Programs Overview

General Conference Programs

Thursday (Nov 14) & Friday (Nov 15)

Enjoy carefully peer reviewed conference programs Thursday through Friday. Choose from 3-hour or 90 minute programs. Poster sessions are available mid-day on both days (no CE credit is given for Poster Sessions).

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Your Keynote Speakers

Each year, two keynote speakers are chosen to present at our General Sessions on Thusday and Friday. Our keynotes are engaging speakers who provide topical information to our attendees.

Thursday, Tracy Brown

Tracy Brown is an author and speaker known for transforming the diversity and inclusion conversation from a debate based on politics and personality into a strategic focus on relationships and productivity. Based in Dallas, Texas, her company, Intentional Inclusion, Inc works with organizations nationwide on leadership development and inclusion strategy.

Tracy is a TEDx speaker whose "What Is Mine to Do" talk inspired an active Facebook group focused on individual action that helps to end race-based hatred and violence. She believes diversity is not a problem to be fixed; it is a resource to be utilized. As President of Intentional Inclusion Inc., she helps leaders improve their communication, leadership and relationship-building skills so they can achieve their goals in our multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-generational world.

In addition to her business experience, Tracy has served as a board member for more than a dozen professional associations or nonprofit organizations. She co-founded Dallas Dinner Table, co-designed The Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership curriculum sponsored by SMU and The Center for Nonprofit Management and currently serves as the Chair of the governing board for Centers for Spiritual Living worldwide.

Friday, Molly Hudgens

Molly Bradley Hudgens is in her twenty-first year as an educator in the Cheatham County School System where she works as a school counselor at Sycamore Middle School in Pleasant View, Tennessee.  In addition to her counseling role, Mrs. Hudgens is also a member of SMSs Crisis Management and Response Team and Leadership Team.

After a personal experience in college, her interest in violence prevention and safety sparked a desire to educate others who work with intervening in the lives of potentially violent teenagers.  Her in-depth study on school shootings and the teenagers who commit these acts, Recognizing Red Flags, has been utilized to train professionals in the fields of education, law enforcement, juvenile probation, and juvenile court.  The training focuses on understanding the three types of school shooters and how to use threat assessment tools as an intervention to prevent violent acts in a school and community setting.

Mrs. Hudgens put her training to use on September 28, 2016, when she talked a student with a loaded handgun out of committing a mass shooting at Sycamore Middle School.  Hudgens, the 2004-2005 and 2016-2017 Sycamore Middle School and Cheatham County Middle School Teacher of the Year, became a Congressional Medal of Honor Citizens Honor recipient for a Single Act of Heroism from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation in March of 2017. She is also the 2017 recipient of the Tennessee School Counseling Associations Phoebe White Award for Excellence in School Counseling and the 2019 Mental Health America of the MidSouths I.C. Hope Award for bringing mental health awareness to schools.  She is the owner of Molly B. Hudgens Communications and is a motivational speaker as well as a violence prevention specialist. 

Even MORE CEs!

Learning Institues and Post Conference Workshops are great way to expand your conference experience and earn extra CEs!

You can add these in-depth programs to your conference registration or attend them as stand alone events.


Wednesday (Nov 13) 

Learning Institutes
(6.5 CE hours) | $130

Pre-purchased tickets will be available for pick up on site Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. 

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Saturday (Nov 16) 

Post Conference Workshops
(3.5 CE hours) | $75

Pre-purchased tickets will be available for pick up on site during normal registration hours and on Saturday morning.

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  • Conference registration does not include Learning Institutes or Post Conference Workshops

  • Full conference registration is NOT required to attend a Learning Institute or Post Conference Workshop.

  • Tickets for these events may be purchased online (while registration is open) or on-site.