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Empathy Conference | October 13-14

Updated: Oct 13, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching and Empathy in Action will host a virtual conference on Empathy from October 13-14, 2021. "We want to create good will and a movement amongst those light bearers who are and can use empathy to better their community", says Michael Sgro, one of the organizers.


This two day virtual conference will feature speakers, workshops and enrichment opportunities, sharing inspiring and practical means toward understanding; uniting hearts and minds to empower a movement. (Ticket sales are now over.)


“The practice of empathy can improve our work, our home, our emotional and spiritual lives. We can benefit individually and at the same time, create a ripple effect into society. It’s a win-win.” Kristin Barrett-Anderson, creator Empathy in Action.


Thank you to WAER, our media sponsor and the keynotes, enrichment activity hosts and presenting speakers for stepping up and stepping out on faith.

Ongoing announcements will be provided via social media and those who buy tickets! We welcome you to also start the conversation on Twitter @EmpathyCon using #EmpathyConference to connect with others attending the conference.

Full Schedule of Online Events


Wednesday, October 13, 2021


7:30 AM Early risers virtual Coffee and Chat (DJ Vicky)

8:00 AM Official Welcome (Kristin and MDS)

8:45 AM Alexis Pierce, Soul Strategist™(Keynote)

10:00 AM Break

10:30 AM Kristin Barrett-Anderson, Empathy in Action (Workshop)

12:00 PM Lunch with the Rosamond Gifford Zoo (Virtual Animal Enrichment)

1:00 PM Emily Zaengle, CEO of Stone Quarry Art Park (Speaker Presentation)

2:00 PM Break

2:30 PM Shayla Ashley, Certified Abundant Life Coach (Speaker Presentation)

3:45 PM Housekeeping Notes

4:00 PM Rev. Joe Colon, Spiritual Team Care Manager at St. Joe's Hospital (Remarks)

5:30 PM Dena Beratta, Founder of Mandala Moon Yoga (Virtual Yoga)


Thursday, October 14, 2021


7:30 AM Early risers virtual Coffee and Chat (DJ Vicky)

8:00 AM Kath Fathers, Co-Founder CNY Music Therapy (Enrichment Program)

8:30 AM Day-2 Welcome and Housekeeping Notes

8:45 AM George Lynch, Founder of George J. Lynch Excelsior Group, LLC (Keynote)

10:00 AM Break

10:30 AM Kate Houck, Executive Director of David's Refuge (Speaker Presentation)

12:00 PM Lunch with the Rosamond Gifford Zoo (Zen Moments)

1:00 PM Michael Sgro, Recruiter of Superheroes (Workshop)

2:00 PM Break

2:30 PM Panel Discussion:

Anthony DeMario, certified brain health specialist (Moderator)

Featured Panelists:

Sora Heather Iriye, Disability Justice Advocate/ Head Diva of CirqOvation

Larkin Podsiedlik, Food Systems Advocate/ Nonprofit Leader

Timothy Bryant, Student at Syracuse University

Alexis Pierce, Soul Strategist™, life purpose expert and inner peace activist

3:45 PM Closing Ceremonies with PURE Clothing (raffles and big announcement)

Empathy in Action is a program developed by the Saint Marianne Cope Museum to share the values of the Sisters of St. Francis. Its programs teach the importance of relationship-building within our diverse community to create connections between people of every nationality, race, ability, economic status, personal challenge and spiritual practice. Our vision is to provide a space where every person aspires to learn from one another and work together toward a kinder community.


Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching is a small business located in Syracuse, New York. Our mission, vision and values are to coach extraordinary leaders and develop empathy as core competency with love, community, excellence, creativity, innovation and fun.

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