• $375 per person until February 24, 2023
  • $399 per person after February 24, 2023

In our experience, learning opportunities translate better into action when colleagues attend together. Therefore we are offering discounts to colleagues who enroll together. Email or call our office to learn more about these discounts (503-590-4599).


Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 9:00 AM PST to 4:00 PM CST
Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 9:00 AM PST to 4:00 PM CST

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Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, 201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801


Gabriella Okken 
Communication Across Barriers 

Beegle Poverty Immersion Institute

Dr. Donna M. Beegle – in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services – invite you to join us for an intensive in-person two-day Poverty Immersion Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Wednesday and Thursday, March 15-16, 2023. Dr. Beegle along with guest presenters (see bios below) will provide participants with a deeper understanding of poverty and what works to improve the lives of Louisiana’s children and adults.


“Dr. Donna Beegle’s poverty work and Poverty Institutes with Coach Certification are the foundation of our new approach to serving students. These trainings have completely changed our understanding of who our students are and what they need from us. The Poverty and Coaching Institutes will be the best professional development investment in your employees and organization you could possibly experience. The interactive experience will change your hearts, challenge your minds, and improve your impact, personally and organizationally.” ~ Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, President, Amarillo College

“This institute was life changing for me. I am not leaving the same person I came. I see and hear everything differently. ~ Laura, Assistant Director Community Action, Denver, CO

“In some webinars, a person can kind of multi-task and pay only half attention, and still get most of it. This was not like that! Highly interactive, LOADED with information. It caught and kept my full attention and kept me thinking and taking notes the whole time. High value here. ~ Jamica, Child Welfare Director, Michigan

About Dr. Donna M. Beegle

Most of the research and training on poverty are done by professionals who have never been evicted or hungry. Donna Beegle was born into generations of poverty. She dropped out of school at 15 to get married. She lived homeless most of her life and is the only member of her family who has not been incarcerated. At 15, she found herself divorced with two children, little education, and few marketable job skills. At age 26, she earned her GED. She went on to study poverty, communication, and education and--within 10 years of receiving her GED--she received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Beegle brings an insider's perspective of poverty as well as 34 years of research and work in all 50 states to break poverty barriers and to create inclusive, responsive environments that promote lifelong success.

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Guest Speakers

Senator Lew Frederick

Oregon Senator Lew Frederick was tear gassed for the first time in Baton Rouge at age 8 while marching in a civil rights protest. He grew up next door to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He never forgot Dr. King telling him when he was a child that he "needed to leave America in a better place for the next generations." Senator Frederick will share strategies for engaging elected officials in fighting poverty and racism. To learn more about Senator Frederick, visit:

Dr. Shariff Abdullah

Dr. Shariff Abdullah grew up in generational poverty in Camden, New Jersey, and attended the poorest schools in the nation where he was told "he wasn't college material" when he was in middle school. Conversely to what the counselor advised him, he went on to achieve a law degree with honors from Boston University School of Law. Dr. Abdullah has been around the world 45 times and works daily to create systems and communities that work for all. His renowned work on Deep Identity, Race, and Inclusivity has been implemented worldwide. To learn more about Dr. Abdullah, visit:

Elia Hernandez-Moreno

Elia Hernandez-Moreno, author and speaker, is a master at assisting organizations and individuals who seek to implement fresh ways to connect with those living in poverty. Ms. Hernandez-Moreno will share her work from her books: "Living Intentionally" and "Permission To Rest." She is a Beegle Speaker and serves as the National Program Director for Communication Across Barriers. To learn more about Elia Hernandez-Moreno, visit:

Reggie Houston

Blues Legend Reggie Houston has traveled worldwide and performed with such legends as Ray Charles and Fats Domino. Duke Ellington said he is “the very epitome of jazz.” He will share his lived experiences of poverty in Louisiana. He will also share wisdom for making a difference along with entertaining participants with saxophone (and his band). To learn more about Reggie Houston, visit: