Annual Management Conference

The Annual Management Conference is uniquely positioned to bring together social work and human service leaders, international experts, researchers, and practitioners in an informative event, resulting in attendees at all levels leaving with cutting-edge social service management strategies. You will have ample opportunities to network with colleagues at the conference venue and at social gatherings offsite.

The conference will feature plenary sessions, invitational presentations, and workshops. We hope to see you in New York!

The 2017 Conference Brochure is here. Download your copy now!

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Register For the Annual Management Conference

Your registration to NSWM’s conference is an investment in your professional development. You will leave with cutting-edge human services management strategies you can implement in your organization.

To receive the special rates for current students, retirees, unemployed, volunteers and speakers please contact us at We will verify your status and provide you with the promotional code needed to purchase the ticket at the special rate. If you are accepted as a presenter we will email you the promotional code with your acceptance notification.

Please use the code “NSWM” to register.

The Emerging Leaders Institute

The Emerging Leaders Institute is an opportunity for Network members who are new to leadership and management or have a desire to move into a leadership role to learn more about their own personal work style, strengths and weaknesses, and how to best apply their skills in their career. ELI participants will network and learn from each other, guest speakers, and Network leaders while setting career goals and creating a plan to achieve those goals.

The Emerging Leader Institute will be held on June 14, 2017 in New York, NY.

This Program is Sponsored by Karun K. Singh, PhD

Doctoral Scholars Institute

Please join doctoral colleagues and faculty for a pre-conference institute focused on research in human services management and organizations. Leading faculty and scholars will discuss current research in management and organizations; scholarship collaborations; publication and dissemination; external funding; and research-to-action initiatives with public and non-profit organizations. Doctoral participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own dissertation or other research.

The Doctoral Scholars Institute will be held on June 14, 2017 in New York, NY.

This Program is Sponsored by Rutgers University

Additional Conference Information

Conference Awards

Each year The Network for Social Work Management (NSWM) solicits nominations for awards for outstanding individual practitioners, academics and organizations demonstrating excellence in the teaching and practice of social work management. Click on each award to view information on eligibility

Deadline: Friday, April 7

Established in 1989 in honor of Chauncey Alexander, a beloved, energetic, high-performance professional whose legacy of social work management achievements merits recognition from one generation to the next, this lifetime achievement award honors the entire career of select social work managers. During the 27 year history of the award, only 7 have been made.

The Exemplar Award                                                                                                             

This award recognizes social work executives who demonstrate exemplary performance for the public good and are worthy of emulation. They are the embodiment of the Human Services Management Competencies as promulgated by The Network for Social Work Management.

This award recognizes the exemplary contribution of practitioners, college level faculty members currently teaching a social work management related course, and students who have distinguished their performance in the field of social work management. The award recipient is provided with a $300 travel stipend to attend the national conference and offers an opportunity to be able to submit an article for publication in the Human Service Organizations: Leadership, Management and Governance journal, formerly known as the Administration in Social Work journal.

The Organizational Excellence Award

Recognizes the “Best Practice” accomplishments of a nonprofit, public or for profit organization that best exemplifies adherence to The Network’s Leadership and Management Practice Competencies. Determination of the award is based on outstanding and exceptional contributions to social work management in the context of the Human Services Management Competencies of the NSWM.

2015 Conference Presentations

  • Lubombo CFC Poster by Zee Masuku, MSW, Social Welfare Advisor, Health and Finance Governance Project, ABT Associates