Protecting Babies, Projecting Hope with Mary Gordon

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    Protecting Babies, Projecting Hope

    A Training Opportunity with

    Mary Gordon

    Friday, September 27, 2013
    8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    Sharonville Convention Center

    Presented by the Southwest Ohio Chapter of the Ohio Association for Infant Mental Health

    The Speaker

    Mary Gordon is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate, and parenting expert who creates programs informed by the power of empathy.

    She is the founder of Roots of Empathy – an organization which has reached over half a million children over three continents and is recognized as one of the top evidence-based social and emotional learning programs. In 2005, with a focus on pre-school aged children, Ms. Gordon created the Seeds of Empathy program which fosters social and emotional competencies and early literacy skills.

    Schedule for “Protecting Babies, Projecting Hope”

    8:00am Registration
    8:45am Introduction- Holly Schlaack, Child Advocate and Author, Invisible Kids
    9:00am Mary Gordon- “Love Grows Brains”
    10:30am Refreshments
    10:45am Mary Gordon- “Empathy as the Base of Pro-Social Behavior”
    12:15pm Lunch
    1:15pm Panel Presentations and Discussion

    • Mary Gordon
    • Patty Nagelkirk, United Way Director of Community Impact-Education
    • Cindy Oser, Zero To Three Director of Infant and Young Child Mental Health Strategy
    • Jennifer Zimmerman, Director, Consortium for Resilient Young Children
    3:15pm Refreshments
    3:30pm Mary Gordon, Wrap Up and Evaluations

    Conference Objectives

    1. Describe the essential elements of healthy relationships for children birth to age five.
    2. Examine the attachment relationship as the template for future relationships and the engine for learning, loving, and relating.
    3. Explore the empathy programs of the Roots of Empathy organization with emphasis on a readiness program infused with social and emotional learning for three to five year olds in childcare settings.
    4. Examine current community efforts to build the social and emotional health of children.
    5. Explore strategies to engage the larger community in efforts to build empathy in young children.


    Click here to download our brochure, complete it, and send it in by 9/23/13.

    Registration deadline extended!
    Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor who believes in the importance of Mary’s message reaching as many people as possible, we are able to offer a reduced rate of $55 for attendees who are not receiving continuing education units (CEUs). Slots at this rate are limited and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please register now to secure your slot at the advanced rate. The deadline for registration is September 23.

    Participants can purchase two kinds of CEUs (6 contact hours): Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist or Ohio DODD. Please be sure to check on your registration form which kind you need.

    We cannot accept purchase orders.

    Hotel Information

    Hotels near the program:

    • Crowne Plaza (513) 771-2080
    • Fairfield Inn and Suites (513) 842- 9112
    • Residence Inn (513) 771-2525
    • La Quinta (513) 771-0300
    • LivINN (513) 772-7877
    • Hilton Garden Inn (513) 772-3827


    The Sharonville Convention Center has plenty of free parking and is easily accessible by car. Please visit Google Maps or MapQuest and enter 11355 Chester Rd., Sharonville, OH 45246, for detailed directions.

    The conference includes continental breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments.

    Let us know if you require special accommodations in order to participate.

    Questions? Call (513) 258-6148.

    Thanks to our conference committee! Co-chairs: Lynne Reckman and Holly Schlaack
    Lisa Bernath, Carol Hettel, Nicole Johnson, Julie McGregor, Kathryn Merrilees, Kay Mosgrove, Karen Mumford, Mary VanAusdall, Jamie Webb

    April 4th, 2013 | Jim Fields | 2 Comments | Tags: ,

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  • Kathy Runkle 04.04.2013

    Good morning. I need to have a W-9 completed by the SW Ohio Chapter OAIMA to submit to our County auditor (we are a county facility) along with our PO for payment of registration for one of our staff who wished to attend the September 27th seminar entitled, “Protecting Babies, Projecting Hope.” Where do I fax or e-mail the W-9 for completion?

  • Hi Kathy,
    Unfortunately we cannot accept purchase orders for payment. We can accept checks. Can you scan and email your form to me at and I will see if I can help you.

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