Endowed Chair Symposium


Established in 1992, the Endowed Chair Symposium is an event funded by the Benedictine
Foundation of Sacred Heart Hospital, hosted by Mount Marty University and coordinated by the
current Endowed Chair. Although the speakers and topics change from year to year, the purpose
of the symposium remains the same; to improve the care of people in our region, through
continued education of those who provide that care, often times the nurses and health
professionals in our region. The symposium is open to all disciplines, however, as topics are
relevant to most service-related careers.

UPDATE: We are excited to host the 2020 Endowed Chair Symposium on November 19, 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, changes we will be including a virtual component to the event so that those not in the area may attend via Zoom. The link will be available to all registered attendees. 

2020 Symposium Topic – Slavery in the Land of the Free: Insights on Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
Overall Objective: The Learner will be able to learn how prevalent Human Trafficking is in the US, a survivor’s story and the personal and evidence-based therapeutic recommendations on restoring victims.

  • Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Doors open and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Instructions for attending via Zoom will be provided in advance. 
  • Registration Limit: 500 participants may join this event.
  • Register: Click Here - Limited seats available. Instructions on how to register are located below.
  • Location: Mount Marty University Marian Auditorium, 1105 W. 8th Street, Yankton, SD 57078. Instructions for attending via Zoom will be provided in advance.
  • Who Should Attend: Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Dieticians, students and lifelong learners. 
  • Cost: $25. Admission is free for Avera Employees, Mount Marty Students, Staff and Faculty.
  • Continuing Education Credit will be given with registration and attendance.
  • Lunch will be on your own.
  • If you have questions, contact 605.322.7879 or averacontinuingeducation@avera.org.
  • Masks are required, temperatures will be taken and social distancing will be enforced for the safety of our audience members.

Objectives for the event:

1. To know how prevalent human trafficking is in the US. The statistics & places it happens as well as why this is occurring.

2. Learn what can happen to a victim physically and emotionally when they are trafficked. Why does a victim stay in this and not reach out for help? Learn why they stay silent.

3. Demand: why human trafficking is this prevalent and how it is dealt with by the law.

4: What can be done? Recommendations based evidence based practice to prevent trafficking as well as how to treat and restore victims.

The Speaker: Theresa Flores

Theresa Flores

Theresa Flores is an educator and human trafficking survivor. A licensed Social Worker with a master's degree in education, Flores has extensive experience in leading workshops, trainings and lectures. 

Flores has published five books, including two bestsellers. "The Slave Across the Street" received a nomination for an Audie Award, naming it in the top five of all biographies/memoirs. Recently, an award-winning documentary "The Girl Next Door" was made about her life story and activist work.

After enduring two years of sex slavery in the suburbs of Michigan, Flores felt forced into silence. Now, 30 years later, she speaks out on the silent epidemic of slavery in our nation. Her story defines strength in terrible circumstances, while it also serves an important reminder that human dignity can rise above any circumstance and create positive change. Flores has received numerous awards for both her activist work and her work in rescuing missing teens during major sporting events. She has received the “L’Oréal Women of Worth Award”, the "Courage Award" from Ohio Governor Kasich and has the distinct honor of having a law named after her in Michigan. The "Theresa Flores Law" has removed the statue of limitations for any trafficked or sexually exploited victim, making Michigan the only state in the U.S. that a person can prosecute their offenders at any time they are ready.

2020 Symposium Poster