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19th Annual Conference-

Ripples Affect



September 25-26, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn, Johnston

And that's a wrap! We want to send a big THANK YOU to all who joined us last week at the Hilton Garden Inn for the 2018 Annual Conference "Ripples Affect". It was a fantastic two days of learning and growth, and we couldn't be happier to have spent it with all of you! 

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Special shout-out to our keynote speakers who challenged, inspired, and let us into multi-layered conversation: Kim Cook, John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, Lauren Peffley, LaTasha DeLoach, and Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel.

Another special shout-out to our workshop presenters who addressed important and timely topics with expertise and perception: Marcia Berke, Kirsten Brown, Jamie Burch, Gail Cowan, Jenna Eppert, Ashley Ezzio, Kristin Fairholm, Ashley Kuykendall, KellyMarie Meek, Danielle Miller, Emily Miller, Sarah Myren, Ellen Rothweiler, Jamie Sebring, and Anne Williams.

Thank you also to our exhibitors, sponsors, Hilton hotel staff, and volunteers.

We look forward to hosting our 20th Annual Conference in 2019. Stay tuned for information about this upcoming milestone achievement.

In the meantime, watch for updates and news from EOI!


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How #PopCulture Has Reshaped Conversations About Sexuality

Kim T. Cook, RN, CHES, has certifications as a Health Education Specialist, middle and high  school health teacher, and in LGBT Studies and is  also a former elementary school nurse. She is the  founder of Teen World Confidential, an online  resource for parents of teens and 'tweens to help  get the conversation(s) started.    

Kim believes that when parents and kids establish an open dialogue around sex, kids are empowered to make the best possible choices over a lifetime. She is also the author of Teen World Confidential: Five-minute Topics to Open Conversation About Sex and Relationships. As the mother of three grown daughters, she is a survivor of the adolescent years.

**Conference attendees will receive a free copy of Kim's book, Teen World Confidential!**

Day 1, Special Mid-day Keynote Address

Justice Undone:  How organizations avoid responsibility for equity and civil rights


While many organizations and systems tout their love for “diversity” their structures still reflect privilege and power structures that favor some while punishing others.  This trend has sped up under the current administration as administrative rules and policy that protect the vulnerable are dismantled (especially LGBTQ+ Youth and families).   This workshop will be focused on how organizations and systems flout Civil Rights law and policy and set up professionals of color and other disenfranchised groups for failure.   Then the workshop will discuss how to work together to bring about real and liberatory systemic changes. 

For over 25 years John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas has worked in the area in the area of inclusion, equity, human and civil rights.  John-Paul has been recognized at the national level for his work transforming large multi-million dollar systems towards equity.  This includes overseeing Civil Right Compliance and Educational Achievement Gap reduction efforts for 295 school districts in Washington State, leading multi-state and multi-million dollar community change efforts to reduce poverty among youth and families of color and leading state and federal law, policy and voting change efforts.  John-Paul is a nationally recognized speaker, facilitator and instructor. 

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Our Eyes To Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking: Prevention, Identification and Aftercare 

Lauren Peffley recently earned her Master of Social Work and Certificate for Violence & Injury Prevention from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University with a concentration of Advocacy and Empowerment for Survivors of Sexual Exploitation. She also completed training with the YWCA’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and has served as a SART advocate. Lauren has been passionate about anti-exploitation work for over a decade now, taking every opportunity to learn about it, write about it, speak about it, and work with organizations doing something about it. She spent a year living in Southern India serving as an intern with International Justice Mission, and then spent two years as a dedicated volunteer/public speaker for Not For Sale – Minnesota. Lauren is currently pursuing justice and serving survivors through her role as Program Coordinator at Eden’s Glory.

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Exposing the Invisible Ink: Revealing Systematic Racism in the Years of #staywoke

LaTasha DeLoach holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa School of Social Work. In her position of Community Projects Specialist at Johnson County Social Services, she is the Johnson County Disproportionate Minority Contact coordinator and the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children coordinator. DeLoach advocates for families and is a fierce advocate for women and young women of color in Iowa.

She has been a member of many local and statewide boards and committees including UI School of Social Work Professional Advisory Committee, State Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee, Iowa Girls Justice Initiative Taskforce, SMART on Juvenile Justice Leadership Team, City of Iowa City Council’s Ad Hoc Diversity Committee and City of Iowa City Roundtable Discussions.

DeLoach is a certified facilitator for Girls’ Circle, The Council for Young Men and Boys, and Family Team Meetings. She is a trainer and facilitator for the Iowa Department of Human Services Race: Power of an Illusion program. DeLoach is the co-founder of several organizations and programs for women and girls of color, including G! World, Sisters in Power, and Sankofa Outreach Connection, an emerging local organization with over 300 women of color members.

DeLoach was vice president of the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors. She is also a committed community volunteer and coordinator of conferences, seminars, workshops, and events. Her crowning achievements include being a partner to her husband Jason and a mother to her boy/girl twins, Nathan and Lauren.

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Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel has served as One Iowa’s executive director since January 2017. He is also adjunct faculty at Iowa Central Community and Des Moines University and a respite provider through Lutheran Services in Iowa. He has over 10 years of nonprofit experience working with the LGBTQ community, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, Latino community, and individuals with disabilities.

Daniel has a Doctorate of Education in Leadership from Creighton University. His doctoral work includes a dissertation titled Resilient Leadership: A Case study about a gay man’s journey of coming out and running for public office. He holds an M.A. in health studies from the University of Alabama, a B.A. in liberal arts with sociology and psychology minors from Grand View University, and an A.A. from Iowa Central Community College.

In 2015, Daniel received one of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40 awards. In 2012, he received the Karen Packer Spirit of Collaboration Award at the Iowa Cancer Summit. Daniel completed the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program in 2017.

Outstanding. I love the ‘sex – only’ content of this conference. Well done!”
It is the only conference that is accessible and affordable and has relevant content for my work.”

“Two things: networking and workshops that I tangibly walk away with tools I can use in my daily programming.