Join us for a special poverty seminar by Dr. Donna Beegle, renowned motivational speaker and poverty expert.


The seminar will take place on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Ivy Tech Community College's Katharos Cafe from 9am until 12pm and will provide attendees with insights on how to overcome poverty, race, gender, and generational barriers when serving those in need.


About the Presenter:

After growing up in generational migrant-labor poverty, leaving school at 15 to get married, having two children, and continuing to cope with poverty while being essentially homeless her entire life, Donna Beegle found herself at 25 with no husband, little education, and limited job skills. Then, in 10 short years, she went from GED to a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.


Learning Objectives: In this interactive session, participants will

  • Enhance their poverty knowledge base and shatter the myths and stereotypes that get in the way of connecting with our neighbors

  • Develop a common definition of poverty and a common language to discuss issues with peers and partners

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the many different life experiences of poverty and explore how they impact success

  • Learn about the differences in communication across social class

  • Obtain concrete tools for building stronger relationships and communicating more effectively with those who live in the crisis of poverty

  • Develop their understanding on how to impact the individuals with whom they work

  • Gain practical/usable strategies for individual and organizational actions that have proven to improve outcomes

Where is Ivy Tech?


Where is Ivy Tech


St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County

520 Crescent Avenue

South Bend, IN 46617


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