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Friday, July 20
 

11:00am

11:00am

Conference Registration
Please check-in at the hotel provided by your Best Buddies staff contact.

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00am - 5:00pm
Grant Street Inn or Hyatt Place

11:00am

11:00am

11:00am

11:00am

11:30am

11:30am

Lunch
Lunch is available in the McNutt Dining Hall!

Friday July 20, 2018 11:30am - 1:30pm
McNutt Dining Hall 101 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408

12:00pm

12:00pm

4:30pm

4:30pm

Dinner
Dinner is available in the McNutt Dining Hall!

Friday July 20, 2018 4:30pm - 6:15pm
McNutt Dining Hall 101 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408

5:00pm

6:30pm

7:00pm

8:00pm

29th Annual Best Buddies Leadership Conference Opening Ceremonies
Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Black

Rebecca Black

Musical Performer
After taking several years away from the spotlight, singer-songwriter and influencer Rebecca Black has returned in a big way.  Black stunned America recently on Fox’s “The Four” receiving rave remarks from the A list panel of judges including Meghan Trainor, DJ Khalid, and... Read More →
JM

Jack Mayor

Global Ambassador, Best Buddies
avatar for Kechi Okwuchi

Kechi Okwuchi

Musical Performer
You may have seen her performances on YouTube...or maybe on NBC's America's Got Talent. From plane crash victim to a finalist on AGT, Kechi Okwuchi has certainly overcome a lot. Through her love of music, Kechi has made a name for herself amongst other superstars singing covers such... Read More →
avatar for David Quilleon

David Quilleon

Senior Vice President, Global Mission, State Development & Operations, Best Buddies International
Since 1991, David has been volunteering for Best Buddies. The start of a brilliant career began simply with the gift of friendship while David attended the University of South Florida.As a sibling of two individuals with intellectual disabilities, Ken & Kendra Holden, David understands... Read More →
avatar for Anthony K. Shriver

Anthony K. Shriver

Founder and Chairman, Best Buddies International
Anthony K. Shriver is the Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International, which he created in 1989 to foster one-to one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Recognizing the tremendous volunteer potential of university students... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

Interpretive Sign Language Artist
Lisa Smith is a young lady with Down syndrome who has taken the gift of interpretive signing and added to it her unashamed faith, allowing her to express herself in absolute freedom and adoration for the Lord.Lisa has the honor of being a part of two ministry groups: Journey of Sisters... Read More →


10:00pm

11:00pm

Dormitory Floor Meeting
Please attend the meeting on the floor of your respective dormitory .

Friday July 20, 2018 11:00pm - 11:30pm
McNutt Residence Center 101 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408
 
Saturday, July 21
 

6:30am

6:30am

6:45am

6:45am

Breakfast
Breakfast is available in the McNutt Dining Hall!

Saturday July 21, 2018 6:45am - 8:15am
McNutt Dining Hall 101 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408

8:30am

Conference Welcome
Speakers
avatar for David Quilleon

David Quilleon

Senior Vice President, Global Mission, State Development & Operations, Best Buddies International
Since 1991, David has been volunteering for Best Buddies. The start of a brilliant career began simply with the gift of friendship while David attended the University of South Florida.As a sibling of two individuals with intellectual disabilities, Ken & Kendra Holden, David understands... Read More →


9:00am

Conference Keynote: One Word
Speakers
avatar for Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page

The Jon Gordan Companies
Jimmy is an inspiring communicator, facilitator and trainer who challenges businesses, schools, sports teams, and non-profits to maximize their potential and make a difference. His extensive experience as an operator of for-profit and non-profit organizations and as a business consultant... Read More →


10:00am

10:15am

The Energy Bus & One Word That Will Change Your Life
Speakers
avatar for Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page

The Jon Gordan Companies
Jimmy is an inspiring communicator, facilitator and trainer who challenges businesses, schools, sports teams, and non-profits to maximize their potential and make a difference. His extensive experience as an operator of for-profit and non-profit organizations and as a business consultant... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Indiana Memorial Union, Tudor Room 900 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

10:15am

Best Buddies Talks
Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Black

Rebecca Black

Musical Performer
After taking several years away from the spotlight, singer-songwriter and influencer Rebecca Black has returned in a big way.  Black stunned America recently on Fox’s “The Four” receiving rave remarks from the A list panel of judges including Meghan Trainor, DJ Khalid, and... Read More →
avatar for Brian Donovan

Brian Donovan

Director and Producer, Kelly's Hollywood
Brian Donovan is the director/producer of the award winning documentary, Kelly’s Hollywood, currently on Showtime Networks. The film is a very personal portrait of his relationship with his sister, Kelly, who was born with Down syndrome. One of his greatest joys has been screening... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Gray

Christopher Gray

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Scholly
Christopher Gray is the founder and chief executive officer of Scholly, a mobile and web app that helps students find scholarships for college.  Scholly was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, landing a deal with Daymond John and Lori Greiner and sparking the biggest fight in Shark Tank history. Raised in poverty and often homeless, Christopher's dreams... Read More →
avatar for Frank Kitchen

Frank Kitchen

CEO and Founder, Frank Kitchen Enterprises
Frank Kitchen is the CEO and Founder of Frank Kitchen Enterprises. As a Fundraiser, Consultant and Keynote Speaker, he Educates, Elevates and Empowers...Professionals, Educators, Entrepreneurs, Volunteers and Students around the world to use their Time, Talent, Team and Treasures... Read More →
avatar for Soeren Palumbo

