Annual See the Girl Summit

An annual two-day conference in Jacksonville, Florida on the latest in Girl-Centered Practice.

October 24 - 25, 2019

Participants include juvenile justice professionals, mental health professionals, advocates, education system, child welfare system, students, health care professionals, researchers, philanthropists, parents/caregivers, volunteers, and concerned citizens.  The summit is building community through highlighting innovative programming, advocacy, and research that challenges individuals to shift how they respond to girls.

Our signature workshop is Girl-Centered Principles in Practice:
Three core principles of girl-centered practice are explored: girls as experts, mutuality and honoring the lived experiences of girls. Join this discussion-based workshop to learn how to implement the key elements of girl-centered practice in day to day interactions with girls.

Registration fee includes welcome goodie bag, breakfast and lunch (both days). Registration is now open!

Hotel recommendations:
Hyatt Regency Riverfront, which is located five blocks from the Summit. 225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, Florida, 32202. 

Omni Jacksonville Hotel, which is six blocks from the Summit. 245 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. 

Transportation: Uber and Lyft are available and both have flat rates and will cost between $17 and $25 to/from the airport.

Parking: The closest parking is at 110 East Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. This is a daily flat parking lot ($5/daily).  The next closest daily parking option is a garage located at 33 W. Duval Street (The Library Garage).  Surrounding parking garages are for monthly subscribers only. Metered street parking is a maximum of 2 hours, and it is strictly enforced.

Contact Oliva Aybar with questions regarding the Summit,


8:00-9:00 AM Registration
9:00-9:45 AM Welcome and Setting Stage
10:00-10:30 AM What is the Policy Center?
10:30-11:45 AM Keynote – Dr. Chitra Raghavan
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch & Vendor Hall
1:00 – 2:45 PM Breakout 1: Sessions
(Girls at the Center) Girl-Centered Principles in Practice (signature workshop) – Dr. Lawanda Ravoira and Vicky Basra
(Sex Trafficking) Coercive Control & Sex Trafficking– Dr. Chitra Raghavan
(Justice For Girls Movement) Status of Girls in Florida: Educational Attainment, Health, and Wellbeing across communities – Vanessa Patino Lydia
3:00 – 4:45 PM Breakout 2: Sessions
(Girls at the Center) When You are Seen- Young Women’s Freedom Center, Krea Gomez & Jocelyn Mati
(Sex Trafficking) Power & Control Wheel, Alyssa Beck, Jenna Hulse, Marie Norman
(Justice For Girls Movement) Justice for Girls: Collective Action, Dr. Lawanda Ravoira & Roy Miller
9:00 – 9:30 AM Welcome
9:30-10:30 AM See the Girl Monologues
10:45 AM Sherry Magill, Board Member, introduces keynote
11:00 – 11:45 AM Keynote – Transcending Barriers Across Systems of Care, Shay Bilchik, Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch & Vendor Hall
1:00 – 2:45 PM Breakout 3: Sessions
(Girls at the Center) When You are Seen- Young Women’s Freedom Center, Krea Gomez & Jocelyn Mati (2nd offering)
(Sex Trafficking) See Me Now- Survivors: Alyssa Beck, Chanel Dionne, Jamie Rosseland
(Justice For Girls Movement) Transcending Barriers Across Systems of Care, Shay Bilchik
3:00 – 4:00 PM Closing and door prize finale

Past Keynote Speakers and Presenters Include:

  • Barbara Guthrie, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Professor, and Ph.D. Program Director, School of Nursing at Northwestern University
  • C. Nicole Mason, author of born bright
  • Rebecca Epstein, Executive Director at Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality
  • Amy Banks, MD, Senior Research Scientist at The Jean Baker Miller Training Institute and the Wellesley Centers for Women
  • Aishatu Yusuf, MPA, of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute
  • Malika Saada Saar co-founder of rights4girls
  • Fresh! “Lev” White, Certified Life and Mindfulness Coach, writer, speaker, and facilitator
  • Maureen Walker, Ph.D., associate director in the MBA program at Harvard Business School and has served on the training faculty and leadership group of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute (JBMTI) at Wellesley College for Women since 1996
*Note, the Summit offers CEUs for social work, psychology, mental health, and occupational therapy.  If you need CEUs outside of these areas, you can submit your certificate to your governing body. You must attend the entire summit to receive CEUs.