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New Heights & Radical Shifts in Navigating Life after Foster Care

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· Stage
Dr. Akin Abioye
· Stage
Opening Keynote
Sade  Daniels
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Notes on Media and Representation
Join us for a lively discussion on social justice, activism and representation in media.
· Sessions
Breakout Session A
Breakout Sessions: Media and Representation, TAY Entering the Workforce Post-COVID & How to Use LinkedIn to Grow your Career
Aalexus Longmire Anthony Cunningham Marjorie Williams Esa Lewis Dr. Akin Abioye Talia Fujita Joe Levenson
· Stage
Notes on Social Justice and Career Building
Laila  Ali
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Panel Discussion: From Advocate to Professional
This panel will explore how those with a lived foster care experience move into professional roles in the workforce.
April Curtis Kashawn Little Ashley  Lizarraga, MSW
· Networking
Lunch Break/Networking
· Stage
Musical Inspiration and Dialouge with Ndidi O
Ndidi Onukwulu
· Sessions
Breakout Session B
Breakout Sessions: Changing the Narrative,Ethical Storytelling & How to Use LinkedIn to Grow your Career
Miriam Cortez-Cáceres Jenny Serrano Zaid Gayle Talia Fujita Joe Levenson Kaysie Getty Kenisha Anthony Miranda Sheffield
· Networking
· Stage
Panel: Foster Care Narratives
This panel will explore how foster care may impact career pursuits and how media plays a central role in shaping public opinion.
Robert Hernandez Zaid Gayle Jenny Serrano
· Stage
Closing Plenary: Reinvention and Self Valuation
This panel will explore maximizing education, experience, and talents to accelerate career aspirations.
Miles Cooley Ndidi Onukwulu Dr. Sara Gamez Dr. Akin Abioye
· Networking
Post-Conference Networking


Miles Cooley

Partner at DLA Piper LLP, Co-Leader of Mosaic at DLA Piper LLP

Miriam Cortez-Cáceres

Artist and Community Organizer

Aalexus Longmire

Community Organizer

Ndidi Onukwulu


Anthony Cunningham

Recreation Tourism Management Student: CSU Northridge

Robert Hernandez

Professor of Professional Practice at University of Southern California

Kashawn Little

Aim Higher Fellow at Foster Care to Success

Kaysie Getty

Youth Programming Advisor at NJ Department of Children and Families

Ashley Lizarraga, MSW

PhD Student at the University of Washington

Jenny Serrano

Public Administrator, Los Angeles County

Dr. Sara Gamez

Educational Leader | Foster Youth Advocate

April Curtis

Strategic Growth & Leadership Development Advisor

Esa Lewis

Writer #BlackAF

Marjorie Williams

Business Affairs Executive at United Talent Agency

Zaid Gayle

Executive Director, Peace4Kids

Miranda Sheffield

Community Organizer

Dr. Akin Abioye

Founder/Director Altura Collaborative

Sade Daniels

Keynote Speaker

Laila Ali

Television Personality and Former Professional Boxer

Kenisha Anthony

Public Servant | Author | Advocate

Kizzy Lopez

Assistant Professor, Social Work at Fresno Pacific University

Joe Levenson

Product Marketing Manager at LinkedIn

Deshunna Monay Ricks

Adjunct Instructor at Fresno Pacific University

Talia Fujita

Customer Success Manage at LinkedIn

The event is over

Hosted by

Altura Collaborative

A community network where we connect people with a lived experience in foster care to resources that accelerate educational and professional goals.