Paul Schmitz builds the collective leadership of organizations and communities to achieve greater social impact through his roles as senior advisor at The Collective Impact Forum and CEO of Leading Inside Out. He is also the author of "Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up." As the former CEO of Public Allies, he helped a diverse group of 5,000 young adults begin careers working for community and social change.
Paul, a faculty member of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute, was a social innovation advisor to the Obama White House, and he has been named three separate years to The Nonprofit Times list of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in America. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and five children.
Naomi Haines Griffith, MA, MSW, is a national speaker and consultant on child welfare issues, speaking at conferences throughout the United States and Canada. A well-known storyteller and true Southerner, she uses humor and her own experiences to challenge and inspire audiences in business, education, juvenile justice, mental health, child abuse prevention, and family violence systems. Griffith is a former board member for the Alabama Children's Trust Fund and has worked as a consultant and trainer for Prevent Child Abuse America.
Now the president of Red Clay and Vinegar LLP, she previously has worked in the North Carolina and Alabama child welfare systems.