Lora M. Robins Speaker Series is a community-wide, multi-part interactive speaker series that offers business, public, and nonprofit leaders valuable insights and practical knowledge from leading national and regional thought leaders.

Join us for the 2018 Lora M. Robins Speaker Series. This three-part series presented by Leadership Metro Richmond and The Robins Foundation will focus on how experiences of trauma impacts our youth inside and outside of the classroom.

Trauma & Youth:
Understanding the Impact of Trauma in Educational Development
Wednesday, January 31, 2017
Living and Learning Center at Virginia Union University
Dr. Allison Sampson-Jackson
CEO, Integration Solutions, Inc.

In this presentation, Dr. Sampson-Jackson defines child traumatic stress, including types of traumatic stress that can exist among children, the impact of trauma on the developing brain across developmental stages, and behavioral manifestations related to traumatic experiences.

Learnings from the Making of "Paper Tigers" and
"Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope"
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Conference Center Gallery at Reynolds Parham Campus
Mr. James Redford
Filmmaker and Co-Founder of The Redford Center

Mr. Redford will present stories and perspectives from his films that address the questions: What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? And how do you educate teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn? Presentation will be followed by a panel of local experts.

The Crisis of Urban Education
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Massey Conference Center Auditorium at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Dr. Christopher Emdin
Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Columbia University

In this presentation, Dr. Christopher Emdin lays out the current and ever-evolving sociopolitical and “in the trenches” landscape of urban education, outlines the reasons for our current national challenges, and offers research-based but often underexplored solutions. He explores the public/private battle in urban education, challenges of teacher training and recruitment, national policy, the newly developed common core learning standards, and new possibilities.

All sessions are 8:30 - 11:00am

Tickets: $50 per session

Student tickets also available (must be enrolled full-time)


Sponsorships available: Contact Nellie Blair for more information