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Opening Plenary keynote


Jean Kantambu Latting, PhD, LMSW
President of Leading Consciously, LLC
Professor Emerita at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston


"Inspiring Positive Social Change in Today’s Political Landscape"

With decades of experience as a leadership educator, researcher, and consultant, Dr. Latting will share insights on how to promote social justice in a divisive political environment. Dr. Latting is a passionate advocate for positive social change. Her approach is grounded in theory through practical and successful use of evidence-based change models.

The Opening Plenary will also feature a presentation of the proclamation for "Professional Social Workers Day" by the City of Arlington and an awards ceremony for the 2018 NASW/Texas Awardees who will describe how their work reflects the conference theme, Social Workers-Leaders. Advocates. Champions. 


The Opening Plenary will be held Thursday, October 11, 2018, 12:30-2:15 pm in Room E2-E3 at the Arlington Convention Center. (1 CEU)


Speaker Bio: Jean Kantambu Latting, DrPH, LMSW-IPR is President of Leading Consciously, LLC, and Professor Emerita at the Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston. While at GCSW, she was honored with the Jean Kantambu Latting College Professorship of Leadership and Change, an endowment established in her name by the renown philanthropist, Maconda Brown O’Connor.   Latting received her bachelor’s degree from Douglass College at Rutgers, the State University, master’s in social work from Columbia University, and doctorate from the University of North Carolina in health administration. As an consultant, coach, researcher, and educator, Jean specializes in helping people capitalize on their strengths and achieve their goals. She is the co-author of Reframing Change: How to Deal with Workplace Dynamics, Influence Others, and Bring People Together to Initiate Positive Change, published by Praeger.





Closing Plenary

Timothy M. Brown, LCSW, ACSW
Associate Chief Social Work Mental Health VA North Texas Health Care System
Chair/Presiding Officer Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
President Association of Social Work Boards


“Sharing Our Future Together: Collaboration, Leadership and Paladin”


Tim will share highpoints of North American Social Work Organizations 2018 activities. He will talk about the collaborative undertakings of the three pillars of North American Social Work: National Association of Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education and Association of Social Work Boards. Those attending will expand their knowledge of how these three pillars of the social work profession collaborate to enhance our discipline.

During his talk, Tim will discuss social work leadership. He will examine the importance for each of us, as social workers, to learn the comfort of moving into leadership roles. By doing so, we expand our professional growth and the expansion of social work influence in the larger community.  

Tim will end this presentation discussing the key role social workers have a paladin.  In this context he is not referring to the twelve peers of Charlemagne’s court, but as a leading champion of the social work discipline and mentor to novice social workers.   


The Closing Plenary will also include another fun-filled Texas Political Action for Candidate Election (TPACE) fundraising contest and the 2018 Student Poster Presentation awards ceremony. Our thanks to this year's Student Poster Presentation Sponsor, Texas A&M University-Central Texas Social Work Department.

The Closing Plenary will be held Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8:00-9:30am in Room E2-E3 at the Arlington Convention Center. (1.5 CEUs)


Speaker Bio: Timothy M. Brown has a BASW in Social Work from Prairie View A & M University.  He has a MSW from Baylor University with a specialty certificate in End-of-Life Care.  Tim is employed by VA North Texas Health Care System as the Associate Chief Social Work Mental Health with clinical supervision over 162 social workers assigned to positions in Mental Health Service.  In addition, he is the Mental Health Executive Leadership member over 5 programs.  

He has held several leadership positions with NASW/TX.  He received the 2017 NASW Texas Social Worker of the Year Award.  Tim has been active in social work regulation.  He was appointed by a Governor of Texas three times to the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners beginning in 2004.  Since 2008, Tim has been the Chair/Presiding Officer of TSBSWE.  He has held several leadership positions with the Association of Social Work Boards and has been an item writer for the ASWB Master’s level exam.  Tim received the ASWB 2015 Sunny Andrews Award recognized as the top social work regulator in North America.  He is currently the President of ASWB.   


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