The virtual retreat day also will include presentations by Lisa McCormick of Tomah, Wis; Carolyn Bostrack of La Crosse, and Sarah Johnson of Winona, Minn.
As the parent of a sex trafficking victim, McCormick has made it her life’s purpose to share her family’s story so others understand the dangers of trafficking and how easily vulnerable children can get caught up in it.
Her son, Jeffrey, was recruited into a sex trafficking ring out of Madison and exploited until his death, at age 17, in September 2016. McCormick is a member of the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Advisory Council and is featured in the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families documentary film about youth sex trafficking in Wisconsin.
Bostrack describes herself as a “fierce” mother of three, corporate leader, author, motivational speaker and life and business strategist. Her story is one of personal and professional transformation. From standing in a food line at the Salvation Army to earning her doctorate, her life’s purpose is to provide hope and inspire people to move from fear into focus.
Johnson is a licensed professional counselor and has more than 25 years of experience working in the prevention, youth development and counseling fields. She is the mental health director at the La Crosse Area Family YMCA and will incorporate some mindfulness practices into her talk. She’ll focus on what led her to integrate mindfulness into her professional and personal life and the profound impact it has had on her quality of life.