United in Hope


Tuesday, September 24

4:30 - 7 p.m.
Tulsa Area United Way
1430 S. Boulder
$10/person includes wine and appetizers

Connecting Beyond the Circle event open to all Leadership Level Women United members.


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There has been a lot of discussion around the effects ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) have on children including an in-depth piece in the Tulsa World. Recent research has also revealed that these specific kinds of experiences have much longer-reaching effects on the adults these children become. But what difference can the average person make?
Research also shows that we can make a difference to individuals and within our communities. The part that volunteers and community advocates play is vitally important to repairing some of the damage done.

Sign up to join us on Sept. 24 to hear from Dr. Chan Hellman, of the OU-Tulsa Hope Research Center, on this topic and to view the groundbreaking documentary Resilience.

After the presentation we'll enjoy appetizers provided by Women in Recovery's culinary program and wine. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit with several United Way partner agencies working in the field of addressing trauma issues.

Chan is a Professor in the Anne & Henry Zarrow School of Social Work and Founding Director of the Center of Applied Research for Nonprofit Organizations. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics for the OU College of Medicine and Department of Health Promotion Sciences for the OU College of Public Health.

Chan’s current research focuses on the application of hope theory. In particular, he is interested in how nonprofit organizations impact client hope and how hope is associated with positive goal attainment and well being among those experiencing adversity and stress (e.g., child maltreatment, homeless, domestic violence, substance abuse). His publications have appeared in various scientific journals and book chapters. Additionally, he has presented his research at national and international scholarly conferences. Chan teaches at both the master’s and doctoral level primarily in the areas of positive psychology, research methods, and statistics.

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