CWConf20 Workshop Presenters

Monica Faulkner10:30am – 11:30am // Morning Workshop // Auditorium
Dare to Lead™: Living into Your Values While Doing Hard Work
Monica Faulkner, Ph.D., LMSW, TXICFW
Monica is the Director of our TXICFW team. Learn more about her here.





12:15pm – 1:20pm // Panel Session // Auditorium
Birth Parents Discuss Belonging and Inclusion
Alisha Maglio & Michelle Hansford
Alisha and Michelle are parents that have successfully navigated the CPS system to regain their children and lead healthy productive lives. They give a unique perception to professionals working in child welfare. Both mothers are a part of a statewide group of parents who support other parents during their CPS case.


Hope Green12:15pm – 1:20pm // Workshop // Classroom
Supporting Life Skills for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: An Employer’s Perspective
Hope Green, Emojis
Hope Green is an entrepreneur, mentor, and advocate for homeless youth across the city of Austin. Since 2012, Hope has been the owner and operator of the Emojis Grilled Cheese food truck and catering service. At the time of the food truck’s opening, Hope was experiencing homelessness due to the 2008 housing bubble collapse. In the years since, she’s utilized the business she created to help serve her community by employing homeless teens and those aging out of the foster care system. In addition to offering teens the opportunity to learn soft skills through steady employment, she also collaborates with their caseworkers to tackle issues as they arise. Outside of her food truck, Hope is in the process of starting her own foundation, called the Ground Up Foundation, to offer further resources through additional community programming, such as working with a local juvenile detention center to prepare teens for life after release.


Quỳnh-Hương N. Nguyễn1:30pm – 2:30pm // Workshop // Auditorium
Organizational Allyship: How to Disrupt Systematic Oppression of the LGBTQIA+ Community
Quỳnh-Hương N. Nguyễn, M.ED. (She, Her, Hers / They, Them, Theirs), Assistant Director of the Gender & Sexuality Center, UT Austin
Quỳnh-Hương N. Nguyễn is the Assistant Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at UT Austin. In this role, they provide intersectional training, peer facilitation programming, and educational opportunities in order to enhance social justice support, develop allyship practices that centers diverse marginalize communities, and provide assistance to any campus LGBTQIA+, women’s, or ally organization. Quỳnh-Hương received a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) focused in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Texas State University. Their academic interests include queer identities, Asian identity, and identity development. Their professional passion is to provide educational opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to make campus more welcoming affirming for women, LGBTQIA+ people and people with more than one of these identities.


Samantha Thompson1:30pm – 2:30pm // Workshop // Classroom
Knowing Our Networks: Understanding Neurobiology & Relational Health in Child Welfare
Samantha Thompson, LCSW-S & Beth Gerlach, Ph.D., LCSW, TXICFW
Samantha and Beth are both part of our TXICFW team. Samantha is a Program Specialist, and you can learn about her here.





Beth GerlachBeth is the Assistant Director of our Institute, and you can learn about her here.







Jolynne Batchelor1:30pm – 2:30pm Closing Presentation
5 Key Ways to Expand Social Justice in Child Welfare
Jolynne Batchelor, Ph.D., LCSW, TXICFW
Jolynne is a Research Associate with our TXICFW team, in addition to being the Director of the Texas Permanency Outcomes Project. Learn more about her here.






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