June 3-5, 2024
Opening General Session
June 3, 2024
Dr. Singer is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with a diverse array of children and families in hospital, school, and community-based settings. She has been with the Boston Children’s Hospital since 1988 and currently, she is the Clinical Director of the Child and Parent Program in the Developmental Medicine Center, where she works with families of children aged birth through early childhood with a wide variety of medical, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and familial challenges; providing evaluation, intervention, and preventive consultation services within an overall model of infant-family mental health. At the BCH, Dr. Singer teaches and mentors multi-disciplinary professionals. She is Past President of the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health: Birth to Six. Within her clinic setting, she has been key to launching such divergent services as an early detection of Autism program, as well as the Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Program. Dr. Singer is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is engaged in continuous national and international lecturing and intensive mentoring as an International Trainer of the Brazelton Touchpoints Approach to development and parent-provider partnerships, and the Newborn Behavioral Observations system; representing the Brazelton Touchpoints Center and the Brazelton Institute.
At BTC, she spearheaded the Early Care and Education Initiative as an adaptation of the Touchpoints Approach for specific application for use by early childhood educators, which has developed into BTC’s Tribal Touchpoints Initiative as well as the Federal Office of Head Start National Center of Parent, Family, and Community Engagement. She has also developed adaptations of the Touchpoints Approach for families living with children with Special Needs.
Closing General Session
June 5, 2024
Niki Spears is an Educator, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Founder of Culture Cre8ion who radiates a profound passion for empowering educators and leaders to reshape their lives and workplaces into extraordinary places of possibility. Drawing from her experience as a former Head Start Parent and Teacher, Niki’s wisdom blooms from over 25 years of experience in education. Niki witnessed firsthand the staggering impact negativity can have on a team’s mission—this sparked her passion to help others create and sustain positive culture.
As the founder of Culture Cre8ion, Niki’s purpose found its wings. Here, she becomes a catalyst for transformation, supporting teams and organizations as they embrace a positive culture by understanding their personal energy and presence.
Niki travels the country and journeys away from the conventional, choosing a path devoid of assurances but brimming with purpose. Through her vibrant and immersive keynotes, training, workshops, and coaching sessions, Niki and her team helps you unearth the tools to foster self-awareness, embrace personal responsibility, thrive amidst unforeseen circumstances, nurture the spark of creativity, and cultivate a culture of enCOURAGEment.
Niki’s game-changing revelations rejuvenate spirits, igniting an immediate integration of fresh perspectives.
Gather your aspirations and embark on a life-altering journey of self-discovery with Culture Cre8ion, as possibilities unfold and challenges transform into steppingstones, propelling each person closer to their unique purpose. You can also read Niki’s blogs in Our Voice.
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