Agenda & Speakers

TNOYS’ 41st Annual Conference takes place from Wednesday, June 5 through Friday, June 7, with pre-conference institutes on Tuesday, June 4.

Guided by the theme Bright Stars, Bold Futures, this year’s event features 40+ inspiring sessions that promise to launch youth and family services to brighter horizons! Click the program preview to see what’s in store:

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Keynote Speakers

Anna Runkle | Keynote Speaker

Anna Runkle, also known as “The Crappy Childhood Fairy,” leads a movement to help people recognize and heal trauma symptoms to change their lives — whether or not they have access to professional help. With almost a million subscribers to her online platforms, Anna teaches practical strategies and techniques she has used to recover from her own Childhood PTSD. Her approach includes simple, self-directed exercises to calm emotional triggers and neurological dysregulation, and to begin changing the self-defeating behaviors that are common for people who have lived much of their lives dysregulated. She is the author of the forthcoming book Re-Regulated: Set Your Life Free from Childhood PTSD and Change the Trauma-Driven Behaviors That Keep You Stuck, to be released in October 2024.

Kathy Givens | Keynote Speaker

A compelling voice for change, Kathy Givens is a dynamic public speaker dedicated to advancing social justice and inspiring resilience in communities worldwide. With a background rooted in advocacy, mentorship, service provision, and experiential knowledge of exploitation, Givens brings a unique perspective to the stage, drawing from her own journey of triumph over adversity. As an overcomer of human trafficking and gender-based violence, she intimately understands the transformative power of resilience, community, and leadership. She is committed to sharing this empowering message with audiences.

Di Ciruolo | Keynote Speaker

Di Ciruolo is a captivating author, dynamic speaker, and passionate justice advocate. Her latest book, Indomitable: A Foster Care Story, is a gripping memoir of her journey through the Massachusetts Foster Care System. Having grown up in the foster care system as a child with neurodiversity, Di possesses a unique perspective on the human experience which shapes her life’s work. Her unwavering passion lies in empowering others to break free from the shackles of guilt and self-harm that often accompany trauma and loss.

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, June 4: Pre-Conference Institutes & Early Check-In

Pre-Conference Institutes are full-day training sessions with 4 – 6 CEUs available per session. Please note: Pre-Conference Institutes require separate registration on the registration form.

  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Motivational Interviewing Skills for CSEY Advocates
  • 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Turning Down the Heat: Preventing Conflict & Counter-Aggression

Check in early on Tuesday, June 4 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. TNOYS strongly encourages attendees to take advantage of early check-in! Please take the elevator to the second floor of the Omni Houston Hotel, and turn right. Next, follow the signs to the registration desk. You’ll be able to sign in, pick up your badge and packet, and skip the line Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, June 5: Full Conference Day 1

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Registration and Check-In
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Welcome + Keynote
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Workshops and Youth Programming
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch on Your Own (Professionals)
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Youth Lunch
  • 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Workshops, Youth Programming
  • 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Performance + Keynote (YALC Panel)
  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Member Reception

Thursday, June 6: Full Conference Day 2

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Registration and Check-In
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.: Keynote
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Workshops
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.: Luncheon & YALC Graduation
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Workshops
  • 3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Workshops

Friday, June 7: Full Conference Day 3

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.: Statewide Collaborative on Youth Homelessness Meeting & Breakfast (Invite Only)
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Registration and Check-In
  • 9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Workshops
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Closing Keynote

Did you know? TNOYS members save up to $100 on each conference registration, along with other valuable benefits. Become a member today.