Past Conferences

2017 Conference of Champions

Our 2017 Conference of Champions, held in Phoenix, brought together hundreds of volunteers and constituents to ignite even more passion for our purpose. We recognized achievements made in health care reform, fundraising events and other special initiatives – altogether raising more money for research and resources. We also spotlighted local efforts that achieved additional breakthroughs via the Arthritis Support Network and other hometown initiatives. Distinguished guests included Marc Boutin, NHC CEO, who inspired us to unite patients and health care experts for better outcomes; “American Ninja Warrior” host and “The New Celebrity Apprentice” winner, Matt Iseman, who raised nearly $1 million for the Arthritis Foundation as a contestant; singer/actress Ana Villafañe, about her journey with arthritis since childhood; and classical pianist Byron Janis, who has fought arthritis and given back to our community for 90 years. Learn more.

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2016 Conference of Champions

Last year's Conference of Champions in Denver drew more than 400 participants who got fired up about our important work through dynamic speakers, networking opportunities, inspiring stories and informative sessions and workshops. We also celebrated the year's many successes and honored key volunteers for their exceptional service. Special guests included comedian and TV host Matt Iseman, three-time Super Bowl champion and NFL analyst Mark Schlereth, improvisational trainer Eric Farone and Denver radio personality Murphy Huston. Learn more.

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2015 Annual Meeting

At our 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, we celebrated the year’s accomplishments, reviewed focused efforts around our core mission pillars and shared our vision for 2016. Jason Saul of Mission Measurement spoke about the importance of translating mission activities to outcomes, and Capt. Mark Kelly, space shuttle commander, urged attendees to remember the power of the human spirit to overcome challenges and keep going. Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman, our Evening of Honors paid tribute to the year’s top volunteers. Learn more.