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Why I Attend

bing chang

“As board chair, I encourage you to join us in Phoenix to share insights and ideas face to face. You’ll be re-energized by the impact of our work on so many lives, making these two days incredibly stimulating and rewarding.”
Rowland W. (Bing) Chang, MD, MPH, Chicago, Arthritis Foundation Board of Directors Chair

julie butscher

“I wouldn’t miss this conference for anything. What I learn, how inspired I get, the people I get to talk from across the country – it rejuvenates me and makes me even more thrilled to be part of this wonderful organization.”
Julie Butscher, Denver, Colorado/Wyoming Fundraising Chair

kelby peachey

“Understanding the big picture organizational goals, and the progress we are making towards achieving them, helps me do the best job I can do as an Arthritis Foundation volunteer back home.”
Kelby Peachey, Boston, Walk to Cure Arthritis Chair

colleen ryan

“The Conference of Champions is where I get to reconnect, in person, with folks who are committed to doing the same as me: forging the best path forward to cure arthritis.”
Colleen Ryan, Orange County California, 2016 Charles B. Harding Award Recipient

tony bihl

“For me, the Conference of Champions is about spending time with highly motivated and inspiring people, who give me new ideas and new motivation for the important activities of our local leadership board.”
Tony Bihl, Leadership Board Chair, Raleigh, NC

kelli schandel

“I enjoy attending the Conference of Champions because it is an opportunity to connect with volunteers and staff from across the country, all of whom are committed to finding a cure for arthritis. I love meeting people that are as passionate as me about this organization!”
Kelli Schandel, Leadership Board Chair, Colorado/Wyoming

Why You Should Attend

Here are some highlights from the survey of 2016 Conference of Champions participants.


45% of last year's attendees came for the first time, deepening the Arthritis Foundation's reach and expanding our volunteer footprint.


76% of attendees networked with volunteers from other markets, citing this as an invaluable benefit of the conference.


90% of attendees were motivated by the scientific contributions the Arthritis Foundation has helped fund and the vision of where we are headed.


92% of attendees were inspired by the outstanding contributions our volunteers shared during the Evening of Honors, hosted by Matt Iseman.