2017 FCA Convention
Join us for the 68th Annual Florida Counseling Association Convention
“Counselors Lighting the Future: Through Learning, Leadership, and & Legacy”
October 13th &14th 2017
The Florida Hotel and Convention Center
1500 Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32809
Click Here to Register
Call for Proposals Opens: February 1, 2017
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2017, 11:59 pm ET Click Here to Submit a Proposal
Mawi Asgedom has written eight books that are read in thousands of classrooms across North America, and spoken to over one million students and educators in more than forty states. Mawi Learning’s online leadership courses have inspired students around the world.
As a child, Mawi fled civil war in Ethiopia and survived a Sudanese refugee camp for three years. After being resettled in The United States, Mawi overcame poverty, language barriers and personal tragedy to graduate from Harvard University, where he gave the Commencement address to an audience of 30,000.
Mawi’s bestselling memoir, Of Beetles and Angels: A Boy’s Remarkable Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard, has been read as a one-book, one-community reading selection by thousands of schools and communities, including the cities of Philadelphia and Green Bay. His latest book, The 5 Powers of an Educator, helps parents and educators to recognize and leverage their power to profoundly impact the youth in their lives.
Citing the impact of Mawi’s work, The Illinois Association of Teachers of English named Mawi the 2006 Illinois Author of the Year. Media outlets that have featured Mawi include:
- The Oprah Winfrey Show, “One of the Twenty Best Moments of Oprah’s Career”
- ESSENCE, “One of the 40 Most Inspiring African-Americans"
- Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Seattle Times, Harvard Magazine, Ebony Magazine
You can learn more about Mawi’s work in education at www.MawiLearning.com.
Dr. Gerard Lawson is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education program at Virginia Tech, past-president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and past-president of the Virginia Counselors Association. Gerard earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, in Human Development, his Master’s in Counseling from Longwood College, and doctorate in Counselor Education from the College of William and Mary, all in Virginia. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Since joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, Dr. Lawson has published his research in prestigious journals including the Journal of Counseling and Development, Counselor Education and Supervision, and The Clinical Supervisor. He has presented at national and international conferences on a range of topics including counselor wellness, crisis response and resilience, and clinical supervision.
Gerard was recently elected the 66th president of the American Counseling Association, and will serve in that office from July 2017-June 2018. Gerard also serves as a trustee of the American Counseling Association Foundation. He chaired the ACA Taskforce on Crisis Response Planning and has authored several articles on counselor wellness and resilience, particularly when working in disaster mental health. Under his leadership, Virginia Tech’s Counselor Education Program awarded the 2009 Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award, and in 2011 Dr. Lawson was selected as the American Counseling Association’s Robert Rencken Professional Leadership Award, and in 2012 was awarded the John R. Cook Award by the Virginia Counselors Association, and was awarded the inaugural Martin Ritchie Award for Advocacy in 2015.