Dr. Donna Beegle – 2023 Trainings in Maine

Join one of five sessions, where Dr. Donna Beegle — who was born into generational, migrant labor poverty — will provide attendees with key insights and practical takeaways to reflect on and utilize both personally and professionally within your organization.



September 12 – Bangor | 9-12 or 2-5
Poverty 101: Understanding and Bridging Poverty Gaps: A Special Training Session in Bangor

Designed for business leaders, service providers, educators, municipal workers and the public, to better understand poverty and its detrimental effects.
Hosted by Heart of Maine United Way at Eastern Maine Community College. Presenting sponsors: Haley Ward, Means Wealth Management, & Northern Light Health

About the Event
Heart of Maine United Way is honored to host Dr. Donna Beegle for a one-of-a-kind training session in Bangor this September. 

Born into generational, migrant labor poverty, Dr. Beegle now has over two decades of experience in poverty studies, offering a unique blend of personal experience and research-based insights that will empower you to make a real difference in the lives of those affected by poverty in our community.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn key insights and practical takeaways to utilize both personally and professionally within your organization.

Event Details
Eastern Maine Community College – Rangeley Hall
September 12, 2023
Sessions held 9-12 AM or 2-5 PM

Who Is This Event For?

  • Nonprofits 
  • Business Leaders
  • Service Providers
  • Educators
  • Municipal Workers
  • General Public

September 13 – Calais | 9-12
Effectively Communicating & Relating Across Poverty Barriers

Explore the impact of life experiences on communication styles and relationships.
Hosted by Community Caring Collaborative, Washington County Community College & Working Communities Challenge

September 14 & 15 – Dover-Foxcroft | Thu 4-7:30 or Fri 9-4
Effectively Communicating & Relating Across Poverty Barriers

Thursday – Educator’s Workshop
Friday – Workshop on the Impacts of Poverty
Hosted by Working Communities Challenge & Helping Hands with Heart at Central Hall Commons

About Dr. Beegle

Dr. Donna M. Beegle inspires and educates individuals, organizations, politicians and entire communities with proven models to better outcomes for people in poverty.

Born into a migrant labor family and married at 15, Dr. Beegle is the only member of her family who has not been incarcerated. By age 24, she earned her GED and then, within 10 years, received her doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is an authentic voice from poverty, who speaks, writes and trains across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty for others through services provided by her company, Communications Across Barriers (CAB). For more than 23 years, she has traveled throughout hundreds of cities in 47 states and four countries to assist professionals with proven strategies for breaking poverty barriers. State agencies, politicians and other organizations have partnered with her to implement community-wide approaches to improving outcomes for citizens in poverty.

Dr. Beegle’s inspiring story of moving from 28 years of homelessness to achieving a doctorate and her groundbreaking work assisting people to move out of poverty have been featured in newspapers and television around the nation, including CNN and PBS. Dr. Beegle has received numerous awards (i.e. the National Speaker of the Year for the New Mexico Bar Foundation and the Oregon Ethics in Business award), and recently Portland State University’s School of Social Work Building was named in her honor.

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What you’ll take out of this

  • Deepen Your Understanding of Poverty: This isn’t just another seminar. Dr. Beegle’s Poverty 101 is a transformative experience designed to deepen your understanding of the systemic issues that perpetuate poverty.
  • Practical Tools for Immediate Use: Walk away with concrete strategies and tools that you can immediately implement in your professional and personal life to make a meaningful impact.
  • Evidence-Based Strategies: Benefit from Dr. Beegle’s 20+ years of research and experience, ensuring that the strategies you learn are both effective and evidence-based.
  • Leadership Skills: Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to become a leader in your community or organization in combating the detrimental effects of poverty.
  • Local Focus: Gain insights that are particularly relevant to the challenges and opportunities within the Maine community.
  • Be Part of the Solution: This is your chance to move beyond awareness to action. Don’t just learn about poverty—learn how to be part of the solution.

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