod, the Senior Political Commentator, CNN, and Host, The Axe Files; Director, University of Chicago Institute of Politics; Obama's Chief Campaign Strategist and Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama (2009-2011), will also take questions from the audience. 

Jeff DeGraff | Monday Plenary & Awards Breakfast | April 30th

Jeff DeGraff, The "Dean of Innovation," will speak at the NJHSA Annual Conference Plenary & Awards Breakfast, scheduled for Monday, April 30th. Jeff has advised many of the world's leading corporations, using the Competing Values Framework that he co-created, on how to grow, change and ultimately move forward to see positive results. Jeff's ideas have gained such a following that he created the Innovatrium, an innovation institute in the heart of the University of Michigan's campus. His talent for breaking down the steps needed to innovate effectively also prompted him to write a slew of successful books on innovation.

Jeff's expertise in innovation aligns with NJHSA's, newly forming Center for Innovation & Research, which is in the development process and aims to be an array of resources the Network can apply to help member agencies transform ideas and opportunities into actions through collaborations and partnerships.


The Network is pleased to announce the 2018 Inaugural Conference Awards.
NJHSA constantly strives to be the leading voice for Jewish human service organizations - the go-to resource for best practices, research, innovation and partnerships; strengthening agencies so that they can better serve their communities and the people who need their help. As such we've designed this year's awards around these core values, in addition to recognizing extraordinary member agency professionals and lay leaders. 

All awards are due Friday, March 2nd.

Pillars of Excellence Awards

Extraordinary Leadership Awards

2018 NJHSA Conference

Unifying Our Human Service Voice

April 29 - May 1, 2018

Sheraton Grand Chicago

Chicago, IL

Sheraton Grand Chicago

NJHSA Group Rate:  $189 

Cut-Off Date: March 24, 2018 

Contact: 888-627-7106 

Reservation Link


View the tentative conference schedule, learn more about conference functions and REGISTER!

Schedule (Tentative)

Sunday, April 29th

Note: All meals are kosher and under rabbinic supervision.

Pre-Conference:  Executive Briefing (10-11:30am)
***NJHSA Member Agency CEOs/Executive Directors are invited to this informal gathering designed to connect recently appointed CEO’s/ED’s to the full CEO/ED cohort. The meeting will also offer an insider’s briefing on the development of the Network, its goals for 2018 and beyond and opportunities for engagement.***
Opening Plenary Lunch (begins at noon)

Breakout Sessions

Performance & Networking Reception

Monday, April 30th

Awards & Plenary Breakfast

Breakout Sessions

Optional Luncheons (additional cost)

     Board Chairs/Chair Elect 

     Development & Marketing

     Canadian Directors

     Older Adult Service Professionals

Join the Center for Health and Social Care Integration of Rush Medical College for a networking lunch for professionals working with older adults and caregivers, to engage around innovation in partnering with healthcare entities.Opportunities for implementing and sustaining evidence based care coordination initiatives will be highlighted. Click here for more information.
Breakout Sessions

Sponsor Showcase & Refreshment Break

Breakout Sessions

Filming Screening & Discussion 

Tuesday, May 1st

General Breakfast

NJHSA Board of Directors Meeting

Breakout Sessions

Closing Plenary (concludes at noon)

Post-Conference:  JFNA Person Centered Trauma-Informed Programming (noon - 5pm)

***JFNA will host a post-conference Training Workshop on building a Person-Centered, Trauma- Informed agency and culture. We encourage attendance by JFNA subgrantees and agency leadership who want to learn how to make their organizations more PCTI. *** 

Cost:  $0 for Bravo or Charlie Cohort – up to 3 people per agency for free (Kosher lunch included)

           $65 for any other attendees (Kosher lunch included)

*Attendees must register separately.
(Registration link coming soon.)

For more information, email HolocaustCenter@JewishFederations.org

Conference Sponsors

Social Solutions Global

Social Solutions gives nonprofits a full line of comprehensive case management tools, designed to meet your current needs and grow with you over time. 

Diversified Foods Inc.

Diversified Foods, Inc. is a multi-faceted food marketing and distribution company servicing the retail, food service, and non-profit sectors. 

CARF International

CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. 


Sharsheret is a Jewish breast cancer organization that helps women and their families face breast cancer 


Valant was founded in 2005 to provide behavioral health providers with EHR technology to streamline administration and empower what’s most important: improving outcomes. 

Council On Accreditation (COA)

The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an independent, nonprofit international accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health and social service organizations. 

Credible Behavioral Health

Credible Behavioral Health Software is committed to improving the quality of care and lives in behavioral health for clients, families, providers, and management. Since founded in June 2000, Credible has Partnered with over 350 Partner Agencies in 35 states. Credible is proud to provide secure, proven, easy to use software for clinic, community, residential, and mobile care providers leveraging a true Partnership approach.

Sageview Consulting

Since 2003, Sageview Consulting has been providing customized executive search and HR solutions to businesses and non-profits of all sizes. Led by former HR executives with decades of success, Sageview Consulting the importance of understanding an organization’s priorities and culture. We have offices in New York, South Florida and Colorado.

Jewish United Fund - Metropolitan Chicago (JUF)

The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago is the one organization that impacts every aspect of local and global Jewish life, providing human services for Jews and others in need, creating Jewish experiences and strengthening Jewish community connections. 

501(c) Agencies Trust

501(c) Agencies Trust -- America’s leading unemployment program for 35 years -- annually saves member agencies over $20 million dollars on unemployment claims.  Members also receive unlimited access to the HR Hotline; free participation in PurchasingPoint – offering deep discounts from major vendors; and free educational webinars. 


Partner with NJHSA and be a Sponsor at the Conference. Learn more about the various levels of sponsorship and opportunities to connect with the Network.  

Local Attractions

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

The Illinois Holocaust Museum tells the story of the Holocaust through interactive exhibitions that move and inspire. They were the first institution in the world to present fully interactive (holographic technology) video biographies in a permanent exhibition space. World-class special exhibitions explore broad themes related to the mission of the Museum which aim to foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide.