Motivational speaker Linda Edgecombe is the keynote presenter for “Through Her Eyes” 13th Annual Girls Conference, presented by the Center for Human Development, in partnership with Cambridge College, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St.
The human service conference is designated for a variety of professionals, including social service providers and community leaders, who work with at-risk girls and women. This year’s theme, “Through Her Eyes, She Sees YOU,” addresses “the stress and trauma associated with working” with such a population, as well as addressing strategies for trauma, clients aging out of foster care and maternal mental health.
Edgecombe’s morning presentation, “Moving From Distraction and Overwhelm to Engagement and Resilience,” is described as one in which she “will weave her humorous stories and research into an interactive presentation with tons of aha moments and take-a-ways.”
Last year’s conference focused on sexual exploitation and featured Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, and Brenda Myers-Powell, co-founder of an organization that works to prevent human trafficking, as speakers.
A graduate of the University of Alberta, Canada, Edgecombe is known as a “re-invention strategist, motivational coach and engagement expert.” She is author of a number of books including “Breaking Busy – Finding Peace in the Chaos.”
In 2016, she was named Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Philanthropist of the Year.
The conference’s 16 workshops include “Meditation, Breath Work and Chair Yoga,” presented by Deborah Merriam of Cambridge College; “#Cutting: Addressing the Problem of Self-Injury on Social Media,” presented by a panel of physicians; and “Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth in Your Agency,” presented by James Shultis of GLSEN.
One of the afternoon workshops, “All God’s People: Inclusion and Spiritual Services for Persons with Disabilities,” features a panel moderated by Elms College professor Martin J. Pion, with presenters including Sister of St. Joseph Joan Magnani of Jericho: The Bureau for Exceptional Children and Adults; Deacon Susan Lindberg Haley of the New England Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Bethany Young of Springfield Jewish Community Center; David Drake of White Oak School, Westfield; and Dr. M. Saleem Bajwa of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts.
For more information on cost or to register, please go to chd.org/throughhereyes
Story originally appeared on masslive.com on September 5, 2017 at http://www.masslive.com/living/index.ssf/2017/09/through_her_eyes_conference_features_motivational_speaker.html