New York State Children's Alliance, Inc.

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Leadership Conference

October 3rd & 4th, 2023 in Saratoga Springs, NY

Join us in 2023 for the New York State Children's Alliance (NYSCA) Leadership Conference
to be held in-person at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Join multidisciplinary professionals from across NY state and 
increase your knowledge, network, and re-energize for the important work at
Child Advocacy Centers, Schools, Mental Health agencies and all child welfare organizations.


2023 Keynote Speaker
Ken Nwadike, Jr. - The Free Hugs Guy


Ken has done many things in his life. He founded the Hollywood Half-Marathon to help the homeless after overcoming homelessness himself as a student athlete. He created successful businesses it the midst of a world crashing pandemic.  As The Free Hugs Guy, He risked his life on the frontlines of protests across the nation, de-escalating violence in the midst of intense anger.

Sometimes the most powerful thing Ken does, is done softly.  Ken is a master of difficult conversations, of bridging divides, and helping the many parts of an organization or team feel connected.  As one participant remarked after a conversation with Ken, “Now I know how to talk with my uncle this Thanksgiving!”  This is the quiet work of building relationships.  Relationships that change hearts and minds.  The relationships we all really want.  The relationships that remind us that we belong.  We belong in Unity, we belong in understanding, and we belong in Love.  In Conversations with Ken, Ken brings your group together for these important conversations.  Whether through a conference keynote, small group leadership facilitation, or breakout workshops, Ken always inspires.  He is a leader’s leader, and he leads with kindness, respect and hope.

 Keep checking back for upcoming information on conference workshops.


The 2023 Leadership Conference will be held Tuesday, October 3rd from 8:00-4:30 and
Wednesday, October 4th from 8:00-12:30 at the Holiday Inn, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Registration Days:  May 20 - October 4, 2023
Regular Fee:  $140.00 per person





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