KEYNOTE – Why Language Matters by Justice Anne McKeig

Justice Anne McKeig is descended from the White Earth Nations, and the first American Indian justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court.  Anne has been a national leader in developing protocols and programs for child protection and Indian Child Welfare.  She has also collaborated on practices to address child custody, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and equal access to justice.  Throughout her extensive career, Justice McKeig has discovered the importance of language.  Anne’s presentation will focus on how we use language to describe our lives and our loved ones, and how society and others use language as well.  Language matters; our words have meaning and can impact how others feel about us and themselves.

KEYNOTE – Move People, Change Societies

In order to truly eliminate alcohol consumption during pregnancy the social norm we really need to understand how behavior changes. What can we learn from different fields and organizations who have been trailblazers in changing other social norms? Remember, we used to smoke on airplanes and not wear seatbelts! This thought provoking discussion will be lead by Mike Caguin, Chief Creative Officer, Colle McVoy. While Mike Caguin has worked at agencies from coast to coast, including Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners and TBWA\Chiat\Day, it’s his impact at full-service creative agency Colle McVoy that shows the power of his diverse and dynamic, yet subtle approach to creativity.

For 10 years, Mike has led the award-winning creative department through culture-shifting campaigns like Tag Responsibly for Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism, Proof for Proof Alliance, Parents Coming Out for 3M’s Command Brand, Making Waves for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and The Copernicus Project for Land O’Lakes. He has been recognized by nearly every major award show including the Cannes Lions, Communication Arts, The One Show, The Webby Awards and the Effies. And he’s worked with many of America’s well-loved brands like Aveda, BMW MINI, Cannondale, ESPN, General Mills, Indian Motorcycle, Infiniti, Invisalign, Land O’Lakes, Nestlé Purina, Nissan, Schwinn, Sun Microsystems and Yahoo!.

When not inspiring the agency or spending time with his family, Mike is training for his next triathalon or drawing attention to some of the most important issues affecting the ad industry today, like diversity and mental health.

KEYNOTE PANEL – Physicians Speak the Truth Based on the Proof

With accurate information and the appropriate supports, we have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable.  This keynote panel, led by the president of the Minnesota Perinatal Organization, Dr. Yasuko Yamamura will address some of the complex factors linked to alcohol exposed pregnancies by sharing real life examples.  This panel of OB/GYNs will then offer solutions to address the many misconceptions surrounding alcohol use during pregnancy.  In addition to her work with the Minnesota Perinatal Organization, Dr. Yamamura also serves as an Associate Professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota; American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) FASD Prevention Program District VI Champion; and clinical lead for the Minnesota Perinatal Quality Collaborative’s Preterm Birth Reduction project. OB/GYN Panel includes:

KEYNOTE – Macaroni at Midnight; How One Person Made Their Way to a Brighter Future by Dr. Don Bartlette

Author of the exceptional autobiography “Macaroni at Midnight,” Dr. Bartlette is a nationally known public speaker, social worker, advocate, native American activist and a person with disabilities. He is also an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians located in Belcourt, North Dakota. Despite his lack of formal elementary education, Dr. Bartlette went on to graduate valedictorian of his high school, earn his B.A. in Social Work and Philosophy, M.Ed. in Counseling, and Ph.D. in Education. He has been featured on radio and television programs, including Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson. His story has been portrayed in a stage drama, book, and song. Married to a former special education teacher, he and his wife are the parents of seven daughters and one son, and have been foster parents to children with special needs. Dr. Bartlette will share his experiences as an Indian child growing up and overcoming severe speech and physical handicaps in an environment of poverty, child abuse, family violence, racism and alcoholism.

KEYNOTE – Targeted Interventions To Improve the Lives of Individuals Impacted by Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol and Those Who Care for Them by Dr. Julie Kable

Dr. Kable is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a licensed pediatric psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities specializing in prenatal alcohol exposure. Dr. Kable knows prenatal alcohol exposure adversely impacts brain development, resulting in cognitive and behavioral deficits that impact everyday functioning. These effects on the brain are not fixed at birth due to early neural plasticity, which involves the brain repairing itself. Children with a history of prenatal alcohol exposure who are raised in adverse environmental conditions are more likely to have adverse effects than are children who experience positive, nurturing postnatal environments.  FASD intervention research suggests that many of the impairments are remediable. This presentation will provide an overview on the neurodevelopmental and behavioral challenges found in children with FASD, provide strategies for obtaining services within existing systems, and provide an overview of the evidence-based interventions developed for children with FASD. Discussion regarding the outcomes of pharmacological and skill-building interventions will be provided and the need for increasing our capacity to provide care to individuals impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure will be discussed.


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