The Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE) is a non-profit special education administrator organization that promotes educational opportunities for all students with an emphasis on students with disabilities. IAASE is the largest statewide organization of special education administrators in the country and one of the largest CASE Units in the country. Each year, they host two conferences and are regularly called upon by the legislature, colleagues, government officials, and others for expert testimony, guidance, and information about working with students with disabilities. IAASE President, Dr. Kevin Rubenstein states, “The conference is always a great time to learn about all that is happening in our profession. It’s also a great time to convene with friends, colleagues, and other like-minded professionals from across the State of Illinois.”

Thursday, October 4, 2018

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.          Welcome and Announcements

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.          Memorial Scholarship Presentations

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.        Keynote Speaker – George Couros

10:15 – 12:30 p.m.        Two Sessions/ Two Breaks

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.          Luncheon

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.           Regional Meetings

2:00 – 4:30 p.m.          Two Sessions/ Two Breaks

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.          Committee Meetings/ Visit Vendors

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.          “Social Hour”

*Morten Group’s very own Mary Morten and Lisa Gilmore will be presenting on Thursday, October 4, 2018 to present on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Administrators of Special Education.

Friday, October 5, 2018

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.               Welcome and Announcements

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.               Keynote Address II – Anne Grady

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.             Break

10:00 – 12:00 p.m.           Attorney Panel

10:15 – 12:15 p.m.             Breakout Session


IAASE is pleased to offer online membership, conference, and workshop registration with the option of paying by credit card. Simply click here and complete the desired registration forms. If you are paying by purchase order please either scan and email a copy of your PO to or fax a copy of your PO to 618-931-0463.


Cost: $225-$425

Location: Holiday Inn Select Hotel & Conference Center
18451 Convention Center Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Phone: (708) 444-1100

Guest Room Rate: $121 Single/Double

For questions or assistance with the online registration process please contact Lydia Sipes at 618-512-1414 or email

[Learn More About the IAASE 20th Annual Fall Conference]

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The 2018 Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium (MLHS) will explore this year’s theme “Moving Towards Health Equity. Strengthening our Community of Care.” The two-day gathering of healthcare professionals, social service providers, advocates, and researchers will highlight innovative best practices in LGBTQ patient-centered clinical care as well as community-driven approaches to addressing health disparities. Join us as we explore critical topics in the field such as HIV elimination, racial equity in LGBTQ care, addressing violence, reproductive justice and others as both healthcare providers and advocates for meaningful change.

List of 2018 Confirmed Speakers

    Day One                                 Day Two

Ronica Mukerjee DNP, FNP, MsA, LAc          Jessica Halem, MBA

         Dustin T. Duncan                                    LaTonya Maley

Keisha Farmer-Smith, PhD                             Kelly Rice, MPH

    Amy Nicole Miller, BA                                  Catalleya Storm

Richard A. Santucci, MD, FACS                  Tony Alvarado-Rivera

Worner Leland, MS, BCBA                           Randall Jenson

            Channyn Parker                                     Hector Salgado, MA

                  Dr. Asa Radix                                         Maya Green, MD

      Keiva Lei Cadena                                        Tatyana Moaton

                   Tori Cooper                                           Alex Rhodes, MSW


When: September 14 – 15, 2018

Location: JW Marriott, 151 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL

Cost: $75 – $400

Presented by Howard Brown Health’s Center for Education, Research and Advocacy, MLHS brings together healthcare professionals, educators, researchers, and advocates from across the country to disseminate evidence-based practices and engage in rigorous discussion around issues relating to the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. [Learn more| Resister HERE]. 

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The Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management is proud to host Embracing Inclusive Leadership: Uncommon Conversations about Diversity a conference where 200 Chicago-area nonprofit leaders will gather to learn about inclusive leadership and why it matters. Hear from keynote speakers Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, co-authors of Race to Lead and Rusty Stahl, president of Fund the People, on vital topics regarding what diversity and inclusion mean for leadership, fundraising, and the future of nonprofit work.

Participate in conversations examining the topic from various angles: how to embrace differences, address structural barriers, cultivate allies, and build in diversity to enhance effectiveness. Morten Group, LLC is proud to sponsor the Embracing Inclusive Leadership Luncheon Keynote. [Learn More | Register Here]



      Frances Kunreuther                  Rusty Stahl                    Sean Thomas-Breitfeld

  Building Movement Project        Fund the People          Building Movement Project

Co-Director              Founder, President & CEO            Co-Director


When: Friday, October 19, 2018 

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CDT

Location:  North Park University | Hamming Hall | 3225 West Foster Avenue | Chicago, IL 60625

Cost: $119 – $149

What meals will be provided? Breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments at the end of the conference will be provided. They are included in the registration price. 

What is the dress code? Business casual is appropriate. 

What is the social media hashtag? Social media hashtag is #UncommonConvos


Real Talk About Real Change for Achieving Racial Equity: Practical Tools for Centering Racial Equity at Your Organization

Co-presented by: Kris Hermanns and Mary Morten

During this interactive workshop, Kris Hermanns and Mary Morten will talk about their work in the Pacific Northwest. In doing so, they will use the Pride Foundation case study to look at how they are working to advance racial equity within their organizations and work as a springboard for participants to talk with one another about their own process, progress, and challenges.

To make real change in philanthropy and in our nonprofits, we are going to have to get comfortable talking to one another—sharing our experiences, our successes, and certainly our challenges. As a sector, we have seen positive shifts toward elevating and prioritizing racial equity, but there is still a lot to be done.

Come with your questions and ideas for your own journey, and use our exercises, resources, and learnings from one another to develop practical next steps. Participate in conversations examining the topic from various angles: how to embrace differences, address structural barriers, work toward equity, and build in diversity to enhance effectiveness.

Kris Hermanns has been working for more than 25 years as a nonprofit executive, strategist, grantmaker, and fundraiser. Currently, Kris is serving as a Special Advisor to Pride Foundation, following her seven-year tenure as the Chief Executive Officer. As CEO and now as an adviso, this work enables her to bridge two of her passions — advocating for equity and justice, and the field of philanthropy. As the CEO of Pride Foundation, Kris mobilized individual and institutional resources to affect real change in the lives of people and communities who are most impacted by injustices, including through centering and embedding racial equity into the foundation’s mission, programs, and practices. Previous positions include Deputy Director at NCLR and a Program Officer at The Rhode Island Foundation.

Mary Morten is the President of Morten Group (MG), a national consulting firm established in November 2001 to focus on clients in the nonprofit, for-profit, and foundation fields. Morten Group provides a customized approach to solving organizational development challenges, and explores new opportunities with a specific focus on a racial equity initiative program. This includes assessments and trainings, succession planning, and talent investment strategies. Previous positions include: Director of the Office of Violence Prevention for the Chicago Department of Public Health, mayoral appointee for Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Director in the Commission on Human Relations. Mary is the first African American woman to serve as Board Chair for the Chicago Foundation for Women where she also served as a consultant, Associate Director, and Interim Executive Director.

Mary holds a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Radio and Television from Loyola University Chicago and is a member of Forefront, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits. Mary serves on the faculty for Executive Director Boot Camp at the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management at North Park University. She is also Co-founder and current Board Chair for the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.



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