2020 Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Opening Keynote Address
Saturday, May 30, 10:00 – 11:30 AM ET

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.

Plenary Speaker
Sunday, May 31, 10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

Angela L. Carr

Angela Carr is an experienced trial attorney and civil litigator, focusing her practice on professional liability defense, general liability, and health care law. She regularly provides risk consulting for hospitals and practice groups.

Angela has achieved a number of jury trial verdicts in favor of medical professionals and presented numerous seminars to Rhode Island and Massachusetts health care providers on best practices for transmitting and storing electronic medical records in accordance with HIPAA regulations. She has also been a panelist and lecturer at employment law seminars involving issues of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and federal law.

Angela was a Woman to Watch in Legal Services, Providence Business News  (2019), Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2017-2019), Rhode Island Super Lawyer (2015), 40 Under Forty Honoree, Providence Business News (2014), and Rhode Island Super Lawyers Rising Star (2012-2014).

Plenary Speaker
Sunday, May 31, 10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

Aiyana Davison

Aiyana Davison is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner-BC who currently practices in Southern California. Originally from Massachusetts, she has made California her home for the past 14 years. Her educational background consists of a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Nursing, as well as a Master of Science of Nursing with a concentration in Women’s Health.

She serves a diverse population but her passion rests in caring for teens and people of color. She currently serves on the Breastfeeding Committee at the teaching hospital where she practices. Aiyana’s ultimate goal in birth work is to shed light on the crisis that black women (people) face in this country, provide safe, quality care for all individuals and families, and to preserve the legacy of black midwives and birth work.

Outside of midwifery, Aiyana enjoys writing and performing poetry, reading, and travel. She has a platform on Instagram (@thevaginachronicles) and website (thevaginachronicles.org) that serves to educate, engage, and create safe space for those interested in birth work, empowerment, and overall obstetric and gynecologic health.

Premier Dondero Lecture Speaker
Monday, June 1, 10:00 – 11:00 AM ET

Julia Seng

Julia Seng, PhD, CNM, FAAN is a professor of Nursing, Obstetrics, and Women’s Studies and a researcher at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. Her program of research focuses on how childhood maltreatment trauma and its mental health sequelae affect childbearing and women’s health across the lifespan.  She has used large dataset, qualitative, and clinical research approaches to understand effects of complex posttraumatic stress on physical, perinatal, mental health and bonding outcomes of first-time mothers.  Currently she is conducting hybrid implementation and effectiveness research on a frontline intervention for women who are pregnant and coping with maltreatment-related PTSD. Attend Seng’s Premier Donerdo Lecture: Maltreatment, Trauma, PTSD, and Childbearing: Mobilizing a Trauma-Informed Continuum of Care.

Closing Plenary Address
Monday, June 1, 1:00 – 2:15 PM ET

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. Explore Renee’s blog for more of her perspectives on self-care and work-life balance.

Renée Peterson Trudeau is an internationally-recognized leadership coach, speaker and author. Her clients include corporations, national conferences and nonprofit organizations.  Trudeau has been facilitating transformational programs 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 two best-selling books on life-balance including The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life. 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. www.ReneeTrudeau.com