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Sharing Wisdom. Celebrating Stories. Discovering Strategies.
Starting and growing an organization can be challenging. At our National Network Conference, you will encounter powerful learning and support by looking to underused resource: each other.
You will discover best practices from a roster of inspiring speakers. Just as important, you will be seen and heard as you access deep wisdom of our community in areas ranging from strategy development to fundraising.
As we turn to each other, you will find shared learning, strategic insight, and care for the spirit. Bring your story and an open heart.
Author, Speaker, and Founder of Thistle Farms
After experiencing the death of her father and subsequent child abuse when she was 5, Becca longed to open a sanctuary for survivors offering a loving community. In 1997, five women who had experienced trafficking, violence, and addiction were welcomed home.
She leads important conversations across the country by speaking, writing, and heading a national network of like-minded organizations. She has established 10 justice enterprises and helped raise more than $55M dollars for social justice causes.
Becca has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News and NPR, was recently named a 2016 CNN Hero and a White House “Champion of Change." She was featured in the PBS documentary, A Path Appears, named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America and inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame.
She attended the University of the South and Vanderbilt Divinity School and has been conferred four honorary doctorates.
Dr. Kit Evans-Ford
Author, Trainer, & Founder of a Social Enterprise for Women Survivors
Dr. Kit Evans-Ford has been a trainer and activist for 14 years working relentlessly in the areas of nonviolence education and assisting people in healing from violence and abuse.
She is an author and the founder of Argrow’s House of Healing and Hope, a successful social enterprise where women healing from violence and abuse are provided free resources and the opportunity to create beautiful bath products that provide a living wage.
Dr. Kit has studied, worked, and served in England, Japan, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis. She now serves as one of the lead organizers of Campaign Nonviolence for Action Outreach Organizer at Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service. She has led in organizing thousands of peace actions around the world.
Dr. Kit is a Teach for America and United States Peace Corps Alumni and holds a BA in Communications Studies, a MA in Teaching: Special Education, MA in Social Justice and Community Development, MDiv degree, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Spiritual Direction from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.
Speaker, Author, and Human Trafficking Field Expert
Wade Arvizu is a nationally recognized speaker, author, and human trafficking field expert. Having lived through a parent’s addiction and child sex-trafficking, Wade is an advocate for victims of sexual exploitation.
He now serves as a training and technical assistance consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime, a post-fellow of the Human Trafficking Leadership Academy, a member of the National Survivor Network, and co-founder co-chair of the LGBTQIA Working Group for the IPATH Taskforce.