Soeren Palumbo

Sr. Director, Global Youth Engagement, Special Olympics
Soeren Palumbo leads global youth engagement programs for Special Olympics. In his role, he leads strategic growth and development of inclusion in schools and communities for young people with and without intellectual disabilities around the world through inclusive sport, leadership... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Powers

Jennifer Powers

Jennifer Powers, MA, MCC, is a highly sought-after coach, speaker, and author. She is a leading expert in helping professionals improve their confidence and competence so they can live and work at their full potential.Jennifer founded her coaching and speaking practice in 2005. Since... Read More →


11:00am

State of the States & Programs Forward Focus
Speakers
avatar for Katie Franco

Katie Franco

Senior Director, Mission and Leadership, Best Buddies International
avatar for Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore

Vice President, Best Buddies International


Saturday July 21, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am
Indiana Memorial Union, Tudor Room 900 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

11:45am

Next Step Strategies: Group Discussion
Saturday July 21, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm
Indiana Memorial Union, Tudor Room 900 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

11:45am

11:45am

12:15pm

Lunch
Saturday July 21, 2018 12:15pm - 12:45pm
Indiana Memorial Union, Tudor Room 900 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

12:15pm

12:15pm

High School Lunch - CLICK HERE FOR YOUR LUNCH LOCATION
GROUP ONE - McNutt Dining Hall
Arizona, Connecticut, Expansion States, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas

GROUP TWO - Indiana Memorial Union, Alumni Hall Solarium
Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee

GROUP THREE - McNutt Dining Hall
California, Delaware, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:15pm

12:15pm

Lunch
Lunch provided in the McNutt Dining Hall!

Saturday July 21, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
McNutt Dining Hall 101 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408

12:15pm

Lunch & Learn
This lunch and learn session will feature Frank Kitchen who will share his workshops It's Okay to Play: Gaming Your Way to a Positive Culture

Speakers
avatar for Frank Kitchen

Frank Kitchen

CEO and Founder, Frank Kitchen Enterprises
Frank Kitchen is the CEO and Founder of Frank Kitchen Enterprises. As a Fundraiser, Consultant and Keynote Speaker, he Educates, Elevates and Empowers...Professionals, Educators, Entrepreneurs, Volunteers and Students around the world to use their Time, Talent, Team and Treasures... Read More →


12:45pm

Supercharge Your Fundraising
Speakers
KB

Krista Berry Ortega

Director, Sanford Institute of Philanthropy
Krista is recognized as an innovative leader and has over 16 years of diverse nonprofit experience from organizations in San Diego and New York City. Her specific areas of expertise are organizational development, philanthropy, and grassroots advocacy with professional achievements... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 12:45pm - 2:15pm
Indiana Memorial Union, Tudor Room 900 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

1:30pm

1:30pm

1:30pm

1:30pm

1:30pm

1:30pm

1:30pm

1:30pm

1:50pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

Coaching for Leadership
Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Powers

Jennifer Powers

Jennifer Powers, MA, MCC, is a highly sought-after coach, speaker, and author. She is a leading expert in helping professionals improve their confidence and competence so they can live and work at their full potential.Jennifer founded her coaching and speaking practice in 2005. Since... Read More →


2:15pm

2:15pm

2:15pm

I Get Paid to Run My Mouth
Speakers
avatar for Frank Kitchen

Frank Kitchen

CEO and Founder, Frank Kitchen Enterprises
Frank Kitchen is the CEO and Founder of Frank Kitchen Enterprises. As a Fundraiser, Consultant and Keynote Speaker, he Educates, Elevates and Empowers...Professionals, Educators, Entrepreneurs, Volunteers and Students around the world to use their Time, Talent, Team and Treasures... Read More →


Saturday July 21, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Indiana Memorial Union, Tudor Room 900 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

2:15pm

2:35pm

Workshop: A Look Into How College Campuses Are Becoming More Inclusive
Limited Capacity filling up

You’ve probably seen those viral videos of young people with disabilities opening acceptance letters to colleges, but did you know that, until the last 25 years, students with IDD were not welcomed as college students? Attend this session to find out how more and more U.S. institutions of higher education have created post-secondary education programs for students with IDD. In this engaging workshop, we will talk about outcomes from these programs, including employment, and suggestions for how Best Buddies can be a campus partners for inclusion.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Carroll

Sarah Carroll

Senior Director of Government Relations, Best Buddies International
avatar for Lisa Derx

Lisa Derx

Vice President, Government Relations, Best Buddies International
Lisa Derx was introduced to Best Buddies while working as an assistant to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics. In April 1990, Best Buddies Chairman Anthony K. Shriver hired Lisa for what he said was a temporary, six-week job organizing the first Best Buddies Leadership... Read More →


2:35pm

Workshop: Community and Campus Engagement
Limited Capacity full

How to build community partnerships and connect with the community to promote inclusion and awareness outside of your chapter and school campus.

Speakers
avatar for Missy Naff

Missy Naff

Program Supervisor, Best Buddies International


2:35pm

Workshop: Connection with Your Host Site
Limited Capacity full

How to build and foster a meaningful and professional relationship between your chapter and host site. Learn why it is necessary to have a host site, best communication practices, and how to get them involved with your chapter and events!

