45th Annual Heartbeat International Conference
Atlanta, Georgia | March 29 - March 31, 2016
Note: Registration has not yet opened for attending or exhibiting at the 2016 Conference
Sheraton Downtown Atlanta
165 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Heartbeat is finalizing a group rate which will be announced at a later date.
Note: The hotel will reqire a deposit equal to one night room and tax when you make your hotel reservation. Upon check-in, the deposit will be applied towards your hotel bill. Deposits paid are refundable, if notice is received by the Sheraton Atlanta at least three (3) days prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained. The hotel will require an early departure fee of $100 if you check out prior to the confirmed reservation check-out date.
Tuesday, March 29
Pre-Conference In Depth Day (paid registration is separate)
8:00am - registration
9:00 to 5:00pm - In Depth Day training
2:00pm - Conference Attendee Registration Opens
2:30pm - Exhibit Hall Opens
6:00pm - Annual Conference Opening Session (Dinner & Keynote)
Wednesday, March 30
8:30am - Morning Session & Keynote
Workshop Session A
12:00pm - Lunch & Keynote
Workshop Session B
Break & Prayer Time
Thursday, March 31
8:30am - Morning Session & Keynote
Workshop Session C
12:00pm - Lunch & Keynote
Workshop Session D
Workshop Session E
6:00pm -- Closing Banquet (Dinner & Keynote)
Access the following information from Heartbeat International's 2015 Annual Conference
We are glad to have welcomed Keynote speakers for the 2015 Heartbeat International Annual Conference, who are key leaders in the pregnancy help movement, as well as prolife leaders from around the United States.
Bridget VanMeans, President, ThriVe St. Louis
Bridget is an accomplished management professional with over 20 years' experience leading an array of high profile corporate and faith-based projects. She is known for her radical faith and bold pro-life stance.
Brad Mattes, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Life Issues Institute
Brad is a veteran of the pro-life cause, with over 38 years' educational, political, and humanitarian experience. Currently, he serves in many ways to protect innocent human life, including counseling men, acting as a media spokesperson, and speaking at pro-life banquets and educational events.
Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, Executive Director, Los Angeles Pregnancy Services
In addition to her work as an Executive Director, Astrid is also President of Hispanics for Life and Human Rights, an organization that assists the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to form Hispanic Respect Life groups in local parishes.
Freda M. Bush, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., National Black Pro-Life Coalition
Dr. Bush serves as Medical Director to the Center for Pregnancy Choices, Metro Jackson, and the Women's Resource Center of Jackson. To help women "raise a standard," she teaches and encourages a lifestyle of abstinence until marriage, and fidelity within marriage.
Chuck Donovan, President, Charlotte Lozier Institute
Chuck, a member of Heartbeat's Board of Directors, has played key roles in the development of public policy, including legal protection for the unborn, public financing of abortion, compassionate alternatives to abortion. Chuck's role as President of Charlotte Lozier Insitute grew from his previous post at the Susan B. Anthony List.
Kristan Hawkins, President, Students for Life of America, Susan B. Anthony List Young Leader Award honoree
Since launching SFLA's full-time operation in 2006, Kristan has helped more than tripled the number of campus pro-life groups in the United States, from 181 to almost 800 in 49 states, and grown the SFLA National Conference from 450 in 2007 to 2,000 in 2012.
Jor-El Godsey, Vice President, Heartbeat International
Jor-El jumped into the pro-life arena in 1988, volunteering with a Florida pregnancy help center in its start-up stage. After serving in many different roles there and as Executive Director at a center in Colorado, he relocated to Columbus, Ohio to join Heartbeat International in 2006.
The 2015 Heartbeat International Annual Conference offered another historically rich lineup of workshops, with a total of 78 workshops organized in 13 distinct tracks. Two tracks (Medical Matters and Ultrasound Advancement) were tailored for nurses and medical professionals in the pregnancy help community, and offered Continuing Education Nursing Contact Hours provided through Heartbeat International. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1.25 contact hours each workshop. All courses are eligible for Life-Affirming Specialist credit hours. All courses are eligible for Life-Affirming Specialist credit hours.
