The 2015 Human Services Summit
Emergent Leadership: Turning Ideas into Outcomes
When & Where
October 23-25, 2015
Harvard University | Cambridge, MA

A Report, reflecting on and summarizing the sessions and insights that occured at this Summit, is now available for download.

About the Summit


Today’s human services environment is a turbulent one, comprised as ever of numerous and complex challenges. It also remains an environment ripe for path-breaking innovation and transformation.

Yet as leaders embrace the potential of emerging human services innovations, they come face-to-face with established institutions, business models, systems, and ways of measuring value that raise formidable barriers to adopting new methods.

To help human services officials work through these challenges and set a strategy, the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, Leadership for a Networked World and Accenture, in collaboration with the American Public Human Services Association are convening senior-most leaders for The 2015 Human Services Summit: Emergent Leadership - Turning Ideas into Outcomes. This sixth annual Summit, to be held October 23 – 25, 2015 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., will provide an unparalleled opportunity to learn from and network with the world’s foremost human services practitioners, Harvard faculty and researchers and select industry experts.

The Summit will feature practitioner case studies, ideation sessions and topical workshops designed to help participants lead their human services organizations up the Human Services Value Curve. Summit participants will gain membership to a community of peers and experts, and leave the Summit prepared and poised to capture emerging capacity, but also deliver new levels of outcomes and impact for society, communities, families and individuals.

Who Should Attend?

Summit attendees are senior-level, public-sector executives (CEO, COO, CIO, Secretary, Executive Director, Minister, Commissioner, etc.), who aspire to improve performance in the near term and redesign public institutions for the long term. Regardless of title, all Summit attendees are “Chief Transformation Officers” in practice – leaders who work across traditional boundaries (organizational, jurisdictional, sectorial) to create public value.

Admission & Participation

The Summit is an invitation-only program for senior public sector and higher-education executives. Other applicants will be reviewed and accepted on a case-by-case basis, depending in part on available space. We typically receive more applications than we can accommodate, so apply for your seat as soon as possible. This event is supported by the hosting and collaborating organizations, so there is no tuition fee to attend. Travel and hotel expenses, however, are the responsibility of individual participants.

Uma Ahluwalia
Montgomery County (MD) Department of Health and Human Services

Roderick Bremby
Connecticut Department of Social Services

Marc Cherna
Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Carolyn Colvin
Commissioner (Acting)
U.S. Social Security Administration

Susan Dreyfus
President & CEO
Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

Kelly Harder
Dakota County Community Services

Raquel Hatter
Managing Director, Human Services Program
The Kresge Foundation

Kim Hood
Executive Director
Utah Department of Administrative Services

Lynn Johnson
Executive Director
Jefferson County Department of Human Services

Nick Macchione
Health and Human Services Agency, San Diego County, California

Tracy Wareing Evans
President and CEO
American Public Human Services Association

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