JULY 19 – 21, 2022 

Registration - $220.00

Two Day - $165.00

Single Day - $85.00

Includes lunch Tuesday and Wednesday and brunch Thursday

 Registration links on our Home Page

Featuring Keynote Speaker

Shon Hopwood

Associate Professor of Law

Georgetown University Law Center



Shon Hopwood is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Shon’s unusual legal journey began not at law school, but federal prison, where he learned to write briefs for other prisoners, including two petitions for certiorari that were later granted review by the United States Supreme Court. Shon’s story has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, and on 60 Minutes.  Shon received a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. After law school, he clerked for Judge Janice Rogers Brown at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then served as a teaching fellow at Georgetown Law’s Appellate Litigation Program while litigating appeals in federal circuit courts. He works on criminal justice reform issues, including the enactment of the First Step Act and related litigation. His scholarship on federal courts and the criminal justice system has been published in numerous law reviews, including Michigan, NYU, Fordham, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties, and the American Criminal Law Review. His is the author of Law Man: Memoir of a Jailhouse Lawyer.


Featuring Closing Keynote Speaker

Topeka K. Sam

CEO of The Ladies of Hope Ministries (LOHM)

President of EPIC Financial




Topeka K. Sam is the CEO of The LOHM and founder and President of EPIC Financial, TKS Ventures LLC, and Faces & Voices Inc. She serves on the board of directors for Coalition for Public Safety, The Marshall Project, Operation Restoration, and United Justice Coalition.  Since her release from federal prison on May 5, 2015, Topeka has served as a 2015 Beyond the Bars Fellow and a 2016 Justice-In-Education Scholar both from Columbia University, 2017 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow, 2018 Unlocked Futures Inaugural Cohort Member, 2018 Opportunity Agenda Communications Institute Fellow, Director of #Dignity Campaign for #cut50 where she led the bi-partisian national effort to pass 20 pieces of legislation restoring the Dignity for Incarcerated Women, Senior Advisor of New Yorkers United for Justice.

In 2020, the United Nations appointed Topeka as the Goodwill Ambassador for Social Justice (Incarceration Reform) of the Global Festival of Creative Economy. In December 2020, Topeka received a full presidential pardon for her dedication to helping women turn from a path of despair towards a path of redemption She is the host of “The Topeka K. Sam Show” on SiriusXM UrbanView Channel 126 Sundays 9 am EDT, and is now developing scripted and unscripted series as an Executive Producer for TV & Film, inspired by her fight to change the many problems that plague female incarceration with 44 Blue Productions.  

Topeka has been featured in Vogue, Essence, SalonTV, Vice, New York Times, TheCut, Rolling Stone and Variety Magazine. She has shared her expertise on The Tamron Hall Show, CNN, MSNBC and The Today Show. Additionally, has been featured in Glamour Magazine and Black Enterprise for being “The Black Woman behind the video that led to the Trump Clemency of Alice Johnson.” She has spoken at the 2018 United States of the Woman Conference, 2018 Women in the World Conference, 2018 White House Prison Reform Summit, is a TedxMidAtlantic Superheros Presenter and has received many awards for her contributions transforming the lives of women and girls impacted by the criminal legal system.  She has worked and continues to work selflessly and relentlessly in her fight for the dignity, decriminalization, and  decarceration of women and girls. All Social Media Handles: @TopekaKSam






Backstories Matter (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)

Dr. Shirley Plantin - Chief Executive Consultant, U-turn Youth Consulting

Situational Awareness & Mindset for Survival

Ray DeCunto – RAD Training Incorporated

Community Corrections Forum

Joe Winkler – Florida Department of Corrections

Linda Brooks – Orange County Corrections

Guest Panelist

Live Audience Podcast – Re-Entry and Transition to Community

Trinity Broadcasting Network and Lean on Me USA: Death or Prison Podcast

Re-Entry Resource Panel Discussion

Facilitated by:

Tony Deaton – Lake County Corrections

John McMahon – The Salvation Army

Work Life Balance

Stephanie Perry – Florida Department of Corrections

John Sheffield – Florida Department of Corrections


Understanding Leadership & Succession

Facilitated by: Linda Brooks – Orange County Corrections

Anthony Watts – Orange County Corrections








 Below you will see links to our webinar series, Courageous Conversations: A three part series on race, equality and justice.

1. Getting Comfortable with the Uncomfortable

2. Who Moved My Lens?

3. Building Trust and Legitimacy