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NASW National Conference will attract social workers from around the nation, world

Keynote speakers include journalist Soledad O’Brien, VA Secretary Robert McDonald, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) will give social workers from around the United States and the world an exceptional opportunity for career development, continuing education and networking at its Leading Change|Transforming Lives 2016 NASW National Conference at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. on June 22-25.

The event will feature a stellar line-up of speakers - including award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien; social worker and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema; Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald; author and social entrepreneur Wes Moore and Nancy Lublin, CEO and founder of Crisis Text Line and Dress for Success.

“This event will be one of the largest gatherings of social workers in years,” said NASW CEO Angelo McClain, Ph.D., LICSW. “We hope social workers who come to the conference will learn new ways to enhance their careers, meet and interact with some of the brightest minds in social work, share experience and expertise, and leave the event recharged and even more enthusiastic about our great profession.”

The NASW National Conference will feature pre-conference workshops, plenary sessions and more than 100 breakout sessions that focus on the power of social work leadership, promoting social justice and equity, upholding excellence in ethics, advancing clinical social work practice, and innovations in social work practice. Portions of the conference will also be livestreamed.

Special events include an opening performance from violinist and motivational speaker Kai Kight, special networking “meet-ups,” a Social Work Film Festival on June 23, and a “Night at the Awards, a Night to Remember” on June 24.

Sponsors of the conference are Presenting Level Sponsor NASW Assurance Services, Platinum Level Sponsor the USC School of Social Work, AlertMedia, The Association of VA Social Workers, Boston University, Mandel School Case Western Reserve University, Howard University, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the NYU Silver School of Social Work, the University of Alabama School of Social Work, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, University of Maryland School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, University of Washington School of Social Work, Walden University, Council on Social Work Education Minority Fellowship Program, and NC State University. The Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Mutual of Omaha Insurance are conference supporters.

Visit for event times. To schedule media interviews before or during the conference, contact Greg Wright at and 202.336.8324.

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The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), in Washington, DC, is the largest membership organization of professional social workers with 130,000 members. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also seeks to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

The National Association of Social Workers Foundation (NASWF) is a charitable organization created to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the advancement of social work practice.