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Speaking of Children

In place of the typical luncheon and two-day conference, this year Project Harmony is proud to present a Virtual Keynote Event on April 14th and a monthly Training Series April through July.

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  • Date:

    April 14, 2021

  • Time:

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Project Harmony Presents

Virtual Speaking of Children: Keynote Event & Training Series

In Partnership with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and the US Attorney’s Office – District of Nebraska

Keynote Event: April 14, 2021  |  Training Series: April – July 


Speaking of Children, with the mission of inspiring and educating the community in the fight against child abuse, is Project Harmony’s signature event which engages everyone in the community to learn about and join in our efforts to end child abuse and neglect. This year, we are proud to present Speaking of Children virtually with a Keynote Event featuring world-class swimmer, Diana Nyad, and a monthly Training Series hosting nationally-recognized presenters.

While the Training Series is focused on professional advancement in the child welfare field, these monthly presentations and the Keynote Event are open to all interested community members.

During a normal year, Speaking of Children is a two-day conference and luncheon including phenomenal plenary presentations and break-out sessions for Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, CPS Workers, Medical Providers, Victim Advocates and Treatment & Prevention Providers. Typically hosted in downtown Omaha at the CHI Health Center Omaha, it has attracted more than 1,200 participants each year since 2008.

Keynote Event Speaker

Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad proved to the world that the power of the human spirit cannot be measured nor denied. In 2013, at the unlikely age of 64, Nyad became the first and only person in history to swim non-stop the 110.86 miles from Havana, Cuba, to Key West, Florida. Nyad is a world-class storyteller, from her best-selling memoir, Find a Way, to her reputation as a riveting public speaker to her recent success performing her stage play off-Broadway.

And audiences respect Diana for her strength and joy, in the wake of terrifying sexual abuse at the hands of her coach through her high school years. Diana’s op-ed essay about her childhood trauma in the New York Times in 2017 drew 200,000 plus responses and Diana is determined to raise her voice on behalf of victims, dedicated to changing the culture of sexual abuse in our nation. As Diana expresses it: “It’s time to end the culture of shame and silence millions of us have been forced to endure.”

2021 Training Series Presenters Include:


Francoise Mathieu, M.Ed., RP., CCC

Darrel B. Turner, Ph.D.

Ryan Sallans, MA

Sharon R. Stoolman, MD





Virtual Keynote Event: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 12:00 PM
A video recording of the Keynote Event will be available to ticket purchasers unable to attend the live event on April 14.

Virtual Training Series: Four trainings will take place once a month April through July.

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- Rotary Club of Omaha Northwest

Thank you so much for coming to Children’s and speaking to our staff. Your talk on “Understanding Poverty” was excellent, and I could see “wheels turning” as some staff members commented on simple ways their interactions might make a difference for children and parents.

- Patty Carrell, CMSW

I have felt that my input has been highly valued and respected when it comes to doing my job, and that is something that speaks volumes to the working environment here at Project Harmony.

- Brenda Jewell

We began collaborating with the Project Harmony through their Connections program last year, and we’ve continued the partnership. Connections represents an extremely valuable partnership and an opportunity to provide our students with a bridge to mental health services.

- Papillion La Vista Community Schools

Our experience and partnership with Project Harmony/Connections has been fantastic! It is a comfort knowing we have a partner who can connect our students and families with the appropriate resources in times of crisis or trauma.

- Millard Public Schools

This shadowing experience actually made me very interested in this field. One aspect that helped me narrow my choice of careers is the environment that Project Harmony had. It was very upbeat, cheerful and bright.

- UNMC High School Alliance Program – Student Journal

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Project Harmony for planning and delivering professional development to our 70 counselors, social workers and community counselors. We feel fortunate to have such a valuable resource in our community to partner with.

- Millard Public Schools

You have a top rate program – really national quality. I’m totally impressed.

- Lisa Fontes

At our last D2 Center Board meeting, I was describing the training and professional development we provide for our staff. At the top of the list was Project Harmony. Please know that you are providing an invaluable service to nonprofits in our community.

- Greg Emmel

Congratulations on the great media coverage of your Stewards class at Project Harmony on WOWT. You did a great job articulating the importance of prevention, and Susan was amazing too. Thank you so much for your partnership and all the important work you are doing.

- Cindy McElhinney – Darkness to Light

Just wanted to know that you made a difference in my life, and I will be using that momentum to make a difference in the lives of others. You are truly a rock star and a role model for me. Thank you for a new life I’m getting the chance to live.

- Anonymous

Many children through my caseload have received a backpack generously donated to the Project Harmony Triage Center. I have witnessed many faces light up when given the opportunity to pick out a new backpack, and I am very grateful for the generosity of the Junior League.

- DHHS – Children & Family Services

I have never felt as valued at other organizations like I do at Project Harmony. I really feel that the culture of a working environment is incredibly important. If an employee feels respected, valued and supported, that person will likely give more to fulfill the mission.

- Javier Castellote

Nick and Javier were great teachers and role players. It gave us an opportunity to see how someone in that situation would have reacted to our questions. They did a great job at showing us the difference between sympathy and empathy.

- Anonymous

I was able to shadow Mr. Nick Zadina. He was in charge of dealing with abused kids and help them. I am thankful to know all the information I learned during shadowing because it was eye opening.

- UNMC High School Alliance Program – Student Journal

The experience at Project Harmony was a deepening reminder of empathy that will be vital in my career as a nurse. I felt my perspective was widened on how others think, especially when discussing the assumptions we make.

- Anonymous

I didn’t know how many people work at Project Harmony, so I drew a lot to show how much Project Harmony means to me!

- Project Harmony Client

As difficult as a removal is on a child, the backpack they receive at Project Harmony provides a sense of belonging and hope. It truly is amazing something that seems so simple can change the perspective and shine light on these children.

- DHHS – Children & Family Services

Great leadership for a wonderful cause with outstanding long-term goals. Keep on doing all the good you do.

- Bill & Jean O’Conner

Project Harmony is the reason I started my journey in college. I just finished my associates and I'm going for my bachelors now in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice. Y'all helped my daughter back in early 2013 and I knew what I wanted to do with my life — help children.

- LaLa Ann

A young lady who works in our field told me that she loved what we do here at Project Harmony — she had been to Project Harmony seven years ago for a forensic interview. She said her positive experience was the biggest reason she is doing the work that she is today.

- Trainee

I found out that my foster son is going to have a forensic interview here at Project Harmony soon. It’s been interesting being on the other side of things and feeling so reassured that the child I care so deeply about is in very caring and capable hands.

- Jessica Kroeker

Nick demonstrated how one person could impact a huge group of student nurses by just attending his presentation. He gave me the reason, the courage to act, and the knowledge how to save victims that I will face in my future nursing career.

- Anonymous

I recently attended the Testifying Training course. Since that class I have been subpoenaed three times, and I had to testify at each hearing. Without this class I would have been less than prepared and too nervous to be credible. Thank you so much!

- Jenny Lewis

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The cycle of abuse does not have to continue, but we can’t end it alone. Anyone has the power to be someone who makes our community a safe place for all children.

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