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Highlights: NASW Social Work Pioneers® 25th Anniversary Event

NASW 2019 Pioneer Event Solist SingerClose to 150 guests participated in the NASW Social Work Pioneers® 25th Anniversary Celebration and 15th Annual  Program & Luncheon, November 1-2, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Held at the Cosmos Club, participants gathered for a  Friday evening reception and soirée that included a performance by Soloist, Dr. James Laws and Pianist, Michael Salmon.  Dr. Laws is the nephew of Dr. Bernice Catherine Harper, Chair of the NASW Pioneer Program Committee.


The theme for the 2019 event was Recognizing Our Past, Moving Towards Our Future. A full-day program on Saturday included a keynote speech by former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, a 2020 presidential candidate. The focus of his presentation was “The Future with Emphasis on Current Societal Needs and Globalization.”


During the Saturday program 26 newly inducted Pioneers were introduced and a presentation was given on the 2019 event theme by Pioneer Grace Lebow, MSW, Co-Founder of the Aging Network. 


Learn more about the event and the Pioneers by following the links below:


The NASW Social Work Pioneers® program honors members of the social work profession who have contributed to the evolution and enrichment of the profession. The Pioneer Program identifies and recognizes individuals whose unique dedication, commitment, and determination have improved social and human conditions. Since its launch in 1994, the Pioneer Program has inducted approximately 800 accomplished individuals to its rolls. A comprehensive collection of their stories can be found within the Pioneer Bio Index