Designed for board members and primary leaders who govern and gude, Board Business will challenge both veterans and novices alike.
Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D.
7 Truths Your Board Needs to Know
Are You Ready? Protecting Against Legal Attacks
Jeff Mateer, J.D.
Measuring the Value of Your Free Services
Connie Ambrecht, RDMS, CMB
Converting Demographic Data into Strategy
Dennis Fromhozer, Ph.D.
Setting a Mark for Success
Go deeper by discovering how abortion is affecting - and is affected by - the bigger picture of our world in Gaining Perspectives.
Exploring Abortion's Role in Intimate Partner Violence*
Martha Shuping, MD
Making Friends with Pro-Choice "Enemies"
Surveying the Legal Landscape
Anne O'Conner, J.D. & Thomas Glessner, J.D.
What a Difference a Mobile Unit Makes!
4 Ways a Coalition Impacts Your Center
Discussing Abortion and Race in Polite Company
Pat Upchurch & Connie Eller
Leading a staff of any size can be every bit as challenging as reaching and serving a client. Take the next step forward as a leader, or sharpen your existing abilities, with Staff Stuff.
Building the Best YOU
The 3 C's: What Your Staff Needs to Know
Ellen Foell, J.D.
Personal and Organizational Accountability
Tony Gruber, CPA
Developing a Dynamic Team
Everyday Lifesaving Superheroes!
Setting Up Your Organization for Success
Fundraising and friend-raising are critical for ministry and mission. Fundraising Dynamics offers essential tips for engaging new donors and increasing long-term support.
The Power of Story: What Makes You Different?
Mike Williams & Gordon Douglas
Beyond Survival: Generating Sustainable Gifts
Jim Kebe, MPS
Behind the Scenes of a Blow-out Banquet
Fundraising in the Hispanic Community
Astrid Bennett Gutierrez, MEV
Crafting the Message Your Donor Wants to Hear
Extending the Invitation to Give
Debbie Nieport, LAS
Whether you've been a pregnancy help leader for 20 years or 20 minutes, Advancing Leaders is designed to give you the tools you need to walk out the door the best leader you can be.
The Cardiac Test for Biblical Leadership
Stuck in the Season Between Dreams
Fixing the 3 Biggest Leadership Mistakes
Betty McDowell, LSW, LAS
Visioneering: The Power to Inspire, Increase, and Fuel
Mark Vermillion, M.A. & Joe Baker
Julie Moore, LAS
Taking Care of YOU
Marketing is key in connecting to a community, particularly as you seek to extend your reach to the women and families in your sphere.
Secrets of Persuasive Presentations
Making a Difference with Generation Z
Dawn Marie Perez, LAS
Making Friends with Online Marketing
Transforming Churches for Life
Mike Brady, M.A.
Search Engine Marketing 101
Chirsty Poloni & Bri Laycock, LAS
Bri Laycock, LAS
Reflecting the core of Heartbeat International's Sexual IntegrityTM Program, Sexual Integrity features presentations that reinforce the proper expression of the gift of sexuality.
Promoting Chastity in the Latino Community
Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR
Embracing the Amazing Cycle of Fertility
Envisioning Her for a Lasting Marriage
Catherine Wood, LAS, SRA
Building Skills for Life and Love
Joneen Mackenzie, RN, BSN, CPS, SRAS
Resisting the Rhetoric of "Abstinence Intimidation"
Valerie Huber & Mary Anne Mosack
Dealing with clients is no simple task. Increase your awareness and deepen your understanding of your client's behavior, culture, and needs with Client Intervention.
