Awards Celebration

Tuesday July 25, 2017

Royal Palms Ballroom in the Mizner Center

6:30 p.m.


The annual awards celebration is a night honoring the hard work, dedication, heart and tireless commitment of the men and women who work every day on behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected and at-risk children and youth.

This year’s awards celebration is open to conference attendees, guests, board members, legislators, and other community members who want the attend the celebration but aren’t registered to attend the conference. Community members are able to purchase single tickets for this special event on the general registration page here.

Join us for a cocktail hour at 6:30 p.m. where attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the conference’s keynote speakers and presenters as well as network with colleagues. The event will include a cash bar and will be held in the Royal Palms Ballroom.


Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Junlei Li, Rita M. McGinley Professor of Psychology

and Human Development at the Fred Rogers Center, Saint Vincent College

“Doing One Thing Right to Serve Children in Adversity”

As Rita M. McGinley Professor of Psychology and Human Development at the Fred Rogers Center, Saint Vincent College, Junlei Li seeks to understand and apply Fred Rogers’ philosophy and approach to serve children and their helpers.

We look for and communicate what is “simple and deep” and matters most in service of children and their families.  With our many partners and students, we strive to enhance the quality of human relationships surrounding children, promote children’s “growing on the inside”, and give positive meaning to the use of technology in children’s learning and growing.

Junlei has had the opportunity to learn from children’s helpers across many diverse and low-resource developmental settings, including orphanages, child care, classrooms, and community programs.  He has also helped to spread the “simple and deep” message as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator in dozens of national, state-wide, and international conferences for early childhood, K-12 education, and child/youth/family development.