Unlock Your Power to
Inspire Youth

Welcome to the 2014 Mawi Learning
Power of Adults Conference.

Message from Mawi


As an educator or community member, you have tremendous power to inspire youth. That's why our conference is called The Power of Adults. We want to show you new ways to empower and inspire the youth in your life.

You'll learn from hand-picked, world-class speakers and you will also network with passionate educators from around the world.

I look forward to meeting you in July.

Mawi Asgedom

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"The conference gave me powerful tools I use everyday to empower students to become resilient and believe in their future."

- Connie McKinley, Louisville, KY

100% of past attendees have ranked the conference as 6/7 or 7/7 on impact and applicability!

The 2014 Power of Adults Conference has officially sold out. If you have any questions, please email Allison Niebauer at aniebauer@mawilearning.com

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Mawi Learning and Olivet Nazarene University will collaborate this year to offer 8-10 Continuing Professional Development Units for teachers looking to fulfill CPDU requirements for the state of Illinois.

Educator Feedback from our 2013 Conference:

"The keynotes were fabulous…learned so much from them!"

"You guys always bring it back to students & connecting with them, and our responsibility to use our power positively. I am taking things with me that will shape me personally and professionally…"

Keynote Speakers Include:

Meb Keflezighi

2014 Boston Marathon Winner, Olympian

Olympian and humanitarian Meb Keflezighi will teach you to build your powers of grit and perseverance in the face of obstacles. Learn more about Meb at his website: www.marathonmeb.com.

Mawi Asgedom

President, Mawi Learning
Elmhurst, IL

A refugee turned Harvard graduate, Mawi has written eight books and inspired over 1,000,000 people with his uplifting speeches.

Karen Van Ausdal

Director, Social & Emotional Learning
Chicago Public Schools

Karen Van Ausdal is the Director of Social and Emotional Learning for the Chicago Public Schools. Karen will share best practices and innovative techniques around restorative justice and SEL programming.

Other Featured Speakers

Dr. Camille Farrington

University of Chicago,
Chicago, IL

Dr. Farrington is a leading researcher on how educators increase student achievement through the development of non-cognitive skills.

See her landmark 2012 literature review.

Steve Ritter

Team Clock Institute
Elmhurst, IL

Patrick Donohue

Director of Training,
Mawi Learning
Oak Park, IL

Marcus Strother

Assistant Principal of Pupil Personnel Services at Kankakee High School

Marcus is the founder of LEAAP (Leaders Empowered to Achieve Anything Possible), an organization committed to developing leadership potential within students.

Mr. Merrill Matthews

Irma Coulson Public School
Ontario, Canada

Merrill Matthews is the Principal of Irma Coulson Public School, a K-7 school in Ontario, Canada.

Amanda Timothy

Social Studies Teacher,
Ridgewood High School. 2013 ISBE Early Career Educator of the Year, Merit

Amanda has a strong passion for helping young teens find their strengths and improve their weaknesses. Last year, she won the 2013 ISBE Early Career Educator of the Year award for her work as a teacher and coach.

Hanna Strotland

Admissions Consultant

Hanna Stotland flunked out of high school, got a G.E.D., and eventually graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She is now an admissions consultant helping college applicants at all levels of achievement, with a special emphasis on serving students who need to overcome serious problems.


The Power of Adults: A Mawi Learning Conference

The Mawi Learning conference will provide educators and parents with clear, specific strategies that can be used immediately to motivate and engage students. Through the conference, you will:

  • Gain practical tools to increase your students’ grit, growth mindset and academic success.
  • Learn from leading experts on social emotional learning and network with passionate educators from around the world.
  • Be inspired by stories of impact from people transforming the lives of students in their communities.

Conference Agenda

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July 30 - July 31, 2014
Park Community Church Conference Center
1001 N. Crosby
Chicago, IL 60610


Who should come to this conference?

Any adult who wants to inspire youth using innovative, evidence-based methodologies. If you impact students at any grade level—whether you are a teacher's aid, superintendent, or interested parent—you are welcome.

What can I do in Chicago?

Chicago is a great place to visit in the summer! Download a list of great activities you'll be able to do while here:
Summer in Chicago

Photo Credit: Serge Melki ©2008

Where can I stay?

Click the link below for a list of recommended hotels near the conference.
Hotels Near Conference.

Book your hotel soon to utilize special conference rates!

Other Questions?

Contact Allison Niebauer at ANiebauer@mawilearning.com

Teams Have Fun and Save!

Teams of 3 or more get a 20% discount.

The 2014 Power of Adults Conference has officially sold out. If you have any questions, please email Allison Niebauer at aniebauer@mawilearning.com.