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2021 Plenary Speakers

We’re thrilled to bring you three dynamic speakers to our 2021 Annual Conference! Brenda Ingram, Ed.D, LCSW will open the conference on Wednesday, March 17th at 10:30 am and Becky Corbett, MSW, ACSW will be the plenary speaker on Wednesday, March 24th at 9:00 am. Amber Booth-McCoy will be our plenary speaker and lead our Social Work Advocates’ Panel on Thursday, March 25th starting at 6:00 pm.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Plenary I

Brenda Ingram, Ed.D., LCSW


Program: Trauma Informed Care in a COVID World

As social workers, we are required to work during times of crisis, both at the individual and societal levels. The COVID-19 Pandemic, racial unrest, police violence and election trauma have put enormous pressure on social workers to manage and mitigate the myriad of responses of multiple populations impacted by these events, which includes our colleagues, clients, families, society-at-large and even ourselves.

This keynote will look at the pandemic and other related events through a trauma-informed lens and introduce a healing opportunity using the Community Resilience Model (CRM) that can help social workers to survive and even thrive during these turbulent times. This is an approach that can be taught and used with diverse populations to help them heal when experiencing enduring traumatic events.

Dr. Ingram is a licensed clinical social worker and an educator who has over 30 years working in the trauma, mental health, and education fields. Her dissertation focused on the impact of community violence on the academic careers of African American elementary school students. She directs Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services for USC Student Health; is Associate Director, USC Counseling and Mental Health Division, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, USC Keck School of Medicine. She leads the USC Student Health Trauma Informed Care Work Group. She is a former lecturer with UCLA and CSU Long Beach Social Work Departments and full/adjunct faculty member at Pacific Oaks College, Marriage and Family Therapy where she developed their specialization for African American Mental Health. Dr. Ingram is on the Advisory Board of the African Communities Public Health Coalition (ACPHC), a member of the National Association of Social Workers and National Association of Black Social Workers, and co-chaired the Trauma Informed Los Angeles Steering Committee. She received her EdD from the University of Phoenix, MSW from CSU- Sacramento and a BA, Psychology from UCLA. She is considered a master trainer and consultant on trauma/trauma-informed care, gender-based violence, and cultural competence.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

9:00 am – 12:30 pm | Plenary II

Becky Corbett, ACSW, LCSW


Program: Leading ME Principles℠: 9 Strategies to Help YOU Lead with Intention

Social Workers are leaders in all realms of life—as colleagues, family members, and community volunteers. During this highly interactive session, participants will learn about the Leading ME Principles℠; identify strategies and techniques to strengthen leadership skills and incorporate into their ethical practice; and develop a Leadership Action Plan. After the conference, this training will include a group coaching session to provide supportive accountability and help participants reach their measurable goals.

Becky Schwartz Corbett, MSW, ACSW is an international speaker, trainer, and executive coach in intentional growth; leadership and career development; and Producktivity®. Becky has 30 years of non-profit executive management experience with mission-driven organizations; membership & trade associations; and colleges & universities. She is President & CEO of BSCorbett Consulting; a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers; a John Maxwell Team Certified Coach, Speaker, and Teacher; Career Services Consultant for The University of Alabama School of Social Work; and the author of The Bridge to Hope & Healing®: 9 Principles to Guide You in a Moment of Crisis. Becky is fiercely dedicated to inspiring people to lead and helping communities, organizations, and individuals move ideas to action.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Social Work Advocates’ Keynote

Amber Booth-McCoy


Program: Repairing a Cultural Astigmatism: Reframing Solutions with a Racial Equity Lens

This presentation will address the urgent and persistent need for culturally-responsive care, the impetus of advocacy using a racial equity lens amid social unrest, and solutions for moving the needle away from health disparities and towards health equity. This presentation includes a moderated discussion with Ms. Booth-McCoy and other panelists on this topic.


Amber Booth-McCoy is a proud Little Rock native and graduate of U of A Little Rock. She began her career in the field of diversity and inclusion in the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs as a Senior Diversity Specialist. Currently, Mrs. Booth-McCoy is a Senior Diversity Specialist the Manager of Intercultural Education, in the UAMS Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI). She spearheads the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE). In this role she directs statewide, institution-wide initiatives/projects, serves as an internal consultant with the sole mission of inclusive culture building.

In 2020, she created and launched the DDEI Academy for Inclusive Excellence (AIE). AIE is a cadre of learning experiences on topics relevant to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition to her duties at the largest academic health center in the state, she is the CEO of The Diversity Booth, Inc (TDB). TDB is an innovative, intentional and inclusive consulting firm experienced in co-creating equitable cultures by focusing on emotional growth thru storytelling. TDB has worked with multiple prominent national and international organizations.

Recently, the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce announced TDB was nominated for 2020 Minority Business Awards nominee for MED Week Little Rock Regional Emerging Business of the Year! Mrs. Booth-McCoy has delivered several keynotes, motivational, and DEI focused speeches. In February 2020, she added TEDx speaker, to a growing list of personal accomplishments. Mrs. Booth-McCoy serves on several DEI related boards, and community service organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Beautiful Feet, Beautiful Minds, Just Communities of Arkansas, NAACP, and more. Additionally, she serves as Vice Chair to the City of Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission (RCDC).

Of all her many roles and responsibilities, Mrs. Booth-McCoy maintains, Mama is by far the most rewarding and with an indescribable pay. She works zealously with the desire to see a world where everyone’s sons and daughters are treated equitably, and their “pursuit of happiness” will never be impeded by hate or discrimination.

Student Presentations

Join us at the 2021 NASW Arkansas Virtual Annual Conference and participate in the Student Presentations and Competition! All BSW and MSW students are welcome to participate. This is a fun way to practice your presentation and networking skills in a supportive environment. This is also a good way for the social work programs around the state to highlight student accomplishments.

There will be designated times at the conference for you to present your work. The poster sessions will be held on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 and Thursday, March 18, 2021. You will be scheduled to present during one of these sessions.

Presentation/Poster Categories

Category 1: Innovative programs or interventions from field placement (internship) experience. Innovative is defined as new ways to address old problems. Programs or interventions may include therapeutic models, funding sources, partnerships, or other cutting-edge ideas for helping social work clients or the social work profession.

Category 2: Public policy that is current or relevant to social work practice. Public policy presentation submissions must include the following: presentation defines the social policy or issue clearly; presentation states the policy as it currently is and analyzes its strengths and limitations; presentation identifies vulnerable and at-risk populations and specific ways in which these groups are impacted by the current policy; presentation incorporates the six core values of the social work profession identified in the NASW Code of Ethics into the overall policy analysis; presentation states at least five recommendations to improve current policy. These recommendations should incorporate all levels of social work practice and may include examples of how other states have addressed this same policy issue.

Category 3: Graduate research project or practice evaluation. This should be a completed project. This may be the student’s work OR something that a student worked on with a faculty member or community practitioner. (Masters students only)

Presentation Proposal Requirements

Submit a presentation proposal by March 12, 2021.

The proposal must include:

  • Your name and email address.
  • Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student.
  • Presentation/Poster category (see above) and title of presentation.
  • 3 learning/educational objectives.
  • 100 word abstract of presentation.
  • You may download and use the Student Presentation Proposal Form for your submission.
Length of Presentation: Student presentations should be no more than 5-7 minutes in length and allow for 2-3 minutes of question and answer. A moderator will monitor each session and assist with questions and chats from the viewers.

Presentation Format: Since this year’s Annual Conference is virtual, students need to adapt a presentation format suitable for online viewing, such as PowerPoint, Prezi, or Google Slides, as opposed to the traditional poster format.


Benefits of Presenting


  • Opportunity to show your work to peers and professional community.
  • Opportunity to network with other social workers (students and professionals).
  • Potential recognition of high-quality work in presentation competition. One winner will be selected from each category, in addition to an overall BSW winner and an overall MSW winner. Winners will be announced at the conference awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.




An award will be given in each of the 3 presentation categories. For categories 1 and 2, there will be an award for a BSW and MSW student or team. For category 3, there will be an award for an MSW student or team. There will also be an award for overall best presentation. The awards will be presented at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.


Other items of note


  • Presentations should be creative and interesting.
  • Be prepared to discuss your presentation and answer questions.
  • You may submit proposals for team presentations. Please limit teams to 6 members or less.
  • Submit proposals in Word format only to Holly Barron at by March 12, 2021. Proposals submitted in PDF or any other format will not be considered.
  • Our current limit for student presentations is at 12. Should we receive more student presentation submissions, we will open another session on either Wednesday, March 17 or 18, 2021. Students submitting presentation proposals must ensure they are available to present on either day. We will confirm your presentation day/time on Monday, March 15, 2021.

2021 Annual Awards Celebration

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Join us in honoring leaders in the profession and community who fully embody social work values and in celebrating Social Work Month! We are proud to honor the following outstanding leaders!

Laura E. Danforth, PhD, LCSW – Social Worker of the Year

Katelyn Ratley – MSW Student of the Year (2021)

Kelly Dundon – MSW Student of the Year (2020)

Morgan Browning – BSW Student of the Year (2021)

Emma Wiederhoeft – BSW Student of the Year (2020)

Hall Social Work Department – Agency of the Year

Rev. Dr. Anika Whitfield – Citizen of the Year

Representative Megan Godfrey – Public Elected Official of the Year

Debra Hurd, PhD, LSW – Lifetime Achievement Award Winner