In the fall of 2012, on a plane to a California Library Association Conference, the idea of Serving with a Purpose was born!  Discussions continued that winter between Helen McAlary, Shawn Thrasher and Robin Hoklotubbe to organize a conference designed exclusively for library advocates and board members and the staff that support them.  Our mission was to provide relevant training, resources and inspiration to the board members of Friends of the Library, Foundations and Library Trustees and Commissioners. We also wanted to make sure that the conference would be fun too!
On May 22, 2013, the first Serving with a Purpose Conference was held at the Ontario Convention Center. 170 registered attendees joined us representing 45 libraries. Fast forward to May 23, 2019, the conference sold out months in advance.  250 attendees representing 63 libraries attended.


Jené Brown (Los Angeles Public Library, Principal Librarian and President Elect, CLA)
Erin Christmas (Riverside Public Library Director)
Robin Hoklotubbe (Friends of the Corona Public Library and past CPLA President)
Charles Hughes (Signal Hill City Librarian)
Ady Huertas (San Diego Public Library)

Ashley Kagan (Los Angeles Public Library)
Helen McAlary (City of Ontario and past CLA President)
Michelle Perera (Pasadena Library Director and past CLA President)
Kate Pretorius (A.K. Smiley Library (Redlands) Trustee)
Shawn Thrasher (City of Ontario Library Director)
Toni Tomol (Friends of the Yorba Linda Library)