Inspirational speaker and award-winning author Marti MacGibbon delivered the keynote speech at the Midwest Organization of Human Service Workers’ Annual Conference. The event theme was, “Reducing Marginalization; Increasing Inclusion.” Marti’s own personal story of triumph over human trafficking, homelessness, domestic violence and hard core drug addiction is a testament to the power of the human spirit, and to the fact that even the seemingly hopeless cases do recover. Her presentation touched on here personal story, but also included insights into overcoming adversity, self-care, positive action for change, and plenty of humor.
Human Service workers are dedicated to a noble profession. Community integration, empowerment, and social and economic justice are at the core of human services professionals’ mission. Conference attendees, many of them students and faculty from community colleges, met with Marti after her presentation and book signing, for an hour of Q and A. Marti was inspired by the powerful personal stories that audience members shared. During the Q and A, Marti discussed recovery from addiction, PTSD, insights into human trafficking and how it affects victims, what services are most needed, and why the work of human services professionals is so important today.