In this session you will learn how 9 principles in just 90 seconds can allow you a way to build relationships and strengthen interactions with people living in the crisis of emotional and economical poverty. People living in poverty have fewer options as they work to navigate COVID-19 closures and layoffs. They were the first to feel the economic shift and they will also take the longest time to recover. Because poverty has emerged as one of our country’s most critical issues, educating practitioners about the diverse perspectives of people who live in poverty, is essential. Join me as we create space to explore the diverse types of poverty, homelessness, communication theory and how the different lived experiences influence people living in poverty. You will leave with a different filter in which to address poverty; a filter without blame or judgment that allows you to better connect with people in the war zone of poverty.
Elia Moreno is the author of Permission to Rest and Living Intentionally, a book that depicts her own personal journey and hard earned insights on the importance of adding value to the lives of others in just 90 seconds. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Texas Christian Community Development Network. In addition to her role as Executive Director, Elia serves as Founder and CEO of Living Intentionally Ministries. Elia is also the National Program Director for Beegle Communication Across Barriers and holds the position of National Director of Community Outreach for the No Excuses University Network of Schools, a growing network of 250 schools who promote college readiness for all students, especially those living in poverty.
Elia serves on many boards and committees. She is bilingual, and a master at assisting organizations and individuals who seek to implement fresh ways to connect with those living in poverty.
Elia was selected as a 2015 USA Characters Unites Award Winner by USA Network, the winner of the 2016 Suddenlink Community Impact Award as well as bestowed the privilege of being named the 2016 Amarillo Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year. Most recently she was honored with the 2017 Amarillo Hispanic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award.