Essentials for Breaking the Poverty Cycle
Joneen Mackenzie, RN, BSN, CPS, SRAS
Project Blueprint: A Model for Engaging Men
How Adoption Practices Have Changed
Kristin Meyer, LMSW
Removing the Masks of Relationships
Catherine Wood, LAS, SRA
The Power of Possibility
Human Trafficking and Predatory Relationships
Cindy Collins, BCBT
The heart of our work is spiritual. That's why Spiritual Refreshment addresses the spiritual dynamics pregnancy help leaders like you face every day.
Who, Me, Lord?:Overcoming Reluctant Leadership
Answering the Call of the Incarnation
Thomas Frei, M.A.
Love Your Life: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities
Derrick & Julie Tennant
Filled Up to Pour Out
Defined by the Heart of God
Debra Neybert, MA, LAS
Crazy Expectations: Increasing Your Faith
Daphne Dahlem, LAS
How does your organization minister to women and men dealing with long-term effects and guilt often associated with abortion? Sharpen your approach with Healing Care.
Invitation to Healing: A New Model for Milennials
Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion
Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morana, M.A. Ph.D. & Kevin Burke
Unclaimed Baggage: Getting Off the Carousel of the Unresolved Past
Fern Buzinski & Stefanie Libertore
What to Say When She's Had an Abortion
Kim Olsen, LAS
Creating a Safe Place for the Latino Client
Evangely Aliangan Ward
Gain insight from medical professionals covering a wide range of topics related to your pregnancy help organization while earning nursing contact hours in Medical Matters.
Recognizing the Effects of Emotional and Sexual Trauma
Helen Risse, RN, MSN
"It's Just Us, Right?" Understanding the STI Epidemic
Mischa Long, RN, BSN
Reducing the Risk of HIV, STI, and Unintended Pregnancy
Freda Bush, MD, FACOG
Abortion Pill Reversal and Your Clinic
Debbie Bradel, RN, BSN, PHN
Medical Ethics in Your Center
James Harden M.Div
Recruiting Great Medical Professionals
Audrey Stout, RN, RDMS
Make the most of your ultrasound services and gain nursing contact hours thanks to Ultrasound Advancement.
Is this Pregnancy Viable?
Shari Richard, RT, RDMS
Flipping Uterus . . . With a Twist
Roxanne Ertel, CNMT, RDMS
Ultrasound Scanning: Achieving a High Standard
Dotsy Davis, BSRT, RDMS, RVT
Routine, Advanced, and Abnormal Scans
Jim Scheffler, RDMS and Karen Porter, RN, RDMS
Image Optimization: Getting the Perfect Picture
Kim Hardy, MA, RT(R), RDMS
The Impact of Professional Organizations on Imaging
Connie Ambrecht, RDMS, CMB
Presented by pregnancy help housing experts, Housing Helps highlights the process of extending care beyond the first visit, solidifying a life decision for a lasting impact.
3 Key Ingredients to Make a Home
Intervening in the Midst of Trauma
Belinda James, MOFDC, MSW
Adoption: A Choice Everyone Can Live With
Creating Culture and Building Traditions
Healing Relationships After Abortion
Helping Her Make A Lasting Change
*Also provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 1.25 contact hours.
The 2015 Annual Conference experience got off to a great start with 12 different In-Depth Day opportunities. This exclusive all-day training went from 9 am to 5 pm with an inspirational keynote at lunch.
Creating a Life-Affirming Home (Mary Peterson, Heartbeat International)
Housing ministries at any stage of development will enjoy this day themed around "Basic Principles that Foster Innovation." Content will include organizational life cycles, leadership styles, and fundraising for housing programs, plus a panel discussion that will spark your imangination!
Volunteer Training: The L.O.V.E. Approach (Betty McDowell LAS, LSW, Heartbeat International)
This interactive training is for new volunteers, trainers of new volunteers, and will be a refresher for experienced client services staff. This training in effective and compassionate outreach is used by pregnancy help organizations all over the world. Those in attendance will receive The LOVE ApproachTM Training Manual.
