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Elizabeth's Bio and CV

Elizabeth Power SpeakerElizabeth Power, M. Ed., CEO of EPower & Associates, Inc. epowerandassociates.com, is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, teacher, and consultant.  Her firm's specialty is helping organizations make and manage change through learning and doing.  Her mastery of diverse interests and innovation has been recognized worldwide through awards and publications across a wide spectrum of disciplines.  Her firm provides services in the mental health and disability communities and to early childhood educators, families, parents and teachers. She works in cross-cultural adaptation of programs with a variety of communities.
She was recently published as third author of an article in Family Medicine about the outcomes of the NIMH research project assessing the effectiveness of the use of the core principles of Risking Connection by Primary Care Providers in their clinical settings. Her firm is the creator of TReSIA, the Trauma-Responsive Systems Implementation Advisor at www.traumainformedcare.com.

Power began her career working as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Rape Crisis Association working with Ann Burgess on one of the first training grants given for sexual assault. She is, as it is said, "smarter than a pack of police dogs, funnier than a six pack of funny bones on go-juice, and and as adept at change as chameleon clambering through a costume ball." When you need a speaker with humor, depth, wisdom and motivation, she's the one. Download audio/video/print material, or contact us to discuss bookings.

Partial List of Presentations / Speeches / Performances / Media

7 Tools for fostering positive classroom chaos and creativity, ACRE Conference, Bela-Bela Limpopo South Africa
Beyond Flow to FLUID: Liberating creativity and fostering intuition at work, ACRE conference, Bela-Bela, Limpopo South Africa
How Trauma Crushes--and how educators can help restore--Creativity, ACRE Conference, Bela-Bela, Limpopo South Africa
Risking Connection, City Union Mission / Newhouse, Kansas City, MO
Risking Connection, UT San Antonio Teen Health, San Antonio TX
Risking Connection, Salisbury Behavioral Health, Horsham PA
Risking Connection, Ocean County Department of Human Services, Toms River, NJ
Faith Communities as Partners, National Partnership for Community Training: Expanding the Network of Care for Survivors of Torture, Miami FL
Providing Trauma-Informed Care, Administration of Children's Services, New York City
Risking Connection, Shiprock Indian Health Services Unit, Shiprock NM
Self-Care and Connection, Hopeworks 'n Camden, Camden NJ
Trauma, Spirituality and Faith, Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, National Partnership for Community Training
Risking Connection, Train the Trainer, Safe Horizon, Brooklyn NY


Healing Communities from Structural Violence in Trauma Informed Ways, Universidad Autonoma de Juarez, Juarez Mexico
Risking Connection, Crossroads Turning Points, Pueblo CO
Who are You?, Seattle Gathering
Risking Connection, Safe Horizon, Brooklyn NY
Risking Connection, Shiprock Indian Health Services Unit, Shiprock NM
Trauma Informed Healing, Oahu
Risking Connection Train the Trainer, ReDiscover and ReStart, Johnson County MO
Risking Connection in Faith Communities, Baltimore United Methodist Conference
Trauma and Faith, Clergy Women's Retreat, Arrington TN
Trauma Responsive Youth Development, Hale Kipa, Honolulu
Risking Connection, King County
RICH Relationships 101, King County
Project Management for Non-Profits, United Way, Tulsa Oklahoma


Relational Healing, Creating Increased Connections, Philadelphia, PA
Leadership & Culture in Trauma-Responsive Systems, Creating Increased Connections, Philadelphia PA
Risking Connection, reStart/Rediscover, Kansas City area
Trauma-Informed Responses,  Mississippi Interfaith Disaster Task Force, Gulfport MS
Self-care for Caregivers, Mississippi Interfaith Disaster Task Force, Gulfport MS
Risking Connection, Summit Oaks, Sioux Falls SD
Adapting Trauma-Informed Care to Reflect Indigenous Values, Pathways, St. Louis, MO
Risking Connection, New Beginnings, Aberdeen SD
Risking Connection, Independent Living Program, DE Dept. Children, Youth
    and Families
Cross Cultural Traditions in Trauma Informed Care, Ku Aloha Ola Mau, HI
Risking Connection Train the Trainer, Hale Kipa, HI
Risking Connection, King County MHCADSD, Seattle WA


Leadership Transformation, United Way National Capitol Area,
    Washington DC
Knowledge Management/Taxonomy, United Way Worldwide, Alexandria VA
Risking Connection / RICH Relationships 101, King County MHCADSD,     Seattle WA
RICH Relationships 101, South Dakota Youth Workers Conference
Risking Connection, Hope House, Independence MO
Risking Connection, Rosebrook Center, Kansas City
Risking Connection, CAPA, Independence MO

