Keynote & Workshops

Keynote Speaker for 2018

HALIMA ADEN

HALIMA ADEN photo by Fadil Berisha1

20 year-old Halima Aden took the fashion world by storm last spring. The Somali-American, born in a Kenyan refugee camp, was the first contestant to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, her Miss USA state pageant, in a hijab and burkini.

After garnering international media attention from the pageant for staying true to herself and practicing her interpretation of her Muslim faith, she was summoned to New York by fashion industry icon, Carine Roitfeld. She landed the cover of CR Fashion Book Issue 10 after her first professional photo shoot. Shortly afterwards, Halima was signed by IMG Models for worldwide representation and walked in New York and Milan Fashion Weeks for designers such as Kanye West, Alberta Ferretti, Philipp Plein and Max Mara, as well as for leading brand Modanisa at Modest Fashion Week in London. She has worked with top fashion photographers the likes of Mario Sorrenti, Inez and Vinoodh, and Sebastian Faena. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue Arabia, ALLURE, S Moda, and Grazia UK to name a few. You may have seen her in recent ad campaigns for companies like American Eagle Outfitters, Nike, and Fenty Beauty by Rihanna.

When she is not on set or on the runway, Halima has a passion for giving back. Her partnership working as an ambassador for UNICEF USA has been especially near to her heart. Additionally, she travels internationally speaking at universities and various events about the importance of inclusion and acceptance by sharing her personal story.

Conference Workshops

AVERAGE BEHAVIOR = AVERAGE RESULTS
JESSE ROSS – MR. JESSE ROSS

Anything that is given average amounts of attention will eventually subside and cease to exist. Average leadership produces average managers, which produces average employees, average income, average lifestyle, average on and on. This session will explore ways to think above average and live the way you say you want to live.

COMMUNICATING WITH PURPOSE
NERITA HUGHES – JG CONSULTING, LLC

People have a way to communicate in order to be heard. But what happens when conflict arises? How do you respond to conflict when there’s a communication breakdown? What factors need to be considered when miscommunication happens? This workshop will introduce you to a new way of solving conflict by understanding the differences of individuals. You will learn how to communicate with purpose and vigor, while still respecting the differences of individuals.

HAVING FUN WITH ICE BREAKERS
COON RAPIDS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Icebreakers are effective tools in a leaders “toolbox”. Icebreakers are designed to warm up, engage, and build community with others. Icebreakers help build, connect, and set the stage for further leadership and learning. Like any tool, mastering Icebreakers is a building block for Leadership Success. Icebreakers help shatter personal preconceptions. As much as we try not to have prejudices and be open minded, there are still internal filters and preconceived notions that unconsciously occur in our minds. Things we have seen, heard, or experienced over the years that formed our ideas and perceptions. IcebreakerS can change our preconceptions and open people up to working together and feeling more connected.

HOPE 4 YOUTH MINNESOTA
CHERI SUTCH-HALEK – COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

HOPE 4 Youth grew out of a community effort to combat youth homelessness. In November 2012, a series of news articles raised awareness of young people in Anoka County who were in need of basic resources. The stories were published during the coldest days of winter and sparked an immediate reaction from the public.

As a result, partnerships were built, donations solicited and in March 2013 HOPE 4 Youth opened our doors; becoming the first Drop-In Center for homeless and at-risk youth in the north metro suburbs.

When the doors of the Drop-In Center close, many of the youth find themselves couch-hopping or back on the streets. In response to this, we decided to expand our focus on long-term solutions to ending youth homelessness and as a result opened HOPE Place, the first transitional housing for young people ages 18-24 in the north metro suburbs, in late 2016.

HOW TO BUILD A SCHOLARSHIP KIT
EA PORTER – UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS

Scholarships are out there and you can apply! This workshop talks about how to put together a “kit” so you will be better prepared to apply for scholarships.

MICROAGGRESSIONS
FRIDLEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
LUTUNJI ABRAM (VOICES OF EFFECTIVE CHANGE)

A microaggression is a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority, as well as people of different genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, and so on.

This student led workshop will explore what microaggressions are, what they look like in the classroom, and how to navigate through them when presented.

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DO YOU REALLY KNOW THE TEACHING PROFESSION?
DR. ROSE W. CHU –
MN EDUCATION EQUITY PARTNERSHIP

Attendees will participate in a conversation related to our TeachMN2020 campaign, by understanding and elevating the teaching profession. We will share our own experiences and why consider teaching, what the barriers and challenges attendees may see moving forward, and what a career in teaching and in education could look like. We’ll also share and use a website we’re launching, “Imprint”, to capture attendee responses and thoughts.

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PHILOSOPHICAL CHAIRS
AVID TEACHERS WILL FACILITATE THIS WORKSHOP

Socrates believed that enabling students to think for themselves was more important than filling their heads with “right” answers.

Philosophical Chairs is a technique to allow students to critically think, verbally ponder and logically write their beliefs. In the Philosophical Chairs workshop, participants will seek a deeper understanding of complex ideas through rigorously thoughtful dialogue.

We invite student philosophers to use critical thinking to resolve subsequent conflicts, which arrive when presented with alternative perspectives, ideas, or contradictions to what they have previously learned or believed. “Philosophical Chairs” is a technique that allows students to critically think, verbally ponder and logically write their beliefs.

 

 

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