Midwest Students Spring Seminar Agenda

2019 Midwest Regional Student Seminar
National Association of Blind Students (NABS) and National Federation of the Blind of Illinois (NFBI)
Agenda

Owning Our Future

Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

6pm Meet & Greet
7:30pm Dinner Outing

Saturday, March 16, 2019

8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Denise Avant, President, National Federation of the Blind of Illinois, Chicago, IL
9:05am Overview of Weekend
Kathryn Webster, President, National Association of Blind Students, Arlington, VA
9:10am Introduction from Our 2019 Planning Committee
9:15am Interactive Activity: Owning Your Company
Cody Beardslee, President, Minnesota Association of Blind Students, Minneapolis, MN
10am Transitioning to College: Perspective from A Blind Student
Mausam Mehta, Board Member, National Association of Blind Students, Charlottesville, VA
10:15am Motivated by Health & Wellness
Marilyn Green, Yoga Instructor, Chicago, IL
10:30am Power Stems from Collective Action
Maurice Peret, Coordinator, Career Mentor Program, National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD
10:45am Public Speaking Takes Practice
Bex Leon, Social Worker and Social Advocate, Chicago, IL
11am Interactive Activity: Molding Your Message through Debates
Robert Parsons, President, National Association of Blind Students
11:45am Announcements
12pm Building Your Future Luncheon
Jennifer Wenzel, Admissions Coordinator, Blindness: Learning in New Dimensions (BLIND), Inc.
1:30pm Presentations: The Power of Words
Robert Parsons, Board Member, Michigan Association of Blind Students, Kalamazoo, MI and Kathryn Webster, President, National Association of Blind Students, Arlington, VA
2:30pm Professional Development Rotations

  • Elevator Pitch
    Robert Parsons
  • Dress for Success
    Ron Brown and Jean Brown
  • Positively Speaking to Blindness During Interviews
    Josh Loevy
  • Proper Meal Etiquette
    Debbie Stein and Maurice Peret
  • Importance of Cover Letters
    Janae Burgmeier
  • Importance of Resumes
    Jennifer Wenzel
3pm Break-Out Discussions

  • Room 1 – Resource Fair
    Mausam Mehta
  • Room 2 – Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable (Improv)
    Dustin Cather
  • Room 3 – Preparing for Networking Events
    Debbie Stein and Maurice Peret
4:30pm Transforming through Training
Ron Brown, President, National Federation of the Blind of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
4:45pm Announcements and Logistics
5pm Adjourn
6pm Professional Networking Hour
7pm Professional Banquet
9pm Evening Activities

  • Room 1 – Sculpture & Drawing
    Debbie Stein, Editor, Future Reflections, Chicago, IL and Ralph Cossentino, Palette and Chisel, Chicago, IL
  • Room 2 – Music and Karaoke
    Dustin Cather, Treasurer, National Association of Blind Students, Pekin, IL

Sunday, March 17, 2019

8am Breakfast
9am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kathryn Webster, President, National Association of Blind Students, Arlington, VA
9:05am Family Feud
Maurice Peret, Coordinator, Career Mentor Program, National Federation of the Blind, Baltimore, MD
9:45am Our Futures Start Here
Yusef Dale, Assistant United States Attorney General, Chicago, IL
10am Mentor Panel
Moderator: Robert Parsons
Panelist Pairs: Patti Chang and Kathryn Webster; Debbie Stein and Amy Bosko; Cody Beardslee and Matt Gip
10:40am Imagine A Leader
Katy Olson, President, Iowa Association of Blind Students, Iowa City, IA
11:10am Transitioning to Employment: Perspective from A Blind Professional
Patti Chang, Director of Outreach, National Federation of the Blind, Chicago, IL
11:20am You Can be A Blind Nurse
Lindsay Fritz, Treasurer, Wisconsin Association of Blind Students, Madison, WI
11:30am Owning Our Future
Kathryn Webster, President, National Association of Blind Students, Arlington, VA
11:45am Feedback and Takeaways
12pm Adjourn

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