We are pleased to announce our slate of keynote speakers for the 2020 HIPPY National Conference: Big Ideas, Bold Moves and No Barriers for Our Families:

Dr. Kimberly Johnson

Monday, April 27, 2020

Children’s author and educator, Dr. Kimberly P. Johnson grew up in Shelby, NC. She is married to Jeff Johnson who retired from the United States Air Force after 22 years of service. She is the author of 22 children’s books. Kimberly received her Doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston, Ma. she holds a Master’s Degree from Clemson University, in Youth Development and Leadership. Kimberly has an Early Childhood Education Degree and a Communications Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She completed her post-doctorate work in the Advanced Leadership Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. . She currently teaches at Clemson University and Clinton College and is a course facilitator for the Leading Learning and Managing Evidence courses at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education. She has been the guest reader for President and Mrs. George Bush at the White House for the Annual Easter Egg Roll. She has been on the Today Show in New York City, interviewed by the London Times and the Tokyo Shimbun newspapers and her most recent book, No Fear For Freedom: The Story of the Friendship 9 gained national and international recognition when she spearheaded the efforts to have the sentences overturned for a group of men, The Friendship 9, who conducted a sit-in in 1961 at a segregated lunch counter in Rock Hill, SC.  Learn more about Dr. Thomas at

Dr. Steve Perry

Tuesday April 28, 2020

Dr. Steve Perry is a leading educational speaker, founder, and head of Capital Preparatory Schools in Connecticut and New York.  As an educator, social worker and public speaker, Dr. Perry frequently engages with grassroots community members and international thought leaders to inspire their work and help them understand what matters most to parents.  The word most often used to describe Dr. Steve Perry as one of the best motivational speakers in America is passionate.  His authenticity is a welcomed addition to any discussion rooted in improving children's lives and the community. His skills are hard-fought and have been bestowed from his rough childhood all the way up through his graduation from an Ivy League school.  Dr. Steve Perry has been featured on numerous major television networks and cable news both as an analyst and a host. To learn more about Dr. Perry and his work, visit:

Pilar Torres

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Pilar Torres is president of Fathum: Learning Solutions an education consulting

company dedicated to closing the achievement gap of low-income undeserved children by using innovative strategies and leveraging technology. Ms. Torres has provided consulting services on early childhood policy to national advocacy organizations, state governments in the USA, and national governments in Latin America. She has close to thirty years of experience in education and human services program design and implementation. Fathum’s e-learning training model for Spanish-speaking early childhood educators won the Harvard-Zaetnz Early Childhood Innovation Challenge in 2018. Pilar is part of the leadership team of LUNA Latinas Unidas por los Niños de America an alliance of Spanish-speaking early childhood professionals. For more information about Ms. Torres and her work at Fathum visit

Joy Winchester

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Joy Winchester has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over twenty years. She has worked with every age group from infants to second grade. Her focus with the Department of Early Childhood Education is to support children from birth to 5 in childcare, family childcare, and First Class Pre-k. Her experience working with Head Start and Migrant Head Strat has shown her that high-quality programs can and do make a difference in not only the lives of children but also the families in the program. Joy Winchester also works with challenging behaviors focusing on building social and emotional skills and using the latest research in neuroscience to support the adults in the child’s life to support the child through their challenging time.

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