Strengthening Colorado Families & Communities Conference
Helping Colorado's Kids Reach Their Summits

Thank you for joining us at the 2016 Strengthening Colorado
Families & Communities Conference!  

Illuminate Colorado, in partnership with the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership, and the Colorado Department of Human Services was pleased to host the 2nd Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Biennial Conference.  

September 27-28, 2016
Winter Park Resort

Featuring a special welcome reception on Monday, September 26th, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.  

This year's conference focused on efforts to engage communities in changing the context in which families live and highlighted ways to build protective factors that prevent child maltreatment.   Educational offerings will be provided for home visitors, family support workers, parent educators, parent leaders, mental health specialists, medical professionals, school social workers, kinship and foster parents, child welfare and human services professionals, public health practitioners, early childhood development specialists and teachers, early interventionists, law enforcement, and community advocates.

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Keynote Speakers


Anne Mosle is a vice president at the Aspen Institute and executive director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute. She is a leading thinker, advocate, and voice in building pathways to opportunity for low-income families and women. With more than 20 years’ experience in policy and philanthropy, Anne has been recognized as Washingtonian of the Year, Ms. Magazine Woman to Watch, and as Visionary Philanthropist. She is also an author of The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink.

In her current role at the Aspen Institute, she directs Ascend, the national hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move vulnerable children and their parents towards educational success and economic security. Ascend has been a national leader in catalyzing a two-generation approach to breaking the cycle of poverty. Under Anne’s leadership, Ascend has launched a national values-based fellowship program and has invested $1.5 million in promising programs and policy solutions. In all its work, Ascend engages the voices of families and diverse leaders. In 2014, Ascend launched a new two-generation learning network.

Prior to the Aspen Institute, Anne served as a vice president and officer of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), where she was on the executive team and oversaw $140 million in investments. In addition, Anne led the creation of WKKF’s Family Economic Security portfolio, and managed their civic engagement portfolio and the launch of their mission-driven investing program. Before joining WKKF, she served as the president of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, spearheading seven years of unprecedented growth. She was also the lead architect of their nationally recognized Stepping Stones initiative to build the financial independence of women and families. Earlier in her career, Anne served as senior vice president at the Center for Policy Alternatives, developing leadership and policy programs for state elected and community leaders. She has organized major summits at The White House and 10 Downing Street as well as numerous state and community forums.

Anne serves on the Advisory Committee of the Oxford University Said School of Business; the National Trustees Council of America's Promise; and serves on the APHSA Executive Governing Board. She lives with her family in Washington, DC.



Michael Neill is an internationally renowned transformative coach and the best-selling author of five books including The Inside-Out Revolution and The Space Within

He has spent over 25 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. His books have been translated into 16 languages, and his public talks, retreats, and seminars have touched and transformed lives at the United Nations and on six continents around the world.



Elisabeth Babcock (Beth) is the President and CEO of Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath), a national charitable organization dedicated to creating new pathways to economic independence for low-income women and their families. EMPATH uses its unique “action-tank” business model to design, build, and test new approaches for creating economic mobility and then share them with other organizations and governments. Beth’s role as CEO is to lead EMPATH in its strategy to be a research and innovations powerhouse consistently delivering new approaches that expedite pathways out of poverty. Beth received her Master’s Degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and her
Ph.D. in non-profit strategy from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has taught non-profit strategy and implementation at the graduate level for more than two decades at Harvard University, Brandeis University, and the New England Conservatory of Music. She has received numerous awards including the 2013 World of Difference Award by the International Alliance for Women for her work on women’s empowerment. She currently serves as a member of the US Partnership for Mobility from Poverty, a national commission supported by the Gates Foundation and examining promising new approaches to close the opportunity divide. She also serves as an advisor to the World Bank where she recently helped create and taught in their new online course, Using Psycho-social Approaches to Improve Livelihoods Programs. Her article, “Re-thinking Poverty” was named one of the top articles of 2014 by the Stanford Social Innovation Review.


Scientist, author, professor, dog musher, and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Dr. Linda Chamberlain is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and advocate for understanding the effects of domestic violence and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on brain development and health.  She is known for her abilities to translate science into practical strategies for diverse audiences and convey a message of hope and opportunity.  Dr. Chamberlain earned public health degrees from Yale School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University and teaches at the University of Alaska.  Her current work focuses on creating tools that highlight trauma-informed practices for parents, service providers and organizations that work with children and families and communities.  Recognition for her work include a National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship, an Alaska Women of Achievement Award, serving as the inaugural Scattergood Foundation Scholar and the Fulbright Arctic Initiative.  She lives on a rural homestead outside of Homer, Alaska with her husband and sled dog team.   Pursuing certification in several practices that use breath work, movement and mindfulness, you can expect routine brain breaks to learn how these practices are being used to reduce stress and promote wellness.