This year, we have three excellent keynote presenters lined up for the 2022 Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference, which will take place in Pueblo, CO, September 19-21, 2022. We are excited to welcome Vu Le as one of our engaging keynote presenters. 

Le’s blog, Nonprofit AF, addresses many of the challenges and opportunities facing the nonprofit sector, but it would be a mistake to assume that Le’s message is only for nonprofits. He frequently writes and speaks about work-life balance and self-care–topics that are central to this year’s conference theme, Flourishing in Times of Change.

Many of us who work with children and families, whether directly or indirectly, have experienced the challenge of caring for people during a global pandemic and other crises–both at our jobs and in our personal lives. Le reminds us that we also need to commit to taking time to take care of ourselves. We’re better people and better workers when we do. 

Vu Le

Vu Le

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and the former Executive Director of RVC, a nonprofit in Seattle that promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.

 

We all need to do a much better job taking care of ourselves. We’ve been sacrificing our health. And it’s been affecting our work. When we are not at our best, our work suffers. We are not as thoughtful. We don’t think things through as we should. We are not able to generate or synthesize solutions as well. We don’t give one another as much grace. We take fewer risks.

Vu Le

This year’s conference will have many opportunities for workers across the family support continuum–from prevention and public health through restoration and child welfare–to take care of themselves and invest in themselves. Beyond being a professional development opportunity with excellent keynote speakers and breakout sessions, this year’s conference will feature dedicated time and space for wellness opportunities like yoga, mindfulness craft and activities, and more.

Tell Me More About the Keynote Presentation

Le’s keynote is titled “Self-Care During the Apocalypse”:

It has been a rough few years. All of us are stretched to capacity. Our work remains vital, but it has been relentless. How do we take care of ourselves and one another and conserve the strength we need to advance a just and equitable world? What philosophies and practices must we unlearn? What are new ones we must adopt? The world needs us, but in order to serve it effectively, we need to prioritize our wellbeing. We will touch on these and other topics in a presentation that will likely include pictures of baby animals. 

About the Conference

The Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference is a biennial event and is a joint collaboration across the family support continuum, from prevention and public health through restoration and child welfare. 

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