2021 SLN National Conference

2021 Conference Summary

2021 SLN Conference Logo

The SLN’s 8th conference, held June 18th-19th, with post conference workshops on June 22nd, 23rd & 24th, as a  virtual, international event, was a huge success! We had over 275 people registered from 37 states and 16 countries, including Rwanda, India, Japan, Portugal, Kenya, Nigeria, Slovenia, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Scotland, England, Indonesia, Brazil, and South Korea! The conference theme of Strength Through Connection resonated throughout the conference. Attendees spent the weekend learning from international leaders in the sibling movement and making connections to last a lifetime.

Group Shot of Participants via Zoom

The Conference kicked off on Friday with four pre-conference workshops.  Then attendees learned about the sibling movement and enjoyed a Sibling Happy Hour where we got to connect and create community.  We also got a lot of great information from the breakout sessions and then ended with a wonderful session to learn Mindfulness Techniques.  

Lisa Matthews’ Keynote Speech

Day Two of the conference started with Yoga. We had an amazing Keynote presentation by Lisa Matthews, DC Chapter Representative on the SLN Board of Directors, followed by a discussion facilitated with Richard Mullen.  Then we went into small groups for engaging discussions where we had time for attendees to share and learn from each other.  Then, we had a fabulous Sibling Panel where we heard from siblings with a range of perspectives about their experiences.  After the panel, we divided into small groups so attendees could share some of their stories. Additionally, we had four great topics for breakout sessions and then ten amazing Table Talks for people to choose from. 

Participants showing off their pasta dishes at Dinner with Don
Participants showing off their pasta dishes at Dinner with Don

Our Special Event in the evening was fabulous!  We started the evening with Dinner with Don Meyer, who is often considered to be the Father of the Sibling Movement. Don showed us how to make Pasta Puttanesca while sharing stories of his work with siblings.  Then, we enjoyed eating our meal together while watching the film 3Conversations in April by sibling and filmmaker Susan Hamovitch.

Sibling Support in International Context participants on Zoom
Sibling Support in International Context

Our three post conference sessions were held on June 22nd, 23rd and 24th and covered future planning topics & tools and the perspectives of siblings from around the globe. 

Throughout the conference, we were delighted to be joined by the 30 recipients of the SLN’s Equity & Inclusion Scholarship from 14 different states and 6 different countries (including Kenya, Nigeria, Slovenia, Ireland, Rwanda and Canada)! Thank you to all donors for your generosity, applicants for participating and to the Scholarship Selection Committee for making this a reality!

The SLN is truly grateful to everyone for making the conference such a success! Our Board of Directors is a group of engaged sibling leaders and our Conference Planning Committee was committed to creating a conference that fostered a community of support. Joining from all across the world requires resources and commitment and we are so thankful that we had the chance to meet each person who attended the Conference. And thank you to our 36 sponsors for their support of the conference.

Check out our blog, Facebook page or Instagram for more photos and details of every event. 

We would also like to extend another thank you to our generous conference sponsors! Check them out on the sponsors tab!

Thank you for making our first virtual conference a success!

We are already looking forward to the next conference in 2023!