Thursday, April 23, 2020
Leadership Day Keynote
Amy O’Leary is director of Early Education for All (EEA), a campaign of Strategies for Children (SFC), an advocacy and policy organization that works to ensure that Massachusetts invests the resources needed for all children, birth to age five, to access high-quality early education programs that prepare them for success in school and life. Amy joined EEA in 2002 as the early childhood field director and has also served as the campaign’s deputy director.
Prior to joining SFC, Amy worked as a preschool teacher and program director at Ellis Memorial in Boston. In 2017, Amy was elected as President-elect of the NAEYC Governing Board and is currently serving as President. Amy was previously elected to a four-year term on the NAEYC Governing Board in 2011. She serves as an adjunct faculty member at Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development in Boston and Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester where she teaches courses on advocacy, policy and leadership. Amy is a member of Massachusetts Early Literacy Expert Panel, the Massachusetts Birth through Grade Three Advisory and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Advisory Committee. Amy also serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Investment Fund in Boston. In addition, Amy presents at national, state and local conferences and provides technical assistance to advocates and legislators in other states. Amy earned a Master in Public Administration degree from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and early education from Skidmore College.
Friday, April 24, 2020
General Session Keynote
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder; The Nature Principle; and Vitamin N. His new book is Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives — and Save Theirs. Translated into 22 languages, his books have helped launch an international movement to connect children, their families and communities to nature.
He is co-founder and Chair Emeritus of the nonprofit Children & Nature Network, which supports a new nature movement.
In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Prior recipients have included Rachel Carson, E. O. Wilson, Sir David Attenborough and President Jimmy Carter. Among other awards, Louv is also the recipient of the Cox Award for 2007, Clemson University’s highest honor, for “sustained achievement in public service.”
He speaks frequently around the world, including keynote addresses presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, the first White House Summit on Environmental Education, the Congress of the New Urbanism, the International Healthy Parks Conference in Melbourne, Australia, and the national Friends of Nature Conference in Beijing, China.
Louv has written for the New York Times, the Times of London, Parents Magazine and many other publications; and he has appeared on CBS This Morning, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, NPR's Talk of the Nation, and other programs. He would rather hike than write.