2023 Leadership Summit

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2023 Leadership Summit

  • 10:00am – 10:15am



    10:15am – 11:15am

    Developing 21st Century Social Work Leaders: Navigating Challenges and Maximizing Impact

    Whether it is at the micro, mezzo, or macro level, the demand for strong leadership skills in the social work profession is always great. Yet, it is not uncommon to hear social workers minimize the important role they have as leaders, while also addressing the many challenges they do confront, social workers are natural leaders. Developing and building upon leadership skills is an ongoing process. This presentation will explore important principles of leadership, particularly as it relates to the social work profession. It will illustrate the intrinsic relationship between the core values of social work and the need for effective leadership.

    Mildred “Mit” Joyner, DPS, MSW, BSW, LCSW


    National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

    Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner, DPS, MSW, BSW, LCSW is President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) that has 55 chapters throughout the United States and its territories. Joyner also serves as President of the North America Region of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), which includes Canada and the United States and is a member of IFSW’s Executive Committee. She serves on the     boards of the NASW Foundation and the NASW Assurance Services, Inc. Her other board service included a community bank, DNBFIRST, where she was the first female and only African American to serve in this capacity and the Chester County Food Bank.

    Professor Joyner received a BSW from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and her MSW in planning, policy and administration from Howard University, School of Social Work, in Washington, DC. Joyner’s professional career as a social worker began at Chester County Children, Youth, and Families as a protective service worker. After graduate school, she became the first department head and legal liaison of the child abuse unit at Chester County Children, Youth, and Families.

    Joyner joined the faculty at West Chester University (WCU) in 1979 as assistant professor and served as the director and chairperson of the undergraduate social work, a position she held for several decades.  While at WCU, Professor Joyner presided over the campus Frederick Douglass Society, chaired the Committee of 16, developed the civility award, developed the Frederick Douglass Junior Ambassadors, led university town hall meetings on Embracing a Just Community, organized and obtained funding for the annual delivery of a MLK Day for the university and surrounding community, and was the chief architect of the university's campus climate committee. Professor Joyner also developed an interdisciplinary Race Relations course, which received an award from students for effective delivery of critical content on race.

    Professor Joyner also secured funding for the DeBaptiste Undergraduate Social Work Scholarship for students, developed innovative pathways for social work students to attend professional conferences, and enhanced the social work curriculum, activities, and programs. She conceptualized and secured funds for BEST (Bringing Elders and Students Together) so that undergraduate social work students had positive exposure to the older adult population. She was the catalyst for the development of the first accredited MSW program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Professor Joyner also served as fundraising chair for the Frederick Douglass statue, which achieved a university goal that also reflected Professor Joyner’s lifetime commitment to social justice.    

    In 2011, Professor Joyner, a full professor of social work, received the emeritus rank with full rights and privileges from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Later in 2011, she retired from the university and created MCJ Consultants which specializes in organizational change and achieving equity.

    Professor Joyner is a former president of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Concurrently, she served on the board of the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and represented the United States. She also served as president of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD). She holds membership in BPD, CSWE, and NASW.

    Professor Joyner co-authored three books Critical Multiculturalism and Intersectionality in a Complex World (2018); Critical Multicultural Social Work (2008); and Caregivers for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya: An Ecological Perspective (2011). She has delivered hundreds of presentations at various universities, agencies, businesses, and professional conferences.

    She is the recipient of numerous awards including: 2005 AGE-SW and BPD Gerontology L Leadership Award for stellar national leadership in the field of gerontology; the BPD Lifetime Achievement Award; Living Beyond Breast Cancer Founders Award for leadership and stewardship; the first Dr. Inabel Burns Lindsay Award from Howard University School of Social Work; the Central State University Hall of Fame Award as a Distinguished Alumni; the First William Culp lecturer by Abilene Christian University School of Social Work;  and the CSWE Lifetime Service and Leadership Award. In September 2019, Mit Joyner received the          prestigious NASW of Pennsylvania Phyllis Black Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership and commitment to social justice and the quest for obtaining equity for all.

    Professor Joyner is married to the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner, a Senior Federal Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Together they have three daughters Dr. Jennifer Joyner-Hall a clinical psychologist in Washington, DC; Nicole M. Joyner, a human resource director in Atlanta, GA; and Jacqlyn A. Joyner an attorney in Washington, DC. Her greatest role is being “Gg” to her two grandsons David Anthony Hall IV and Jacob James Joyner Hall who are the reasons that she remains committed to the arduous task of working to achieve racial, social, economic, environmental and political justice for all.