Wisdom Works, Nashville TN
Self-Care for Service Providers, Baltimore MD
Responding to Post-Traumatic Stress,
    Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Juarez Mexico
Alternatives 2011, Orlando, FL
Risking Connection, King County, Seattle WA
Risking Connection: Abbott House, Mitchell SD
Risking Connection Trainer Event, Boys-Girls Village, Milford CT
Essence of Being Real Peer Support Training, Seattle WA
Risking Connection: Brandywine Community Counseling Services, DE
Implementing Trauma-Informed Care Across the State of Colordao, Colorado Division of Behvioral Health Research Forum, Denver CO
Risking Connection: Chemical Dependency Model, Crossroads Turning     Points, Pueblo CO
Risking Connection: Community Mental Health Model, King County MHCADD     Services, Seattle
Risking Connection: Working with Survivors, Loyola University, Columbia MD

Poster Presentation, Relationship Informed Collaborative Health Care,     ISTSS, Montreal
Risking Connection: Community Mental Health Model, King County MHCADD     Services, Seattle
Risking Connection: Inpatient Child-Adolescent Model, Rivendell BHC,     Bowling Green, KY
Risking Connection: Working with Survivors, Loyola University, Columbia MD
Managing Vicarious Trauma, US Attorney Victim/Witness Advocates,     Washington DC
Risking Connection in Faith Communities, Loyola University, Columbia MD
Risking Connection in Congregate Care, Boys-Girls Village Milford CT
Borderline Personality Disorder and Trauma, Postgraduate Center for Mental
    Health, NYC
Risking Connection, Austin Children's Shelter, Austin TX
Risking Connection: Inpatient Model, Maui Memorial Medical Center, HI
Risking Connection: Inpatient Model, Queens Hospital, Honolulu, HI

Risking Connection: Working with Survivors of Child Abuse, Nashville, TN
Responding to Dissociation, PostGraduate Center for Mental Health, NYC
Risking Connection: Working in Congregate Care, St. Peter's-St. Joseph's     Home, San Antonio, TX
Understanding Self-Inflicted Injury, PostGraduate Center for Mental
     Health, NYC
Working with Point of Sale Software, nationwide training tour for     pipe/valve/fitting company, Intulogy
Risking Connection: Working in Congregate Care, Boys/Girls Village,
    Milford CT
Getting Happier: Art, Skill, Tools; St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Franklin TN
Risking Connection in Faith Communities, Mississippi Interfaith Disaster     Assistance Task Force

Risking Connection in Addiction Treatment, Worcester County Department of     Public Health, MD
Risking Connection in Faith Communities Train the Trainer, Sidran Institute
Team Building, Mid-Cumberland Region, TN Dept of Public Health
Sidran Institute, RICH(tm) Relationships pilot for Risking Connection(r)
Living Out of Love, Unity Center for Positive Living, Nashville, TN
Prayer and Healing, Unity Center for Positive Living, Nashville, TN

Department of Defense, U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program Symposium, 
    If Change Is All There Is, Choice Is All You’ve Got: Trust After Trauma
Pilkerton Realty, Customer-Centric Selling

International for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, International     Conference, Los Angeles, Seize the Moment!  Effective PR
Study group on Dissociative Disorders, University of Cincinnati Dept. of     Psychiatry, The Roof Center
The Lotus Center, Nashville, TN, The Metaphysics of Intention

Triangle Study Group of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation
     Intuition and Effective Process in Business, Nashville TN
The Role of the Invisible in Creating the Visible: Intentions, Nashville TN

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, You Can Write It, But Can     They Read It?

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Service Retreat, Lenoir NC, Leadership as a     Masterful Art
Women’s Resources Center,Hickory, NC,  Coping with Change
J.D.Power and Associates, Washington Mutual Customer Service Training     Tour, Nationwide
ISSD, Developing Effective PR and Marketing in the NonProfit Environment

Catawba Valley Community College, Woman to Woman Series
J.D. Power and Associates, Ford Blue Oval Dealer Presentations, Nationwide
National Child Traumatic Stress Network, You Can Write It, But Can They     Read It?

San Diego Auto Dealer Association, E-Commerce and the
     Automotive Industry
St. James Episcopal Church, Lenoir NC, Guest Lecturer, Prayer and Intuition

Las Vegas Business and Professional Women, KeynoteSedona, Intuitive     Process and Coping with Change

International Speaker's Network / TN, If Change Is All There Is, choice Is All
    You've Got
TN American Ass'n of Mental Retardation / TN, Speech, From Stigma to     Success
National Association for Female Executives / TN, Speech, Coping with     Change
Triangle Chapter of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation,
    Raleigh, NC
PA Blue Cross Training Developer's Network, Keynote / seminar on Change
Society for Human Resource Management, TN, keynote on Change
UCAR Carbon, Train the Trainer / Facilitation Skills
GM of Canada,  Customer Enthusiasm Skills

