The Power of Stories

Monday, July 23
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Grand Ballroom A

Coretta Scott King once said, “My story is a freedom song of struggle. It is about finding one’s purpose, how to overcome fear and to stand up for causes bigger than one’s self.”

We have, at our fingertips, the most powerful stories that often don’t get told. We have stories of struggle and fear and courage and resilience. We have stories of a marginalized population that endures abuse and discrimination, bullying and ill intent. We have stories of people who long to go for a walk by themselves, or have a family, or a driver’s license.

But we also have stories of people who overcome and find positive in their struggles; who have compassion for their bullies; who offer a kind word while remaining invisible to a busy society.

Within our agencies, we have thousands of stories of amazing human beings who face incomprehensible struggles, but don’t give up.

If we harness those stories, give voice to the voiceless, we not only help them gain power in their story, but we also gain a tool that offers greater impact in our advocacy, community education, and donor relations. These stories become the engine behind our efforts to support people with developmental disabilities.

The story is the foundation of all our outreach efforts.

This session will offer ways to identify storytellers and the best options for collecting their stories. It will offer a variety of different vehicles through which to produce those stories, and then target various outlets to distribute those, whether that be through print, online, or social media vehicles.

Linda Margison

Communications Manager
Stone Belt Arc, Inc

Linda Margison, Stone Belt Arc's communications manager, is an editor, writer, photographer, videographer, and social networker with an extensive background in newspaper and book publishing. Believing everyone has a story that needs to be told, she has a bachelor’s degree in English with a journalism emphasis and a master’s degree in new media journalism.


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Leslie Green

Stone Belt Arc, Inc

Leslie Green started in direct care at Stone Belt in 1979 and rose through leadership roles to CEO in 2000, overseeing a multi-million-dollar budget and 16 locations. She is active in Bloomington Rotary Club, Indiana Council of Executives of The Arc and INARF. She holds a degree in recreation administration.


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