Keynote – Thursday, October 24th at 9:00 a.m.
Dr. Donna M. Beegle grew up in generational migrant-labor poverty and left school at 15 to get married and start a family. At 25, she found herself with two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable job skills. Within 10 short years, she got her GED and advanced through to a doctoral degree in educational leadership. All these experiences provide Dr. Beegle with an authentic voice with which to speak, write, and train across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty.

As president of Communication Across Barriers, a consulting firm dedicated to building poverty-informed communities that are armed with tools to break barriers, she works directly with children and adults currently in poverty, as well as professionals who want to make a difference for those living in poverty. Dr. Beegle is also the founder of the Opportunity Community movement, which provides the foundation for a contemporary war on poverty.

Dr. Beegle will share her unique insights from having grown up in generational poverty in America and of studying poverty for more than 20 years to help you enhance your knowledge of poverty and develop the understanding to impact the individuals with whom you work.

Endnote – Friday, October 25th at 11:45 a.m.
Peter Vigue joined Cianbro in 1970 in an entry level position after serving in the merchant marines. Since then, his experiences in project management and senior company management have transformed him and Cianbro into pioneers within the construction industry.

Peter’s strong commitment to workplace safety and the education of his employees, led him to rally behind the idea that safety and education should become the impetus of Cianbro’s total quality management plan. Peter’s vision later included the health of team members as he believes a healthy company is the result of healthy team members. Today Peter champions the Cianbro Wellness Program, with the goal of improving quality of life and reducing at risk health behavior. As a result of Peter’s leadership, Cianbro is recognized nationally for its safety and wellness programs and has been awarded the 2004 American College of Medicine’s Corporate Health Achievement Award as the “Healthiest and Safest Company in America” as well as the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA) Platinum Level of Achievement Award.

Participants will learn about leadership traits thru lessons learned that propelled Cianbro to one of Maine’s top companies.

Click here for the Endnote handout.