Expanding the Road to Stronger Families. Check out the schedule and sessions.

March 4-5, 2019

USC Alumni Center
900 Senate St., Columbia, SC 29201 

This two-day, biennial summit is focused on providing a quality learning, networking, and systems building opportunity for home visiting and early childhood interventionists in South Carolina. Attendees will gain strategies for strengthening individual programs and services, network with partners and peers in the field, and collaborate to strengthen the system of family-serving programs throughout the state.


Keynote speakers

Paul Schmitz

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

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.

Opening Reception and Poster Session

Attendees tell us that time to network with their peers adds great value to their conference experience. You will have the opportunity to visit with other professionals from around the state and hear about innovative home visiting work in South Carolina.

We look forward to you joining us.


Hotel Information

Hampton Inn Downtown Columbia Historic District

Discover a Columbia, South Carolina hotel at the heart of the downtown action at Hampton Inn Columbia-Downtown Historic District. Just off I-126, our hotel is in the central Historic Congaree Vista District – adjacent to Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and within minutes of University of South Carolina. Located in Columbia's Vista at 924 Senate Street.

Hampton Inn Columbia-Downtown Historic District

Hampton Inn Columbia Historic District

Proud Sponsor

Southern First

For more information

Cathy Ramage
Director of Home Visiting