Speakers
ND

Nikolas Delsignore

Program Manager, Best Buddies NY


2:35pm

Workshop: E-Buddies: Developing friendships one e-mail at a time
Limited Capacity seats available

Leaders will learn the basics about e-Buddies, how it fits into the mission of BBI and the benefits of bringing this program to your chapter participants and community members.  By being involved in Best Buddies Colleges and e-Buddies, your participants are further expanding their network of friendships and their experience with the mission of Best Buddies.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Wolford

Liz Wolford

Deputy Director, e-Buddies, Best Buddies International


2:35pm

Workshop: Effective Communication
Limited Capacity full

One of the most important aspects of making your chapter a success is effective communication! Learn specific tools and techniques on communicating with all members, community members, parents, etc. in this workshop. 

Speakers

2:35pm

Workshop: Getting the Most Out of BBO
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever wondered how to become a Best Buddies Online wizard? BBO is a major part of chapter life but has many tips and tricks that can make it even more beneficial. Join us to learn all about this great platform!

Speakers

2:35pm

Workshop: How to Host Your Own Ambassador Training
Limited Capacity filling up

Would you like to provide the opportunity for your chapter members to become more confident, self – advocates this year? Become your chapter’s Ambassador Coordinator. If there are people in your chapter that would benefit from attending a self-advocacy training, but your college is not near a staff led Ambassador training, you can host your own! This workshop provides step – by – step instructions on how to set up a training, training materials, and tips for success. This workshop is open to officers who have been referred by their Program Manager. All attending chapters will be expected to hold their own ambassador training during the 2018-2019 school year.

Speakers
avatar for Haley Minter

Haley Minter

Program Manager, Best Buddies International


2:35pm

Workshop: Leadership in Action - An Introduction to Best Buddies Leadership Academy
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn about Best Buddies newest leadership initiative, Leadership Academy! The Best Buddies Leadership Academy is an initiative that is specifically focused on building our work to advance our mission pillar of “Leadership.” This initiative will develop programs and opportunities to advance the leadership capacities of our participants, employers, and our network of volunteers around the world!

Speakers
avatar for Eva Riddick

Eva Riddick

Program Supervisor, Best Buddies International


2:35pm

Workshop: Learning to Lead Yourself and your Peers
This workshop is designed for the college leader to learn how to manage their chapter and their peer officers. A few discussion points that will be covered include: learning how to delegate, how to think big picture, and how to be a motivating leader.  

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Stump

Alyssa Stump

Regional Director, Best Buddies International


2:35pm

Workshop: Matches Made in Heaven
Limited Capacity full

This workshop will provide students with the knowledge of making successful, lifelong matches.  Students will gain the skills needed to ensure their matches are not only striving within their chapter, but are also integrated into their community. The course will help develop strategies to make the perfect pair by providing tools and tips and empowering student leaders to make quality matches.


2:35pm

Workshop: Parties with a Purpose
Limited Capacity filling up


One of the highlights in every chapter's calendar are the events they plan- come join us to learn how to throw a memorable & meaningful event, spread awareness for the mission of Best Buddies within your communities and hold motivating meetings to keep your chapter members engaged!

Speakers

2:35pm

Workshop: Putting the FUN in Fundraising
Limited Capacity full


This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to understand our fundraising needs as a nonprofit organization, how to utilize all chapter officers/members for fundraisers, to develop the positive messaging to share the need and benefits of fundraising with chapter members/partners, and to provide ideas, strategies, and goals for engaging, successful and FUN fundraisers.


2:35pm

Workshop: Staying Social: A Dive into Best Practices when Using Social Media
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, leaders will learn how to make the most of using social media platforms for their chapter. Discussion will be based on best practices for utilizing social media in a professional manner and how chapters can connect with their community through various platforms. Students will also discuss and learn how they can use social media as a method of communication for their chapter members

Speakers

2:35pm

Workshop: What Does It Mean to Have a Disability?
Limited Capacity full

Come learn what it means to have a disability by taking a walk in their shoes through playing a series of games.

Speakers

2:35pm

Workshop: You, Me & the YLC: What the Young Leaders Council Can Do For You
Limited Capacity seats available



Through collaboration with chapter leaders, partnerships with Best Buddies initiatives and innovative new ideas, the YLC works to advance the mission of Best Buddies by incorporating the perspectives of the most valuable resources we have- YOU! Come learn how to get involved and join this team of exciting leaders as well as how to use the materials they are working on to benefit your chapters.

Speakers

2:45pm

3:00pm

3:00pm

Break
Saturday July 21, 2018 3:00pm - 3:20pm
Hodge Hall Lobby

3:15pm

Break
Saturday July 21, 2018 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Indiana Memorial Union, Tudor Room 900 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

3:15pm

3:15pm

3:15pm

3:25pm

3:30pm

Break
Saturday July 21, 2018 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Hodge Hall Lobby

3:30pm

3:30pm

Best Buddies Jobs Presentation
Saturday July 21, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Indiana Memorial Union, Tudor Room 900 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

3:30pm

3:30pm

3:40pm

Why Marketing Matters
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the importance of proper marketing through the use of logos, visuals, events, and social media and how to apply that to spreading the mission of Best Buddies within the campus and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Beltran

Vanessa Beltran

Director, State Marketing, Best Buddies International
Greetings from sunny Miami!! | | Hope everyone is ready for another Ahh-mazing weekend at BBLC 2018! This year you can find me all over campus once again. For starters I will be leading a workshop on Saturday titled "Why Marketing Matters" sharing the fundamentals of marketing and... Read More →


