Speakers

Opening Keynote Address

Charles Johnson

And Then She Was Gone… Charles Johnson has suffered an unimaginable tragedy that strikes too many families – and has made it his life’s mission to save others from the same fate.

In April 2016 Charles’ healthy and full-of–life wife, Kira, gave birth to their second beautiful child. But Kira immediately began struggling in ways that the hospital staff could not explain, even as Charles watched and implored the staff that something was horribly wrong. Kira died within hours.

Charles was understandably overcome by grief – grief that turned into outrage. He channeled his pain and his passion into founding a nonprofit, 4Kira4Moms, that is dedicated to changing systems to better prevent birth-related deaths. 4Kira4Moms advocates for improved maternal health policies and regulations; educates the public about the impact of maternal mortality in communities; provides peer support to victims’ family and friends; and promotes discussion of maternal mortality as a human rights issue. 

Charles has shared his story and advocated for change through countless live events and media appearances all over the country, including at the March for Moms rally in Washington, D.C., last year. Last September he testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health about the need to pass the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act of 2017 – which, as you know, was indeed passed by Congress and signed into law. When he is not advocating to improve maternal health practices, Charles is busy raising his two sons, Charles V and Langston.

Closing Plenary Address

Renee Trudeau

Finding Balance in a 24/7 World: The Art & Science of Self-Renewal… Work-life harmony doesn’t come from a new app or a better time management system-it comes from the inside-out. Learn how engaging the power of self-renewal, building a support network and managing your energy can increase your ability to be more creative, resilient and enjoy all areas of your life. Passionate about supporting people at all life stages in experiencing greater well-being in everyday life, Trudeau—a community activist, parent, wife and business owner—lives what she teaches.  Trudeau will share simple, powerful strategies and science-based tools for feeling more focused, connected and calm no matter how full your life is. Join us for an engaging, interactive experience and prepare to walk away with a fresh perspective and renewed clarity about your career and life.

Renée Peterson Trudeau is an internationally-recognized transformational coach, speaker and author. Her clients include corporations, national conferences and nonprofit organizations. Trudeau has been facilitating transformational events for more than 25 years and she’s on faculty at the prestigious Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 1440 Multiversity and Omega Institute. A sought-after life balance expert, Trudeau’s work has been featured in the New York Times, US News and World Report, Good Housekeeping, AARP and more. She is the author of three best-selling books on life-balance including The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. She and her team have certified hundreds of women leaders in more than 10 countries around the world to lead self-renewal groups based on her award-winning self-care curriculum. She lives with her husband and teenage son in Austin, TX.