OS, Inc. 2019
Adult Leader's Conference
Conference Information
Friday, October 11, 2019

8:00AM - 2:00PM

Chicago Marriott Naperville
1801 N. Naper Blvd.
Naperville, IL 60563

Registration Fee
STANDARD RATE - $60/person September 23-October 7
This training is not included as part of your Chapter's training requirements per your accreditation.
Adult Leader's Conference is Designed to Be…

A one-day statewide conference for Adult Leaders who work on prevention strategies. Hosted by Operation Snowball, Inc. in partnership with the Lillian and Larry Goodman Foundations. It is a program that offers ideas, resources and strategies to take back to your communities to sustain and grow prevention activities. It is a great opportunity to learn from, and network with Snowball/Prevention peers from around the state of Illinois.

This event is open to adults who are coordinators, adult group co-facilitators, volunteers and supporters of their "Snow" program. It is open to CGTI Adult Mentors and CGTI Volunteers who are 18 and older, as well as Adults delivering prevention grants (Youth Advisory Committees and Goodman Prevention Grants). All are welcome!


8:00-8:45AM - Registration
9:00-9:15AM - Welcome!
9:15-10:15AM - Keynote Session
10:15-10:30AM - Transition/Break
10:30-11:30AM - Breakout Sessions
11:30-12:30PM - Lunch & Panel Discussion
12:30-1:30PM - Networking Session
1:30-2:00PM - Wrap-Up


Leading with Love
Presented by Mark Ishaug, CEO of Thresholds

Mark will be sharing his vision for heart-centered leadership with humor and authenticity in this TED-style talk. As the leader of one of the largest mental health non-profits in the country, Mark can testify first-hand to how a loving approach to executive leadership is not just possible, it is necessary for success.
Mark has dedicated his entire career to advocating for the rights of stigmatized and vulnerable people. For the past seven years, he has led Thresholds, an innovative community-based organization that provides behavioral healthcare and supportive housing to more than 10,000 people each year in Illinois. During his tenure at Thresholds, he has overseen explosive growth, but also a culture shift that embraces change, innovation, transparency, and yes – love. 
Thresholds has been recognized for five consecutive years as a Chicago Tribune Top Workplace and a Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For. Prior to his work at Thresholds, Mark spent decades as a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS as CEO of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Mark holds an MA in Political Science from Northwestern University and a BA in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Advocacy is Everyone's Responsibility
Presented by Sara Howe, CEO of Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (IABH)
Do the words advocacy, public policy, legislator, and congress seem like dirty words to you? Do you feel as if what happens in Washington and Springfield is beyond your understanding? Do you think that what your elected officials do is beyond your control? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you. At a time of limited funding for prevention, it is more important than ever for everyone who has a stake to speak up and educate policy makers and other key stakeholders about the effectiveness of prevention programming. You can and must educate your elected officials! This workshop will provide participants with information on how to contact their legislators, write letters, express their views and make your voice heard!   
The New Addiction
Presented by Alyssa Lazzerini, Program Director of Boone County Drug Prevention Coalition
This will be a one-hour presentation on vaping and how it is trending especially among our youth. We will look at juuls and other types of products and what kinds of health effects people may be facing. We will look at how addiction has increased and why this is becoming a problem among our youth.
Teen Mental Health First Aid: Coming Soon to a School Near You
Presented by Bree Hea, TA & Training Coordinator for IABH
Interested in learning about a new innovative training offered to teens? The teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA) Course teaches high school students how to provide mental health first aid to their friends. The course was developed in response to research indicating that young people have a preference for sharing problems with peers. This pilot course is expanding and will soon be offered. Come learn more about the course and how to bring this training to a school near you.  
Lessons Learned in Marijuana Commercialization
Presented by Matt Cassity, Alliance Project Coordinator for 360 Youth Services
On January 1st, 2020 Illinois’ relationship with marijuana is set to change. How do we as youth advocates, adult leaders and public health staff adapt to the changes? In this breakout session we will hear from someone who has been providing education while following this issue at the federal, state, regional and municipal level. We will discuss the new state law, how it may continue to change/evolve and what individual communities can do to address it. 

Your contact for all Operation Snowball, prevention best practices training and TA requests:
Riley Blythe
 Prevention Program Coordinator