Sorrow to Strength

We are excited to announce that our Sorrow to Strength 2022 Conference will be held September 17th – 20th in Washington D.C.

The event will be hosted at:

Yours Truly Hotel

1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20037



Our Sorrow to Strength conference is held every other year and is designed specifically for the survivors of truck crashes and the families and friends of those who have died or been injured. The event allows us to come together for a weekend of sharing, remembrance, education and workshops followed by two days of meetings on Capitol Hill, led by experienced volunteers, to advance truck safety.





DAY 1 – Saturday, 9/17

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Registration  

Register for Sorrow to Strength on Saturday morning! At registration, you will receive all of your conference materials, including a schedule for the four days, Crash Accounts for each attendee, hand-outs for our primary issues, important acronyms, a city map, a subway map, friends & family samples, a list of restaurants, feedback sheets for staff follow-up. You will also be assigned a group number. This number will be the folks you can lean on for help or if you have questions, and will also be the group you go into when we section off into small breakout sessions. 

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Opening Remarks & Announcements 

Speakers:  Jane Mathis, Zach Cahalan  

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch Provided On-Site 

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Navigating Grief & Trauma Workshop  

Speaker TBD  

Learning Objectives: 

    • Participant can identify and self-monitor for potential signs past trauma may be causing an acute present need 
    • Participant can list at least three coping strategies to utilize as they self-identify a need  
    • Participant can describe the characteristics necessary to have a healthy and strong counselor and patient relationship and benefits of a receiving trauma informed care 

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Sharing Our Stories 

As a large group, participants will share their stories and how they are doing in their post-crash recovery journey to the extent they feel comfortable, Feel free to get to know each other – we are all here for each other! 

4:00 PM – 5:00PM: Getting to the Capitol

Optional: Are you nervous about using public transportation to get to Capitol Hill on Monday? Come along for a practice session!  

6:00PM – 8:00PM – Reception & Remembrance Ceremony

The reception will have beer and wine, as well as heavy passed hors d’oeuvres. We will show a TSC memorial video and a Sorrow to Strength past-to-present slideshow, as part of a polished ceremony. 

Speakers: Dawn King, Daphne Izer, Russ Swift

DAY 2 – Sunday, 9/18

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Breakfast Provided On-Site 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Advocacy 101 

This will be a workshop that everyone will be a part of. We will have an Advocacy 101 presentation. This large workshop will cover the basics: How House and Senate operate in the legislative and appropriations process, relevant committees of jurisdiction for our issues, Executive Branch and relevant Departments and Agencies for our issues, role of rulemaking and guidance, what to expect in a 1:1 meeting with your representative and your goals for the session 

Speaker TBD

Learning Objectives: 

    • Participants can explain how the House and Senate operate in the legislative and appropriations process.  
    • Participants can list the Senate and House Committees of jurisdiction as it relates to roadway and truck safety  
    • Participants can list the federal departments and agencies that have relevant responsibilities for oversight, compliance, rule-making and guidance of roadway and truck safety issues 
    • Participants can explain what to expect when they meet with their elected representatives for their meetings on Capitol Hill  
    • Participants will be able to explain the ways in which TSC and coalition education DOES make a difference.  

10:15 AM – 11:30 PM: Breakout Session 1   

11:45 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch Provided On-Site

1:30 PM — 2:45 PM Breakout Session 2  

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Breakout Session 3

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Sunday Concluding Announcements 

Afterwards, groups can break apart to practice riding the metro again, create plans for dinner, practice for meetings, or talk to an expert. 

5:00 PM – Dinner on Your Own 

What will the Breakout Sessions be?

ADVOCACY 101 Q/A  –  This workshop will be so you can ask questions that you may have had during the larger Advocacy 101 Workshop, as well as prepare and practice with a partner for your Monday and Tuesday meetings. The Co-Presenters from the larger Advocacy 101 Workshop will lead this Q/A Workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to show you that your work advocating on Capitol Hill can and will make a difference – and is something anyone can do well. 

Speakers TBD

Learning Objectives: 

    • Participants will understand what time their meetings are scheduled, in what building and room, and how to get there 
    • Participants will demonstrate their ability to briefly share their story and urge specific, policy-related calls to action with their representative or designee 
    • Participants can explain the resources and leave-behinds they have available to share with the elected representative or designee 
    • Participants can explain the importance of maintaining professionalism, bi-partisanship and cultivating a relationship for the long-term with elected representative or designee 

TSC Ambassadors – Making a Difference outside of S2S: What does it mean to be a TSC Ambassador? YOU can support the TSC mission to reduce deaths and injuries from truck crashes in any number of ways! We will discuss how be involved in Action Alerts, to share and engage on social media, ways to support fundraising, PR basics for your hometown paper, Volunteer opportunities and Community Building events.  

Speakers: Kelli McClelland & Jordan Burns 

Learning Objectives:  

    • Participants will be able to list at least three benefits of engaging on our TSC’s private Facebook group.  
    • Participants will be able to explain the importance of action alerts and how to respond to the call to action to influence and educate policy makers 
    • Participants can explain differences between social media platforms and how they can via social media to amplify TSC.  
    • Participants will be able to fundraise for TSC to their personal networks through our giving platforms.  
    • Participants can identify three different volunteer opportunities with TSC. 

Issue Deep Dive: This session will go into detail on several issues: AEB, HOS/Driver Fatigue, Underride Guards, Minimum Insurance, Teen Trucking 

 Speakers TBD 

Learning Objectives:  

    • Participants can identify the five biggest truck safety issues we are facing right now.  
    • Participants will know and understand the data-driven safety solutions that will help reduce truck crashes, prevent Injuries, and save lives.  
    • Participants will be able to explain the current state of safety legislation, including exemptions, rollbacks, and key opportunities for improvement 

DAY 3 – Monday, 9/19 

Hill Day Meetings Part 1

Press Conference

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Happy Hour & Concluding Remarks 

Speakers: Dawn King and Zach Cahalan

DAY 4 – Tuesday, 9/20

Hill Day Meetings Part 2

Depart as Schedules Require