Midwest Students Spring Seminar Agenda

2020 Midwest Regional Student Seminar
Agenda

Holiday Inn O’Hare
5615 N. Cumberland Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60631

Friday, March 20, 2020

6:00 PM Meet and Greet | Hotel Lobby
6:15 PM Departure for Small Group Dinners
11:00 PM

Lights Out

Saturday, March 21, 2020

7:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks and Overview | Kathryn Webster, President, National Association of Blind Students and Denise Avant, President, National Federation of the Blind of Illinois
9:15 AM Thinking Outside the Box: Team Building Through Creativity and Communication | Samantha Flax, President, Minnesota Association of Blind Students and Hunter Kuester, Vice President, Minnesota Association of Blind Students
10:00 AM The Employed Student: Panel Discussion
Moderator: Cody Beardslee, Residential Coordinator, BLIND, Inc.
Panelists: Lily Diego-Johnson, Matt Gip, Janae Bergmeier, and Lindsey Fritz
10:40 AM Taking Charge with the Tools of Self-Advocacy: How to Run Your Own IEP & IPE Meetings | Karen Anderson, Director of Education, National Federation of the Blind
10:55 AM Owning the Conversation | Robert Parsons, Vice President, Michigan Association of Blind Students
11:20 AM Breaking Through the Barriers of Blindness | Karen Anderson, Director of Education, National Federation of the Blind
11:45 AM Navigating a Business Lunch | Jennifer Kennedy, Executive Director, BLIND, Inc.
12:00 PM Building Your Future Lunch
Master of Ceremonies: Ryan Strunk, President, National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota
2:00 PM Skills Fair

  • First-Aid | Lindsey Fritz
  • Tie Tying | Dustin Cather
  • Money Folding | Samantha Flax
  • Cooking Gadgets | Karen Anderson
  • Cane Travel | Michell Gip
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind | Pam Berman
  • Assistive Technology | J.J. Meddaugh
3:00 PM Joining the Conversation: Inclusive Leadership and Harnessing Intersectionality
Moderator: Robert Parsons, Vice President, Michigan Association of Blind Students
Panelists: Cam Harrison, Sara Luna, and Marilyn Green
3:25 PM Employment Round About: Breakouts

  • Interviewing Tips and Tricks: Karen Anderson and Glenn Moore
  • Resume Basics/Building: Janae Bergmeier and Robert Parsons
  • Dressing for Success: Jennifer Kennedy and Hunter Kuester
  • Building A Business: J.J. Meddaugh
4:05 PM Exercising Accessibility: Making It Work
Moderator: Marilyn Green, 2nd Vice President, National Federation of the Blind of Illinois
Panelists: Lucas Cassi, Sara Luna, and Hunter Kuester
4:25 PM The Benefits of Networking: It’s Not What You Know but Who You Know and What They Know About You | Sheila Koenig, Transition Coordinator, Minnesota State Services for the Blind
4:40 PM Building Your Network Via Table Talk | Sheila Koenig, Transition Coordinator, Minnesota State Services for the Blind
5:00 PM Adjourn
6:00 PM Networking Reception
7:00 PM Formal Banquet
Keynote Address: Denise Avant, President, National Federation of the Blind of Illinois
9:00 PM Work Hard/Play Hard: Trivia Night | Illinois Association of Blind Students
11:00 PM Lights Out

Sunday, March 22, 2020

7:00 PM Breakfast
9:00 AM Shark Tank | Michigan Association of Blind Students
9:30 AM Traveling in Various Environments | Wisconsin Association of Blind Students
9:55 AM Educating Others: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility | Jennifer Kennedy, Executive Director, BLIND, Inc.
10:15 AM Actions Create Business | J.J. Meddaugh, Owner/Principle, A. T. Guys, LLC
10:25 AM Investing in the Movement | Ryan Strunk, President, National Federation of the Blind of Minnesota
10:45 AM Actions Create Options: A Conference Theme or a Life Motto? | Debbie Kent-Stein, 1st Vice President, National Federation of the Blind of Illinois & Editor, Future Reflections
11:00 AM Learning My Leadership Style | Trisha Kulkarni, Board Member, National Association of Blind Students
11:45 AM What Did I Learn? | Kathryn Webster, President, National Association of Blind Students
12:00 PM Adjourn