Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lectureship and Day of Scholarship

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Headshot of Janet Falk Kessler

12:00pm to 5:30pm

Columbia University Medical Campus

630 W. 168th Street (Alumni Auditorium), New York, NY 10032

Register Now

Join the Columbia University Programs in Occupational Therapy for the annual Janet-Falk Kessler Lectureship and Day of Scholarship. 

The day will include networking, oral and poster presentations by advanced practitioners and scholars, and the Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lecture.

Participants can earn up to 4 contact hours.

2020 Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lecturer: Danielle Butin, MPH, OTR

Danielle Butin headshot

Danielle is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Afya Foundation, a non-profit organization that rescues surplus medical supplies to provide disaster relief and meet ongoing medical needs of struggling communities around the world. The medical supplies that Afya distributes are sorted and packed in a warehouse in Yonkers by volunteers, including those with psychiatric and developmental disabilities. These volunteers are now supervised by occupational therapy fieldwork students as part of yet another innovative program. Afya was awarded a Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2015 for their ebola response efforts. Along with our students at CUOT, Danielle and Afya also made significant aid to relief efforts in Puerto Rico in 2018.

Danielle's keynote speech will be "The Untaught Lessons in Always Finding a Way"

Join Danielle on a reflective journey of trusting one’s self and finding the courage to lead a life rich in meaning. Honest and humorous in approach, this thought-provoking lecture will present stories on how she launched the Afya Foundation and offer educators, students, and clinicians lessons towards inspirational leadership and service to others.


Early bird registration: $60

Discounted Registration for Columbia fieldwork educators and speakers: $35

Early bird and discounted registration close on April 29th.

Regular registration: $75

Register Now

Special Packages

JFK VIP Registration: $260

This package includes the $60 registration fee, acknowledgement in the program, an invitation to the VIP reception, and a $200 tax-deductible donation to the JFK Lectureship Fund.

Friends of CUOT Registration: $160

This package includes the $60 registration fee, acknowledgment in the program, and a $100 tax-deductible donation to the JFK Lectureship Fund.

Federal income tax law requires us to inform you that $60.00 for each conference ticket has been assessed for the goods and services provided and therefore will not be tax-deductible.

Register Now for Special Packages

If you have any questions about registration, please reach out to Eileen Lloyd at el2777@cumc.columbia.edu

Event Program

Download the full event program.

Getting to the Event

The Columbia University Irving Medical Center is at the 168th Street stop of the 1 and A/C.  

Parking is available at the hospital's parking garage on Ft. Washington Avenue between 164th and 165th Streets.  Street parking is limited.

Alumni Auditorium is located on the south side of W. 168th Street between Broadway and Ft. Washington Avenue.

Support the Janet Falk-Kessler Lectureship Fund

Donate Now 

Past Janet Falk-Kessler Distinguished Lecturers

2019: Kristie Koenig, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA