Architects of Change Live with Cyndi Peterson, MD

March 15, 2017

11:20 am in the Holy Family Event Center

Come listen to the inspiring story and faith journey of U.S. Navy flight surgeon, dermatologist, speaker, author and mother of five, Cyndi Peterson, MD. Cyndi recently published Waiting for a Miracle: One mother's journey to unshakable faith, which you may pre-purchase in the OLP Spirit Store. Join with our OLP students as they conduct their next conversation series to learn more about Dr. Cyndi Peterson and her incredible story of hope in God through the challenges of life. This event is open to our community.


Architects of Change at OLP

Architects of Change Live is our conversation series with a mission. It celebrates individuals who challenge what is, imagine what can be, and move humanity forward.

A year ago, several OLP students attended Maria’s Architects of Change Live conversation with Shonda Rhimes and were inspired to emulate that event at our school. The idea held particular interest with the girls as their education is rooted in the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet – a mission that adheres to moving humanity forward through social justice practices.

OLP’s inaugural Architects of Change at School event was held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. With Ms. Shriver’s blessing and the support of her Shriver Media team, OLP held a successful first event with 750 high school girls, 80 faculty and staff, and roughly 30 members of the extended community in attendance. This first conversation was facilitated by two students, Elizabeth Hanczor ‘17 and Marlene Vollbrechthausen Perez ‘17, whose fervor to bring Architects of Change to the scholastic level could not be quelled.

The student production team focused on sharing the stories of their school’s two leaders and dynamic duo, Dr. Lauren Lek and Mrs. Jessica Hooper. In just three years, OLP has seen an increase in STEM-related classes, initiatives and programs, as well as augmentations in the arts and athletics programs. With so many positive changes in motion under their leadership, the girls wanted to honor these two women's stories. Following the same format used by Ms. Shriver, our two students took the audience on a journey into the personal and professional lives of both women. The feedback from the audience and community afterward was nothing short of positive, sparking anticipated interest in the next endeavors!

After listening to the conversation, students were asked to answer the prompt, "I will be an Architect of Change by..." Girls wrote down their answers and pinned them to an #AOCatSchool banner. Answers ranged from "advocating for women's rights" to "always trying to be a better me" to "becoming a teacher to inspire others.

With the launch of #AOCatSchool such a success, OLP's team of students is looking to grow the program to include weekly highlights of an AOC individual, as well as a monthly, five-minute televised conversation with individuals making a difference in the community. The school is also looking to live-stream future conversations and build Alzheimer’s awareness opportunities into the program guidelines.

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