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Special guest speakers at the 2017 retreat will include ...

Sara Hart Weir, MS '04
Derick Dailey '11

Plus, back by popular demand — Audrey Remley and Pat Kirby!

Retreat emcees: Keith Hardeman & Carolyn Perry.

Sara WeirSara Hart Weir, MS '04 (Kappa Kappa Gamma)
President, National Down Syndrome Society

Weir is the President of the National Down Syndrome Society. A Kansas native, Weir's passion of fighting for the human rights of all people with Down syndrome stems from her experience as a peer mentor and friend to a young woman with Down syndrome, Kasey, over two decades ago. As NDSS’ President, Weir oversees the organization’s mission, vision and administration, which is the largest nonprofit in the United States dedicated to advocating for people with Down syndrome and their families. 

Under Weir’s leadership, NDSS led the advocacy effort behind the passage of the landmark and historical Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014, which established tax-free savings accounts for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities. This landmark law is hailed as the most significant legislation for the disability community since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Weir also is the Co-Founder of the ABLE Alliance for Financial Empowerment and serves on the Maryland Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and was appointed by former Governor Martin O’Malley.

Weir has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Leadership from Westminster College and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. Weir has earned many honors including; Westminster College Senior of the Year, Winston Churchill Award for Leadership and Service, Coca-Cola Community All-American and was the recipient of the 2014 Westminster College Young Alumni Achievement Award. Weir also served on the Board of Trustees for her alma mater, Westminster College from 2012-2015, and is currently the President Emeritus of its Alumni Council. In 2014, Weir gave the 2014 Westminster Convocation Address highlighting her passion for NDSS and advocating for people with Down syndrome.

Weir has been featured in USA Today, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN, The Hill, Money Magazine, Al Jazeera and many others.

Derick D. Dailey '11, J.D.Derick Dailey

Derick D. Dailey, born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1989, recently completed a J.D. (Doctorate of Jurisprudence) at Fordham University School of Law in New York City. He graduated from Yale University as a Dames Scholar with a Master of Arts in Religion and Ethics (Black Religion in the African Diaspora) in 2014 and from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religious Studies in 2011. Derick was a Teach for America Corps member in the Mississippi Delta after college and is passionate about racial and social justice, namely issues of education, poverty and hunger.

Derick served as the James E. Johnson Legal Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and as a Summer Associate at a commercial litigation firm in St. Louis, Missouri. Recently, Derick has served as a Legal Intern at the United States Attorney Office for the Eastern District of New York and as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Ronald C. Ellis of the Southern District of New York. For 2016-2017, Derick served as the Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer for the National Black Law Students Association, managing a budget of over $700,000 and as leader of more that 6,000 alumni and student members across the world.

He has served on the Board of Directors (Executive Committee) for Bread for the World, Bread for the World Institute, and the Alliance to End Hunger, as well as on the Board of the Rudd Center for Food and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, and on the Executive Committee of the Yale Black Alumni Association. Derick attended the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea as a North American delegate of the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute.

Derick's academic writings have resulted in several publications such as: Mr. President: Interfaith Perspectives on the Historic Presidency of Barack Obama, Contributing Author, Sims Publishing, Washington, DC (2017); “Divine Possibility: Ending Hunger by 2030 (Yale University Press); “Are you there God? It’s Me Poverty” (Asheville: University of North Carolina, NCUR Proceedings) and “Prospects and Challenges for the Ecumenical Movement in the 21st Century: Insights from the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute” (Globe TheoLib, World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland).

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