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2018 PREEMIE PARENT SUMMIT SPEAKERS

Own the Room

Deborah Shames and David Booth are co-founders of Eloqui, a Business Communication and Presentation Training firm based in Southern California. They are field-trained as directors and have translated performance techniques from the Entertainment Industry for the business professional. Eloqui training utilizes the latest research from Neuroscience on how to be memorable. They also draw on Impression Management from the field of Psychology. Eloqui trains companies to deliver their competitive advantage. They also coach individuals to identify their strengths, utilize their authentic voice and drive business. Their book, published by McGraw-Hill Professional is called Own the Room: Business Presentations that Persuade, Engage and Get Results is a business bestseller. And in 2017, BenBella Books published Deborah’s book for women professionals entitled Out Front: How Women Can Become Engaging, Memorable, and Fearless Speakers.

NAWBO’s Legacy of Advocacy

Molly Gimmel is the Chair of the Board of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She has been a NAWBO member for 15 years, previously served as President of the Greater DC chapter, and served on the National Board for the last four years. She is also the owner of Design To Delivery Inc (D2DInc), a multi-million dollar government contracting firm that provides acquisition and program management support to Federal agencies.

The Power of Persuasion

Deborah Shames is a co-founder of Eloqui, a Business Communication and Presentation Training firm based in Southern California. Eloqui trains companies to deliver their competitive advantage. They also coach individuals to identify their strengths, utilize their authentic voice and drive business. BenBella Books published Deborah’s book for women professionals entitled Out Front: How Women Can Become Engaging, Memorable, and Fearless Speakers.

Harnessing the Power of Personality to Create a Culture of Innovation in Your Organization

Ali Dunn is the founder of MeTwo Books and the author of the children’s books I Was a Preemie Just Like You and One of Two, A Twin Story about Individuality. She is a speaker and advocate for babies and parents affected by prematurity. Ali is the Chief “Mom” Officer to identical twins born 12 weeks early.

Bold Leadership

Kelli D. Kelley is the Founder and Executive Director of Hand to Hold, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and support for NICU families. For more than a decade, Kelli has invested her time and talents to raise awareness about the high incidence of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder among these parents and the long-term implications for the baby and family.

Preemie Parent Collaborations To Educate, Advocate, and Spark Local Action!

Jennifer Degl is the founder of Speaking for Moms & Babies, Inc., an organization that advocates for maternal and neonatal health by lending a parents voice, and the author of two books including From Hope to Joy: A Memoir of a Mother’s Determination and Her Micro Preemie’s Struggle to Beat the Odds and Stuck in Bed: The pregnancy bed rest picture book for kids…and moms. She has also been teaching earth science and biology at her local high school for twenty years.

A Focus on Maternal Mental Health

Tracy Pella is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Mental Health Therapist. She has advocated for children and families in the mental health and education field in several capacities throughout her career. Tracy is the Founder and President of Connected Forever, a non-profit organization based in Nebraska.

Preemie Parent Collaborations To Educate, Advocate, and Spark Local Action!

Jenné Johns, MPH is the mother of a micro preemie, author, motivational speaker, and award-winning health disparities leader. Jenné wrote, “Once Upon a Preemie” one month after her son’s discharge from the NICU as a reflection on their journey home. Once Upon a Preemie is the only children’s book written for the parents of preemies while they are in the NICU.

Bioethics & Patient Advocacy: Making Meaningful & Responsible Contributions

Lisa Stewart, MA, is an Engagement Officer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In her role, she serves as a liaison between the Engagement and Science divisions. Her work involves exploring the influence and impacts of engagement on research, serving as a consultant to research teams, and promoting promising engagement practices to facilitate broader uptake.  Before joining PCORI, Lisa led patient and stakeholder teams as a co-investigator for patient-centered research studies. She began working in health systems as a patient/family peer navigator in pediatric care, working with families of children with complex medical conditions and serving as a consumer representative on care delivery quality improvement teams.  She co-led Children’s National Health System’s patient and family advisory council and the community advisory board for its Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

A Focus on Maternal Mental Health

Stacey Porter is the founder of The Tangerine Owl Project based in Evanston, IL. Their mission is to support the families who have infants in the Infant Special Care Units (ISCUs) and Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) of Skokie, Evanston, and Chicago’s North Shore through emotional support, community education, and service-focused improvements at the ISCUs and NICUs. 

Preemie Parent Collaborations To Educate, Advocate, and Spark Local Action!

Combining careers in the technology and publishing fields, Ms. Discenza continues her journey to support others through PreemieWorld. In her focus to “bridge” the parenting world and the professional world that surrounds premature infants, Ms. Discenza is a founding member and steering committee member of the National Premature Infant Health Coalition and a founding member and Leadership team member of the Preemie Parent Alliance.

Bioethics & Patient Advocacy: Making Meaningful & Responsible Contributions

Sarah Vittone is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches Ethics and serves as an Ethics Consultant for the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Ethics. She received her Doctor of Bioethics from Loyola University Chicago. Her background as a clinical nurse specialist in pediatrics was formative for her career in Bioethics. Dr. Vittone is an expert in human protection and safety for clinical research also serving as a research participant advocate. Her specific interests in bioethics are related to shared decision making for others and refusal.