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Conference Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday June 27th

Special Institutes (additional registration/RSVP required)

Wednesday June 28th

*General Audience (including Parent Track)*

8:00am Registration Open

9:00am- 10:30am Opening Keynote – “How to Stay Motivated and Lead a Life of Significance” with Manny Diotte and special guests Tracee Black-Fall and Nicole Diotte

10:45am- 12:15pm Workshops A

Lunch on your own.

1:45pm- 3:15pm Workshops B

3:30pm- 5:00pm Workshops C

5:15pm – 7:00pm TNOYS Member Council Meeting (invitation only)


Thursday June 29th

*Youth Track Joins*

8:00am Registration Open

9:00am- 10:30am Keynote — TNOYS Update + “Stories of Resistance and Resilience” with CeCe Jordan and special guest Keith Wallace

10:45am- 12:15pm Workshops D

12:15pm- 1:45pm “Many Voices, One Song” Luncheon, TNOYS Awards, and Keynote: “Undoing Racism: Reflections from the Child Welfare System” with Alan J. Detlaff, Ph.D., MSW, and remarks by Natalia Hazelwood

2:000pm- 3:30pm Workshops E

3:45pm- 4:15pm Affinity Groups

4:30pm – 6:30pm: Special Session: “When in Harmony, We Are Strong” with Nina Rodriguez and Drum Cafe South + Networking Reception


Friday June 30th

8:00am- 9:00am Registration Open

9:00am- 10:30am Workshops F

10:45am- 12:00pm Closing Keynote – “The Power of Simplicity” with Brooke Binstock and Melanie Holst-Collins


Featured Speakers


Manny Diotte

For over 20 years, Manny Diotte has been empowering companies and individuals to leave their mark on the world, by discovering their strengths and finding their purpose. He is an expert in both professional and personal development, as well as an adoptive parent and cancer survivor.



Alan J. Dettlaff, Ph.D., MSW

Alan J. Dettlaff is Dean and the inaugural Maconda Brown O’Connor Endowed Dean’s Chair of the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. Dean Dettlaff’s research focuses on improving outcomes for children and youth in the child welfare system through examining and addressing the factors contributing to racial disparities.  


Tracee’ L. Black-Fall

Traceé L. Black-Fall is the founder and executive director of Tova’s N.E.S.T, Inc., which educates and raises awareness of all communities with an emphasis on the  African American faith-based community, populations at risk, and various systems of care regarding mental health conditions, co-occurring disorders, and suicide prevention while eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and resiliency.

CeCe Jordan

Cecelia Jordan is an educator of U.S. and World History at Ralph J. Bunche High School in West Oakland. An artivist and 2016 Team Oakland Grand Slam Champ, Cecelia ranked 15th at the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam.  She moved to The Bay Area in 2015 from Austin, Texas, where she taught elementary and middle school students how to think critically by engaging her school community in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Restorative Justice practices. 

Natalia Hazelwood

Natalia Hazelwood is a senior student pursuing a degree in International Relations. As a former foster child, she has a particular interest in social justice. Outside of her studies, she is a Program Facilitator for Ignite National, a nonprofit organization that works to empower young women in political leadership. 


Keith Wallace

Keith serves as the Regional Program Manager for the Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau. He is a former TNOYS board member and former Executive Director of the Central Texas Youth Services Bureau. He was also a runaway himself at age 16.


Nina Rodriguez

Nina Rodriguez is a nationally celebrated, Grammy-winning percussionist, musical performer, clinician and educator. Her extraordinary energy and dedication to the power of music, drumming and performance has shaped her career as a lead Facilitator with Drum Cafe and a celebrated independent musician. 

Brooke Binstock

Brooke Binstock is a Holistic Health coach, licensed social worker, writer, massage therapist, and certified Kripalu and Dharma Yoga teacher dedicated to cultivating a nonjudgmental approach to being human. She is the founder of Open Circle Healing.



Melanie Holst-Collins

Melanie is a Conscious Lifestyle Coach, Certified Yoga Teacher, and Founder of Grow Your Lovespace, a movement and platform to inspire, motivate, challenge and empower men and women to step into The Conscious Life.