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The Foundation hosted a well-attended community event at the 2018 IFS Conference, which was held in early November in the U.S. (Providence, Rhode Island).

The event opened with a brief introduction by Board Member and Event Chair, Pamela Krause, MSW, LCSW, followed by one-word greetings from all board members (their favorite “Self-C” word), and a presentation by Vice Chair Frank Anderson, MD, with an update on research and the planned global Take5 Media Campaign. Participants then visited the four stations on research, advocacy, education, and community connections, and engaged in vigorous conversations with board members and staff about ways to advance the shared vision of promoting Self-discovery and the Self leadership model.

Besides deepening a sense of community, the event served as a successful fundraiser for the Foundation, thanks to raffle donations by The Center for Self Leadership and the Omni Providence Hotel. As a gift from the Foundation, participants received its newly produced greeting cards featuring the qualities of Self leadership. (Greeting cards are available through the IFS Store.)

The Foundation also hosted a video-recording of willing conference attendees members as they responded to “what does IFS mean to you and what changes did it help facilitate in your life and practice?” and other prompts. Eleven individuals participated in these interviews, which will be used in support of the Foundation’s future work.

The Foundation’s Board met in person for a day and a half at the Conference and its Executive Director, Toufic Hakim, PhD, presented an inspirational message with conferees at the plenary, sharing the vision of the Foundation and illustrating how the work of the IFS community sends “a wave of resilient hopefulness gently flowing out in a world yearning for healing, for peace, and for deeper human connections.”