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Keynote: Getting Back to Hope: A Journey of Resilience and Courage

Nelson Mandela once said that “being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.” For many of us, the dark moments of recent months has pushed optimism into the distance. Clearly, finding a path forward is difficult when there is so much fear and uncertainty. But we must.

Getting Back to Hope: A Journey of Resilience and Courage provides a road map for reclaiming optimism and hopefulness. Speaker Elizabeth Skidmore will outline strategies needed to push forward,  strengthen personal resilience and value the lessons learned from adversity.  

Elizabeth is the CEO of Skidmore and Company, a national consulting and training firm that proivdes management, workfoce and leadership consulation, technical support and professional development services to corporate, nonprofit and government organization across the United States and Canada.

Prior to forming her own corporation, Ms. Skidmore served as the Executive Director of the Child Welfare Institute and as the Director of Leadership Programs with the Child Welfare League of America. In these roles, Ms. Skidmore provided consultation and training in leadership development, strategic planning, child welfare, juvenile justice, retention, DISC assessment, supervision and management, performance based contracting, business strategies, system redesign, mergers and alliances, marketing/branding and board development to hundreds of nonprofit agencies, corporations and government agencies.



Elizabeth Skidmore