Embracing Our Changing Community: The Challenge of Happiness

Clearwater, Florida
Friday, July 26, 2013
Embracing Our Changing Community: The Challenge of Happiness
Bio's will be updated as we receive them from our wonderful speakers. 

Shirley Abrams
Juvenile Services Program, Inc. Board of Directors

Dr. Marcie Biddleman--Incoming Executive Director, The Juvenile Welfare Board

Dr. Marcie Biddleman is the in-coming Executive Director of the Juvenile Welfare Board. Dr. Biddleman holds a Doctorate in Management in Organizational Leadership and a Masters of Arts Degree in Organizational Management; both from the University of Phoenix.  Other positions held include: Vice President of Community Based Services, Eckerd Youth Alternatives; Executive Director Heartland for Children; Executive Director St. Petersburg Free Clinic.

Kathryn Cox--Board of Directors, Juvenile Services, Inc. and Kathryncox.com
Workshop: Healing Through The Hands On Approach

Kathryn is a former journalist, fundraiser, legislative policy analyst and later the youngest appointee to the executive leadership team of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. After serving as Director of Corporate Relations at Juvenile Services Program, Inc. a non-profit organization dedicated to at-risk and foster care youth, she founded kathryncox.com in 2010 and has been working as a consultant for luxury market clients and CEOs to strategically re-engineer their businesses in New York City.

Mary Grace Duffy, Ed.D--The Juvenile Welfare Board
Workshop: "The Happiness Habit in the Workplace"

Currently Administrative Services Director of the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County, Dr. Duffy is an experienced manager and consultant.  She is a founding partner of Cambridge Hill Partners, Inc. (CHP) a management consulting firm that works exclusively in the not for profit arena and was formerly the Director of Employment and Training at Harvard University.

Maria Edmonds 
JWB Board of Directors
Intercultural Advocacy Institute

Dr. Kathleen Gilbert Griffin--SPC Adjunct instructor and Retired College Administrator

Keynote: "Am I Enough?"

Dr. Griffin retired as an administrator from St. Petersburg College two years ago and is currently teaching part-time as an online adjunct instructor in the Human Services program, and continues to serve on several community boards and committees.

Chad Herman--Motivating For Positive Change
Workshop: "Combating the Media and the Fear it Creates"

Chad Herman is a national motivational speaker and trainer working towards motivating and inspiring people to create positive change in the world. For more information about chad, his speaking,his blog, or his work in the community go to his website: motivatingforpositivechange.com

Sandra Lyth--CEO, Intercultural Advocacy Institute
Introductions and Welcome

Sandra Lyth is the CEO of the InterCultural Advocacy Institute. The service program - the Hispanic Outreach Center - has provided more than 25,000 services for Spanish speaking people since it began in 2001, specializing in victim and family advocacy, youth services, and mental health counseling, public education, and integration.

 She has an extensive background in Corrections and Management, prior to starting the Hispanic Outreach Center.  She is a Trainer in Human Trafficking, and her current project is the Clearwater Gateway Farmers market.

Robert Moore, Ph.D., CTS, BCETS
Workshop: "From the Joy of Infancy to Adult Despair and Back Again"

Peace4Tarpon: a Community Initiative in Trauma Informed Care

Dr. Moore is a Corporate and Family Crisis Consultant, Board Certified in Traumatic Stress,and an Associate Fellow and Training Supervisor of the Albert Ellis Institute.

Maura Sweeney, Author and Publisher, Partner at New Vision Entertainment, LLC
Closing Speaker: Choosing Happy: New Perspective, New Behavior, Better You

Author: The Art of Happiness 

New Vision Entertainment, LLC – Partner & Publisher (2006 - Present)
“Entertainment properties that positively impact culture.”

MIKE – Trademarked sports entertainment personality
MIKE Sports Comic Books
MIKE sports audio monologues
MIKE animated shorts
Maura4u – inspirational self-empowerment series
Maura4u Art of Happiness book series
200 video shorts
Weekly blogs
Inky Winky Spider – Trademarked preschool property
Best-selling books, music, audios and character puppet
20+ airings on HSN
Boston Globe Children’s Festival of Reading selection 2006
Sweeney Sales, Inc. – Co-owner (1995 - 2005)
With my husband, developed firm into Florida’s largest computer rep
agency with $50M+ in annual sales.

Happiness is all in how you “see” it. Sharing engaging, illuminating and
sometimes funny stories, author Maura Sweeney will demonstrate how a change
of mindset, plus an understanding of one’s cause-and-effect behavior, can result
in an improved sense of well-being and greater career success.
The objective of this workshop is to inspire and equip attendees to take a more
proactive, empowered approach in their professional and private life.

Attendess will:
1) Zero in on personal skills/passions and make those connections at work.
2) Identify one frustrating/daunting belief and “see” it from a new perspective.
3) Choose one behavioral change to catalyze forward in work and private life.

Shelba Waldron,M.S. --Juvenile Welfare Board
Workshop: "Combating the Media and the Fear it Creates"

Shelba is a Sr. Program Consultant of the Juvenile Welfare Board who specializes in bullying, poverty, and disaster readiness. She has spoken nationally on the topics of bullying and youth development and is extremely passionate about the arts and the impact it can have on our children.


Contact Information

  • Shelba Waldron
    Phone: 727-453-5626

Payment Instructions

  • Credit Cards will be accepted at the door

    Checks should be mailed to:
    Juvenile Welfare Board
    c/o Shelba Waldron
    14155 58th Street North
    Clearwater, Fl. 33760

    Non C.E. Registrant--$30.00
    C.E. Registrant--$35.00

    5.5 CE's

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