Agenda/Featured Speakers

 Conference Agenda

 The conference program preview is now available! Click here to view the program, which provides details about the interactive workshops, inspiring keynote speakers, and valuable networking events we have planned for this year’s conference.

Tuesday, June 23 – Pre-Conference Institutes 
  • Institute #1: Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) with Kimberly Jones and Ally Matteson, from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, Texas Christian University. 
    • Building on the 2019 institutes, this training will focus on trauma and the connecting principle of TBRI.
  • Institute #2 : Strengths-Based Clinical Supervision with Jack Nowicki, LCSW- S.
    • This workshop will equip social work supervisors with practical techniques for conducting advanced clinical supervisions. Learn collaboration, strengths-based approaches, and other best practices when working with supervisees.
  • Institute #3: Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural Humility with Mia Williams of Melanin Marketing
    • Join trainer Mia Williams of Melanin Marketing to help enhance your understanding of equity, inclusion, and cultural humility and how to incorporate these principles into your work.
Wednesday, June 24 – Full Conference
  • 9:00am-10:15am: Welcome + Keynote by Courtney Clark
  • 10:30am-12:00pm: Workshops
  • 12:15pm-1:45pm: Lunch on your own
  • 2:00pm-3:30pm: Workshops
  • 3:45pm-5:00pm: General Session
Thursday, June 25 – Full Conference
  • 9:00am-10:30am: Keynote by Steve Teske + Performance
  • 10:45am-12:15pm: Workshops
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch on your own
  • 1:45pm-3:15pm: Workshops
  • 3:30pm-5:00pm: Workshops
Friday, June 26
  • 9:00am-10:30am: Workshops
  • 10:45am-12:15pm: Closing Keynote by Monique W. Morris
Featured Speakers

Featured Wednesday Keynote: Courtney Clark

Courtney Clark is the luckiest unlucky person in the world. After a series of major struggles beginning in her mid-20s, she has built two successful businesses and is the author of two books, including her most recent book The Successful Struggle: Power Techniques to Achieve Accelerated Resilience. She works with people who want to adapt faster and achieve more, and has spoken worldwide to organizations like Procter & Gamble, Dell, S&P, Humana, Cisco, and Cardinal Health.

Featured Thursday Keynote: Judge Steve Teske

Judge Steven C. Teske is the the Chief Judge of the Juvenile Court of Clayton County, GA. He was appointed juvenile court judge in 1999 and also serves as a Superior Court Judge by designation.  Teske has testified before Congress on four occasions and several state legislatures on detention reform and zero tolerance policies in schools.

The Governor has appointed him to the Children and Youth Coordinating Council, Governor’s Office for Children and Families, DJJ Judicial Advisory Council, JDAI Statewide Steering Committee, Georgia Commission on Family Violence, and the Georgia Criminal Justice Reform Commission. He served two terms on the Federal Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice and is the National Chair of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice. He is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and has served on the Board of Directors. He is past president of the Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges and the Clayton County Bar Association.

He has written several articles on juvenile justice reform, including his model on school justice partnerships published in the Juvenile and Family Law Journal, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, Juvenile Justice and Family Today, Family Court Review, and the Georgia Bar Journal.  His book, Reform Juvenile Justice Now, is a collection of essays on juvenile justice issues.

Judge Teske is the 2018 recipient of the Juvenile Law Center Leadership Prize Award. He has received numerous awards and recognitions including Romae T. Powell Award from the Juvenile Court Association of Georgia, Clayton County NAACP Community Service Award, Howard K. Ables Award from the Georgia Juvenile Services Association, 2013 Alumni Award of the College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia State University, Distinguished Alumni Award of Clayton State University, and the Outstanding Leadership Award the Georgia Association of Homes and Services for Children.

He is a Toll Fellow of the Council of State Governments and received his J.D., M.A., and B.I.S. degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Judge Teske is an adjunct law professor at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, GA.

Featured Friday Keynote: Monique W. Morris

Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. is an award-winning author and social justice scholar with three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice.  Dr. Morris is the author of the forthcoming book, Sing A Rhythm, Dance A Blues (The New Press, 2019), which explores a pedagogy to counter the criminalization of Black and Brown girls in schools. She is also the author of Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press, 2016), Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century (The New Press, 2014), Too Beautiful for Words (MWM Books, 2012), and worked with Kemba Smith on her book, Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story (IBJ Book Publishing, 2011). Dr. Morris has written dozens of articles, book chapters, and other publications on social justice issues and lectured widely on research, policies, and practices associated with improving juvenile justice, educational, and socioeconomic conditions for Black girls, women, and their families. Dr. Morris was a 2018 TED Women speaker and is an executive producer and writer for a documentary film exploring how exclusionary discipline impacts Black girls in the United States.

Dr. Morris is the Founder and President of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI), an organization that works to interrupt school-to-confinement pathways for girls, reduce the barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated women, and increase the capacity of organizations working to reduce sexual assault and domestic violence in African American communities. She served as an adjunct associate professor for Saint Mary’s College of California between 2013-2018 and has taught at the University of San Francisco and California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Morris is a 2012 Soros Justice Fellow, the former Vice President for Economic Programs, Advocacy and Research at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the former Director of Research for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at the UC Berkeley Law School. She has also worked in partnership with and served as a consultant for federal, state and county agencies, national academic and research institutions, and communities throughout the nation to develop comprehensive approaches and training curricula to eliminate racial/ethnic and gender disparities in justice and educational systems. Her work in this area has informed the development and implementation of improved culturally competent and gender-responsive continua of services for youth.

Dr. Morris’ work has been profiled by MSNBC, CSPAN2, The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR, and PBS, among other national and local print, radio, and television media. Her research intersects race, gender, education and justice to explore the ways in which Black communities, and other communities of color, are uniquely affected by social policies. She also frequently lectures on the life and legacy of the artist Prince.

Featured Keynote: Malika Whitley

Malika Whitley has a ten year background in arts curation and international relationship management and has worked on five different continents receiving praise from international governments and communities. In 2010, Malika founded ChopArt while living in Cape Town, South Africa and working as a marketing assistance for a recording studio. Upon moving to Hyderabad, India as an IDEX Fellow, Malika pursued intensive social entrepreneurship training as a Jagriti Yatra Fellow in order to grow the organization. Malika returned to the United States in 2012 and incorporated the organization as a 501c3 nonprofit. ChopArt has served over 40,000 youth worldwide since its inception and continues to grow locally and abroad.

Malika is frequently recognized for her leadership working with homeless youth and is the recipient of many honors including Atlanta Tribune’s “Young, Gifted, and Black” honoree, Creative Loafing Atlanta’s “20 People to Watch”, Atlanta Tribune’s “50 Under 50,” and Young NonprofitProfessionals Network’s “30 Under 30.”In early 2017, Malika has been selected by Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, to receive a one-year financial investment in Sara’s sole and largest award from her foundation, and first major investment in the Atlanta community. Malika was also featured in an Adidas ad campaign “The Originators”and most recently, completed a TED Residency in NYC where she delivered a TED Talk.

Malika has a degree in International Communications, Cultural Relations, and Social Economics from Oglethorpe University. Malika’s passion is fighting for human rights and freedom in all its forms, and is committed to meeting this passion in all facets of her work.