3:40pm

Workshop: A Look Into How College Campuses Are Becoming More Inclusive
Limited Capacity full

You’ve probably seen those viral videos of young people with disabilities opening acceptance letters to colleges, but did you know that, until the last 25 years, students with IDD were not welcomed as college students? Attend this session to find out how more and more U.S. institutions of higher education have created post-secondary education programs for students with IDD. In this engaging workshop, we will talk about outcomes from these programs, including employment, and suggestions for how Best Buddies can be a campus partners for inclusion.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Carroll

Sarah Carroll

Senior Director of Government Relations, Best Buddies International
avatar for Lisa Derx

Lisa Derx

Vice President, Government Relations, Best Buddies International
Lisa Derx was introduced to Best Buddies while working as an assistant to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics. In April 1990, Best Buddies Chairman Anthony K. Shriver hired Lisa for what he said was a temporary, six-week job organizing the first Best Buddies Leadership... Read More →


3:40pm

Workshop: Community and Campus Engagement
Limited Capacity filling up

How to build community partnerships and connect with the community to promote inclusion and awareness outside of your chapter and school campus.

Speakers
avatar for Missy Naff

Missy Naff

Program Supervisor, Best Buddies International


3:40pm

Workshop: Connection with Your Host Site
Limited Capacity filling up

How to build and foster a meaningful and professional relationship between your chapter and host site. Learn why it is necessary to have a host site, best communication practices, and how to get them involved with your chapter and events!

Speakers
ND

Nikolas Delsignore

Program Manager, Best Buddies NY


3:40pm

Workshop: E-Buddies: Developing friendships one e-mail at a time
Limited Capacity filling up

Leaders will learn the basics about e-Buddies, how it fits into the mission of BBI and the benefits of bringing this program to your chapter participants and community members.  By being involved in Best Buddies Colleges and e-Buddies, your participants are further expanding their network of friendships and their experience with the mission of Best Buddies.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Wolford

Liz Wolford

Deputy Director, e-Buddies, Best Buddies International


3:40pm

Workshop: Effective Communication
Limited Capacity filling up

One of the most important aspects of making your chapter a success is effective communication! Learn specific tools and techniques on communicating with all members, community members, parents, etc. in this workshop. 

Speakers

3:40pm

Workshop: Getting the Most Out of BBO
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever wondered how to become a Best Buddies Online wizard? BBO is a major part of chapter life but has many tips and tricks that can make it even more beneficial. Join us to learn all about this great platform!

Speakers

3:40pm

Workshop: How to Host Your Own Ambassador Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Would you like to provide the opportunity for your chapter members to become more confident, self – advocates this year? Become your chapter’s Ambassador Coordinator. If there are people in your chapter that would benefit from attending a self-advocacy training, but your college is not near a staff led Ambassador training, you can host your own! This workshop provides step – by – step instructions on how to set up a training, training materials, and tips for success. This workshop is open to officers who have been referred by their Program Manager. All attending chapters will be expected to hold their own ambassador training during the 2018-2019 school year.

Speakers
avatar for Haley Minter

Haley Minter

Program Manager, Best Buddies International


3:40pm

Workshop: Leadership in Action - An Introduction to Best Buddies Leadership Academy
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn about Best Buddies newest leadership initiative, Leadership Academy! The Best Buddies Leadership Academy is an initiative that is specifically focused on building our work to advance our mission pillar of “Leadership.” This initiative will develop programs and opportunities to advance the leadership capacities of our participants, employers, and our network of volunteers around the world!

Speakers
avatar for Eva Riddick

Eva Riddick

Program Supervisor, Best Buddies International


3:40pm

Workshop: Learning to Lead Yourself and your Peers
This workshop is designed for the college leader to learn how to manage their chapter and their peer officers. A few discussion points that will be covered include: learning how to delegate, how to think big picture, and how to be a motivating leader.  

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Stump

Alyssa Stump

Regional Director, Best Buddies International


3:40pm

Workshop: Matches Made in Heaven
Limited Capacity filling up

This workshop will provide students with the knowledge of making successful, lifelong matches.  Students will gain the skills needed to ensure their matches are not only striving within their chapter, but are also integrated into their community. The course will help develop strategies to make the perfect pair by providing tools and tips and empowering student leaders to make quality matches.


3:40pm

Workshop: Parties with a Purpose
Limited Capacity full


One of the highlights in every chapter's calendar are the events they plan- come join us to learn how to throw a memorable & meaningful event, spread awareness for the mission of Best Buddies within your communities and hold motivating meetings to keep your chapter members engaged!

Speakers

3:40pm

Workshop: Putting the FUN in Fundraising
Limited Capacity filling up


This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to understand our fundraising needs as a nonprofit organization, how to utilize all chapter officers/members for fundraisers, to develop the positive messaging to share the need and benefits of fundraising with chapter members/partners, and to provide ideas, strategies, and goals for engaging, successful and FUN fundraisers.


3:40pm

Workshop: Staying Social: A Dive into Best Practices when Using Social Media
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, leaders will learn how to make the most of using social media platforms for their chapter. Discussion will be based on best practices for utilizing social media in a professional manner and how chapters can connect with their community through various platforms. Students will also discuss and learn how they can use social media as a method of communication for their chapter members

Speakers

3:40pm

Workshop: What Does It Mean to Have a Disability?
Limited Capacity filling up

Come learn what it means to have a disability by taking a walk in their shoes through playing a series of games.

