Conference Keynote Speakers

Shawn Ginwright, PhD, Flourish Agenda

Shawn Ginwright, PhD, is one of the nation’s leading innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is a Professor of Education in the Africana Studies Department and a Senior Research Associate at San Francisco State University. His research examines the ways in which youth in urban communities navigate through the constraints of poverty and struggle to create equality and justice in their schools and communities. Dr. Ginwright is also the Founder and CEO of Flourish Agenda, Inc., a national nonprofit consulting firm whose mission is to design strategies that unlock the power of healing and engage youth of color and adult allies in transforming their schools and communities. Dr. Ginwright has authored several books, including The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves, Hope and Healing in Urban Education: How Urban Activists and Teachers Are Reclaiming Matters of the HeartBlack Youth Rising: Activism and Radical Healing in Urban America, and Black in School: Afrocentric Reform, Urban Youth, and the Promise of Hip-Hop Culture. He also co-edited the volume Beyond Resistance! Youth Activism and Community Change: New Democratic Possibilities for Practice and Policy for America’s Youth.

Phillip W. Graham

Phillip W. Graham, DrPH is a principal scientist in RTI’s Health Practice Area and former director of the Center on Behavioral Health Epidemiology, Implementation and Evaluation Research. For more than 25 years, Dr. Graham has conducted community-based research and evaluation to address the impact of substance use, violence, and inequities on youth and their communities. He has led evaluations of varying size and complexity at the federal, state, and local levels. He has investigated the effects of witnessing community violence, the development of ethnic identity among African American male adolescents, the effectiveness of science-based interventions to reduce youth substance use, and the impact of comprehensive school-based interventions and services to promote healthy child development. Dr. Graham has served as the PI for five national cross-site evaluations of SAMHSA/CSAP-funded prevention strategies developed to prevent and reduce substance misuse and related consequences. Evaluation activities included a review of the risk and protective factors related to prescription drug and opioid misuse; collaborating with federal staff, external experts, and grantees to develop cross-site measures to collect data on intervention activities, costs, and outcomes; providing evaluation-related training and technical assistance to 70 grantees and over 600 communities. 

He serves as the PI for the NIDA-funded HEAL Prevention Coordinating Center (HPCC). The HPCC supports 10 research projects designed to prevent opioid misuse among older adolescents and young adults and works to generate shared insights by collecting, analyzing, and reporting data across research projects. He also serves as the PI on two CDC-funded research projects. The first is a grant that examines the efficacy of prevention strategies to reduce community violence in Milwaukee, and the second is a cooperative agreement examining the effectiveness of a family-strengthening intervention to mitigate the impact of ACES on opioid use among families in New Jersey.

His methodological focus includes mixed methods approaches, including implementation science and data integration. These approaches and their application are especially meaningful when they emphasize the importance of community context, culture, and diversity.

He is a former board member of the Society for Prevention Research and a current founding board member of the National Prevention Science Coalition. NPSC advocates for prevention science and developing preventative interventions to address negative outcomes.

Kym Laube

Kym Laube is the Executive Director of Human Understanding Growth Services, Inc., HUGS, Inc., in Westhampton Beach, NY. In this position, she brings over 33 years of knowledge and expertise in substance misuse prevention. Since she became Executive Director in 2002, she has been leading the organization to provide a full array of multidimensional prevention services and recovery supports, all while ensuring she is advocating for the field all along the continuum of care. Kym is a national trainer and speaker, working with notable leaders in prevention, including CADCA, various state associations, and corporate businesses.

Having participated in the HUGS, Inc. Teen Institute program in 1986 as a high school student, Kym understands firsthand the profound impact, lifelong influence, and workforce development the Teen Institute program provides to young people. From student leader to Executive Director in 2002, Kym’s mission has been to empower others to seek their full potential and become agents of change in the world. Kym offers dynamic, passionate, and interactive keynotes, trainings, and workshops for large and small groups, with an uncanny ability to talk with people and not at people. Annually, Kym presents to over 25,000 individuals, young and old, across our great country.

Kym’s unwavering commitment to improving the lives of young people extends beyond her executive office and can be seen in her many leadership roles. She is active on various local, state, and national boards and task forces. She served on the NYS Governors Opiate Task Force, creating statewide policy changes in prescribing laws and increasing treatment stays and policy and practice to help NY families find hope and heal. Most notable is her personal recovery and commitment to pushing individuals to make the space better wherever they are. Her greatest joy is watching her two adult sons create and live a life of choice as they forge their own course. She lives in Westhampton Beach with her husband and way too many dogs.

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