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Building Bridges Mental Health Conference Series by the Broward County Crime Commission

Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)


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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Adult & Workplace Bullying Conference Ended $75.00 $2.87
Law enforcement/Student/Education rate Ended $65.00 $2.62


Event Details


The Broward County Crime Commission invites you to attend our Adult & workplace Bullying on July 24 2014 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Deerfield Beach, Fl. In its role of assessing crime (and social issues), the Broward County Crime Commission felt it imperative to conduct a public forum on Adult and Workplace Bullying. As part of its Building Bridges Mental Health Conference series, the Crime Commission is hosting a one day conference, with a variety of panels, speakers, and experts to address this “ignored epidemic”.

Date: July 24,2014 

Location: Doubletree by Hilton
100 Fairway Drive Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Schedule of Events:
Sign in - Breakfast/Networking: 7:30am-8:45am
Lunch will be served 12pm-1pm 
Panel Discussion 9:00am-4:00pm
Networking 4:00pm-5:00pm

**This event includes seven (6) continuing education credits (CEUs) 
for mental health professionals, addiction professionals and attorneys.

Ticket Prices:

Advance Ticket(s) - $ 75.00 each
(Prior to July 23,2014)  Go to to make payment via paypal.

At the Door Ticket(s) - $85.00 each
(Includes after July 23,2014)

Law Enforcement & Student Tickets(s) - $65.00 each

Building Bridges Conference Agenda



7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sign-in - Breakfast, Networking


8:40 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks - Welcome Address by the Broward County Crime Commission; Acknowledge Distinguished Speakers and Guests

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion ITrends in Adult Bullying:



1.      Dr. Gary Namie, PhD –Psychologist, Director, Workplace Bullying Institute

2.      Mr. John Pacenti – Columnist, Daily Business Review

3.      Ms. Kerri Stone – Professor of Law, Florida International University

4.     Ms. Yael Hershfield - FloridaAssociate Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League (ADL)       

10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. BREAK

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion IIWorkplace Bullying and Family Dispute Bullying


1.      Ms. Brenda DiIoia, JD - Mediator, Conflict Resolution Matters, Inc.

2.      Dr. Maureen Duffy, PhD - Workplace Consultant and Family Therapist

3.      Mr. Kelly H. Kolb, ESQ – Labor Attorney, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney (BIPC)

4. Mr. David Svetlick - Business and Finance Administrator, BrowardInternational Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

5.      Mr. Mark Watson – Regional Vice-President, Amtrust Bank


11:20 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Panel Discussion IIISafeguarding Social & Educational Impacts 


1.  Mr. Steven Becerra - Director of Operations, Elite Krav Maga - Fighting Chance

2.      Dr. Alexia Georgakopoulos, PhD - Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution and Communication, Nova University

3.      Ms. Beverly Peterson – National Workplace Bullying Coalition

4.      Mr. Ron Christopher Osborne Williams - Education and Prevention Manager, Women in Distress of Broward County

5.      Vanessa Hodgerson –            Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis P.C.                

6.      Vergie Bain – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. LUNCH

Noon to 12:30 p.m.  - Guest Speaker – Joie Bostwick and Jean Jones, Family Members Speaking In Memoriam of Jodie Jones Zebell, 1977-2008

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – KEYNOTE SPEAKER Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.  Presentation will occur when actual eating of lunch is completed and there is complete silence.

1:15 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. BREAK

1:25 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion IV – When Adult Bullying Can Escalate to Violence


1.      Ms. Bridgette Schneiderman - President, Broward Victims’ Rights Coalition

2.      Broward College Institute of Public Safety   Police Academy – John Vecchio

3.      Captain Al Xiques  – Pembroke Pines Police Police Department

4.      Mr. David Scharf -  Director Community Outreach for Corrections and Youth Gangs - Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO)

5.      Ms. Monica Hofheinz - Executive Director, Broward State Attorney’s Office (SAO)

6.      Dr. Robert Cipriano, PhD. – Psychologist, SIMCIP

7. Branch Walton, Retired U.S. Secret Service (USSS)

2:30 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. BREAK

2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Panel Discussion VAdult Bullying in Sports and Entertainment

 1.      High School Sector

2.      College Sector

3.      Professional Sector

4.      Dr. Gary Namie, Workplace Bullying Institute

5.      William David Cornwell, Attorney Gordon & Rees, LLP



This event is expected to have significant attendance.  The one day event anticipates an attendance of approximately 200 attendees from various key diversified sectors:

  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Addiction Professionals
  • Healthcare Sector Administrators & Practitioners
  • Educational Sector
  • Clergymen/Clergywomen
  • Criminal Justice/Public Safety Sector
  • Community


The conference will promote solution-based approaches to addictions and mental health, networking and awareness ten (10) potential and primary ways:
  1. 6 Continuing Education Credits & Certificates of Attendance for mental health professionals, addiction professionals and attorneys.
  2. Pre-event Networking during registration & breakfast– 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
  3. Networking Cocktail Hour from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
  4. One on One Meetings 
  5. Industry Studies
  6. Keynote Speakers and Breakout Sessions
  7. Industry and Sector Exhibitor Space 
  8. Industy and Sector Table Displays
  9. Email Broadcasting (Specific Sectors Listed Above) 
  10. Market Wire Issued Press Releases

Exhibit tables, Booklet Ads and Sponsorship Opportunities are still available!



Thank you for being apart of the bridge...

For more information, please visit our website or email

Have questions about BROWARD COUNTY CRIME COMMISSION - ADULT & WORKPLACE BULLYING? Contact Building Bridges Mental Health Conference Series by the Broward County Crime Commission

When & Where

Doubletree by Hilton
100 Fairway Drive
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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Building Bridges Mental Health Conference Series by the Broward County Crime Commission



The Broward County Crime Commission is a 37 year old state chartered office, acting judiciously on behalf of law – abiding citizens in maintaining an unwavering vigilance against crime and corruption in the community.     



The Crime Commission evaluates crime in Broward County and south Florida and assists the Criminal Justice System with solutions against crime.  Founded in 1976 as an independent, fact – finding agency, the Crime Commission has distinguished itself as a laureate governing body, whichworks diligently to improve the Criminal Justice System, as well as strengthen and preserve the key components of Public Safety in Broward County.



The mission of the Broward County Crime Commission is to sustain and enhance the coordination, cohesiveness, resources, effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of the Criminal Justice System, so that citizens can live, work and raise families without the fear of crime. 



The Crime Commission functions as a strategic planning body involved in formulating criminal justice protocols.  In so doing, the Crime Commission fosters community involvement with criminal justice representatives, corporations, businesses, colleges and universities, citizen organizations, government officials, law makers, public safety entities, and schools through the following initiatives:


1.  White Paper Research Studies

2.  Impact Estimates of Crime-Related Legislation

3.  Editorial Writings

4.  Expert Panel Discussions

5.  Prominent Speaker Workshops and Seminars

6.  Forums, Events, Summits, and Conferences

7.  Agency Exchange of Information & Training Meetings

8.  Think Tank Symposiums

9.  Outreach Ministries

10. Self Defense - Fighting Chance / Kids Fighting Chance



“Evil Triumphs When Good People Stand Idly By”


For More information: Call Hope @ 754-423-1976;

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