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2018 UPHS Annual Conference: Harnessing Hope


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Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Tallahassee Community College
444 Appleyard Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32304

The conference will be held at the Workforce Development Center. See the interactive campus map or the printable campus map for directions and details.

Conference Agenda

8:30 am - 9:45 am

  • "Me, Too" and You: New Strategies for Creating Inclusive Workplaces
    Meg Baldwin, Executive Director, Refuge House
    Linda Bond Edwards, Attorney

  • Conflict Resolution
    Trish Yahn, CWDP, Client & Business Solutions Manager, CareerSource Capital Region

  • Why Ageism Never Gets Old
    Colette Vallee, Director of Programs & Advocacy, Florida Council on Aging

  • Activating Your Strengths, Elevate Your Organization
    Mark Payne, CPA, Partner, James Moore CPAs

  • Leading Social Change: Understanding Power for More Effective Advocacy
    Dustin Daniels, Chief of Staff – Mayor’s Office, City of Tallahassee

10:15 am - 11:30 am

  • Get and Keep Motivated Employees – Employee Retention and Team Building
    Charles McDonald, Executive Director, Children’s Home Society
    Inzlea Smith-McGlockton, CEO, Be Free for Good, LLC

  • Why Friendraising Works Better Than Fundraising & How #GivingTuesday Can Help You
    Mary Dekle, Director of Development, America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend
    Emily Lockard, Director of Events, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend
    Dena Strickland, Director of Development, Boys Town North Florida
    Tom Derzypolski, Principal at BowStern Marketing Communications
    Sarah Tyson-Alfano, Social Media Manager, SalterMitchell

  • Abundance Mentality vs Scarcity Mentality: Opportunities for Collaboration
    Monique Ellsworth, Executive Director, The Kearney Center
    Jess Tharpe, Director of Development, CCYS
    Sylvia Smith, Executive Director, Big Bend Homeless Coalition

  • Trauma Responsive Courts
    Amanda P. Wood, Magistrate and Director of Unified Family Court for the Second Judicial Circuit

  • Polish Your Profile: LinkedIn Tips for Nonprofit Professionals
    Ben Graybar, Commercial Banker, Hancock Bank
    Mandy Bianchi, Executive Director, Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend

11:45 am - 1:15 pm: Lunch, Plenary, & Awards

  • Keynote Speaker: Nick Maddox

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Can We Achieve Health Equity in Our Lifetimes?
    Joedrecka Brown Speights M.D., Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Family Medicine & Rural Health

  • What Services are Available in Tallahassee?
    Randy Nicklaus, Executive Director, 211 Big Bend

  • Volunteer Management
    Jeri Bush, Director Volunteer Leon, Leon County

  • Achieving Cultural Competence
    Kelly Otte, MPA, Executive Director, PACE Center for Girls/Leon County
    Yolanda Fairell, M.S., Professional Speaker/Trainer, Professor, and Activist

  • Mentoring Youth of Incarcerated Parents
    Josephine (JC) Gamboa-Montgomery, Executive Director, Living Stones International

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Closing Session

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
    Chris Lolley, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Florida

During the Closing Session, there will be a preview of the documentary Resilience which is currently being shown at the Sundance Film Festival. Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope looks at the birth of the CDC-Kaiser Permanente ACE Study and how it’s spawned a movement across the U.S. It focuses on the work of pediatricians, therapists, educators, and communities. It features interviews with several leaders in the ACEs movement nationally and in communities.

After the Conference, UPHS will join the Florida Ounce of Prevention and the City of Tallahassee to bring the documentary to Tallahassee. A tentative date for the showing is Friday, May 18.

Keynote Speaker: Nick Maddox

NickMaddoxNick Maddox was first elected to serve the citizens of Leon County, Florida, as a County Commissioner in 2010 with the goal of bringing diversity, increased transparency and a competitive edge to a community he loves. Two years later, the County Commission unanimously elected him as its Chairman as a testament to his leadership. In 2014, he was overwhelmingly re-elected by the citizens of Leon County. Recruited to play football in 1999 for Florida State University, Nick left North Carolina for Tallahassee and found the place he would call home. As a running back with FSU, Nick was a part of the 1999 National Championship Team and left in 2001 to play at the highest level, the National Football League, where he played for the Browns, Chargers, and Panthers. While in the NFL, Nick developed a passion for community service. He continues this passion today serving on the Knight Foundation Community Advisory Committee, the Leon County Sports Council, and as a mentor to numerous youth in the community. Nick carries his desire to helping children and youth into his work as Executive Director of the Foundation for Leon County Schools where he works tirelessly to raise money to assist teachers in funding programs in classrooms not paid for by tax dollars. Nick is married and has two beautiful daughters.

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