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Spreading Kindness and Hope in the Most Unlikely Place

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SuEllen was featured in the Huffington Post’s article This 80-Year-Old Is Spreading Kindness And Hope In The Most Unlikely Place September 16th, 2013. SuEllen Fried, 80, is a far cry from your typical grandmother of seven. Every week, she visits prisons in Kansas, where she meets with inmates who range from drug and sex offenders to murderers facing life sentences. …

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Kansas Prisoners Get the Granny Treatment

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SuEllen was featured on The CBS Evening News “On the Road” November 1st, 2013. (CBS News) LANSING, Kan. – Grandmas, by their very nature, don’t want trouble. They’re typically more partial to cookies and Afghans than thugs and thieves. But 81-year-old SuEllen Fried of Prairie Village, Kan., defies that stereotype, bringing her sweet, soft touch to this razor-wire world. Read …

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The KC Chamber honors 2013 ATHENA Award recipients

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The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting the advancement of women within our region, and recognizing them for their personal and professional successes and is pleased to honor SuEllen Fried and Susan Leonard in accordance with that mission. The ATHENA Leadership Awards are granted to women who have displayed exemplary leadership across professional sectors, given their …

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Challenging Bullying Language

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There are three people involved in bullying situations – Targets, Bulliers, and the Witnesses. Three roles, three words which are very important when we communicate about bullying. TARGET rather than victim. The term “victim” implies helplessness. Terminology can be empowering. Many years ago, females who were abused by their husbands were known as “battered women.” That label gave way to the …

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Bullying is a form of Child Abuse – Peer Abuse

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Following a statewide training session I conducted for school counselors many years ago, a counselor approached me at the end of the day and suggested that I stop using the term bullying and speak about peer abuse. She told me that at the beginning of the session when I referred to bullying as a form of child abuse, she thought …

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President Barack Obama on Bullying

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In early 2011, I attended an invitational White House Conference on Bullying Prevention in Washington, DC. President and Mrs. Obama addressed the group in the East Room and the president spoke of being bullied about his ears and his name when he was in school. He urged us to return to our communities with a determination to reduce the cruelty …

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