Successful Meetings Magazine Cover, Included in “25 Hottest Picks” as     speaker
TN Assn for. Mental Retardation, Training, From Stigma to Success
Southern Peninsula Family Focus, Australia / New Zealand Conference on
    MPD / DID
Eastern Regional Conference  on Traum, Associative Skills for
    Improved Functioning
Elkanah Counseling for World Vision Australia, Australia, If Change Is All     There Is, Choice Is All You've Got; Diversity and Differentness in Business
TN Assn of Health Care, Coping with Change
GM of Europe, Introduction of ISO 9000 into Opel AG Retail facilities
Saturn Outside Service, Diversity: A New Perspective
TN Child Care Association, Responding to Stress in Children’s Lives:
    The Ultimate Customer
Saturn Outside Services, Pontiac's Customer Enthusiasm Always!
GM of Europe, Design for Customer Enthusiasm Skills for Opel Retailers

National Public Radio, Marketplace, Interview on change management
Voice of America Radio, Interview on change management
Bloomberg Radio News Syndicate,Interview on Change Management
US Japan Business News, Review of "If Change Is All There Is, Choice Is All
    You've Got"
Western Clinical Conference / Multiple Personality & Dissociation, Irvine CA,
    Change Management Skills and Managing Dissociative Disorder
Saturn Corporation,  Managing Diversity in Teams
Saturn Corporation Office Synchronization for People Systems
Int'l Society for the Study of Dissociation, Vancouver BC, The ASk (Associative     Skills) Model
Crisis Call, Nashville, TN, Intervention with Dissociative Disorders
Eastern Regional Conference on Trauma, Self Management Skills for Multiple Personality Clients

UCAR Carbon, Columbia TN and Parma OH, Task analysis and presentation     skills for trainers
National Symposium on TQM in Education, Industry, and Government, Panel     responding to Philip Crosby
Mungadze Association, Survivors Conference, Dallas, TX,  Spirituality In     Healing; Dealing with the Media;  Feeling Feelings?;  Managing Boundaries
Southwest Regional Conference on Abuse & Dissociative Disorders, Tyler     TX, Ritual Abuse: A More Accurate Language & Its Implication; Change     Management Skills in the Treatment of MPD
National Association for Christian Recovery, MPD: Holy Healing, Caring     Community
Conference on MPD/SRA, Cincinnati, OH, TQM and MPD
North Morganton United Methodist Church, Morganton, NC , Abuse in God's     World: When Congregants are Multiples
Mountain Area Health Education Committee, Asheville, NC,Living Community:     Life as a Multiple; How to Use Managing Our Selves
Asheville Citizen-Times Newspaper, Asheville, NC`(Interview) (Interview with     Carol Curry)
Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital, Knoxville, TN, In-Service education
Saturn Corporation Workplace Development Center 40 hour Course     (Presenting these 3-- Continuous Improvement and Change, Teamwork,     and Personal Commitment--weekly to 75-100 people March through June     1993)
UCAR Carbon, Cleveland OH, Task Analysis TrainingSaturn Corporation:     Working with Persons with Disabilities

Governor Ann Richards' Invitational Conference on Quality in Education,     Houston, TX Facilitation Outcomes Team
Saturn Corporation (Supplier Quality Group)
International Congress on Christian Counseling, Atlanta GA (Lectures) MPD     & Scripture: Enhancing Healing; Change: The Challenge of Christian Living
WWAY-TV Wilmington, NC, Special with Stephanie Loftis
Faith Daniels: A Closer Look, Guest NBC Talk show
Montel Williams: Guest, Talk show
UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry, Child Maltreatment Program;     Conversations: Children and MPD
International Society for the Study of Multiple Personality, Staff & Community     Ed.: More Than Survival: A Look at Multiple Personality DisorderDorothea     Dix State Hospital, Raleigh, NC (Lecture)Treatment Issues in MPD In     Service: Continuous Quality Improvement
N.C. Child Protective Services Workers, Raleigh, NC (Lecture)Dissociation     and Your Clients
Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital, Johnson City, TN (Training) New paradigms
    in Multiplicity
Victory Center, Johnson City, TN, Consumers: Coping with Change--
    Mental Wellness
Watauga Mental Health Center, Johnson City, TN Improving Mental Health or     Curing Mental Illness?
Highland Hospital, Asheville, NC; (Training): Grand rounds lecture; In Service     for DDU Staff; Community Ed
Over 50 radio shows as a guest discussing dissociative disorders

Guest, AM Philadelphia on Differences Between Fact and Feeling“
Local Woman Social Activist,” Lenoir News Topic, Lenoir NC 
National Space Society
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
International Women’s Writing Guild
American Society for Training and Development

