Discussing the Bender Lead On Team.
October 25, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Joyce welcomes Gerald Homme, chairman of the Bender Lead On Team; Ginny Emerson, mother of the late, Sam Miller; Olivia Stevenson, and Gwen Jackson to discuss the Bender Lead On Team.  The Bender Lead On Team assists high school and college students in the areas of setting career goals and championing anti-bullying efforts.  The team provides a forum for young people with disabilities to speak out about instances of bullying and to support others who may be involved in similar situations. Gerald will discuss the Bender Lead On Team, his duties as chair, and his personal experience with bullying.  In 2012, under Gerald’s leadership, the Bender Lead on Team established the Sam Miller Award, sponsored by Bender Consulting, to recognize a young leader who embodies the mission of the Bender Lead On Team.  The award was named for Sam Miller, who was a dedicated member of the Bender Lead On Team who died by suicide in 2011.  Before his death, Sam supported other young people with disabilities and fought for justice for all people who faced bullying and other forms of discrimination. Olivia and Gwen will discuss their experiences as current and prior award winners. Ginny will reflect on her son’s life and what it means to have the award named in honor of her son.

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