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2017 Omaha

Keynote Sessions

Keynote speakers at the 23rd Annual Case Management Conference, Promoting the Profession of Case Management: Ethics, Excellence, and Ethos, include the following nationally acclaimed speakers. Click on each picture for biographical sketch of keynote speaker. For biographical sketches of all the presenters please visit Sessions & Schedule: Speaker & Faculty List page.

Opening Address
Strive for Excellence

Judge Calvin Johnson, JD
New Orleans, LA

“When I opened the door I knew why I chose to do this work.  There were mice everywhere.  I was so afraid that I would carry roaches out of the house in my purse I never sat down.  I saw this child sitting on the floor looking at the comic page in the paper.  It dawned on me that the child was reading the paper.  I knew no one in the house had taught that child how to read.  I knew I came through the door for that child.  Then I knew why I chose this profession.”  ~paraphrased from a Case Manager

During this keynote learn about what it takes to be an excellent case manager, the joy that is found in the profession of case management, and what the future holds.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define excellence as it applies to the profession of case management.
  2. Identify the joy in the case management profession.
  3. Describe the future of case management services.


CM Camp Address
Taking Control of Your Learning

Josh Allen
Papillion, NE

If you are not learning about something you are interested in, take control! New technology and professional learning ideas allow us to learn how we want, when we want, from who we want. Feel empowered to be the best you that you can be.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the importance of personal learning.
  2. Describe a variety of ways that learning can be personalized.
  3. Explain why and how the unconference model came to Omaha.

Closing Address
Encouraging the Best Case Communication

Juli Burney, MA
Lincoln, NE

Being a Case Manager is time consuming and at times quite challenging. It requires emotional intelligence, humor for balance, and communication tools to help build relationships needed to work most effectively. We do not always have control over situations, but we do have control over our responses to them.  Discover how to give your peak response even in the most challenging situations. 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the importance of emotions to mental well-being and success.
  2. Discover the importance of appropriate good humor to handle stress and build relationships.
  3. Examine how to communicate in challenging situations.


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