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Inspiring Positive Change

Change Makers Conference

Conference Details

March 6, 2022

Join us for brunch, breakouts, and keynotes!

Be inspired by people who are change-makers to find your own purpose in creating positive change.

WHEN | Sunday, March 6, 2022
TIME | 9:30am (doors open) Conference 10am – 4pm
WHERE | Trabant University Center At University of Delaware

Keynote Speakers

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Since bringing home the Gold and Silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Laurie has gone on to win the coveted Mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars Season 23 and wrote her first book titled I Got This: To Gold and Beyond published in 2017, hitting the New York Times Best Sellers list. In 2018, she released a children’s picture book She’s Got This with Harper Collins Children’s Books, also a NYT Best Seller, while serving as a Literacy Champion to promote readership as a path to leadership; and Mattel created a Laurie Hernandez “Shero” Barbie to honor her.

She is a second generation American, as her grandparents are from Puerto Rico, making her the first U.S. born Latina to make the U.S. team since 1984. Laurie is currently the Gymnastics analyst for Peacock and the Olympic Channel for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

When not in the gym, Laurie enjoys spending time with her family. Acting is one of her biggest passions and she has done cameos, voiceovers, and co-hosted American Ninja Warrior Junior, and plans to pursue an acting/screenwriting degree. She travels the country speaking to the next generation about following your dreams. She is also a fierce advocate for the importance of Mental Health and has partnered with multiple campaigns and initiatives to encourage awareness.

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Becoming a Champion for Inclusion

Athlete Ally Founder and Executive Director Hudson Taylor shares his personal journey as a college wrestler who wanted to make a difference in his sport, and ended up launching a national nonprofit dedicated to LGBTQI+ inclusion in and through sports.

Hudson Taylor was a rare breed of division one wrestler and thespian. As a three-time All-American wrestler at the University of Maryland, he was ranked 2nd in the country heading into his senior season. He was, in addition, a theatre major, and the two worlds couldn’t have been more different on the topic of LGBTQ respect and inclusion. In theatre, Hudson had friends and classmates coming out and being accepted and welcomed. But on the wrestling mat, homophobic and sexist rhetoric and actions were rampant.

To stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and confront the marginalization of LGBTQ people in sport, he decided to wear an LGBTQ equality sticker on his headgear. Though he encountered criticism from his teammates, he received national media attention and thousands of emails from parents and closeted athletes encouraged by his advocacy. That got Hudson thinking… if he could achieve that impact as a wrestler, in a sport that isn’t the most popular, what if he had been a football player, a team, or an entire league. This experience inspired Hudson to launch Athlete Ally.

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Change the Narrative and You Change the World

The founder of Girls on the Run and a globally recognized role model for positive change, Molly Barker motivates audiences to embrace their individual strengths, ask the hard questions of themselves, and realize their potential to change the world.

An accomplished athlete and social entrepreneur, Molly encourages others to run-toward hope, passion and self-discovery to solve problems and overcome adversity. With a background in social work, counseling and teaching, she is the founder of two rapidly growing nonprofit organizations. Since 1996, Girls on the Run has helped more than one million girls across the country unleash their potential, and since 2014, The Red Boot Way has worked to address the polarization in America, by teaching a specific communication methodology designed to create spaces where people can be seen, heard and loved.

Molly is a gifted story teller who shares the gritty, real and honest life-lessons from her own personal journey of self-discovery, inspiring you to recognize the power of one person to make a significant difference. Authentic, candid and relatable on stage, she leaves audiences with a deeper awareness of the world, as well as creative strategies for channeling passions into innovative solutions for your team, organization or community.

Breakout sessions

Movement Building

Hudson Taylor

Athlete Ally Founder and Executive Director Hudson Taylor leads students in an interactive session on tips and techniques for student organizing, activism and creating change that will leave participants energized and equipped to take action on their campuses and in their communities.

    Leading From Within

    Lavar Thomas

    Leading from Within is about understanding your internal power to create external impact. There are times as leaders when our inner negative conversation takes over and lead us to overfocus on our setbacks instead of our value. The art of leading from within requires leaning into one’s purpose, disrupting self-limiting beliefs, and effectively serving others. By attending this workshop, participants will learn how to create change through their vision, values, and area of gifting.

