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PCSAO Annual Conference

PCSAO 2023 Annual Conference

Mark your calendar for Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 19-21, 2023. Our next annual conference will return to the Hilton Easton.

2022 Conference

Thanks for attending our 2022 annual conference and making it such a success.

Read about our 2022 awardees, and review the schedule of workshops and presenter details.

The 2022 conference was held in partnership with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and made possible with the support of our World Champion Sponsor, OhioRISE Aetna, and all of the generous sponsors below.

Keynote Speakers

Elliott Hinkle

September 19, Keynote & Awards Luncheon

Elliott Orrin Hinkle (they/them) is a skilled facilitator, trainer, and advisor focused on elevating lived expertise in systems that serve children, youth, and families. They are a graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Queer studies. Elliott has lived experience in the Wyoming Foster Care System as a young person but calls Oregon home. They have assisted and participated in child welfare and youth mental health research and are trained in evidence-based peer coaching. Additionally, their skills include consultation and reviewing states’ Independent Living programs and National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) survey work. Elliott is the principal and founder of the consulting firm Unicorn Solutions LLC, which seeks to create positive futures for youth and young adults impacted by systems such as Child Welfare and Youth Mental Health, particularly at the intersections of LGBTQ youth within these systems.


LaShaun Carter

September 20, Keynote & Awards Luncheon

LaShaun K. Carter currently serves as the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer for Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, NC) where he oversees the Office of Equity and Inclusion and leads through community partnerships, policy analysis and development, training, and data collection. Previously, Carter served as the Assistant Executive Director/Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer for Franklin County Children Services and led the development of a first-of-its-kind department designed to collect, curate, and analyze data to inform service delivery and strategic alignment. Ultimately, the goal was to elevate the role data plays in making a difference in the community without losing sight of human connections and interactions. A career educator, LaShaun has also led efforts around the critical academic needs of youth in Central Ohio. His educational focus revolved around the early warning indicators that predict dropout risk and Social-Emotional Learning data. Notably, his recent work in convening the Columbus community around social justice strategies has resulted in his collaborating with partners seeking to implement similar programs across the country.

2022 Conference Sponsors