Access to affordable housing is a crucial need for everyone in our community.

As this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Donna Beegle brings a unique perspective beyond the misconceptions and stereotypes that surround those struggling.

Please join us for the 2020 Housing Summit for a morning of collaboration and discussion on how to break the cycle of poverty through accessible housing for working families.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR. DONNA BEEGLE

Dr. Donna Beegle inspires and educates individuals, organizations, politicians and entire communities with proven models to better outcomes for people in poverty. Born into a migrant labor family and married at 15, Dr. Beegle is the only member of her family who has not been incarcerated. By age 25, she earned her GED and then, within 10 years, received her doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is an authentic voice from poverty that speaks, writes and trains across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty for others through services provided by her company, Communication Across Barriers (CAB). For more than 25 years, she has traveled throughout hundreds of cities in 47 states and four countries to assist professionals with proven strategies for breaking poverty barriers. State agencies, politicians and other organizations have partnered with her to implement community-wide approaches to improving outcomes for citizens in poverty.

Agenda

Time Event

7:30 - 8 am

Check In – Breakfast

8 am

Welcome Address, Mayor Paul TenHaken

8:10 am

Opening Summary, Chellee Unruh, Housing Manager
Keynote Speaker Introduction

8:30 am

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Donna Beegle
Portland OR – Communication Across Barriers

Dr. Donna Beegle inspires and educates individuals, organizations, politicians and entire communities with proven models to better outcomes for people in poverty. For more than 25 years, Dr. Beegle has traveled throughout hundreds of cities in 47 states and four countries to assist professionals with proven strategies for breaking poverty barriers. State agencies, politicians and other organizations have partnered with her to implement community-wide approaches to improving outcomes for citizens in poverty.

9:30 am

Housing Development Panel – Guest Panelists

  • Chris Torkelson, President & CEO of Lloyd Companies, Sioux Falls
  • Clint Ackerman, President of Signature Companies, Sioux Falls
  • Hani Shafai, President of Dream Design International, Rapid City
  • Jeff Mitchell, Hapi Homes Are Possible, Inc., Aberdeen

10 am

Break

10:15 am

Round Table Discussion - Housing Development

Summit attendees and panel speakers are invited to break into groups to discuss housing development and problem solving

10:45 am

Housing Services Panel – Guest Panelists

  • Kathy Waters, Resource Advocate at Bishop Dudley Hospitality House, Sioux Falls
  • Julie Becker, Executive Director St. Francis House, Sioux Falls
  • Charity Doyle, Executive Director One Heart, Rapid City

 

11:15 am

Round Table Discussion – Housing Services

Summit attendees and panel speakers are invited to break into groups to discuss proposed solutions to today’s housing crisis

11:45 am

Closing Summary, Chellee Unruh, Housing Manager

12:00 pm

End of Housing Summit 2020

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