Friday, September 14, 2012

Exciting new Plenary Speakers to join us for "Awaken to Change - The National Conference for America's Children."

We are very excited to let you know that we will be joined at the conference by two new distinguished guests: Secretary David Wilkins, Florida Department of Children and Families and George Sheldon, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Secretary Wilkins brings decades of experience in business and charitable leadership to the Florida Department of Children and Families. His vision for the Department is focused on empowering front-line staff, engaging communities, improving programs and helping families become accountable and self-sufficient. Early in 2011, Secretary Wilkins launched several business improvements focused on operational efficiency and improved customer service in child welfare, benefit eligibility determination and in the substance abuse and mental health service delivery area.

In 2010, Secretary Wilkins retired from Accenture after a 29-year career with the global management, consulting, technology and business operations company. Promoted to partner at the age of 32, Wilkins served in numerous management roles in a business that had more than 200,000 employees and a market cap of more than $34 billion. His work included overseeing local offices and directing business in more than 25 countries.

Prior to joining the Administration for Children and Families, Acting Assistant Secretary Sheldon served as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families. During his time in Florida, Sheldon oversaw the state's child welfare programs, fostering a 36 percent reduction in the children in out-of-home care, and integrating mental health, substance abuse and domestic violence services throughout the department.

Before his service at the Department of Children and Families, George Sheldon was Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Services at St. Thomas University School of Law. In addition to more than 12 years as a practicing attorney, Sheldon also served as Deputy General for central Florida, managing give regional offices and more than 400 employees. In 1975, Sheldon was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he built an eight year record focusing on the environment and children.

For more information about the Prevent Child Abuse America 2012 National Conference - "Awaken to Change - The National Conference for America's Children" please visit here.

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