“Do what love would do,” is a powerful statement and a reminder of how Amelia Franck Meyer approaches life and work. She believes people are most successful when they feel supported, safe and valued by those around them. Throughout her career as a nonprofit leader, she has remained committed to not only elevating individuals, but entire organizations. Amelia’s revolutionary work is intense and transformative, but also joyful and fun. As a catalyst for change and advocate for children, Amelia talks about what’s possible when professionals questions the status quo, show up and support each other, and engage in meaningful work. Amelia, whose popular TedTalk has been viewed by more than 37,000, shares her unique insights and wisdom in this one-of-a-kind conversation.
“When we build trust in organizations, people feel connected and safe. Once we have that, then we can take risks, be vulnerable and bring our best selves forward.”
Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer is a social entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Alia: innovations for people and systems impacted by childhood trauma. Alia provides deep-dive systemic interventions, training, consultation, demonstration projects, and leadership coaching to transform child welfare.
Before Alia, Amelia was the CEO of Anu Family Services, a child welfare agency located in 90 counties in Wisconsin and Minnesota. During her 15-year tenure, Anu produced nationally recognized child permanence and placement stability outcomes for children in out-of-home care and was on the leading edge of promoting and measuring wellbeing for youth and the child welfare workforce.
Amelia has received numerous awards and recently was featured as one of People Magazine’s “25 Women Changing the World” in 2018. Amelia has presented nationally and internationally on a range of topics, she has served on national and statewide boards, and holds a doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership (University of Southern California), all for the purpose of leading a national movement to create a child welfare system across the country where all people—youth and their caregivers—can thrive.
For more information on Amelia’s work check out her TedTalk.