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Leadership Essentials
Navigating the Path to Success

Date: Thursday, April 18th, 2024. 
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm Mountain Time (Adjust your time zone accordingly.)


Join the Hands & Voices Family Leadership in Language and Learning (FL3) Center for the next presentation in our Leadership Webinar series. Leadership Essentials: Navigating the Path to Success. This presentation explores the leadership journey, exploring components of how to become a leader, engaging others, finding strengths, and leading effectively as a parent leader in the EHDI system. By reflecting on oneself, building trust, and embracing diversity, individuals learn to inspire and motivate others. Key aspects discussed are setting a clear vision, nurturing teams, and handling challenges with resilience. This webinar offers actionable insights for aspiring and current leaders, emphasizing continuous growth.

Primary Audience

Family leaders, family-based support organizations, Deaf-based organizations. EHDI program staff, EHDI systems stakeholders, and Pediatric Healthcare Professionals are also welcome.


Anita Cervantes-Bowen, IL H&V GBYS Statewide Lead Deaf Parent Guide

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Anita Cervantes-Bowen grew up with deaf parents and acquired hearing loss early in her life. She has four children who are special, unique individuals; one was born Deaf, one with Spina Bifida at birth, three had hearing loss later at a young age and one became Deaf-Blind including various usage of special communication modes. Individually, they taught her to recognize every potential in their lives to accomplish their goals. She has a BS in Human Development and Family Science from Illinois State University. She has served as a Statewide Deaf Parent Guide of Guide By Your Side since 2012 and now serves as the DHH Lead. Anita enjoys working with families whose children are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In 2023, she graduated from the Hands & Voices L2L (Leadership-to-Leadership) Program. Anita joined the Illinois Hands & Voices Board of Directors to identify potential resources, organize events, and assist families with our projects.

Carrie Balian, IL H&V GBYS Coordinator, H&V HQ GBYS Program Lead

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Carrie Balian is a mother of five children. Her oldest son, Jack, was born deaf. She has been the Coordinator of her state Guide By Your Side (GBYS) program for the last 15 years and has presented to groups nationwide and co-authored several publications. She is a member of the Illinois Universal Newborn Screening Advisory Committee and the Illinois Hands & Voices board. Carrie also works with Hands & Voices HQ as a Region 5 Coordinator and as the GBYS Program Lead. She is a graduate of the Hands & Voices L2L (Leadership-to-Leadership) Program. Carrie has also been recognized and awarded most recently with the 2022 Family Leadership award for her support, commitment, and leadership within the field.