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About This Event

The IYI KIDS COUNT Conference is the Midwest’s largest gathering of youth-serving professionals. Over two days, you’ll learn about a wide variety of topics and trends while making year-long connections with your peers across the state. This year, you can choose from more than 70 workshops on topics that are important to you.

You’re also invited to the Leadership Institute: Leading from a Trauma-Informed Lens. This pre-conference institute will provide you with a framework for leadership with a trauma-informed lens and help you create a workplace environment that will facilitate more person-centered serving for youth, families and the adults who serve them.

Youth Worker of the Year Award

Join us in celebrating the amazing work happening in our field!

During the IYI KIDS COUNT Conference, we’ll announce the 2019 D. Susan Wisely Youth Worker of the Year finalists and awardee. This award honors an outstanding youth worker who demonstrates excellence in performance and leadership in their commitment to improving the lives of Indiana’s children.

Let’s recognize these inspiring professionals together!


  • Dr. Adolph Brown

    Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Adolph Brown is the founder, president and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institute. As a former public-school educator and credentialed administrator, full-tenured university professor, university dean and businessman, Dr. Brown has studied and worked alongside highly successful leaders and educators. His 25 years of experience led him to develop core competencies that are expressed by successful business leaders and educators. His hard work, faith and attitude, as well as a caring village helped Adolph overcome an upbringing of extreme poverty, violence and fatherlessness. Audiences and individuals love his powerful message delivered in an unorthodox, yet down-to-earth style. As a noted business and education humorist, Dr. Adolph Brown entertains as he relays his professional experiences coupled with his evidence-based and data-driven research in his hilarious and heartwarming style. He is the author of “Championship Habits”, “REAL TALK”, “Messages from Granddad” and a children’s book titled “It’s Gonna Be a GREAT Day! Doc’s Story.”


  • Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg

    Keynote Speaker

    Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves Philadelphia’s homeless and marginalized youth. In Dr. Ginsburg’s adolescent medicine practice, he cares for a wide variety of medical conditions, while simultaneously addressing adolescent behavioral issues. He practices social adolescent medicine — medicine with special attention to prevention and the recognition that social context and stress affect both physical and emotional health. His research over the last two decades has focused on facilitating youth to develop their own solutions to social problems and to teach clinicians how to better serve them. He co- developed the Teen-Centered Method, a mixed qualitative/quantitative methodology that enables youth to generate, prioritize, and explain their own ideas.