Special Events

Changemakers is our annual celebration of the people who improve the lives of children in Nebraska and across the country. Each year, we'll bring in an inspirational speaker to discuss an issue related to child well-being. We'll also present our Grace Abbott Award and provide an update on the work that's happening across the state.This year's keynote speaker will be Ashley Rhodes-Courter - author, speaker, and child welfare advocate.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter is the quintessential American success story.  Born in 1985 to a single teen mother, by the age of 3 she was in Florida’s foster care system where she spent almost ten years being shuttled between 14 homes—some quite abusive—before being adopted from a Children’s Home at the age of twelve.

Despite her ordeal, she excelled in school because she believed that, “my education was the one thing nobody could take from me.”  Early in her life she felt compelled to advocate for herself and the other children she lived with, particularly in the abusive foster homes.

Her efforts and academic achievements landed her Eckerd College’s Trustee Scholarship—the school’s most prestigious full-tuition award.  She graduated with honors and ahead of schedule earning a double major in Communications and Theater and a double minor in Political Science and Psychology.  Ashley then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

During her undergraduate studies, she was one of 20 college students selected for the USA Today All-USA Academic Team and was named one of GLAMOUR Magazine’s Top Ten College Women.  She was also selected as one of the four Golden BR!CK Award winners for outstanding advocacy for community change by DoSomething!. As part of their campaign, she was featured on 25 million bags of Cool Ranch Doritos.

Changemakers 2018 | October 23

Embassy Suites LaVista

Patron Reception 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

$75 for general ticket
$100 for general ticket + Patron Reception ticket

$750/table (10 to table)
$1000/table (10 to table) + Patron Reception tickets

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