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The Piper M. Olsen Excellence In Leadership Conference:

Join us for our 10th Annual Excellence in Leadership Conference! We are excited to bring you three nationally recognized presenters: Heidi Hagel-Braid, Sheila Robinson-Kiss, and Cindy Terebush

Child & Family Resources is proud to present the 10th Annual Piper M. Olsen Excellence in Leadership Conference on Friday, May 4, 2018.

This year's conference will feature three nationally recognized presenters and a new conference format.  The new format includes a two-hour keynote presented by Heidi Hagel Braid in the morning and your choice out of three afternoon break-out sessions (you choose one). Participants will receive 5.5 professional development hours and .2 CEUs each completed keynote and workshop. Registration for the conference is now available through NJCCIS, the New Jersey Workforce Registry (look for event id#111918). 


 Heidi Hagel Braid

Heidi Hagel Braid, Director of National Programs

Heidi Hagel Braid is the Director of National Programs at First Children’s Finance, a nonprofit organization focused on the business side of child care and early childhood education. Hagel Braid leads efforts to create, implement and communicate early care and education business strategies that lead to a well-paid workforce, more sustainable and accessible high quality care, and improved outcomes for children. She specializes in the expansion of programs and services into new states and regions, including increasing states’ capacity to address early care and education business needs and opportunities for alignment of resources.

Hagel Braid joined First Children’s Finance as the Regional Director, Minnesota and the Dakotas, in 2012, bringing over 15 years of nonprofit experience and a strong history working on the behalf of children and families. In 2013, Heidi launched the Rural Child Care Innovation Program, an innovative effort linking rural economic development and child care. She has also led the development of national child care business analysis tools that assess the financial operations of family child care businesses. Hagel Braid studied Local and Urban Affairs at St. Cloud State University and completed her National Director’s Credential in 2010.  For more information please see



Cindy TerebushCindy Terebush, author of "Teach the Whole Preschooler: Strategies for Nurturing Developing Minds,"  has spent almost 20 years working in the field of education. She has experience teaching and directing in daycare, preschool and school age programs. Cindy is a sought after speaker and professional development provider.  She is a Child Development Associate (CDA) Professional Development Specialist & Lead Instructor and a New Jersey Workforce Registry Approved Trainer & Technical Assistance Specialist.

Cindy is the author of the popular blog “Helping Kids Achieve with Cindy Terebush." Cindy is a frequent contributor of articles for educational and parenting publications and websites.  She was an online reporter for "The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back From the Brink." She has been a guest writer and interviewed expert for the Asbury Park Press.  Cindy has been a guest panelist on "Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato" and has been interviewed for "Caucus Up Close."

Cindy earned her Certified Professional Coach & Certified Youth, Parent, Family Coach credentials from the World Coach Institute. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certification from Kean University (formerly Kean College) with graduate work at Walden University. Cindy also completed the State of New Jersey Director’s Academy for Early Care and Education. Cindy has earned a Certificate of Completion of the ECERS-3 and ITERS-R Online Training Courses. She has also earned a certificate of training completion in Healthy Lifestyles for Preschool Families from Rutgers University, The University of Arizona and Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey. 

Cindy's Instructor of Adults specializations are in the areas of cognitive development, positive guidance & discipline, curriculum development, developmentally appropriate practice and best practice.

In addition to coaching, consulting and public speaking, Cindy is actively involved in a number of early childhood education professional organizations. She currently serves on the board of the New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children (NJAEYC).  Cindy is the president of the New Jersey Consortium of Early Childhood Consultants (NJCECC).  She has proudly lobbied in Washington DC as part of the NAEYC Public Policy Forum and testified on behalf of NJAEYC at NJ State Senate Budget Hearings. For more information about Cindy, please see


 Sheila Robinson KissSheila Robinson Kiss

The author of 4 books with nearly 20 years of clinical experience under her belt, Sheila Robinson-Kiss is the new voice urging you to take action and lift up your life in today’s disconnected relationship state. Sheila is on a mission to give people the tools to adapt to the fast-paced, distraction filled climate we live in. Sheila has provided high impact programs for companies like, American Family Insurance, The Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Pfizer, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and more.
Sheila taps into the soul and psyche of her audience by creating a long-lasting memorable experience. Event attendees walk out excited to implement what they have learned—strategies to meet real world challenges, take control of stress, and rethink the performance possibilities for their lives. She delivers fun, uplifting, interactive, programs, filled with well-researched, practical strategies, needed to sustain balance and high performance daily.

By creating awareness of the tough relationship climate in which we live, she provides the techniques to move forward with renewed compassion and balance. She moves beyond the “neat and tidy” relational paradigms of the past and offers relevant solutions for working and living today.

Sheila’s research was born out of the realization that the relationship environment has changed. In nearly two decades as a licensed clinical social worker, she witnessed a marked change in her clients. Reports of “casual cruelty” and the absence of deep, meaningful connections started to rise. People seemed more broken…busted…bruised…on edge. People’s work and relationships have suffered.

Her work explores how this new relationship environment shapes not just our roles as friends, parents, and partners, but also our behaviors as employees, employers, and consumers. The new state has impacted performance across all areas of life.
Our relationships are at the core of our experience as human beings; yet living, working, and loving happily is more difficult than ever. Sheila’s timely and compelling message allows the audience to finally “put a finger” on the disconnection and distraction they feel and shine a light on how we move forward from here, implement what we know, and take action to uplift our lives.

Her engaging, and energizing talks come from her soul. Sheila offers a realistic yet refreshing perspective on how each of us can work and thrive in business and in life. For more information about Sheila, please see

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