Media Relations Training and Consulting (Bruce Smith, Alliance Defending Freedom)
Media relations is truly relationship-based. In Media Relations, prepare and equip yourself to establish and maintain productive relationships with a variety of media contacts, as well as successfully manage interviews to persuade and motivate the court of public opinion.
Sexual Integrity Training (Helen Risse, RN BSN, Our Lady's Inn and Belinda James, MOFDC, MSW )
Whether your clients are teens or adults, married or single, this training equips you to grow a Sexual Integrity Program customized to your community. Through Sexual Integrity Program Essentials, your center can empower a client to make positive choices for her future. Thos in attendance will receive Sexual IntegrityTM Program Essentials.
H.E.A.R.T. & Healing from Abortion (Debra Neybert MA, LAS, Heartbeat International)
H.E.A.R.T. (Healing the Effects of Abortion Related Trauma), in-depth day will help you implement the H.E.A.R.T. Program in your pregnancy help center. The material will cover God's provision for healing, effective leadership, the group process, spiritual opposition, post-abortion stress, and tasks of healing for both men and women seeking recovery. Those in attendance will receive H.E.A.R.T. Training Manual.
For Men Only - Men's Round Table (Sol Pichon, New Life Solutions & Jor-El Godsey, Heartbeat International)
Facilitated by ministry veterans, Sol Pitchon and Jor-El Godsey, this gathering will explore strategic, tactical, and practical opportunities and challenges facing the men in a so-called "women's issue." For any man actively serving in a leadership, support, paid staff, or volunteer role.
Spiritual Refreshment (Anita Keagy, JoyShop Ministries)
Preparing our hearts for pro-life work presents particular challenges for each of us, but those challenges are best met by continuing to seek God first. Anita will lead a day of understanding what our hearts seek and challenging us to always seek God first.
Ultrasound: Strengthening Foundations (Jim Scheffler BS, RDMS & Karen Porter, RN, RDMS, Innovative Imaging Technology)
Participants in this interactive in-depth day will get a review of basic didactics, routine imaging, and model scanning on 4 machines. Basic and advanced scanning techniques as well as general ultrasound principles will be covered. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.
Making a Difference with STI Services (Karlolyn Schrage RN, BSN, LifeChoices Medical Clinic)
This course gives a proactive medical response to equip and empower health care providers in defining and refining strategies for positive healthy outcomes among individuals facing a sexual health crisis. Come learn how to establish a care-connection so you can move to the top of the list as the clinic of first choice. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.
Legal Essentials (Ellen Foell J.D., Heartbeat International)
Many of the topics discussed at this in-depth day are applicable for any non-profit organization, including pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, post-abortion programs, adoption services, and other pro-life ministries. Legal Essentials will highlight parameters for successful legal compliance, real-life examples to help you protect your ministry, and criteria to evaluate when to seek legal help.
Cultivating Relationships with Major Donors (Howard and Jill Taylor, Rediger Taylor Group LLC)
Regardless of the size of your center's budget, there are steps that you can take to help you secure major contirbutions for operations, programs and capital needs. This seminar will focus on how to identify, research, cultivate, and invite major contirbutors to invest in your life-saving endeavors.
Making the Case for Life (Mike Spencer, Life Training Institute)
Do you ever find yourself struggling for the words to defend your pro-life stance? Mike will equip you to respond to popular "pro-choice" arguments and to expose the logical fallacies of abortion-choice rhetooric without the need for vitriol and angry dialogue.
We are pleased to thank our on-site prayer team and worship leader for the 2015 Heartbeat International Annual Conference. Missouri Prayer Global Ministries joined us for individual times of prayer and encouragement, while actress and newly recorded artist Lauren Roman led worship throughout the week.
Hand 'n Hand Pregnancy Help Center
Fontebella Maternity Shelter
Alliance For Life Missouri