Speakers

3:40pm

Workshop: Why Marketing Matters
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the importance of proper marketing through the use of logos, visuals, events, and social media and how to apply that to spreading the mission of Best Buddies within the campus and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Vanessa Beltran

Vanessa Beltran

Director, State Marketing, Best Buddies International
Greetings from sunny Miami!! | | Hope everyone is ready for another Ahh-mazing weekend at BBLC 2018! This year you can find me all over campus once again. For starters I will be leading a workshop on Saturday titled "Why Marketing Matters" sharing the fundamentals of marketing and... Read More →


3:40pm

Workshop: You, Me & the YLC: What the Young Leaders Council Can Do For You
Limited Capacity seats available



Through collaboration with chapter leaders, partnerships with Best Buddies initiatives and innovative new ideas, the YLC works to advance the mission of Best Buddies by incorporating the perspectives of the most valuable resources we have- YOU! Come learn how to get involved and join this team of exciting leaders as well as how to use the materials they are working on to benefit your chapters.

Speakers

3:45pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

4:10pm

4:30pm

4:30pm

4:30pm

Best Buddies Jobs Networking Reception
Network with Best Buddies Jobs participants and the BBI Board of Directors

4:30pm

4:30pm

4:35pm

Workshop: A Look Into How College Campuses Are Becoming More Inclusive
Limited Capacity filling up

You’ve probably seen those viral videos of young people with disabilities opening acceptance letters to colleges, but did you know that, until the last 25 years, students with IDD were not welcomed as college students? Attend this session to find out how more and more U.S. institutions of higher education have created post-secondary education programs for students with IDD. In this engaging workshop, we will talk about outcomes from these programs, including employment, and suggestions for how Best Buddies can be a campus partners for inclusion.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Carroll

Sarah Carroll

Senior Director of Government Relations, Best Buddies International
avatar for Lisa Derx

Lisa Derx

Vice President, Government Relations, Best Buddies International
Lisa Derx was introduced to Best Buddies while working as an assistant to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics. In April 1990, Best Buddies Chairman Anthony K. Shriver hired Lisa for what he said was a temporary, six-week job organizing the first Best Buddies Leadership... Read More →


4:35pm

Workshop: Community and Campus Engagement
Limited Capacity filling up

How to build community partnerships and connect with the community to promote inclusion and awareness outside of your chapter and school campus.

Speakers
avatar for Missy Naff

Missy Naff

Program Supervisor, Best Buddies International


4:35pm

Workshop: Connection with Your Host Site
Limited Capacity seats available

How to build and foster a meaningful and professional relationship between your chapter and host site. Learn why it is necessary to have a host site, best communication practices, and how to get them involved with your chapter and events!

Speakers
ND

Nikolas Delsignore

Program Manager, Best Buddies NY


4:35pm

Workshop: E-Buddies: Developing friendships one e-mail at a time
Limited Capacity seats available

Leaders will learn the basics about e-Buddies, how it fits into the mission of BBI and the benefits of bringing this program to your chapter participants and community members.  By being involved in Best Buddies Colleges and e-Buddies, your participants are further expanding their network of friendships and their experience with the mission of Best Buddies.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Wolford

Liz Wolford

Deputy Director, e-Buddies, Best Buddies International


4:35pm

Workshop: Effective Communication
Limited Capacity filling up

One of the most important aspects of making your chapter a success is effective communication! Learn specific tools and techniques on communicating with all members, community members, parents, etc. in this workshop. 

Speakers

4:35pm

Workshop: Follow The Leader! The 7 Qualities Needed To Be A Productive Leader
Limited Capacity filling up

Productive Leaders educate, elevate and empower individuals or groups to live a dream, passion or purpose. They model the actions needed create the cultures people desire to be a part of. "The Personal Growth Connoisseur," Frank Kitchen will share the seven qualities possessed by leaders who create the communities where people and visions flourish. Prepare yourself to become the leader who produces the positive results everyone talks about and attempts to replicate.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Kitchen

Frank Kitchen

CEO and Founder, Frank Kitchen Enterprises
Frank Kitchen is the CEO and Founder of Frank Kitchen Enterprises. As a Fundraiser, Consultant and Keynote Speaker, he Educates, Elevates and Empowers...Professionals, Educators, Entrepreneurs, Volunteers and Students around the world to use their Time, Talent, Team and Treasures... Read More →


4:35pm

Workshop: Getting the Most Out of BBO
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever wondered how to become a Best Buddies Online wizard? BBO is a major part of chapter life but has many tips and tricks that can make it even more beneficial. Join us to learn all about this great platform!

Speakers

4:35pm

Workshop: How to Host Your Own Ambassador Training
Limited Capacity seats available

Would you like to provide the opportunity for your chapter members to become more confident, self – advocates this year? Become your chapter’s Ambassador Coordinator. If there are people in your chapter that would benefit from attending a self-advocacy training, but your college is not near a staff led Ambassador training, you can host your own! This workshop provides step – by – step instructions on how to set up a training, training materials, and tips for success. This workshop is open to officers who have been referred by their Program Manager. All attending chapters will be expected to hold their own ambassador training during the 2018-2019 school year.

