2022 Courage to Change Symposium

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Join Reaching Out From Within (ROFW) for our Second Annual Courage to Change Symposium, “Let’s Rethink Human Dignity,” in Overland Park, Kansas. Our annual event features a wide-range of topics related to the effects of mass incarceration, alternatives to the current system, rehabilitation, and reducing recidivism.


Our ROFW signature conference will feature national and regional speakers, including our ROFW alumni, formerly incarcerated individuals, federal, state and local elected officials, representatives from federal and state prisons, business leaders, and community advocates.

Schedule: March 28, 2022

8 am – Breakfast and Networking

8:30 am – Welcome 

9 am – Panel Discussions  

12 pm – Lunch and Networking 

1 pm – Panel Discussions 

4 pm – Adjourn 


Fiorella’s Event Center

9000 W. 137th St

Overland Park, KS 66221



In-Person and virtual options are available, making it easy for you to join from any location.  


$75 per person for in-person

$75 for two virtual attendees

$650 to reserve a table (10 attendees) 



Registration closes on March 21,st 2022.


In 2019, the inaugural ROFW Symposium welcomed speakers from across the country and featured a keynote speaker from Europe.  Attendees left with new connections, new ideas and renewed passions to continue their work in their fields.  


This year, we expand on those important conversations with many new speakers.  We will explore new topics and revisit important conversations.  


If you are passionate about criminal justice reform, work in a criminal justice field or are just wanting to learn more about this system, we invite you to join us.  

Symposium Topics 

Overuse of the Criminal Justice System: Reducing Incarceration through Treatment as an Alternative. 

Many municipalities and law enforcement agencies recognize the opportunity to use treatment as an alternative to incarceration.  Through drug and alcohol abuse programs, counseling and other treatments, incarceration rates in these districts have decreased.  Learn more about these alternatives and how they could benefit your work. 








A Path to Success on the InsideHousing  

In addition to employment, housing is a huge challenge for returning citizens.  This panel features leaders in the housing community who work tirelessly to provide and expand housing options for returning citizens.

Prevention Programs to Prevent Incarceration: ROFW Alums & Advocates  

In 2019, this was the most popular panel of the day.  We welcomed residents from Lansing Correctional Facility and local alums.  This year, we are excited to welcome back a few alums and some new faces, plus community leaders to talk about how giving back and working with youth in the juvenile system makes an impact on reducing incarceration. 

Innovations in Corrections: Focusing on Justice, Equity and Human Dignity

DOC’s all across our country are undergoing shifts in how they deliver services to their residents.  This panel will focus on innovative programs and trainings that focus on fairer and more equitable processes and ways to bring a more humane approach when dealing with prison populations.  Four states share innovative training and programs they are implementing in an effort to create a better environment for residents and staff within the prisons.

A Path to Success for those Reentering Society: Workforce Development  

For returning citizens, finding a job can be especially challenging.  This panel discussion will focus on initiatives and methods being used locally and nationally to further strengthen the job market for returning citizens.  

For more information about the Symposium, please contact Kerry Gentry Hartnett at