The Conference Event Series convenes groups from across the City of Worcester and the State who are committed to fresh thinking and new understandings about the needs and strengths of our various communities as together we strive to create inclusion, access and opportunity for all. Videos of some of the unique presentations given at previous events are available to the right or below.

Recent gatherings have included the May 2019 hosting of Worcester native and bestselling author Jarrett J. Krosoczka whose graphic memoir “Hey Kiddo” describes his journey of growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive. The day included interactive conversations with students at Woodand Academy and Claremont Academy and a community conversation that evening.

In September 2019 WAMS collaborated with our local Habitat affiliate to sponsor a “Building on Faith” event where Dan McCue, Senior Research Associate, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University shared the findings of the Center’s most recent State of the Nation’s Housing Report and Habitat shared the many ways that groups and individuals can engage in the desperate need to increase available opportunities for low income home ownership.

In March 2020 WAMS hosted “Coffee, Conversation and Pizza,” a reading and discussion led by author and minister, Liz Magill, based on her new book, “Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry.”

Currently, WAMS is hosting a series of Trauma Training Tuesday events in collaboration with numerous community supporters.

Tim Garvin, CEO and President of United Way of Central Mass. offers 5 ways that together we can redefine and reimagine social progress.

Charles Gagnon, COO of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council encourages us to imagine differently.

Ruthie Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy for Empath (formerly Crittenton Women’s Union), offers measurable results as Empath works to shape public policy and achieve social change

Senator Jamie Eldridge calls for a broader vision to make a greater difference in families’ lives.

Empath Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Mary Coleman describes how toxic stress affects decision making among the poor, and outlines the goals/ success of the Crittenton Mobile Mentoring Program.

Jon Wortmann, author, trainer and minister, identifies tools that social service providers and others working with clients under stress can use to practice self care.

John Wortmann, author, trainer and minister, offers specific strategies  that can be used to diffuse and manage stressful situations.