2004 ISSD President’s Award
2001 Exult Thought Leadership Award
1996 Who’s Who in the World
1995 Who’s Who in the South
1995 ISSD Media Award
1995 “Hot 25 Speaker to Watch In America”
1992 Who’s Who in Communications
1992 Leadership Excellence in Communication, Saturn
1978 Letter of commendation, NC Governor’s Office, for Primary Prevention     Conference
1978 Outstanding Volunteerism, Burke County, NC
1970-71 James G.K. McClure Scholar

Trauma-Informed Medical Care: Patient Response to a Primary Care Provider Communication Training. Family Medicine, vol. 47 #1, January 2015. Bonnie L. Green, Pamela A. Saunders, Elizabeth Power, Priscilla Dass-Brailsford, Kavitha Bhat Schelbert, Esther Giller, Larry Wissow, Alejandra Hurtado-de-Mendoza, & Mihriye Mete
Organizational and Programmatic Benefits from Adversity: Comprehending the Centrality of the Role of Adverse Experiences in and on the NPO and Its
. The Volunteer Management Handbook,'' ed. Tracy D. Connors,     John Wiley & Sons, 2011
How to Get Happier--and why you should try to, Big Happy Press, 2009.
Coping with Change: A Human Resources Primer, ''The Nonprofit     Management Handbook,'' ed. Tracy D. Connors, John Wiley & Sons, 2001
Emergent Technology and the NPO, ''The Nonprofit Management Handbook,''     ed. Tracy D. Connors, John Wiley & Sons, 1999
Welcoming the Stranger: Diversity and the NPO, ''The Nonprofit Management     Handbook,'' ed. Tracy D. Connors, John Wiley & Sons, 1998
To Welcome the Stranger, Links, UMCOM, 1997
Facilitator's Guide for the Diversity Opportunity Tool, Power, Elizabeth and     Clayton-Pedersen, Alma, Ph.D., Peabody College at Vanderbilt University,     1996
Reducing Resistance to Change, Stonybrook, Inc., Mt. Juliet, TN 1995 (CBT)#
Sexual Harassment Sensitivity, Stonybrook, Inc. Mt. Juliet, TN 1995 (CBT)
Time Management, Stonybrook, Inc. Mt. Juliet, TN 1995 (CBT)
EEO Basics, Stonybrook, Inc. Mt. Juliet, TN 1995 (CBT)
The Abilities Deck, Power, Elizabeth and Simons, George.  Diversophy,     Multus, Inc. 1995 (corporate game) San Mateo, CA
The Associative Skills (AsK) Series of Videos:  Taking Charge of Change; The
    Trouble with Feelings; and Boundaries, Precious Boundaries, EPower &     Associates, 1995
Basic TQM Skills and the Management of Multiple Personality Disorder,     Readings In TQM, ed Harry Costin, Ph.D., Dryden Press, 1994
The Way to Excellence, Association of Quality and Participation, 1990
Leadership & Values, "The Nonprofit Management Handbook," ed. Tracy D.     Connors, John Wiley & Sons, 1992
"A Manual for Clergy Supervision," The United Methodist Church, 8/94     (Technical editor)
"Managing Our Selves: God In Our Midst," EPower & Associates, 1992
"Managing Our Selves: Building a Community of Caring," EPower &     Associates, 1992
Organizations, Disability and Shame: A Qualitative Application of TQM,     Journal of Management Science and Policy Analysis, 6/91
"If Change is All There Is, Choice Is All You've Got," EPower & Associates,     1990
“Circle Of Love: A Child Personal Safety Program,” Jackson Women's Center,     1984
“CMHC Guide for Working with Sexual Abuse Survivors,”  Foothills Mental     Health Center, 1977

Helping people learn. grow. change.

Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, IN in     progress M.Div. with an emphasis on     writing as ministry
Vanderbilt University, Peabody School of     Education, Nashville, TN 1997, M.Ed. in     Human Resources DevelopmentEmphasis     on Organization Development and Systems     Thinking
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC     1977 B.A. in Sociology and Religious     Studies Thesis: “The History and     Development of Religious Communities in     the Protestant Episcopal Church in the     United States”

Member, Chancellor’s Committee on     Disabilities

E-Learning Specialist, ASTD
Six Sigma Black Belt, Catalyst Consulting
Chinese Energetic Medicine, Dr. Kam Yuen
Jean Baker Miller Training Institute for     Relational Psychology, Wellesley College
Interactive Teaching Skills, General Motors     Corporation
Pro-Trainer Instructional Design Skills, General Motors Corporation
Job Aids Development General Motors     Corporation
Quality Enhancement Seminars, Deming’s
    4-day “Quality, Productivity and the     Competitive Position” Seminar 
Accomplishment Based Training Certification,     Sterling Corp.
Self-Directed Coaching Certification,
    Sterling Corp.