Workshops & Speaking Engagements

When I think of my philosophy as a facilitator or presenter, I immediately think of popular education and social change which is characterized by the following:

  1. a mutual relationship between facilitator and participants
  2. participants’ experiences, needs and concerns are the starting point
  3. [1]acknowledgement that the community is the source of knowledge. 

I believe my role as a facilitator is to:

  • Create a learning environment where individuals feel comfortable and empowered to question, challenge, reflect, and participate fully in meaning-making.
  • Ask the right questions that help individuals solve the problems facing their community and/or organization.

In other words, I’M NOT THE EXPERT, YOU ARE! When presenting, I certainly offer new ideas and new information about a topic that the group had not heard before, but I do so with the humility of an invited guest that respects a community’s expertise of its own needs and issues.

I’ve been asked to speak on many topics. Some topics are general in nature, like nonprofit board governance, while others speak to my interest and commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice. I’ve also presented workshops and keynote addresses specific to my personal experiences as a survivor of abuse working within the field of domestic violence and sexual assault. Specific topics include board development, engagement, recruitment, and performance; being an adult survivor of childhood abuse; trauma-informed services; cultural humility; forming successful multidisciplinary community collaboratives; culture, inclusion and microaggressions in our work; and, the importance of listening sessions to best serve a nonprofit’s constituency.

Here is a short list of many keynotes and workshops I’ve presented. I always tailor my presentations to the audience and, when possible, I survey participants ahead of time to assess their interest in and experience about the topic. This allows me to adjust the presentation to fit the group’s skill level and interests.

  • Phases of Disaster Management & Considerations for Leaders
  • Increasing Your Nonprofit’s Board Performance
  • Nonprofit Board Basics
  • Nonprofit Board Governance and Development
  • Supporting Survivors in DV Settings Who Are Living with the Diagnosis of a Serious Mental Illness
  • One Adult’s Perspective on Her Childhood Experience with Trauma
  • Keynote address: Social Worker: A Catalyst for Social Change. Social Work: A Profession to be Proud Of
  • If not us, who? Community Efforts to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
  • Utilizing Popular Education for Social Change to Explore Oppression and its Impact on Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence
  • The Power of Privilege…Honest Conversations About White Privilege and How it Impacts the Movement to End Intimate Partner Violence

[1] Hamilton, Edwin and Phyllis M. Cunningham (1989). Community-Based Adult Education. In Sharon B. Merriam and Phyllis M. Cunningham (Eds.), Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education (pp. 439-450). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

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