Powerful Stories. Inspiring Speakers.

Thank you for your interest in having a Hope House staff member speak at your community meeting, fundraiser, conference, church, staff training, or other special event.

Our speakers are available to address a variety of topics – from the powerful story of how Hope House of Colorado grew to be one of the country’s leading nonprofit organizations for teen moms to donor relations, networking, creating an effective self-sufficiency program for teen moms… and more!

Check out our list of Hope House staff members who are available to speak and see the topics each one can bring to your audience. Our speakers always weave inspirational stories about the teen moms at Hope House into their talk, making it an event to remember! Our speakers usually bring a Hope House teen mom or two with them to speaking engagements, giving you the opportunity to meet them and possibly hear their stories, too.

Honorariums are not required but gratefully accepted. 100% of honorariums go to support the self-sufficiency programs at Hope House of Colorado.

Lisa Steven, Founder & Executive Director

  • The Story of Hope House
  • How to ask for big things: Understanding your core needs as an organization and knowing how, when and where to present them.
  • Helping teen moms become self-sufficient
  • Launching and growing a nonprofit organization
  • Ministry Leadership: God’s Vision Is Always Bigger Than Ours

Lisa Schlarbaum, Director of Development

  • The Story of Hope House
  • Expanding your donor base
  • Cultivating Relationships with Champion Donors
  • Managing a dynamic Development Team
  • Building an effective network
  • Building an effective partnership between non-profits and corporations
  • Helping teen moms become self-sufficient

Jenny Macias, Program Director 

  • The Story of Hope House
  • Generational Poverty Training (certified trainer)

  • Helping teen moms become self-sufficient

Melinda Smith, Parent Educator

  • Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development: This topic can be geared for professionals or parents, provides accurate information about children’s sexual development and helps participants respond to children’s questions. 
  • Child and Adolescent Brain Development

  • Developing a Parenting Program for young Parents: Learn the importance of and practical steps toward building a Parenting Program for young parents that is much more interactive and relationship-based than a workbook.
  • Stewards of Children: Melinda is an authorized facilitator of this sexual abuse prevention training program developed by Darkness to Light.  Designed to help adults prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse, this program was made specifically for organizations and individuals that serve children and youth.

Kathryn Dougherty, Relationships Educator & Counselor

  • The Story of Hope House
  • Healthy Relationships vs. Unhealthy Relationships

Theresa Mazza, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

  • The Story of Hope House
  • The world of volunteerism: Engaging, building and managing large and small volunteer teams

Motria Ramos, Grant Development Officer

  • The Story of Hope House