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Educator Mawi Asgedeom to speak at Building Bridges Refugee Conference in Fargo

Fargo, ND – Mawi Asgedom, president and founder of Mawi Learning, will be the keynote speaker for the 2013 Building Bridges conference April 16-17 at the Fargo Holiday Inn. The conference is presented by Lutheran Social Services New Americans.

Asgedom, a former Ethiopian refugee who has inspired millions through his story and leadership insights, has published eight leadership books used in classrooms worldwide and founded Mental Karate, a leadership action system proven to increase student efficacy and achievement. His teen-success guides, “The Code,” “Win the Inner Battle” and “Nothing is Impossible,” have also been used in thousands of classrooms. Citing the impact of his work, The Illinois Association of Teachers of English named Asgedom the 2006 Illinois Author of the Year.

The current Miss North Dakota, Rosie Sauvegeau, will speak at the conference’s opening day luncheon. A graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Sauvegeau is an established musical performer and an active composer, making appearances around North Dakota to bring people together through her music.

Other presentations at the conference include:
• The Florida Center for Survivors of Torture
• Stories of Creating Community, led by area theater artist and storyteller Brad Delzer

The annual Building Bridges Conference provides information and technical support to communities to aid in the delivery of services to refugees and other immigrants. This year’s conference sponsors, in addition to Lutheran Social Services New Americans, are the North Dakota Department of Human Services, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and City of Fargo Human Relations. The Bush Foundation and InCommons are sponsoring the storytelling session led by Brad Delzer.

The complete conference schedule and registration information is available at or by contacting Darci Asche at 701-235-7341 or

Our Impact This Year

  • People received help with immigration-related services


  • Problem gamblers who found help


  • Hours of training provided by Child Care Aware to early childhood workforce


  • Seniors provided with companionship in North Dakota


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