More than 900 Hillside employees assembled this week for a two-day event dedicated to connections, reflections and engagement. The 2023 Hillside Employee Conference, held September 6 and 7 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, featured a packed schedule including professional development workshops, games and giveaways, and networking opportunities.

“With so many Hillside employees working in locations across New York State and Maryland—and especially since the COVID-19 pandemic—our people have been looking forward to a chance to re-connect with their peers, live and in-person,” said Hillside President & CEO Maria Cristalli. “This conference was a wonderful opportunity to salute the individuals who make such a difference in the lives of thousands of youth and families every day.”

A keynote address was delivered by Tonier Cain, an internationally recognized advocate in the field of trauma-informed care. Cain’s presentation, “Healing Neen,” related her personal life story as a trauma survivor. She praised the Hillside community for its commitment to providing trauma-informed treatment.

The theme of the conference, “Stronger Futures Together,” put a spotlight on the essential nature of collaboration—among employees, the youth and families they serve, and the community at large—that magnifies the impact of Hillside’s services.

“Your commitment to this work changes lives,” Cristalli said during her opening remarks. “Thank you for all you do.”

Following the event, one employee sent a brief message to the organizers of the conference:

Came away inspired
Came away feeling hopeful for the children, adults and families we serve
Came away feeling happy to connect and re-connect with staff from across the agency
Came away re-energized and highly motivated
Came away feeling really proud to work for Hillside
You checked off all of the boxes with this very special event.

Thank you!

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