2018 Hands & Voices
Leadership Conference

A Place at the Table

Cheyenne, Wyoming
September 14th – 16th, 2018



A Conference for H&V Chapter Leaders,
H&V GBYS and ASTra Programs, Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and the Professionals
Who Work with Us!

The 2018 Hands & Voices Leadership Conference brings together family leaders from all over the world to develop skills and receive training on how to provide leadership to others and affect systemic change where they live. It is the only conference of its kind devoted exclusively to train family members, with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, to be effective agents of change.

The 2018 Leadership Conference is an excellent time to network and learn. Please help us spread the word so that as we get as many individuals as possible—extend an invitation to a favorite teacher, an important school administrator or parents who just want to know more about Hands & Voices.

If you are not involved in specific activities for Hands & Voices, this is still a fantastic conference containing up-to-date information, fascinating conversations, and exploration of content in a new and exciting way. Please join us!

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At a Glance Agenda


Basic Information


Leadership Conference  $375
Friday Evening to Sunday, September 14-16

Housing is NOT Included

Friday 6 to 9pm (light meal and mixer)
Saturday 7:30 – 4:30 pm (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
Sunday 8:30 – 12:30 pm (includes breakfast)

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY: Refunds will be made to those registrants who must cancel, less a $75 processing fee. Written cancellation requests must be postmarked on or before August 17, 2018. No refunds will be made after that date. Substitutions are welcome at no charge.

9:00am-12:00am on Friday, Sept 14th --- Free

H&V Leaders Meetings

(Registration Required)

-  Free

Chapter leaders and GBYS Program Coordinators are highly encouraged to attend. The concurrent meetings are intended for Hands & Voices Chapter Leaders (Authorized, Provisional and recognized Start-ups) and GBYS Program Coordinators ONLY and you MUST pre-register to participate.

This year GBYS Guides are invited to attend the GBYS Program Coordinator Meeting from 11:00am -12:00pm.

GBYS Program Coordinators Meeting - 9am - 12pm

This session is an annual meeting and training for the GBYS Program Coordinators. During this session we will discuss how we plan to enhance GBYS programming utilizing an evidenced based Conceptual Framework of Parent to Parent Support model and the next steps to implementing this in your Chapter program. This session will be sure to provide ongoing training as well as allow for an opportunity for the Program Coordinators to get to know one another through a “fun” activity and connect/reconnect with each other in person like they seldom get to do. 

Presenters: Lisa Kovacs

H&V Chapter Management Meeting - 9am - 12pm

(for Executive Directors, Presidents and/or designated leader)

This session is an annual meeting and training for Chapter Parent Leadership in Authorized and Provisional Chapters, as well as Chapter Start-up efforts. We will explore the elements necessary to build your leadership and own capacity to support your fellow Chapter leadership, your membership and create sustainability.

Presenters: Terri Patterson; Janet DesGeorges



- $99

 1-4pm on Friday, September 14th,

Select only one of the three pre-session topics below
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Pre-session - 1

Chapter Skill Building – Meme and Message Control, Money and Mountains

Chapters have limited time, money, volunteers, and expertise. This hands-on skill-building workshop will focus on three distinct objectives. These include: money, meme and message control, and mountain-climbing (as an analogy).

Memes & Message Control: Five Lessons from the Duck in the Drain for H&V - The Facebook video shows a guy being lowered by the ankles into a street drain and emerging after a bit with a baby duck. Everyone cheers, and viewers share the link. We’ve all clicked on that kind of meme at one point or another and followed the wormhole of “sticky” web content. Why do we do it? And how can H&V learn to use meme-think to “package” our organizational message to our constituency? Come find out in five easy lessons!

This part of the session will explore the dynamics of seeking, implementing and navigating available funding streams/priorities from diverse sources and the tension that can exist for organizations and individuals to stay true to mission, purpose and passion. Learn how to define and address the issue of ‘mission drift’ in context to funding streams, and answer the question, “Is more money always the answer?”

Then we will take you through how running a Hands & Voices chapter feels like climbing a mountain. But the journey (and the view!) is so worth it. Karen and Molly will share the lessons they learned and the reflections they gathered as they hiked up Kruger’s Rock--and how those lessons apply to chapter leadership.

Presenters: Leeanne Seaver, Janel Frost, Janet DesGeorges, Karen Putz, Molly Martzke.

Pre-session - 2

Know Thyself: Enhancing Your Leadership Skills through Self-reflection

The ability to self-reflect and assess elements of your leadership inclinations (strengths-based leadership), your personality (are you an introvert or extrovert), and other factors that leads to strong leadership. Understanding how these preferences and styles differ is important knowledge in successfully working with others. This session will help you to have a clear understanding in the areas you need to build skills and move forward with confidence in your leadership.

In addition, it will explore the aspects of the introverts who constitute at least one-third of the people we know. They are the ones who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams.

We will explore tools and methods from which the leader can use to assess strengths and personality types.

