FJC Conference Leadership

2022 Tennessee FJC Conference- Leadership Retreat

Leadership Retreat Agenda

Sunday, May 15th

Check in at Venue- After 4pm

6-7:30 PM Optional- Drop in Networking & Snacks @ OFS Cabin (Cabin 152)


Monday, May 16th

8 – 8:45 AM- Conference Check- in & Breakfast

8:45 – 9:15 AM- Welcome – Diane Lance

9:15 – 10:30 AM- Keynote

Carmen Pitre- Sojourner Family Peace Center- Purpose, Vulnerability and Self Care: The Lifelong Journey of Leadership

In this keynote, the speaker will explore the concepts of purpose, vulnerability and self-care and the vital role these concepts play in our leadership journey.

10:30 – 10:45 AM- BREAK

10:45 – 12:15 PM- Workshop

Carmen Pitre- Sojourner Family Peace Center- We Are Not Beyond Repair: The Need for Authenticity in Leadership

The speaker will discuss reclaiming humanity as part of human services. The need to be honest and authentic about our own journeys and how these qualities impact our ability to motivate and engage with others as leaders.

12:15 – 1:15 PM- Networking Lunch

1:15 – 3:15PM – Workshop Part 1

Mark Nigro- Nigro Leadership & Teamwork ProgramsStrengths Based Leadership

This programs intends to examine the strengths-based leadership approach to individual leadership development and effective collaboration. During your time in the workshop, you will identify, claim, and explore your distinctive leadership strengths.

3:15 – 3:30 PM- BREAK

3:30 – 5:30 PM- Workshop Part 2

Mark Nigro- Nigro Leadership & Teamwork ProgramsStrengths Based Leadership Part 2

5:30 – 6:30 PM- Networking Dinner

Carmen M. Pitre
President & CEO Sojourner
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Carmen Pitre is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sojourner, Wisconsin’s largest service provider for families dealing with domestic violence. Under Pitre’s leadership, Sojourner provides crisis housing, system advocacy and individual support to thousands of women, children and families.
Pitre draws on decades of work and personal experience to improve the way the community supports families impacted by domestic violence. Pitre believes – and data proves – a holistic approach of co-locating services and coordinating resources is effective, efficient and yields better outcomes for families. In 2016, Pitre rallied key community leaders to create the Sojourner Family Peace Center where people impacted by domestic violence can access emergency shelter, domestic violence services, physical and mental health services, law enforcement and legal assistance, counseling, employment services, financial literacy, community education and professional training – all under one roof.
Pitre was integral in the 2009 merger of Sojourner Truth House and the Task Force on Family Violence when she became Co-Executive Director of the new agency, Sojourner Family Peace Center. Before the merger, Pitre was the Executive Director of the Task Force on Family Violence from 2002 to 2009. Pitre served as the Director of the First Judicial District Judicial Oversight Demonstration Initiative and the Coordinator of the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault from 1997 to 2000.
She chairs the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Violence Against Women Advisory Committee and is a founding member of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Human Trafficking Sub-Committee. Pitre serves on the Aurora Sinai Community Steering Committee and is a member of Professional Dimensions and TEMPO Milwaukee. She served on the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Victim Rights Board from 2010-2012, is past-Chair of the City of Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and served on the Medical College of Wisconsin Violence Prevention Initiative Steering Committee from 2008 to 2012.
Under Pitre’s leadership, Sojourner received an inaugural 2021 Milwaukee Business Journal Tech Award for centralized data system as well as the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2016 Project of the Year Award, the 2015 Milwaukee Business Times Non Profit Excellence Award, and was named Professional Dimensions’s Charity Fund Partner 2015–2017.
Pitre also received the 2021 Doug Jansson Leadership Award for two decades of service at Sojourner. In 2020, Governor Tony Evers appointed Pitre to the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council. She was recognized as a Milwaukee Business Journal Power Broker in 2019, 2018 and 2017 and named BMO Celebrating Women Milwaukee – Women Who Inspire Honoree in 2018. Pitre received the Herb Kohl Champion Award in 2018 and the Donald Driver Foundation Driven to Achieve Award in 2016. She was named Milwaukee Magazine’s Most Influential Person in 2015, was honored with the Sacajawea Award from Professional Dimensions in 2013, and received the Business Journal Women of Influence Award in 2012.
Pitre earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana

Mark Nigro
Nigro Leadership & Teamwork Programs

Based in Berea, Kentucky, Mark delights in helping people share, learn, lead, and collaborate. As a leadership consultant and training facilitator, he designs and facilitates high quality “soft-skill” programs to improve individual work habits, strengthen team performance, enhance organizational leadership, and build community success. His approach has been influenced by experiences as a classroom teacher, outdoor educator, human resources professional, entrepreneurial coach, youth soccer coach, and corporate analyst. With degrees in business, journalism, and education, Mark has provided effective training since 1983. When not serving as an independent consultant, he enjoys hiking, photography, traveling, live music, and backyard get-togethers.