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5th Annual Resilience Summit

Innovating and Scaling
Community Resiliency Initiatives

Innovating and Scaling<br> Community Resiliency Initiatives

Friday, September 21, 2018
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (US CST)

Searle Conference Center, Rush University
1725 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL
(Get Directions)

Through this day of presentations, panels, and table top work, you will leave inspired by some of the greatest innovations in community resiliency building and equipped to put actionable strategies to work in your own community!

The Resilience Summit brings together faculty with real world experience to provide tools and facilitate solutions to the most pressing questions you’re grappling with in essential areas of human resilience. Our promise is that you will leave this gathering better equipped to strengthen yourself and others. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided to attendees and CE applications are pending. Questions? Email us.

Thank You Sponsors

We extend our gratitude to our gracious sponsors for making this event possible.

Rush University  Wounded Warrior Project

Scholarships Available

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, NRI is able to offer a limited number of scholarships for the in-person and webcast conference. We are dedicated to human resilience education and serving those who need financial assistance. If you would like to request financial support, please apply for assistance prior to registering. NRI is unable to assist with travel, lodging, or meal expenses beyond event meals. To be considered for a scholarship please complete the application here.

Registration Includes CE Credits

7.0 CE hours available for Physicians, Nursing, Social Work, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Nutrition/Dietitian. Educator PD Clock Hours will be processed through the Illinois Education Association-NEA.

Empowering Trauma-Informed Families, Schools & Community


Sippy Room, The Searle Conference Center, Rush 8:00-8:30am
Registration and Continental Breakfast


Community Resilience: Co-Creating a Narrative of Strength
April Smith, JD, Board Chair, NRI and Mollie Marti, PhD, JD, President, NRI 

Heads Together: Eliminating Mental Health Stigma
David Richmond, CBE, Chairman, The Contact Group, UK

Networking Break

Lifelines: Meeting Needs after a Major School or Community Crisis
David Schonfeld, MD, Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement


Refueling: Growing Resilience through Self Care

Paula Stephens, MA, Founder, Crazy Good Grief

Building Bridges: Designing Inclusive and Diverse Communities
Wrenetha Julion, PhD, Chair, Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing, Rush University


Community Conversation

Facilitated by John Cimino, Director, Creative Leaps, International

Creating Community: Transforming Lives through Intentional Neighboring
Dylan Tete, Founder, Bastion Community of Resilience and Brenda Eheart, PhD, Founder, Generations of Hope with facilitator Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Community Behavioral Health, Rush Medical College (includes box lunch if registered by Sept 14th)

Strengthening Vulnerable Populations: A New Orleans Case Study of Adverse Childhood Experiences (featuring “The Children of Central City” Documentary)

Richard Webster, Times-Picayune, New Orleans


Caring for the Caregiver: Growing Individual Resilience
Cindy Bergeman, PhD, Adult Development & Aging Lab, University of Notre Dame

Networking Break

Weaving Community Safety Nets: Creating Systems that Heal Trauma and Grow Resilience
Lisa Cherry, Author and International Trauma & Resilience Trainer, UK and John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW, Director of Mental Health, Child Savers


Community Conversation and Closing Remarks


Summit Closing

*Note: Agenda for informational purposes only. Presenters, topics, and schedule subject to change. Check back for most recent updates.

equipping hope builders


Lisa Cherry
Lisa Cherry is an author and international trainer and consultant in the...
Brenda Krause Eheart, PhD
Brenda Krause Eheart, PhD, founder of Generations of Hope and Hope Meadows,...
Wrenetha Julion, PhD, MPH, RN
Wrenetha Julion, PhD, MPH, RN, Chair of the Department of Women, Children...
Niranjan S. Karnik, MD, PhD
Niranjan S. Karnik, MD, PhD, Director of Population Behavioral Health in the...
David Schonfeld, MD
David Schonfeld MD, a member the American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster Preparedness...
Dylan Tête, MPH
Dylan Tête, MPH, an Iraqi veteran, is Executive Director and founder of...
Richard Webster
Richard Webster, reporter at the Times-Picayune, is co-author of “The Children of...
Mollie Marti, PhD, JD
Mollie Marti, PhD, JD, is founding CEO and President of the nonprofit...
David Richmond, CBE
David Richmond, CBE, is Chairman of the Contact Group, a Partner Charity...
John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW
John Richardson-Lauve, LCSW, a dedicated advocate for individuals and communities that struggle...
Paula Stephens, MA
Paula Stephens, MA, a Gold Star Mom, is an author and founder...
Cindy Bergeman, PhD
Cindy Bergeman, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology and an Associate Vice...

Lodging Information

For a limited time, Hotel Chicago, located within walking distance to the Searle Conference Center, is offering a special $179 Summit Rate with $25 Parking. Call (312) 243-2900 to make your reservation!

Summit Host Site

Searle Conference Center, Rush University 1725 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL (Get Directions)
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