Samira K. Beckwith, President and CEO of Hope Hospice and Community Services, was a featured speaker at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Management and Leadership Conference April 23-25 in Washington, DC, where more than 1,600 health care leaders and experts joined to address health care reform and other issues.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was the Master of Ceremonies at the National Hospice Foundation gala, held in conjunction with the conference.

The annual gala is a philanthropic event supporting efforts to expand and improve care at the end of life.