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Conference Sessions for All Aspects of Life

by Mary Hurt
LLLI Public Relations Associate
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 38 No. 6, December 2002 - January 2003, p. 138.

Whether interested in coming home from sunny San Francisco, California, USA with information and encouragement about parenting, inspiration for self-development, practical hints on how to reach diverse populations, or the latest research about breastfeeding, the 2003 LLLI Conference has something to offer everyone. Choosing sessions can be challenging because there are so many topics and so many dynamic speakers.

Some sessions are specialized for Leaders while others offer mothers information and support to breastfeed their babies. "Beyond Diversity 401" will be of interest for those who want to explore cultural issues and differences. Nancy March, La Leche League Leader and Peer Counselor Program Training Administrator, will share her considerable experience during this session and describe effective ways to reach women from diverse populations. Ms. March will also explore why simply putting a meeting notice in the paper is unlikely to bring these diverse mothers to Group meetings.

Elisabet Helsing, BSc, MSc, Dr. Med. Sci., Senior Adviser, International Public Health, Norwegian Board of Health, will inspire everyone at the Opening Session in her talk, "Breastfeeding: A Baby’s Right." Dr. Helsing is the author and co-author of books in Norwegian and English, including European Food and Nutrition Policies in Action and Breastfeeding—How to Support Success. Dr. Helsing will also be the European representative at the panel session, "A Tapestry of Breastfeeding and Parenting Around the World." She will share the stage with representatives from North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

In addition to sessions about breastfeeding such as "The Vegetarian Breastfeeding Mother and Baby," there are sessions designed to help balance life and make better use of time. Nanci Slagle, co-author of The Freezer Cooking Manual from 30 Day Gourmet (A Month of Meals Made Easy), will present a workshop designed to revolutionize your cooking life, lower your dinner time stress, and help you save time and money. Ms. Slagle will combine laughter and practical teaching as she guides in developing a plan to cook and freeze 30 days worth of meals at a time. Whether you just want hints on how to best freeze foods or how to cook more than 30 meals at a time, you are sure to enjoy this session, which will provide enlightening tips that maximize family time.

Jennifer Louden is the author of several books including The Women’s Comfort Book and The Woman’s Retreat Book. She will coach mothers of small children in her sessions, "Mini-Retreats for Mothers of Small Children" and "Life Coaching for the Next Phase of Life."
Mimi Doe, MEd, award-winning author, will help you get a grip on your family life, prioritize, and take action for a calmer more efficient way of living. In her session, "Busy but Balanced," she will address scheduling life versus living it and will help parents learn to appreciate every moment and improve the connection to their children, no matter what their age.

Will Glennon, founder of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation™ and author of 200 Ways to Raise a Boy’s Emotional Intelligence and 200 Ways to Raise a Girl’s Self-Esteem, will speak about the topic of "Boys and Girls: Raising Boys Who are Emotionally Aware and Girls with a Positive Self-Image." Glennon, who is also the author of The Collected Wisdom of Fathers, will also inspire and motivate at his session "Fathering from the Heart: Strengthening Connections with Your Children."

For a more complete listing of Conference speakers and topics, visit the La Leche League Web site at With almost 100 topics to choose from, you are sure to find many that will help you with your La Leche League work, self-development, and parenting skills. Join us on July 3-6, 2003 in one of the world’s most beautiful cities: San Francisco, California, USA.

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