Joint Conference

Unite. Inspire. Lead.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel 
9801 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63134

Registration Fees

Registration required. Includes lunch

MNEA Members - Free 
Non-Members - $30* 

Note: Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration cost of this event. Please contact the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel directly if you would like to book sleeping rooms. 

Registration deadline March 21

Missouri NEA's "Unite, Inspire, Lead" event is a joint conference with opportunities to learn about social justice and organizing. The conference will offer sessions specifically tailored for education support professionals, higher education professionals, and student members. The conference is a one-day drive-in conference open to all MNEA members and the public 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Saturday, March 25, at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel in St. Louis.This conference is free to MNEA members who register.

Dr. Bertice B. Berry, a sociologist, author, lecturer and educator, will present the keynote during lunch. Berry's vision is to enable, empower and uplift others to live an intentional life of purpose and joy.

Cost for nonmembers and community members is $30. 

Please make a special effort to encourage early career educators to attend. The MNEA eMerge group, members in the first 10 years of their careers, will be present to talk to early educators about the mission of their group and the support it offers. 

8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:30 Kickoff
9:45 – 10:45 Breakout
11:00 –12:00 Breakout
12:00 –1:45 Luncheon – Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bertice B. Berry
2:00 – 3:00 Breakout
3:15 – 3:45 Closing

Download a complete program with session descriptions and presenter biographies >>

Questions about the Unite, Inspire, Lead Conference, contact Maggie Brueggemann at (573) 644-9622. 


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bertice B. Berry

Dr. Bertice B. Berry is an African American sociologist, author, lecturer, educator, and comedian. She graduated with a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Jacksonville University in Florida in 1982. Berry subsequently obtained an M.A. degree in 1986 and a Ph.D. degree in 1988, both in sociology from Kent State University in Ohio. In 1994, she was awarded an honorary D.H.L. degree by Jacksonville University. 

She later worked as an entertainer, lecturer, and comedian. She was the host co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show, The Bertice Berry Show. Besides having her own talk show, Berry has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, TED Talk, CBS Nightwatch, CNN's Crossfire, and Sonya Live. 

She is the author of a memoir entitled I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is On My Head, as well as several novels. She wrote The Ties That Bind: A Memoir of Race, Memory and Redemption about her African American heritage. 

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