Alumni & Professionals

We are excited to connect our foster care alumni and assist in building your businesses! We also welcome child welfare professionals and others interested in connecting with foster care alumni to attend and network.

For Foster Care Alumni the information and resources that will be shared will allow you to build and expand your brand, network and professional acumen whether you are starting an organization or working within one.

For child welfare professionals and other professionals the information shared will provide greater insight into how to creatively use existing resources and collaborations to overcome barriers to working with and serving young adults in and from foster care.

ALUMNI JUNE 15TH MORNING SESSIONS

 

Morning Panel

Panelists

9:45AM-10:45AM

What is a Brand and how do you build it?

This Panel Discussion will cover different ways to begin or continue building your personal and professional brand. Attendees will learn:

  • What a brand really is

  • What to avoid as you create/build your brand

  • How to promote yourself and your business by promoting your brand through Storytelling  

  • The importance of a logo, website and marketing materials and templates/software you can use to make it look like you’ve been in business for years, even if you just started.

  • How to use your foster care history to propel you forward

  • How to determine what you want to offer the world through your brand

 

The Ins and Outs of Legislative Advocacy

Ruth Anne White, National Center for Housing and Child Welfare
11AM-12:30PM

Developing a Business that Manifests Your Passion and Purpose

Aileen Cunningham, Author/ Entrepreneur/Alumni
11AM-12:30PM

Exercising Self Care through Vision Boarding

Rachel Dolcine, Author/Nonprofit Executive/Entrepreneur/Alumni
11AM-12:30PM

ALUMNI JUNE 16TH AFTERNOON SESSION

 

Afternoon Panel: Making Your Idea Profitable

Panelists

1:30PM-2:30PM

This Panel Discussion will cover different ways you can bring your ideas/passions to help others to life and make a living doing it.

 

Emotional Intelligence and Servant Leadership: Are You Fit to Lead?

2:40PM-4:10PM

Building Generational Wealth: Wealth Principles You Were Never Taught


2:40PM-4:10PM

Building a Strong Tribe


Sherifah Munis, Founder and Executive Director, NewWave Foundation

2:40PM-4:10PM

Creating a strong team of staff and volunteers doesn’t happen overnight! How can we best attract, inspire, and partner with others while bringing those individuals into our inner circle? This session will show you what to look for from a hiring perspective and how to build your own thriving, authentic tribe.


PROFESSIONALS JUNE 16TH MORNING PANEL

 

Improving Foster Care Outcomes and Sharing Successes

Panelists

9:45-10:55AM

In this forum with foster care alumni professionals and other child welfare, business and community leaders will discuss suggestions for future child welfare success and share models and strategies that are working or prove to be promising.  

 

PROFESSIONALS JUNE 16TH MORNING SESSIONS

 

Legislation Affecting Young Adults in and from Foster Care

Ruth Anne White, Executive Director, Nationals Center for Housing and Child Welfare
10:55AM-12:30PM

Engaging Alumni of foster care to create an Effective Peer-to-Peer Support Network

Shalita O’Neale, Founder and CEO, Fostering Change Network
10:55AM-12:30PM

Establishing Supportive Programming for Foster Youth Pursuing Higher Education

Brian Watkins, Director of Fostering Terp Success, University of Maryland College Park
10:55AM - 12:30PM