2018 Senior Management Conference Details
KEYNOTE SPEAKER Shenandoah Chefalo: Leading a Trauma Informed Workplace
OPENING KEYNOTE: Leading a Trauma Informed Workplace
Research informs that trauma can have a significant, life-long impact when it is not mitigated. This presentation will translate evidenced-based research on trauma/adversity into skills that can be used immediately to mitigate the negative impacts of trauma. This presentation will provide actual tools for addressing client trauma, staff trauma, team trauma, and a reflection of your own lens. The session will incorporate lecture, video, small group activities, and self-reflection.
A survivor and alumni of the foster care system, Shenandoah Chefalo is a graduate of Michigan State University, holding a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science, a Core Essentials graduate from Coach U, and a member of the Foster Leaders Movement. She is the co-founder of Good Harbor Institute and the grassroots movement #4600andcounting. In addition to her most recent book, Garbage Bag Suitcase, she also wrote an e-book entitled Setting Your Vision and Defining Your Goals and is working on her next manuscript, Hiking for Stillness: Healing Trauma One Step at a Time. She is a sought-after speaker, consultant, and trainer on topics surrounding youth in foster care and has been featured as a guest locally, nationally, and internationally.
CLOSING KEYNOTE Rhonda Sciortino: The ROI of Investing in Kids
CLOSING KEYNOTE: The ROI of Investing in Kids
The risks, secondary trauma, and personal sacrifices involved in caring for traumatized children and dysfunctional families exact a deep toll on the good people who have dedicated their lives to this work. It is easy to lose sight of the return on investments of time and emotional capital. In this presentation, foster alumna and successful businesswoman Rhonda Sciortino tells of the ROI of investing in kids. Her life experiences as a foster child and as a national child welfare risk manager, as well as those of the many successful survivors of trauma that she interviewed on her radio show and for her book, Successful Survivors, demonstrate an immeasurable return. Having studied for decades the ways kids and caregivers get injured or killed in out-of-home placement, Sciortino will address the risks and realities head on, while providing powerful insight regarding the one thing that all successful survivors of abuse have in common.
Rhonda Sciortino, author of Succeed Because of What You’ve Been Through, Successful Survivors—The 8 Character Traits of Survivors, How to Get to Awesome, and four others, was abandoned at the age of 6 months, raised by a mentally ill man and an alcoholic woman in a bizarre, abusive childhood. Sciortino used the coping skills from her childhood survival to start her own retail and wholesale insurance organizations that were dedicated solely to protecting people and organizations that help traumatized children and dysfunctional families. Through her writing, teaching, speaking, and media appearances, she shares how others can mine the lessons out of adversity and use them to their advantage. Sciortino is chairperson for Successful Survivors Foundation, national champion of the Love Is Action Community Initiative, national spokesperson for Safe Families for Children, Royal Family Kids, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, and partnership liaison for National Foster Parent Association.