Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Judge Hatchett
Judge Glenda Hatchett

A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar, Judge Glenda Hatchett completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She then spent nearly 10 years at Delta Air Lines, where she was the airline’s highest-ranking woman of color worldwide.

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Elizabeth Huntley
Elizabeth “Liz” Huntley

Elizabeth 'Liz' Huntley is an experienced litigation attorney and a committed child advocate who provides legal and consultation services to governmental and non-profit agencies that serve children and families. She is affiliated with the firm Lightfoot Franklin White LLC in Birmingham, Alabama.

Melissa Mercado
Melissa Mercado

Melissa Mercado, PhD, MSc, MA is a behavioral scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Apart from conducting her own original research, Dr. Mercado serves as a subject matter expert in youth violence and bullying prevention, and is a member of the federal inter-agency StopBullying.gov Editorial Board.


Featured Session Speakers

Darrell Green
Darrell Green

Darrell Green is no stranger to success. In addition to his record-setting 20-year career with the Washington Redskins, his on-field accomplishments include two Super Bowl victories, seven selections to the Pro Bowl, four NFL Fastest Man competitions, and a 2008 induction into the pro Football Hall of Fame.

Jonathan Todres
Jonathan Todres

Jonathan Todres is a Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law. His research focuses on children’s rights and child well-being. He has authored numerous publications on child trafficking and other forms of violence against children, the implementation of children’s rights law, and legal and cultural constructs of childhood.

Mark Winne
Mark Winne

While Mark Winne was still a student at Auburn University and working part-time at The Birmingham News, he and a photographer spotted a hand sticking out of the trunk of a car and chased it across the city, ultimately leading to the rescue of a kidnap victim. Thus began a career of crime and corruption coverage.

Nature Matters Film Website
Nature Matters

Nature Matters (2016) tells the story of ten teenaged digital natives who discover their sense of place in the natural world. These students embark on a journey as strangers and become friends as they develop a sense of empathy for both nature and each other.



Choice Bus
Choice Bus

The Choice Bus is an experience-based learning tool designed to show young people the power of education as well as the likely consequences of choosing to drop out of school. The bus contains a full scale replica of a prison cell which is hidden behind a curtain and flat screen television.

Last Updated: March 28, 2017