Speakers
avatar for Haley Minter

Haley Minter

Program Manager, Best Buddies International


4:35pm

Workshop: Leadership in Action - An Introduction to Best Buddies Leadership Academy
Limited Capacity seats available

Come learn about Best Buddies newest leadership initiative, Leadership Academy! The Best Buddies Leadership Academy is an initiative that is specifically focused on building our work to advance our mission pillar of “Leadership.” This initiative will develop programs and opportunities to advance the leadership capacities of our participants, employers, and our network of volunteers around the world!

Speakers
avatar for Eva Riddick

Eva Riddick

Program Supervisor, Best Buddies International


4:35pm

Workshop: Learning to Lead Yourself and your Peers
This workshop is designed for the college leader to learn how to manage their chapter and their peer officers. A few discussion points that will be covered include: learning how to delegate, how to think big picture, and how to be a motivating leader.  

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Stump

Alyssa Stump

Regional Director, Best Buddies International


4:35pm

Workshop: Matches Made in Heaven
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will provide students with the knowledge of making successful, lifelong matches.  Students will gain the skills needed to ensure their matches are not only striving within their chapter, but are also integrated into their community. The course will help develop strategies to make the perfect pair by providing tools and tips and empowering student leaders to make quality matches.


4:35pm

Workshop: Parties with a Purpose
Limited Capacity filling up


One of the highlights in every chapter's calendar are the events they plan- come join us to learn how to throw a memorable & meaningful event, spread awareness for the mission of Best Buddies within your communities and hold motivating meetings to keep your chapter members engaged!

Speakers

4:35pm

Workshop: Putting the FUN in Fundraising
Limited Capacity filling up


This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to understand our fundraising needs as a nonprofit organization, how to utilize all chapter officers/members for fundraisers, to develop the positive messaging to share the need and benefits of fundraising with chapter members/partners, and to provide ideas, strategies, and goals for engaging, successful and FUN fundraisers.


4:35pm

Workshop: Staying Social: A Dive into Best Practices when Using Social Media
Limited Capacity filling up

In this session, leaders will learn how to make the most of using social media platforms for their chapter. Discussion will be based on best practices for utilizing social media in a professional manner and how chapters can connect with their community through various platforms. Students will also discuss and learn how they can use social media as a method of communication for their chapter members

Speakers

4:35pm

Workshop: What Does It Mean to Have a Disability?
Limited Capacity full

Come learn what it means to have a disability by taking a walk in their shoes through playing a series of games.

Speakers

4:35pm

Workshop: You, Me & the YLC: What the Young Leaders Council Can Do For You
Limited Capacity seats available



Through collaboration with chapter leaders, partnerships with Best Buddies initiatives and innovative new ideas, the YLC works to advance the mission of Best Buddies by incorporating the perspectives of the most valuable resources we have- YOU! Come learn how to get involved and join this team of exciting leaders as well as how to use the materials they are working on to benefit your chapters.

Speakers

5:30pm

5:30pm

Dinner
Dinner provided in the McNutt Dining Hall!

Saturday July 21, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
McNutt Dining Hall 101 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408

5:30pm

6:00pm

7:30pm

8:00pm

BB Shop on Wheels - Dunn Meadow (During BBFW)
Saturday July 21, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Dunn Meadow N Indiana Ave, Bloomington, IN 47405

10:00pm

Film Screening: Kelly's Hollywood
About the film:
Kelly’s Hollywood (Showtime Networks) tells the intimate story of an aspiring actor who brings his sister, born with Down syndrome, out to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood diva. As her health begins to fail and she becomes increasing jealous of his fiancée, he is forced to confront his co-dependent sibling relationship and the threat it poses on his engagement.

“You would be hard-pressed to find a more touching
and ultimately life affirming documentary...”
Huffington Post

“I just loved this documentary! It is so full of heart. I laughed. I cried.
It was absolutely riveting.”
Molly Shannon, Actress

“A real hidden gem…wonderful film that makes the viewer feel like
they’re watching something very special. 5/5 Stars!”
StarPulse
About the film:
Kelly’s Hollywood (Showtime Networks) tells the intimate story of an aspiring actor who brings his sister, born with Down syndrome, out to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood diva. As her health begins to fail and she becomes increasing jealous of his fiancée, he is forced to confront his co-dependent sibling relationship and the threat it poses on his engagement.

“You would be hard-pressed to find a more touching
and ultimately life affirming documentary...”
Huffington Post

“I just loved this documentary! It is so full of heart. I laughed. I cried.
It was absolutely riveting.”
Molly Shannon, Actress

“A real hidden gem…wonderful film that makes the viewer feel like
they’re watching something very special. 5/5 Stars!”
StarPulse

Speakers
avatar for Brian Donovan

Brian Donovan

Director and Producer, Kelly's Hollywood
Brian Donovan is the director/producer of the award winning documentary, Kelly’s Hollywood, currently on Showtime Networks. The film is a very personal portrait of his relationship with his sister, Kelly, who was born with Down syndrome. One of his greatest joys has been screening... Read More →



Saturday July 21, 2018 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Teter Theatre 501 N Sunrise Dr, Bloomington, IN 47406, USA
 
Sunday, July 22
 

6:30am

6:30am

6:45am

6:45am

Breakfast
Breakfast is available in the McNutt Dining Hall!

