Tuesday, February 27, 2018
3:30 to 5 p.m. | Social 5 to 6 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton & West Fargo Conference Center
Finding Your Voice in the World
Author Laetitia Mizero Hellerud will share her life journey and how she overcame adversity in many ways. From learning to adapt in new countries multiple times as her family fled her native war-torn country of Burundi to reclaiming herself after a painful divorce, losing her employment and more. She will candidly talk about finding her voice in the midst of chaos and life’s hardships. Laetitia hopes to inspire you to find your own voice regardless of your life circumstances.
Life comes in cycles with ups and downs, highs and lows. Our life experiences affect how we carry ourselves and interact with others. Really, our life experiences impact everything we do. How do you make the decision to carry on and put your best foot forward after encountering challenges after challenges? The response is in your hands. After all, the only thing we can control is ourselves and not the external world.
Laetitia Mizero Hellerud
About the speaker
Laetitia Mizero Hellerud is an author and the founder/owner of UBUNTU Consulting, which provides educational services in the area of intercultural competence development, cross-cultural leadership and related fields. She was resettled as a refugee from Burundi in the fall of 1998 and has resided the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community since then. She holds a B.A. in English literature and linguistics from the University of Burundi and a M.S. in management from the University of Mary. She currently serves on several boards and committees, including the Fargo Human Relations Commission, The New American Consortium for Wellness and Empowerment, the F-M Symphony Orchestra and the [MN] Regional Workforce Advisory Council. Laetitia worked for Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota in several capacities for a combined 10 years between 1999-2015, most recently serving as the director of the New Americans Program and State Refugee Coordinator. She also worked for SENDCAA Head Start program from 2002 to 2012 and coordinated a transitional housing program for the homeless through Lakes and Prairies Community Action Agency in Moorhead.
Laetitia is married to Mark and they have two children: Yann is a senior at NDSU and an aspiring entrepreneur. Nicole is a junior at Sheyenne High School and enjoys music, theatre and leadership projects. The family currently resides in West Fargo.
As an author, Laetitia’s book was released this summer, and sold a little over 500 copies the first month.
Please consider bringing children’s books to donate to the New American Consortium to support New American women and families involved in their women’s empowerment program.
Chamber Members: $25 in advance | $30 at the door
Non-Members: $35 in advance | $40 at the door