2017 Conference Plenary Speakers

Wednesday May 17th
9:15am – 10:15am
Opening plenary

Trauma Work and Social Change: Making the Connection”
by Lynn Rosenthal

Lynn was appointed by President Obama and Vice President Biden as the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women. Since then, Lynn has been diligently working to “end gender-based violence by helping schools, government agencies, and service providers work to end the conditions that allow violence to happen.” To learn more about Lynn Rosenthal please visit her website

Lynn will also be providing a workshop on “From Services to Activism: What’s My Plan?” from 1:30pm – 3:00pm on Wednesday afternoon.


Wednesday May 17th
12:30pm – 1:00pm
Lunch plenary

We are happy to announce that NC Attorney General Josh Stein will be providing us with a lunch plenary!  Lunch will be provided.


Thursday May 18th
1:45pm – 4:45pm
Just Beginnings Collaborative panel

To end our conference we will hear from four Just Beginnings Collaborative fellows on their strategies, vision and innovative work to end child sexual abuse.

About the Just Beginnings Collaborative:

“We believe that ending child sexual abuse is possible.  To end child sexual abuse we need a broad-based movement and it begins with a core group of strategically aligned individuals, organizations and funders working together. The Just Beginnings Collaborative is that core- the seed from which this movement is taking root and growing.
The Just Beginnings Collaborative is a movement building platform designed to initiate, cultivate and fund strategic efforts to end child sexual abuse. Our work is grounded in the practice of leaders, organizations and funders working together to build a vibrant, sustainable movement.”

The fellows we will be hearing from include:

Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Love With Accountability

Ignacio G. Rivera, The HEAL Project

Tashmica Torok, The Firecracker Foundation

Strong Oak Lefebvre, Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition

Facilitated by Luz Marquez Benbow