Sunday July 22, 2018 6:45am - 8:15am
McNutt Dining Hall 101 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408

8:00am

8:30am

Include Us
Speakers
avatar for Gail Williamson

Gail Williamson

Talent Agent & Head of the Diversity Department, Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates
Gail Willamson is a talent agent and the head of the Diversity Department at Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates in Los Angeles, CA.  Her client list is made up of talent with diverse disabilities of all ages.  She stared her career 25 years ago as an advocate with the California... Read More →


9:00am

9:00am

Best Buddies: The Hip-Hop Musical
Speakers
avatar for Jacob Braun

Jacob Braun

Musical Performer
Written and directed by Conor Hanney, BEST BUDDIES: THE HIP-HOP MUSICAL is a hip-hop musical comedy, in which half the actors have cognitive disabilities, hailing from the Born to Act Players theater company in Los Angeles. Beatboxing by Shaun Fisher. Starring: Jacob Braun, Shannon... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Fisher

Shaun Fisher

Musical Performer
Written and directed by Conor Hanney, BEST BUDDIES: THE HIP-HOP MUSICAL is a hip-hop musical comedy, in which half the actors have cognitive disabilities, hailing from the Born to Act Players theater company in Los Angeles. Beatboxing by Shaun Fisher. Starring: Jacob Braun, Shannon... Read More →
avatar for Conor Hanney

Conor Hanney

Musical Performer
Written and directed by Conor Hanney, BEST BUDDIES: THE HIP-HOP MUSICAL is a hip-hop musical comedy, in which half the actors have cognitive disabilities, hailing from the Born to Act Players theater company in Los Angeles. Beatboxing by Shaun Fisher. Starring: Jacob Braun, Shannon... Read More →
avatar for Craig Jaffe

Craig Jaffe

Musical Performer
Written and directed by Conor Hanney, BEST BUDDIES: THE HIP-HOP MUSICAL is a hip-hop musical comedy, in which half the actors have cognitive disabilities, hailing from the Born to Act Players theater company in Los Angeles. Beatboxing by Shaun Fisher. Starring: Jacob Braun, Shannon... Read More →

Artists
avatar for John “JT” Tucker Jr.

John “JT” Tucker Jr.

Musical Performer
Written and directed by Conor Hanney, BEST BUDDIES: THE HIP-HOP MUSICAL is a hip-hop musical comedy, in which half the actors have cognitive disabilities, hailing from the Born to Act Players theater company in Los Angeles. Beatboxing by Shaun Fisher. Starring: Jacob Braun, Shannon... Read More →


9:15am

9:15am

Seeing ME in Media
Speakers
avatar for Jacob Braun

Jacob Braun

Musical Performer
Written and directed by Conor Hanney, BEST BUDDIES: THE HIP-HOP MUSICAL is a hip-hop musical comedy, in which half the actors have cognitive disabilities, hailing from the Born to Act Players theater company in Los Angeles. Beatboxing by Shaun Fisher. Starring: Jacob Braun, Shannon... Read More →
avatar for Brian Donovan

Brian Donovan

Director and Producer, Kelly's Hollywood
Brian Donovan is the director/producer of the award winning documentary, Kelly’s Hollywood, currently on Showtime Networks. The film is a very personal portrait of his relationship with his sister, Kelly, who was born with Down syndrome. One of his greatest joys has been screening... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Fisher

Shaun Fisher

Musical Performer
Written and directed by Conor Hanney, BEST BUDDIES: THE HIP-HOP MUSICAL is a hip-hop musical comedy, in which half the actors have cognitive disabilities, hailing from the Born to Act Players theater company in Los Angeles. Beatboxing by Shaun Fisher. Starring: Jacob Braun, Shannon... Read More →
avatar for Conor Hanney

Conor Hanney

Musical Performer
Written and directed by Conor Hanney, BEST BUDDIES: THE HIP-HOP MUSICAL is a hip-hop musical comedy, in which half the actors have cognitive disabilities, hailing from the Born to Act Players theater company in Los Angeles. Beatboxing by Shaun Fisher. Starring: Jacob Braun, Shannon... Read More →
avatar for Craig Jaffe

Craig Jaffe

Musical Performer
Written and directed by Conor Hanney, BEST BUDDIES: THE HIP-HOP MUSICAL is a hip-hop musical comedy, in which half the actors have cognitive disabilities, hailing from the Born to Act Players theater company in Los Angeles. Beatboxing by Shaun Fisher. Starring: Jacob Braun, Shannon... Read More →
avatar for John “JT” Tucker Jr.

John “JT” Tucker Jr.

Musical Performer
Written and directed by Conor Hanney, BEST BUDDIES: THE HIP-HOP MUSICAL is a hip-hop musical comedy, in which half the actors have cognitive disabilities, hailing from the Born to Act Players theater company in Los Angeles. Beatboxing by Shaun Fisher. Starring: Jacob Braun, Shannon... Read More →
avatar for David Quilleon

David Quilleon

Senior Vice President, Global Mission, State Development & Operations, Best Buddies International
Since 1991, David has been volunteering for Best Buddies. The start of a brilliant career began simply with the gift of friendship while David attended the University of South Florida.As a sibling of two individuals with intellectual disabilities, Ken & Kendra Holden, David understands... Read More →
avatar for Gail Williamson

Gail Williamson

Talent Agent & Head of the Diversity Department, Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates
Gail Willamson is a talent agent and the head of the Diversity Department at Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates in Los Angeles, CA.  Her client list is made up of talent with diverse disabilities of all ages.  She stared her career 25 years ago as an advocate with the California... Read More →


