2019 Conference Keynote and Plenary Speakers Announced!

Announcing this year's conference keynote and plenary speakers.
The NASW-NYS (EM)POWER UP Conference will feature an exceptional lineup of thought leaders and acclaimed speakers who are eager to engage, inform, and empower you!

We look forward to seeing you on June 5 - 7 in Saratoga Springs, NY!

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Keynote Speaker | Thursday (June 6)

Jonathan Mooney is a writer and learning activist who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. He is a graduate of Brown University’s class of 2000 and holds an honors degree in English Literature. Jonathan has spent his entire professional career as a social entrepreneur developing organizations, programs, and initiatives to improve the lives of marginalized groups. In 1997, as an undergraduate at Brown University, Jonathan co-founded Project Eye-To-Eye, a non-profit advocacy organization for students with learning differences. Learn More


Keynote Speaker | Thursday/Social Work Awards Dinner (June 6)

Mary Pender Greene, LCSW-R, CGP, is a psychotherapist, career/executive coach, trainer, and consultant with a private practice in Midtown Manhattan. Mary is a thought leader in the social services industry, recognized by her peers for her wisdom, contributions, and novel ideas on coaching, training, mentoring, and sharing knowledge. She has more than 20 years of experience helping individuals, couples, companies, and non-profit organizations. Learn More


Opening Plenary Speaker | Thursday (June 6)

Victoria M. Rizzo, LCSW-R, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, SUNY currently serves as the Chair of the NASW-NYS Chapter’s Value of Social Work Task Force. Dr. Rizzo has dedicated her career to demonstrating the value of social work in health care settings through her research, teaching, and workforce development activities. Dr. Rizzo’s research examines the impact of social work, and interprofessional interventions that include social workers, on health care utilization, health, and behavioral health outcomes for older adults coping with chronic illnesses, elder abuse, and care giving. Learn More



Closing Plenary Speaker | Friday (June 6)

Loretta Pyles, PhD, is Professor at the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is also a meditation and yoga teacher, workshop leader, organizational consultant, and activist. The 3rd edition of her book, Progressive Community Organizing: Transformative Practice in a Globalizing World will be published by Routledge Press in 2020. Learn More

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