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  47th National Convention 

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About the Event

Date and Location

September 19 – September 21, 2024

Embassy Suites Downtown

555 S 10th Street, Omaha, NE  68102, USA

Omaha Tour 8:30am 
Convention Kick-off 3:00pm
Keynote Speaker 4:30pm
  9:00am First Speaker
5:30pm Reception 
6:30pm Dinner & Entertainment
  9:00am Business Meeting
5:00pm Mass and Board Ceremony Reception and Dinner to Follow

Convention Quick Agenda

Three full days are planned for you- Thursday through Saturday… a convention, both sophisticated and fun. The following agenda is a draft and subject to change. National Christ Child Convention Sept. 19-21, 2024 Wednesday Night: 8:30-9:30pm. Welcome! Open Bar Reception The Omaha Tour! 8:30-2pm (Thursday only) Check out Layette Land! Meet your Chapter Liaison Motivational Speaker: Fr. Gregory Boyle, Founder of HomeBoys and HomeGirls Industries. Recipient of the Laetere Medal, for outstanding service to the Catholic Church. Breakout sessions Thursday and Friday will include Lots of Networking, Smart Money Tips, Technology Talks, Buying Talks on layettes, literacy and more Bernina Day. Step right up and sew a blanket or two! Planning: How Giving is Going to Change and What We Need to Know. Mark Weber, J.D., C.A.P., Author, Speaker Spotlight on some Amazing Christ Child Programs Red Wagon Award Canonization Update Filling your Bucket: Everyone will take the Gallup Strengthsfinders Test. Learn how your strengths will help build our chapters and avoid disengagement. Gallup Master Coach Cathy DeWeese Exciting New Way to Set and Achieve Goals: The Backwards Pass Technique Christ Child Member, General Motors Executive-retired, Wall St. Journal Achievement award winner Dr. Mary Beth Stanek Raffle Dueling Pianos Business meeting Christ Child Store Lessons Learned on Succession and Leadership based on Hundreds of Interviews with Nonprofit Leaders Christ Child Pasadena Member/National Podcaster Heidi Johnson* *Back by popular demand! Christ Child 2030: Let’s Think Ahead: A Talk with a Show & Tell.Needs in the U.S. are changing. Christ Child can make a difference. Membership Panel Membership Award Christ Child Member, Award-winning Storyteller and Author Mary Lea Carroll helps us see the opportunities right in front of us. Mass & Installation of Board Members Celebrated by The Reverend Ralph O’Donnell Reception & Dinner Computer Giveaway Mary Virginia Merrick Award

Convention Speakers

Rise & Shine Speakers are going to motivate and energize registrants from the very start! THURSDAY: Fr. Gregory Boyle Meet one of the most popular motivational speakers in the country, Fr. Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries. Fr. Boyle has a knack for empowering and lifting up everyone he meets. He understands the complexity of the challenges people are facing and has helped thousands break free from a cycle of violence and despair. Recipient of both the National Medal of Freedom and the Laetare Medal for outstanding service to the Catholic Church, Fr. Boyle’s insights are sure to ignite our hearts and minds, inspiring the work we do to serve children and families in need. FRIDAY: Coffee talk with Mark Weber Did you know that 70 percent of inherited money gets squandered, causes family feuding and litigation, or is used in a way that didn’t align with the giver’s wishes? Inspired by an encounter with Warren Buffett, author, speaker, lecturer Mark Weber will share valuable insights so that your money will transfer efficiently and effectively, whether you have one dollar or a million of them. Mark will not only help you on an individual level but he will also share information about important giving/philanthropic trends and get you thinking about the fundraising that goes on in your chapter. FRIDAY: Cathy DeWeese/Gallup Who coaches a coach? Cathy DeWeese does. A master coach at Gallup Headquarters in Omaha, Cathy works with leaders around the world to maximize strengths, build up teams, break down disengagement, and plan for succession. You will get your own Gallup Strengthsfinders 2.0 test when you arrive and we encourage you to complete it before her talk. Cathy will then apply her 30+ years of experience to help you understand how we can leverage your strengths to achieve goals and make an even greater difference in the lives of those we serve. FRIDAY: Dr. Mary Beth Stanek Phoenix Christ Child member Dr. Mary Beth Stanek knows a few things about achieving goals. She was a high level executive at General Motors. Today, she introduces us to “The Backwards Pass Technique.” Studies find that backward planning is more effective than forward planning. So, how do we do this? How fortunate are we to be led by someone who is a Wall Street Journal Achievement Award winner. With her guidance, you’ll begin to break down your chapter’s dreams, goals and needs into do-able, bite-sized steps that will help you accomplish your plans. SATURDAY: Heidi Johnson Back by popular demand, we welcome entrepreneur and Christ Child Pasadena member, Heidi Johnson, founder of the inspirational podcast, “Charity Matters.” Heidi helped launch the Spiritual Care Guild at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles to provide chaplains of all faiths. It is now the template for pediatric chaplaincy in our country. Heidi’s passion for helping others started in a most painful way but her tragedy now fuels numerous efforts to do good and lift up others. Through her podcast, she has gotten to know hundreds of nonprofit founders, their journeys and their lessons on motivation, leadership, and succession. A dynamic speaker, Heidi will share her wisdom, expertise, and inspiring stories to help us appreciate the profound impact we can have when we act on a need that we see. SATURDAY: Mary Lea Carroll We close the convention with the wisdom and humor of author, Mary Lea Carroll, a member of Christ Child Pasadena and an award-winning storyteller/writer whose work has made the “People Magazine” pick list. She joins us just as her new book hits the stands, “Across the Street, Around the Corner-The Road Home.” Mary Lea looks forward to helping us see the opportunities right in front of us that will lift up and strengthen our chapters and our communities. A long-time Christ Child member, she reminds us of the difference we are making and her talk is sure to invigorate us with new passion and purpose.

 Travelers attending 2024 National Christ Child

Convention can take advantage of qualifying

discounted fares to/from Omaha (OMA) with Southwest Airlines.

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Each registrant must complete a separate registration form.

Saturday evening events only must also fill out a separate form.
Hotel costs are not included in the registration fees.


Mail Registration 

If you wish to mail registration and payment, click here to download registration PDF. 

Online Registration 

Online registration with payment is below.


Credit card fees will be applied.

Hotel Registration Link

Please note all registrants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations with the Embassy Suites Downtown Omaha.

Hotel costs are not included in the registration fees.

Use the NCCS Room Block for a special rate of $155 + tax (Wed-Sat) for a single room and $165 + tax for (Thurs-Sat) for a triple room.

The rates will be available until August 19, 2024, or until group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

We’d love to see you at our 2024 convention in Omaha...
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