      The 4 steps to becoming a successful change maker

      Jason Aviles

      During this session we will dive deep into the 4 critical steps to becoming a successful change agent.

        How to be a MUVA

        Jose Lanzona and Sophia Crisomia

        Step into the Houses of Harlem in the 1980s and the ballrooms of a subculture. Learn more about “MUVAs” (mother-figure) as leaders in the Houses that welcomed the LGBTQIA+ community through allyship, advocacy, and co-conspiracy. How can you become a ‘MUVA’ by supporting the cause(s) that you care most about?

          YOUth Can Do It

          Sierra Ryan Wallick & Jonté Desiré

          Don’t let anyone tell you you are too young to make change. Learn from these two UD students who have each started their own non-profit (and one started a for-profit social venture too!), how you can implement change around a cause about which you are passionate. Leave this session understanding the steps to launch your own non-profit or for-profit social venture.

            Break, Build, & Succeed: Habits for Personal Change

            Julie Millisky

            Based on the #1 New York Time bestselling book, Atomic Habits, this session will examine participants’ everyday habits and how it impacts their capacity for personal change. Participants will identify positive and negative habits in their routine and learn practical strategies to build, break, and reflect upon the small habits that make monumental impacts in our lives.

            Your Daily CORE™. Workout: Leadership Capacity Building

            Tony Middlebrooks

            What do leaders have that propels their success, even when the path ahead is unclear? They draw from a supply of experiences and mental habits—their leadership capacity. And, that capacity starts with building a solid CORE™—your foundation of Confidence, Optimism, Resilience, and Engagement. Now is the time for you to commit to developing your leadership capacity for positive impact. Prepare now to wrestle with unknown future challenges, and emerge healthier, happier, and leading others to success. Get yourself to this workshop, and learn how to build your Confidence, Optimism, Resilience, and Engagement—your leadership CORE™.

              The Journey to Becoming a Change Maker

              Angela Seguin

              S.O.S. provides 24/7 crisis intervention and victim advocacy to the UD community, as well as prevention programs and advocacy regarding victims’ rights and public policy. Advocates are “change makers” for individuals in crisis and for the broader community. Meet a panel of SOS victim advocates at various points in their educational or professional journeys, including a brand new advocate, in the group a year or two, and a long-term member who is now a professional in the field of victim advocacy in Delaware. They will talk about what fuels their work as change makers, the rewards of stepping out of their comfort zone, how and why they found their purpose in volunteering with SOS, and how they plan to fuse their SOS experience into future career or life goals. Learn how you too can channel your passion for change into a life path.

                Activating Artivism for Social Change

                Felicia Henry

                Throughout the decades, art has been used as a revolutionary tool. It has found its place in social movements because of the ability of art to challenge the status quo and reinvent “normal”. When art and activism are combined, and artivism is produced, it often brings about change that would not have taken place otherwise. Activating Artivism for Social Change will facilitate a space where an artivist shows the importance of bringing art as activism into the conversation around dismantling mass criminalization and demonstrate practical ways art can be used to reclaim and reshape the narratives. Workshop will be interactive.

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                Pricing & Registration

                Register today! Find your own purpose in creating positive change and walk away with your very own action plan.

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                Full Schedule

                9:30 – 10:00

                Check-in or on-site registration

                10:00 – 10:15

                Conference Welcome

                10:15 – 11:15

                Opening Keynote: Hudson Taylor

                11:15 – 11:55


                12:00 – 12:40

                Breakout Sessions 1

                12:45 – 1:30

                Afternoon Keynote: Molly Barker


                Breakout Sessions 2

                2:15 – 2:30

                Dessert and coffee break

                2:30 – 3:15

                Closing Keynote: Laurie Hernandez

                3:15 – 3:30

                Conference Wrap-Up: Call to Action

                3:30 – 4:00

                VIP Sponsor Meet and Greet with Laurie Hernandez

                Our Sponsors

                Diamond ($10,000 or more)

                Blue Hen Leadership Program
                University Student Centers

                Platinum ($3000 – $9,999)

                Department of Intercollegiate Athletics & Recreation Services
                Office of Institutional Equity
                Office of the Vice Provost Equity
                Student Diversity & Inclusion

                Silver ($500-$999)

                Center for the Study and Prevention of Gender-Based Violence

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