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“Some change is just about being brave enough to get out of the box.”

June 24th - Day One

"Truth is the essence of healing"
Lissa Jones, Educator and and Host of Urban Agenda on KMOJ FM

Ms. Jones passion and love for people is contagious. She engages her audiences with her energy and talent as a public speaker and radio host. Ms. Jones shines light on issues of disparity, race, poverty, privilege and oppression. 

Morning Workshops


  • W. Curtis Marshall, Public Health Educator/Consultant with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health  “Connecting Domestic Violence and Public Health”

  • Sharen Southard and Robert Tesch-Stevson, MCORP Supervised Release Officers “Going Home…Staying Home”

  • Tina M. Jackson, M.Ed. Faculty member at Minneapolis Community & Technical College  “Surviving The Game”

Afternoon Workshops


  • LaRone Greer, Director of Project Imani “Real Talk in Dealing with Young Black Males & Black Pain”

  • Sam Simmons ADC, Behavioral Consultant and Conference Organizer “Seeing Beyond the Baby Daddy”


"Why focus on healing as a way to empower the Community?"
Samuel Simmons, Jr., LADC, Behavioral Consultant and Conference Organizer

June 25th - Day Two

“Conscious Communication”
Sulaiman Nuriddin, M.Ed.,
Men's Intervention Program Manager

Sulaiman Nuriddin works intensively with the Men Stopping Violence in DeKalb County (Georgia) court system, intervening with men who have been arrested for domestic violence. He has been instrumental in planning effective interventions with men of color who batter. 



  • Lee Buckley, Community ReEntry Coordinator with the MN Department of Corrections

    “Innovative Collaborative Strategies in Reentry”

  • Guy Bowling, FATHER Project Manager “The Citizen Father Project: Changing the Image of Manhood and Fatherhood in the Urban Community and Beyond”

  • Phillip Gray, Community Liaison, Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative Community “Juvenile Justice Reform Hennepin County”

“Church is all you really need…addressing domestic violence”

Minster James Muhammad, Consultant, Spiritual Leader and Conference Organizer

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."  Audrey Lorde

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