Presenters: Molly Martzke along with other HQ Staff and Board

Pre-session - 3

Hands & Voices Train–the–Trainer “Sharpening our skills to train others”

Hands & Voices Train–the –Trainer “Sharpening our skills to train others” is a session for Hands & Voices Leaders who are in a position of training others. This may include a Hands & Voices board member, GBYS Coordinator, ASTra Advocate, etc. Participants in this session with learn about adult learning theory, how to find balance between lecture and interactivity, how to apply story telling, managing participants, and overcoming training challenges. If you are a Hands & Voices leader who is interested in presenting and training others, this session is for you!

Presenters: Lisa Kovacs along with other HQ Staff and Board


 1-3pm & 4-5pm on Friday, Sept. 14th - FREE

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Pre-session 4 - FREE

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Hands & Voices NEW Leaders Training

Chapter leaders AND new GBYS Coordinators-  new in position within 1-2 years) - This session will provide new H&V leaders with the opportunity to share with others in similar positions some of the challenges and successes they have experienced as a new H & V leader. Hands on technical assistance, resources, and supports will be provided by Hands & Voices HQ staff during this session. Bring your questions, ideas and energy!

Pre-session 5- FREE


First Time H&V Leadership Conference Attendee Gathering

If this is your first time attending the Hands & Voices Leadership Conference, this is a session you don’t want to miss. This will be a fun and interactive session to welcome you to the Leadership Conference and share with you some tips to make the most out of your conference experience. 

Pre-session 6- FREE


D/HH Guides, Mentors and Role Models: A Round Table Discussion

Join us for a round table discussion as we learn from established H&V Guide, role model and mentor programs. If you are with a chapter or a state that is in the process of looking at another way of supporting families come and ask questions. The FL3 DHH Guidelines will and other resources as well as information from recent surveys will be shared. Let's meet and share the wisdom among us.

Presenters: Stephanie Olson, Karen Putz

Saturday, September 15th 12:45-2:00pm


Enjoy Every Moment: Play, Watch and Learn!

Hosted by the “Fostering Joy” Workgroup:  Marilyn Sass-Lehrer - Gallaudet University (Emerita), Amy Szarkowski – Harvard Medical School, Jennifer Clark - Hawaii Department of Health, Linda Lytle - Gallaudet University, Janet DesGeorges - H&V HQ, Candace Lindow-Davies-H&V HQ

Facilitators:  Amy Szarkowski – Harvard Medical School, Janet DesGeorges, Candace Lindow-Davies

Parents and caregivers are the most important people in the lives of young children; they are the experts! Parents and caregivers know how best to bring a smile to their babies’ faces and how best to calm them when they are upset. Our “Fostering the Joy” workgroup is passionate about learning how families discover, claim, reclaim and celebrate the joy of raising their children who are deaf and hard of hearing.  We believe fostering joy can be a powerful way to build strong parent-child relationships. We invite parents and caregivers to help our efforts by reviewing a short checklist about parent-child interactions designed for families, like yours, to treasure the best part of parenting – playing and interacting with your young child!

What You Would Do:

  1. Complete a short (15 minute) online parent checklist and tell us what you like, don’t like, or what you believe is missing from the checklist that would be important for families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  2. Come to lunch on Saturday, September 15th (our treat and lunches set aside for you in our meeting room) at the Hands & Voices Conference and share your thoughts with us.

It’s really that simple!  To register or ask questions, please contact: Candace@handsandvoices.org


Hotel Information:

Little America Hotel Cheyenne
At the crossroads of I-80 and I-25, you’ll find Little America Cheyenne: an oasis of luxury and service, including a nine-hole golf course, full service restaurant & lounge, heated outdoor pool, retail, high speed internet, fitness center, and business center. Rooms and discounted rates are reserved until August 22, 2018. After this date, the price goes up and they become available to the public.

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Little America Hotel – Cheyenne
2800 West Lincolnway
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009


Little America Hotel Cheyenne is accessible to Denver International Airport (approximately 100 miles, 1 hour and 30 minute drive) and Laramie Regional Airport (approximately 50 miles and 50 minute drive) via several modes of transportation. There is also limited service into Cheyenne Regional Airport.

Shuttles are available from Green Ride Colorado

Green Ride offers Hands & Voices Leadership Conference a $6 discount off each reservation. The easiest way you can book reservations at the discounted rate is by making reservations via the HV portal at: http://greenrideco.hudsonltd.net/res?USERIDENTRY=HV&LOGON=GO  
You may also book reservations through the Green Ride main web site. At the first page you come to enter HV as the Group Code. You are also welcome to call our local reservation agents at (970)226-5533, they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please be sure and mention the discount code HV when you book to ensure your discount is applied.

Green Ride operates on a regular schedule between Cheyenne and Denver International Airport.  See www.greenrideco.com for a full schedule and additional information.

Special pricing and registration is coming soon!


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