Introducing our ReFrame 2024 Keynote Speakers

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Join us online or in Detroit, Michigan this fall for their sessions!

ReFrame Conference 2024 will be held at the Westin Southfield in Detroit, MI from November 13th-15th and will explore how we can build resilient organizations for resilient communities. We're excited to introduce two of our keynote speakers, Chris Lambert and Carlos Martín.

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Thursday, November 14th at 9am | Dr. Chris Lambert, Life Remodeled

Dr. Chris Lambert is the founder and CEO of Life Remodeled, award-winning author of Next Level Nonprofit, and founder of the Next Level Nonprofit organizational operating system. It’s not the career trajectory Chris envisioned when he studied marketing at Indiana University, planned for law school, or dreamed of a lucrative career as a real estate developer. But a new call took shape after a spiritual awakening during his junior year of college, and Chris went on to earn his MDiv and doctorate in preaching from Fuller and Gordon-Conwell seminaries, respectively. Moving to Liberia, Chris and his wife helped a village mobilize support to drill a well, acquire farm animals, and construct their very first school building. Upon returning to the U.S., Chris founded a church called Ekklesia. In 2010 he launched Life Remodeled, which repurposes vacant school buildings into one-stop hubs of opportunity and helps create neighborhood revitalization that lasts.

From recognition on the TEDx stage to lists like Crain’s 40 Under 40, Building Design + Construction 40 Under 40, and SMART BUSINESS Dealmaker of the Year, Chris’s reputation precedes him. But it’s the journey ahead—and the people who are helping to lead the way—that excites him most.

Chris's keynote presentation will delve into nonprofit capacity building strategies for preservation and repair organizations.

Thursday, November 14th at 12pm | Carlos Martín, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

Carlos Martín is Director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies. He has over 25 years of scholarly and policy experience on the physical quality of homes, with a focus on housing adaptation to climate change, housing decarbonization, disaster mitigation and recovery, substandard housing, and the homebuilding and remodeling industry’s technology, workforce, materials, and regulation. Carlos came to Harvard from the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. Previously, he was an assistant staff vice president at the National Association of Home Builders, SRP professor for energy and the environment at Arizona State University, and coordinator for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing. Carlos serves on several National Academies committees and boards including the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, has served on advisory boards for HUD, EPA, and FEMA, and is currently a board member or advisor to the National Housing Trust, Elevate, ACEEE, Climate Resolve, McKnight Foundation, and Resources for the Future. Carlos received his BSAD in architecture from MIT and his MEng and PhD degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford.

Carlos's keynote presentation will share results of national research recently conducted on home repair needs, challenges, and opportunities.


Stay tuned for additional details on this year's schedule and sessions, coming soon!