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Schedule Overview

Daily Schedule for Thursday March 24, 2022

Click on the Activity/Event title to view the details. Click on the presenter's image for workshops (light yellow) to view their bios. Times & events are tentative and subject to change. We will post the most up-to-date information as we receive it so please check back often. The final schedule will be posted by end of February.

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Time Activity/Event   Presenter/Host Location
9:00A How to Document Your Journey Through the Art of Writing While Using the Tools and Platforms Available in 2022 Ms. Christine Penn Chestnut

Ms. Christine
Penn
There are so many ways to document your transition, for some it is through photos and video while others enjoy the art of writing. Whether you wish to enjoy the emotional rewards of journaling privately or share publicly to inspire others and possibly publish your own story, documenting your journey is a part of discovering your authentic life that you do not want to miss. Learn various approaches to writing your story and the different tools and platforms available to support your project.
9:00A Expectations (Spouses & Significant Others Only) Mrs. Karen Lehman Dogwood

Mrs. Karen
Lehman
This workshop will discuss how to develop and set expectations not only for the conference, but also in your relationships. It's an opportunity to bounce your ideas off of others with similar circumstances. Come share your concerns and ideas in the privacy of other spouses and SOs with Karen and our Spouse/SO Program staff. This workshop is open only to spouses and significant others of transgender/GQ individuals.
9:00A Abuse Changes Your Life Sandra Stewart Elm

Sandra
Stewart
Abuse includes, Physical, Sexual, Mental/Emotional and Neglect. There are many expressions of abuse and as one young transgender girl said “words can cut deeper than any knife”. But what of the others, What does abuse do, why do individuals have difficulty in getting out of an abusive relation, and immediately get back into one once they have left? On some levels there is no such thing as a little abuse, and bullying can have lifelong consequences. Physical abuse can be fatal. BDSM, abuse or therapy, it can be both.
9:00A Personal Safety and Defense En Femme Miss Michelle Blond Fir

Miss Michelle
Blond
Avoid becoming a victim of violent crime and live your life in peace. Much needed information will be shared on best practices and most effective tools for personal defense, threat identification and avoidance, legalities of self-defense, the various mindsets surrounding violent crime, use of force and probable outcomes and how to engage with Law Enforcement Officers. You will leave this class feeling better prepared to identify and prevent dangerous situations and understand how to protect yourself within the bounds of the law.
9:00A Body and Brain Yoga Ms. Emelda Nim Hemlock

Ms. Emelda
Nim
This class will concentrate on light stretching, proper breathing, meditation, relaxation and an introduction to Tai Chi. Loose and comfortable clothing such as Yoga pants, sweat pants, T-shirt and socks are needed, Shorts are not recommended. The class will slowly progress from simple stretching to prepare for further exercise, instruction on proper breathing and explanation as to why proper breathing is important everyday. You'll be taught ways to relax and meditate for everyday life, and accumulation of energy. Introduction to Tai Chi to show further ways to relax and focusing on rebalancing your body.
9:00A Workshops TBA
10:30A Financial Planning for the Transgender and Gender-Expansive Community Ms. Lindsey Young Ash

Ms. Lindsey
Young
The transgender community faces many unique financial challenges, and the amount of resources to help transgender people create a financial plan for transition and life after transition is quite limited. This workshop will provide a high-level overview of financial planning considerations especially relevant to the transgender community. The workshop will consist of two modules: (i) an overview of financial planning considerations for those who are considering transition or are in the middle of transition and (ii) how to approach financial planning following transition. Topics include budgeting for transition; health insurance considerations; tax considerations, and post-transition life and retirement planning. The workshop will address topics of interest to people of all income levels and stages of life. Significant others and allies are encouraged to attend.
10:30A Relationship Priorities: Using Communication and Compassion to Work Through Transition Continuing Education Ms. Susan Bienvenu
Mrs. Karen Lehman
Ms. Jennifer Lehman
Chestnut

Ms. Susan
Bienvenu

Mrs. Karen
Lehman

Ms. Jennifer
Lehman
Discussions often focus on the needs of the transitioning transgender individual, somewhat exclusive to the needs of the relationship with a partner. This seminar will turn the focus to the relationship between the transgender person and their spouse or significant other. Transition is a very difficult time for a couple, and frequently leads to the loss of the relationship. Your presenter does not believe that this has to be the inevitable outcome, and hopes to offer her experience with her late spouse Jude, and that of friends and acquaintances who have gone through transition of a partner, in the hope that others can find these experiences useful. Aspects discussed includes "couples transition" and skills in languaging and negotiation, managing expectations and maintaining open lines of communication. These approaches are proven techniques in couples counseling, and helped tremendously during Jude's transition. Please come join us for discussions and a few exercises that can help bring a new understanding to the power of language and negotiation.
10:30A Think and Grow Rich Ms. Randi Wallace Dogwood

