Kids Included Together is fortunate to have world-class thought leaders on our staff who are available for speaking engagements. Please email speakers@kit.org for information or to book a date. Panels and workshops also available.

Torrie Dunlap

Torrie Dunlap
Chief Inclusionista
KIT CEO

Jennifer Sommerness
Executive Director,
Inclusive Schools

Torrie Dunlap

Kids Included Together CEO, Torrie Dunlap, shares her vision for an inclusive world through engaging and inspiring keynote presentations. She encourages advocates, parents, professionals, medical personnel, educators, ambassadors, students and afterschool program staff to use the tools of creativity and innovation to affect sustainable change in their communities.

Topics include:

  • Inclusion is a Growth Industry
  • The Promise & Possibility of Inclusion
  • Inclusive by Design: Creativity, Collaboration & Innovation to Create Inclusive Communities

Past events include:

  • Community Living Association (Ontario, CN)
  • Inclusion BC (Alberta, CN)
  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (Washington, DC)
  • Peak Parent Center Inclusive Education Conference (US)
  • RAF Lakenheath Women’s History Month event (UK)
  • Science for Societies (Stanford University)
  • SXSWedu (US)
  • TEDx America’s Finest City (US)
  • The Arc of Virginia (US)
  • University of Wilmington (North Carolina, US)
  • United Nations World Down Syndrome Day 2016

“Your keynote was moving and motivating– exactly what we needed to get inclusion on the table in Virginia!! Your fresh perspective and thoughtful stories really resonated with our group. I couldn’t go anywhere around the hotel without hearing people talk about how inspired they were!”
~ Angela Langrehr, MSW, Director of Family Support and Outreach, The Arc of Virginia

Kids Included Together Executive Director, Inclusive Schools, Jennifer Sommerness, Ed.S., believes in successful inclusive schools for all children – with and without disabilities. She shares this belief and understanding of how to create school systems that are accommodating to all learners through her dynamic and motivating presentations. She empowers teachers, families, and administrators to collaborate with each other and find engaging, meaningful, and respectful ways of creating access to the abundance of opportunities offered within general education environments, for even the most complex learners.

Topics include:

  • What Success Looks Like
  • Think, Talk, Write, and Act: Paradigm Shift to Possibilities
  • Working IEPs
  • Collaboration Tools Everyone Can Use
  • Teachers as Leaders of Inclusive Schooling: What, Why and How

Past events include:

  • Summer Leadership Institute (Syracuse, NY)
  • iSummit (Elmbrook, WI)
  • Transforming Care and Experience for Children with Health Complexity, Gillette Children’s (MN)
  • EdTalks, Achieve Minneapolis (MN)
  • TASH National Conferences
  • Learning Forward (Boston, MA)
“Your approach to IEPs is nothing short of revolutionary! I want ALL of my students who have IEPs to have the benefit of this way of thinking.”
~ Kristine Flesher, Director of Special Services, Orono Public Schools (Orono, MN)