Jan 23, 2019
Annual Meeting
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Location: 1 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 8005 | Chicago, 60604
LCFS Annual Gathering of Stakeholders
  How do we stop the cycle and help create a better future for youth?

Join LCFS at our Annual Meeting and learn how our innovative Regenerations program is helping to do just that.

While not a complete solution, the program is the current leading model for working with youth in both the foster care and juvenile justice system. You'll gain insight into how communities can work together to support these youth and help them to reach their full potential.


LCFS Annual Meeting

  • Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Location:  DePaul Center  |  8th Floor Conference Center  |  1 E. Jackson Blvd., Ste 8005  |  Chicago
  • A complimentary lunch will be provided.
  • There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited.


  • Keynote Presentation: Michelle Mbekeani, Policy Advisor-Juvenile Justice, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Regenerations Presentation: Mike Bertrand, LCFS President and CEO will share learnings from LCFS’ 11 years of serving multi-system involved youth
  • Special Guest Speakers: Former Regenerations Youth and Family
  • Advocacy Award Recognition

Keynote Speaker:

Michelle Mbekeani, Policy Advisor-Juvenile Justice, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office

Michelle Mbekeani is a Policy Advisor for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. There she focuses on juvenile justice policy and reform. Prior to that, Michelle was the Community Justice Staff Attorney at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. There she focused on police reform within schools and policy reform in the area of mental health, voting rights, criminal and juvenile justice.

Michelle received her law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was awarded the Tony Patino Fellowship. Michelle started her legal career in the Civil Rights Team of Equip for Equality. There she provided legal assistance to individuals living with disabilities in Illinois state prisons and Institutions of Mental Diseases.

Michelle earned her B.A. from Stony Brook University in German Language and Literature, Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. As a former Émigré Memorial German Fellow, she worked for Germany’s State Parliament in the Department of Education and Integration advocating for primary/secondary language assistance programs for immigrant children in Germany.

This year Michelle was awarded Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 for her work in law and policy. In 2017, Michelle was awarded Crain’s Chicago Business 20 in their 20's award. Michelle was elected as Township Trustee in Oak Park, Illinois in May of 2017. Michelle’s writing has been published in Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Reporter, and Oak Park’s Wednesday Journal. She has been featured for her work on CBS News, WBEZ, WTTW, the Atlantic Magazine, Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune.  
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