Ms. Randi
Wallace
You're unhappy with some part of your life, Happiness, Health or Wealth. This will be a discussion about how you can have anything you want! But you have to know what you want and to REALLY WANT IT! We are or become what we think about, you want different results, you have to change your thinking. We all have habits, some good, some not so good. We will discuss how we change habits and how hard and why it's hard to make lasting changes. This will be fast paced and cover many areas of our lives.
10:30A Undergarments are a Girl's Best Friend Cher Poitevien Elm

Cher
Poitevien
Do you feel comfortable in your undergarments? Do you wear clothes that visibly expose the outlines of your corset, bra and underwear? In this fun and informative class, you will learn depiction, description and usage of the essential undergarments that every lady needs in her wardrobe. Explanation of what they are, what they're best used for, how to choose what is best for your body size and shape. We'll cover bras, including how to get the proper size and fit, slips, panties, "control" garments, hosiery, etc.
10:30A Being Your Own Health Advocate Amber Brown Fir

Amber
Brown
We know you have goals for what you want out of your transition! Self-advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself and make decisions about your own life, knowing your strengths and challenges, knowing your rights, and being able to share your needs with others. All too often, trans and gender-diverse people must be their own, and sometimes only, advocate to access necessary health care and social services. In this workshop we will disuss what being your own advocate looks like, what gets in the way, and how to get what you need out of medical visits, your transition journey, and your interpersonal relationships. But what if you struggle to advocate for yourself? We haven't forgotten about the allies, friends, family, and community advocates! We have tips and tricks for our supporters too.
10:30A Workshops TBA
2:00P Transition in Communities Ms. Lilia Weber Dogwood

Ms. Lilia
Weber
Are you thinking about transition but worried about losing your circle? Long ago, the model for a transgender person to socially transition was to sever all connections with their current network of friends and colleagues and start from zero. That path had huge costs to the individual and isn't the generally accepted model anymore. Lilia will discuss a path of transition where one stays connected to their full life and can achieve a greater connection to their communities throughout transition. Lilia will present her experience with her transition and the communities that have given her strength and helped her to stay grounded during life’s ongoing transition. This workshop will have time for group discussion and the sharing of what communities have helped folks stay connected. What communities give you strength?
2:00P Practicing Authentic Faith While Living Authentic Life: How to be Faithful and Transgender Rev. Grace Ferris Elm

Rev. Grace
Ferris
Although rainbow flags are starting to be flown outside a growing number of churches and synagogues, the majority of mainline houses of worship in all faith traditions shun transgender people. Openly transgender Catholic Priest and activist Grace Ferris (she/her) will lead a discussion on how transgender people can continue to practice their faith, regardless of their own faith tradition. Differences and similarities between various denominations will be explored and described so that participants will be able to research houses of worship in their own communities that are closely aligned with individual religious preferences. A male Southern Baptist minister before being radically transformed to become a trans-female Catholic priest, Mother Grace has a comprehensive understanding of a wide range of religious traditions and the compassion to effectively minister in a way that is meaningful for those in her care. Mother Grace will also serve as needed as an interfaith chaplain at the conference, making herself available to anyone wanting pastoral care. She will meet people where they are spiritually, never proselytizing or evangelizing. Mother Grace will also offer Mass with Eucharist lovingly shared with anyone wishing to partake on Saturday evening and/or Sunday morning if there is sufficient interest.
2:00P Workshops TBA
3:30P Introduction to the Social Sport of Cornhole Mrs. Samantha Williams-Ethridge Assemble Area

Mrs. Samantha
Williams-Ethridge
Get ready for our First Annual All-Gender Cornhole Showdown Tournament with this practice clinic lead by Arkansas’ Coed Cornhole Champion, Samantha Ethridge. This is a social sport that can be played by everyone no matter their gender, age or even ability. Samantha will teach everyone how to play, explain the rules of the game, provide live demonstrations of different throwing techniques and give participants a chance to practice with feedback from the champ! Take a break after the clinic ends and return at 5:30 pm to join in our tournament – all skill levels will be given a fair advantage and guaranteed a great time.
3:30P How to Successfully Style for Your Body & Shape Lindsey Taub Dogwood

Lindsey
Taub
Do you love the way you look and feel in your clothing? Learn secrets from a professional stylist on how you can take any body shape and have the figure and stunning wardrobe you’ve always wanted.
3:30P Gender Transition: A Full Description of Where to Start and How to Thrive Continuing Education Mrs. Cindi Miller Elm

Mrs. Cindi
Miller
This workshop is for individuals who desire to do a full gender transition and want a guide to how to do it with excellence. Cindi Grace will walk participants through the different levels of transitioning, the steps of an effective transition, and share secrets for thriving in a transition rather than just surviving it. In this workshop we will cover everything from the physical and social transition to the emotional and mental transition.
3:30P Workshops TBA

 

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