Save the date! The Indiana State CASA / GAL Conference, "More Than Words," will be held on September 29th through October 1st of this year.
The three day event consists of Program Directors' roundtables on Thursday, Staff and Director training throughout the day on Friday, and a day of speakers and workshops on Saturday.
The keynote speaker at this year's conference will be Marilyn Van Derbur. Van Derbur was crowned Miss America while she was a student at the University of Colorado. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Van Derbur chose motivational speaking as her career and was later named “Outstanding Woman Speaker in America,” and for 16 years, she was the only woman guest lecturer for General Motors.
As a childhood incest survivor, Van Derbur has devoted much of her adult life to raising national awareness and understanding of sexual abuse and its long-term effects. In 1989 her family funded an adult incest survivor program in Denver, and in 1993 she co-founded two national not-for-profit organizations dedicated to public education and strengthening laws protecting victims of sexual abuse.
For more information on this year's conference, visit the official website.