Keynote Sessions

Thursday Afternoon: Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment


2 - 3:30 P.M.

Join MCN as we dig into the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion through the lens of social change. Keynote speaker, Dr. Leticia Nieto, shares an overview of her Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment system for unpacking everyday incidents of oppression, from microaggressions to systemic and historical dynamics. With an energizing, and personal style, she shows how these tools can be used to assess incidents, plan interventions, and increase skills for change. Throughout, she draws on perspectives from human development and psychodrama theory, as well as narrative-based, and trauma-informed work. Learn more about Leticia’s approach for understanding oppression and compassion.

Through the keynote presentation and the (optional) pre-conference workshop, Leticia explores the concepts of oppression and privilege, and shows us how to develop the skills that can promote social justice for ourselves, our organizations, and our communities.

Leticia Nieto, Psy.D., LMFT has been an active poet, dramatist, and performer since 1978. She has been a psychotherapist and trainer in anti-oppression and expressive techniques including psychodrama, playback theatre, and theatre of the oppressed since 1980. For her work in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program at Saint Martin’s University, Leticia was named Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2005. She is also a member of the faculty of the European School of Classical Psychodrama in Mexico, and loves to sing.

Friday Morning: Challenge to Change


9:30 - 10:45 A.M.

What is the change you are facing? How are you preparing to make it true? Each one of us - no matter our place of positional authority or privilege - faces a personal change imperative. What will it take to define your change? What’s the first step? Who are your allies and mentors? What are the challenges?

Join this session to engage in conversation with Minnesota’s Lieutenant Governor, Peggy Flanagan (invited), as she talks about her own successes and challenges to impact change through her experiences of building coalitions and advocating for children and families. During the conversation we will talk with the Lt. Governor and hear from other Minnesota leaders who have faced a change with grace and conviction. And share your own change story.

Peggy Flanagan is Minnesota’s 50th Lieutenant Governor. The principle of her career is giving back, particularly to children, families, communities of color, American Indians, and low-income and working people. As a former Minnesota State Representative and community organizer, she brings rich community experiences to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, while working in close partnership with Governor Tim Walz to build One Minnesota. She is proud to be a graduate of St. Louis Park Public Schools and the University of Minnesota. An experienced nonprofit leader, Lt. Governor Flanagan previously worked at Wellstone Action and served as the executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota. A citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, she lives in St. Louis Park with her daughter Siobhan and far-too-energetic dog Reuben.