    Raffaele Vitelli, CAE

    Vice President, Professional Education and Product Development

    National Association of Social Workers

    Marla Blunt-Carter, MSW

    Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

    Rutgers University School of Social Work

  • (Social Work CE)

    It has been observed that social work as a profession requires leadership skills. Yet, a critical question is where and when are these skills developed? Preparing students for professional social work is a fundamental mission of Schools of Social Work. Yet, what role do these educational institutions have in developing leadership skills for their students? This session will feature a facilitated discussion on this question and many others as the role of schools of social work in leadership development is addressed by both educators and students.

    Barbara Bedney, PhD, MSW (Moderator)

    Chief of Programs

    National Association of Social Workers

    Sandra Edmonds Crewe, PhD, MSW, ACSW


    Howard University School of Social Work

    Martell Teasley, PhD, MSW

    Dean, University of Utah College of Social Work

    President, National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work

    Maryah Thompson

    2023 MSW Graduate

    Columbia University School of Social Work

    Aaron Quick, MSW

    PhD Candidate

    Clark Atlanta University

  • (Social Work CE)

    Leadership style refers to a leader’s methods and behaviors when directing, motivating, and managing others. Whether its transformational, strategic, transactional, or servant, knowing your leadership style helps you provide better direction and guidance to your teams and colleagues. This session will explore various leadership styles and how yours will influence how you strategize and implement plans.

    Jen Roberts


    Difference Consulting

  • (Cross Cultural CE)

    Leaders across multiple levels and functions need to learn and understand what is required when working to establish inclusive leadership for their groups and organizations. Inclusion demands active, intentional, and sustainable efforts to promote full participation and a sense of belonging. Creating psychologically safe work environments using the TIC principles fosters employee resiliency and contributes to a sense of belonging and trust among employees, which can lead to increased job satisfaction and productivity. This session will address the importance of setting a direction, creating alignment, and generating commitment to DEI initiatives using a Trauma-informed approach.

    Arabella Perez, DSW, LCSW

    Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    National Association of Social Workers

    Jo Seiders, LCSW, CDE

    Human Rights Policy Associate

    National Association of Social Workers

  • (Social Work CE)

    Risk taking is a critical variable in developing great leadership skills. To be innovative, leaders need to take risks. Research has shown that leaders who take risks are more likely to be perceived more positively regardless of whether they succeed. There is an often-repeated line from a popular motion picture which says “failure is not an option.” Yes indeed, it is. This session will address the importance and influence of risk taking in leadership development. 

    Gigi Tsontos, MSW, MPA, LCSW

    Organizational Consultant and Executive Coach

  • (Social Work CE)

    Social media continues to be a significant force in numerous aspects of our lives. For many people using social media is a daily routine. It has proven to influence decision-making and related outcomes. It opens up channels for more personal communications. This session will discuss the impact social media is having on leadership development and how we can harness it as a useful and productive tool. 

    Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW


    Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work

  • (Social Work CE)

    An effective leader brings several different core capabilities to their roles ranging from the ability to influence and inspire others to knowing how to act decisively. While these traits are important in your daily role as a leader, they are especially critical during times of pressure. Pressure for a leader is the influences of persuasion, intimidation or circumstances that are trying to force the leader to do something. This session will address how pressure situations impact leadership traits and how to develop appropriate ways of handling it. 

    Salome Raheim, PhD, MSW, ACSW

    Senior Associate

    Cambridge Hill Partners

  • (Social Work CE)

    Leadership is about getting people to understand and believe in your vision and to work with you to achieve your goals. Conversely, managing is more about administering and making sure the day-to-day things are happening as they should. Leadership requires a vision to guide change. This session will address the differences and connection inherent in leadership and management and how you can leverage value in both.

    John E. Tropman, PhD

    Henry J. Meyer Collegiate Professor of Social Work Emeritus

    University of Michigan

  • 4:45pm – 5:45pm

    Social Work Leadership: An Imperative for Today and Tomorrow

    The primary focus for many social workers is to continually improve the current state of affairs. Social workers conduct their work on the front lines, consistently break barriers, and are dedicated to social justice in all its forms. The capacity to work creatively, constructively, and effectively with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities to advocate for social change requires social work leadership today, tomorrow, and into the future.

    5:45Pm – 6:00pm


    Anthony Estreet, PhD, MBA, LCSW-C


    National Association of Social Workers

    Yvonne Chase, PhD, LCSW, ACSW

    President, National Association of Social Workers

    Associate Professor, University of Alaska