eVOLve: Leading at Every Level
Join us for our 2nd Annual eVOLve Conference during Social Work Month with keynote speaker Dr. Lakeya Cherry.
Dress Code: Business Casual
Friday, March 24 | 8am-4pm
University of Tennessee Student Union
CELEBRATION FULL: NO LONGER TAKING REGISTRATIONS
Also, please join us for a pre-conference celebration where we will be making an exciting announcement!
Dress Code: Business Casual
Thursday, March 23 | 6pm-9pm
Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum, Dogwood Center
2832 Boyd’s Bridge Pike Knoxville TN 37914
What To Expect
- FREE Admission
- 4.5 CEUs
- Learn from Social Work Leaders
- Pre-Conference Reception
- Reconnect with Alumni and Professors
- Breakfast and Lunch Provided
- Free SWAG
- Network and Connect with Community Partners
- Free Parking
Conference Schedule and Sessions
All times listed in Eastern Time
- 8:00-8:45am – Check In and Breakfast
- 8:45-9:00am – Welcome
- 9:00-10:00am – Keynote Session (1 CEU)
- 10:00-10:15am – Break
- 10:15-11:45am – Breakout Session 1 (1.5 CEUs)
- 11:45-1:00pm – Awards Luncheon
- 12:30-3:30pm – Community Partner Mingle
- 1:15-2:15pm – Breakout Session 2 (1 CEU)
- 2:15-2:30pm – 15-Minute Break
- 2:30-3:30pm – Breakout Session 3 (1 CEU)
- 3:30-4:00pm – Closing Remarks and Raffle Drawing
Important CEU Information
Attendees are eligible to earn up to 4.5 CEUs for participating in conference sessions. An email with a link to the conference evaluation will be sent to participants on Monday, March 27. To receive CEUs, participants must complete the evaluation by 4/27. CEU certificates will be sent out via email after the deadline to complete the evaluation has passed. Certificates are not automatically generated and your patience with this process is appreciated.
- Conference parking will be in the G17 Terrace Avenue Parking Garage. This is a different garage than last year.
- G17 Terrace Avenue Parking Garage address for GPS: 1800 Lake Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916
- YOU MUST DISPLAY THE PARKING PASS ON YOUR DASHBOARD (attached).
- Please plan to print the pass ahead of time and bring it with you. The parking pass can be found here.
- Walking directions from the parking garage to the Student Union can be found here.
- It takes on average 7 minutes to walk from the parking garage to the Student Union.
- ACCESSIBLE PARKING SPACES
- To park in the accessible spots on campus, visitors to campus are required to get a UT Daily Accessible Parking Permit, which can be obtained from the Circle Park Info Booth or at the Parking & Transit Services Office. Both open at 7:30 a.m. You’ll need to provide them with your state-issued accessible placard/license plate, state registration for the accessible placard, and your photo i.d.
- The closest accessible parking spots to the Student Union are located in the horseshoe behind Henson Hall, off of Volunteer Boulevard.
- Plan for traffic! There is a large bass fishing event taking place on the south side of campus and around Knoxville on the day of the conference.
- Please allow yourself extra time to get to campus and anticipate some traffic as you leave.
- Leaving campus this year will be easier from the Terrace Ave Garage vs the parking location last year.
There is space on the conference registration form to indicate required accommodations. We work with the university’s Office of Equity & Diversity and Office of Student Disability Services to make arrangements and ask that you allow us adequate time to communicate with them about any services needed.
If you have any questions or concerns you would like to discuss before registering, please contact Margaret McMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-974-1655.
A Note on Accessibility
It is a priority to make our events inclusive and accessible. For any questions or to notify us of a request, please email email@example.com at least three business days prior to the event.
About The Keynote Speaker
Dr. Lakeya Cherry, DSW, MSSW, ACC is an executive leadership coach who has dedicated her career to the growth and development of individuals and the organizations they are a part of. As an ICF Certified Coach, a StartingBloc Fellow, a Google #IamRemarkable Facilitator, and a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, she believes that when leaders are empowered to reach their fullest potential, they will be able to support those around them more effectively. It was her own experience with coaching that ignited her passion to support individuals, teams, and organizations to lead more authentically and courageously. Her former clients include Headspace, Glassdoor, LA Cleantech Incubator (LACI), Snap, Cisco, The Salvation Army, The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, California Mental Health Advocates for Children, Black Administrators of Child Welfare, and the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.
Dr. Cherry is the former Chief Executive Officer of The Network for Social Work Management, an international organization dedicated to strengthening and mobilizing diverse social impact leaders through education, leadership development, networking, and community-building. Under her leadership, the Network has expanded globally and introduced transformative programming that not only produced better leaders but also enhanced organizational cultures. She also serves as a Commissioner on San Diego’s Commission on the Status of Women, which helps to address the needs of women in San Diego in their social, economic, and vocational pursuits. Her approach is informed by her Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Southern California where she was honored with the coveted Order of Arête award, her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University, and her B.A. in Psychology and Legal Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Additional qualifications: Psychological Safety, EQi 2.0 and EQ 360 certified, Diversity and Inclusion certification (eCornell), and Nonprofit Executive Leadership certificate (National Human Services Assembly).
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Keynote Session – 9:00-10:00 AM ET // 8:00-9:00 AM CT
Morning Sessions – 10:15-11:45 AM ET // 9:15-10:45 AM CT
- Delivering Evidence-Based Safety Planning and Lethal Means Counseling with High-Risk Clients via Telehealth: Challenges and Opportunities – Venée Hummel, LCSW
- A One Health Approach: How to Incorporate a Bond Family Approach into SW Practice and Increase Access to Veterinary Care for Low- Income Families – Augusta O’Reilly, LCSW and Michael Blackwell, DVM, MPH
- Trauma-Informed Organizations: A Survey of a New Approach to Leadership – Ragan Schriver, PsyD, MSW
- An Implementation Science Approach to Social Worker’s Well-Being – Ashlie Seibers, MSW and Tami Walker, LMSW
- Dual Relationships: Balancing Ethical Responsibilities – Veronica E. Cruz, LCSW-C
Afternoon Sessions (Pre-Break) – 1:15-2:15 PM ET // 12:15-1:15 PM CT
- Every Day I’m Hustling: Creating Multiple Streams of Income with your Social Work License – DeAvila Ford, DBH, LCSW
- Exploring the Ethics of Cultural Awareness and Diversity – Veronica E. Cruz, LCSW-C
- Organizational Crisis Management: Lessons Learned Through the School of Hard Knocks – Susan Okroglic, DSW, LCSW
- The Opioid Crisis in Tennessee – Jennifer Tourville, DNP
Afternoon Sessions (Post-Break) – 2:30-3:30 PM ET // 1:30-2:30 PM CT
- Reconceptualizing the PEN-3 Model: A Framework for Culturally-Responsive Trauma-Informed Care with Latinx Immigrants – Eliza Galvez, MSW
- Building a Culture of Program Sustainability – Emily McCutcheon, MSW, MBA
- Caring for Our Unhoused Neighbors: Best Practices for Social Workers in Healthcare, Aging, and Disability Services – Ian Johnson, LCSW, PhD and Namrata Mukherjee, MSW
- Ethical Decision Making: A Crisis Intervention Approach – Veronica E. Cruz, LCSW-C