9:45am

10:00am

10:30am

Group Two: Program Breakout - Steps for Success - CLICK HERE FOR GROUP LIST
GROUP TWO: Capital Region, Delaware, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Tennessee

10:30am

10:30am

10:30am

10:30am

Program Presentation: It's OK to Play
Speakers
avatar for Frank Kitchen

Frank Kitchen

CEO and Founder, Frank Kitchen Enterprises
Frank Kitchen is the CEO and Founder of Frank Kitchen Enterprises. As a Fundraiser, Consultant and Keynote Speaker, he Educates, Elevates and Empowers...Professionals, Educators, Entrepreneurs, Volunteers and Students around the world to use their Time, Talent, Team and Treasures... Read More →


Sunday July 22, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Hodge Hall Classrooms

10:30am

Group One: World Café - CLICK HERE FOR GROUP LIST
GROUP ONE: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Expansion States, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, International, Wisconsin

10:30am

Crafting Your Story
Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Powers

Jennifer Powers

Jennifer Powers, MA, MCC, is a highly sought-after coach, speaker, and author. She is a leading expert in helping professionals improve their confidence and competence so they can live and work at their full potential.Jennifer founded her coaching and speaking practice in 2005. Since... Read More →


10:30am

10:30am

10:30am

10:45am

11:15am

11:15am

11:30am

11:30am

11:30am

Ambassador Presentation
Speakers
JM

Jack Marren

Global Ambassador, Best Buddies International
Jack Mayor is a senior at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois. The oldest of 5 children, Jack was diagnosed with Autism in 2006.  Jack has an endless passion as a motivational speaker to educate people about the challenges faced among teens with disabilities.After becoming... Read More →


Sunday July 22, 2018 11:30am - 12:15pm
Hodge Hall Classrooms

11:45am

11:45am

11:45am

12:00pm

12:00pm

12:15pm

12:15pm

12:15pm

High School Lunch - CLICK HERE FOR YOUR LUNCH LOCATION
GROUP ONE - Indiana Memorial Union, Alumni Hall Solarium
Arizona, Connecticut, Expansion States, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas

GROUP TWO -  McNutt Dining Hall
Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee

GROUP THREE - McNutt Dining Hall
California, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
TBA

12:30pm

12:30pm

Lunch
Lunch is provided in the McNutt Dining Hall!

Sunday July 22, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
McNutt Dining Hall 101 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408

12:45pm

1:00pm

1:15pm

1:15pm

Program Engagement and Training Sessions
See conference scheduling app for detailed agendas and venues by track.

1:30pm

1:30pm

1:30pm

1:30pm

1:30pm

1:30pm

1:45pm

1:45pm

2:00pm

e-Buddies Presentations
Speakers
avatar for Liz Wolford

Liz Wolford

Deputy Director, e-Buddies, Best Buddies International


2:00pm

Best Buddies State of the States
Speakers
avatar for Katie Franco

Katie Franco

Senior Director, Mission and Leadership, Best Buddies International
avatar for Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore

Vice President, Best Buddies International


2:00pm

2:00pm

2:15pm

2:30pm

2:30pm

2:30pm

2:30pm

2:30pm

2:45pm

3:00pm

Break
Sunday July 22, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Hodge Hall Lobby

3:00pm

3:00pm

3:00pm

3:15pm

3:15pm

Break
Sunday July 22, 2018 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Hodge Hall Lobby

3:15pm

3:15pm

3:30pm

3:30pm

Break
Sunday July 22, 2018 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Hodge Hall Lobby

3:30pm

3:30pm

Building Connections: Social & Emotional Learning
Speakers
avatar for Annie Middlemist

Annie Middlemist

Senior Regional Ambassador, Sanford Harmony
Annie Middlemist is a Senior Regional Ambassador for the Sanford Harmony Program. She enjoyed over 15 years as a classroom teacher, working with students from Kindergarten through high school. Her specialty is working in special education at the elementary level.Annie now enjoys traveling... Read More →


3:45pm

3:45pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

4:00pm

4:20pm

4:30pm

4:30pm

4:45pm

5:30pm

Dinner
Dinner on your own or with your state delegation

5:30pm

5:30pm

5:30pm

5:30pm

Dinner
Dinner is provided in the McNutt Dining Hall!

Sunday July 22, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
McNutt Dining Hall 101 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408

6:30pm

7:30pm

9:00pm

9:00pm

 
Monday, July 23
 

6:45am

Breakfast
Breakfast is available at the McNutt Dining Hall - if your bus is departing prior to breakfast you will receive food while loading the bus for the airport. Be sure to return your key before departing campus.

6:45am

Breakfast
Breakfast is available at the McNutt Dining Hall - if your bus is departing prior to breakfast you will receive food while loading the bus for the airport. Be sure to return your key before departing campus.

Monday July 23, 2018 6:45am - 8:30am
McNutt Dining Hall 101 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408

7:00am

7:00am

7:00am

7:30am

7:30am

11:00am

Lunch
Lunch is available at the McNutt Dining Hall - if your bus is departing prior to lunch you will receive food while loading the bus for the airport. Be sure to return your key before departing campus.

11:00am

Lunch
Lunch is available at the McNutt Dining Hall - if your bus is departing prior to lunch you will receive food while loading the bus for the airport. Be sure to return your key before departing campus.

Monday July 23, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
McNutt Dining Hall 101 N Fee Ln, Bloomington, IN 47408