Through Her Eyes

Empowering Girls

through Social Change

Each year Through Her Eyes focuses on the most current methods and practices for dealing with girls facing challenges at home, in school, and in society, from trauma and neglect to aggression and addiction. The conference features eight to 10 workshops run by notable professionals whose presentations are aimed at people who engage directly with girls and young women, including educators, social workers, direct care staff, family members, and concerned citizens.

Conference Co-Chairs:

John Roberson


Ja'Net Smith

Through Her Eyes: 9th Annual Conference
"Connections That Heal"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
MassMutual Center | Springfield, Massachusetts

Online registration is now closed, but we would still love to see you at the conference! Simply show up at the MassMutual Center at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and you may register in person. Thank you!

Conference Fee: $150 (includes lunch)
Workshops A, B, C, F, and I are sold out!




2013 Keynote Speaker:
Carissa Phelps, "Runaway Girl"

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Carissa Phelps embodies the at-risk girl who beat the odds to create an empowered life. In her memoir, Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time, Carissa shares how the unexpected kindness of a math teacher and a counselor transformed her life and helped her become a mentor and advocate. Carissa  now runs her own company, which offers trainings to improve responses to child sex trafficking within communities, while offering employment and career development opportunities to runaways, former runaways, and survivors of trafficking. The Huffington Post wrote, “the child victim grew up to be a strong, successful woman, driven by her desire to pay it forward by helping kids in need.”

Watch a video about Carissa here.


Lunchtime Speaker: Carla Oleska

tl_files/images/Through Her Eyes Images/Carla_OleskaWEB-AM.jpgCarla Oleska is the CEO of the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. She has over twenty years of professional experience in creatively addressing the needs of women and girls, specializing in the design of programs enhancing academic preparation, higher education access, and degree completion. Her work on behalf of women and girls has been recognized both regionally and nationally.

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To add your name to the conference e-mail list,
please contact Marie Gilberti at:
413-439-2104 or by e-mail at: