We are excited to announce three plenary sessions covering a variety of topics related to upstream child abuse and neglect prevention. We will be releasing information about all the speakers in the coming weeks, but are pleased to highlight two of our plenary speakers.

Opening Plenary Keynote: 
Leslie Crutchfield

Leslie Crutchfield is an author, educator, Executive Director of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and a senior advisor at FSG Social Impact Consultants. Her three books include How Change Happens: Why Some Movements Succeed While Others Don’t; Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits (recognized by The Economist on its Best Books of the Year list); and Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World. Leslie was previously a managing director at Ashoka, the global venture fund for social entrepreneurs, and she cofounded a national nonprofit social enterprise in her 20s. She has contributed to Fortune, Forbes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, and has appeared on programs such as FOX, NPR, and ABC News. Leslie has served as a trustee of the SEED Foundation and Kiva, and volunteered with Crossroads Africa. She holds an MBA and BA from Harvard, and resides in the Washington, DC, region.


Leslie Crutchfield’s plenary will draw upon lessons learned from successful social movements, providing important insights for harnessing grassroots change-agents in child maltreatment prevention.

Plenary Speaker:
Pradeep Gidwani, M.D., M.P.H, F.A.A.P.

Dr. Pradeep Gidwani is a pediatrician and community health leader focused on creating systematic solutions and changes to improve the lives of children and their families.


Dr. Gidwani is currently the Medical Director at the American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 3, San Diego and Imperial Counties (AAP-CA3), providing countywide coordination and support of Healthy Development Services and First 5 San Diego’s First Steps family support program. These communitywide programs reach over 25,000 children annually for the last 10 years.


In addition to his work with AAP-CA3, Dr. Gidwani serves on numerous community advisory boards as well as the National Advisory Committee of Healthy Families America and State Advisory Board for California Nurse Family Partnership. He teaches at San Diego State University in the Department of Child and Family Development.  Dr. Gidwani also is a Child Trauma Academy Fellow and a member of the Child Health Leadership Network through the Annie E Casey and David and Lucile Packard Foundations.


Dr. Gidwani completed a Pediatric Health Services Research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and earned a Master’s in Public Health degree at Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. 

Stay tuned for additional plenary keynote announcements in the coming weeks.