Upcoming Events


The NASW Foundation plans, hosts, and implements a wide array of events ranging from galas and anniversary celebrations to the annual NASW Social Work Pioneers® Annual Luncheon and Program and A Night At The Awards - A Night To Remember, the presentation ceremony for NASW and Foundation national awards. 

Since its founding in 2001, the Foundation has, and continues to, work with NASW on national conferences every two years and collaborates with NASW and outside partners on policy, training, and educational events, meetings and seminars.  All of our efforts are directed at serving the profession, the practitioner, and the public, in an effort to live up to our mission to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through the advancement of social work policy and practice.

14th Annual NASW Social Work Pioneers Program 

The 14th Annual NASW Social Work Pioneers® Program and Luncheon was held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Women’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C.   According to Dr. Bernice Catherine Harper, a member of the NASW Social Work Pioneers® and Chair of the event, the theme of the 2018 luncheon was Changes & Challenges: Reports from the Field of Social Work.    

Speakers and topics included:

  • Building Community Partnerships for Cancer Prevention & Control Initiatives:  Dr. James R. Zabora - Director, Outreach & Education, The Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities, Baltimore, Maryland; 
  • Demonstration:  Exploring the Social Welfare Historical Website of Dr. John E. Hansan - Member, NASW Social Work Pioneers® Steering Committee; and,    
  • Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Julie M. Norlin - Former Dean, The University of Oklahoma School of Social Work, “The Oklahoma Experience:  The School of Social Work – Knee Center for Strong Families.

Stay tuned for information about the 2019 NASW Social Work Pioneers® Program and Luncheon date and program details!

Other Upcoming Events To Be Announced

Check back for information about upcoming NASW Foundation events and events hosted in conjunction with NASW and NASW Foundation partners.

2017 NASW Pioneer Event Participants At Luncheon

Participants at the 2017 NASW Social Work Pioneers® Annual Program and Luncheon, October 28 at the Woman's National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C.


2018 A Night At The Awards - A Night To Remember Event Guests At Tables

The 2018 "A Night At The Awards - A Night To Remember" event at the NASW National Conference in Washington, D.C., June 20-23. Follow this link to a video of the 2018 awards ceremony >>



NASW Social Work Pioneers Annual Event 2017 Speakers

Pioneer Event

The 14th Annual NASW Social Work Pioneer Program and Luncheon was held October 27, 2018 at the Woman's National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C. The 2018 theme is "Changes and Challenges: Reports From The Field Of Social Work." Stay tuned for the 2019 Annual Pioneer Event date and program details!