Saturday Keynote

Sue O’Halloran to Give STF 2017 Keynote Address

We’re delighted to announce Sue O’Halloran as the keynote speaker for Sharing the Fire 2017. Sue will share her extraordinary understanding of the issues related to the conference theme: VOICES ACROSS BORDERS: CREATING CONNECTIONS.

The Keynote Address

Three Stories You Need to Trash If You’ll Ever Be Free

“Borders” connotes separation. But what has separated us and why? Sue O’Halloran’s keynote address helps us make sense of present day conflicts by understanding history’s lingering effects. Together we will reflect on the power of story to separate or connect.

We will look at how to stop society’s stories that limit everyone as well as explore how to manage the false borders our own minds create. We will also talk about what works: how diverse people have always come together to create positive change. By rejecting guilt and embracing inspiring responsibility we will re-energize our commitment to crossing borders and crafting a narrative of a world that works for everyone.


A Little Bit About Sue

Her life’s work has focused on social justice, particularly in the areas of diversity, race relations, and community-building.  On these matters she has written books, consulted to Fortune 500 companies, designed curricula and trained hundreds of teachers and teaching artists, appeared on national television and radio, produced the JustStories and Stories Connect Us All Festivals, and created resources including the RaceBridges Studio.

Positive, funny, brave, profound — Sue O’Halloran is out to change the world, using stories.  Visit her website to learn more.