Be the Change Symposium - Preventing Sexual Violence in Philadelphia



Preventing Sexual Violence
in Philadelphia

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Be the Change Symposium Schedule

LOCATION: Great Hall in the Winnet Building

LOCATION:Great Hall in the Winnet Building
8:00AMGathering, Breakfast, and Opening Remarks
8:30 – 9:30AM

BREAKFAST PLENARY: The Movement to End Sexual Violence in Philadelphia Then and Now Through the Lens of WOAR at 50 Years

Tamala Edwards, 6ABC News Anchor

Jannie Blackwell – Philadelphia Democratic Party, Former 6 term City Council Member & Advocate for Social Change
Roz Pichardo – Founder of Operation Save Our City, Cease Fire PA’s Invest in Safer Communities Coordinator
Carol Tracy – Former Executive Director of the Women’s Law Project for more than 30 years
9:30 – 9:45 AMBreak
9:45 – 10:45AM

PANEL 1: Demystifying Human Trafficking in the City of Philadelphia

Amber Goltz, BIA, MNM, MHR, Human Trafficking Specialist at WOAR

Sakinah Love, MA, PhD – Founder and Executive Director of Redeemed for a Cause, Adjunct Professor of Human Services, Rowan University
Leah Hynansky – Member, Advisory Council for The Salvation Army’s New Day to Prevent Trafficking
Alexis Krieger – FBI Victim Specialist
Lauren Realberg, BA, JD — Deputy City Solicitor Child Welfare Unit, City of Philadelphia
Shea Rhodes, Esq – Co-founder and Director of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation Institute at Widner School of Law, Villanova University
10:45 – 11:00 AMBreak
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

PANEL 2: Beyond the Incident: The Impact of Economic, Housing, Health, and Other Insecurities on Healing from Sexual Trauma

Omar Martinez, JD, MPH, MS – Director, Implementation Science Research Lab, Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida

Ashley L. Coleman, BS, BA – Executive Director, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
Indira M. Henard, DSW, MSW – Executive Director of DC Rape Crisis Center, Washington, DC
Elizabeth Van Nostrand, BA, JD – Associate Professor of Health Services Administration and Policy, Graduate Programs Director, Temple University
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM


2023 Jody Pinto Lifetime Achievement Award
Karen Baker, CEO of Respect Together/PCAR

2023 Carol Johnson Humanitarian Award
Melissa & Kevin Walter, Co-founders of Love City Brewing

2023 WOAR Visionary Award
Keonna Henderson, Student



Jovida Hill – Executive Director, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Engagement For Women

Breaking the Cycles of Trauma that Bind Our Communities in Violence

Sandra L. Bloom, MD
Board-Certified Psychiatrist
Founder of the Sanctuary Model® and Creating Presence
Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy
Dornsife School of Public Health
Drexel University
1:15 – 1:30 PMBreak
1:30 – 2:30 PM

PANEL 3: Trauma-Informed Care: Assessing and Integrating Physical and Mental Health Supports Following Sexual Trauma in Children and Adults

Susan DelMaestro, PhD – Clinical Psychologist, Trauma Specialist, and Director of Psychology Internship and Residency Programs, Crescenz Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Florence Momplaisir, MD, MSHP – Assistant Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Willamette Simmons, PsyD, MBA – Licensed Psychologist and owner of IPCS Wellness
Carolina Villamil-Grest, BS, MSW, PhD – Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, College of Public Health, Temple University
2:30 – 3:00PMNetworking and Social Hour
LOCATION:S2-3 Lecture Hall adjacent to Great Hall in the Winnet Building
3:00 – 4:00PM

WOAR LIVE Annual Report

WOAR Staff presenting on WOAR’s continuum of services offered to the Philadelphia community.

* Subject to change

Note: The Symposium is free of charge to all participants and guests.