Keynote Speakers

Howard Nathaniel Lee

Howard Nathaniel Lee 

Howard Lee grew up on a sharecropper's farm in Georgia in the 30s, 40s and 50s. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees, serving in Korea in the United States Army, and serving in administration and faculty roles at Duke University, Lee was elected Mayor of Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1966 - the first Black individual to be elected mayor in a majority white municipality in North Carolina and the South. He served three terms in this position and among his major projects was the very first police social worker initiative. This program eventually became the town's current co-responder model: The Police Crisis Unit within Chapel Hill Police Department. 

Lee continued his career in public service in both the state's legislature and in cabinet roles in North Carolina's state government. In 2011, he founded the Howard N. Lee Institute to develop educational initiatives for disadvantaged students, especially black boys, to increase graduate rates and college readiness.

 


 

Becky Margiotta

Becky Margiotta

Becky was in the 11th class of women to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served for nine years as an Army officer, mostly in Special Operations Command. She was the fourth woman ever to gain admission into a Top Secret Special Mission Unit. 

Now, as the Managing Director of The Billions Institute, Becky trains leaders in the social sector how to scale their solutions to the world’s most pressing problems in a way that advances truth, justice and joy. Becky received a master's degree in organizational change management from the New School and her awards include the White House “Champion of Change” award, the Schwab Foundation “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award, and the National Conference on Citizenship’s “HOOAH” award. She is living happily ever after in Los Angeles with her wife and their two kids, Huck and Vivian, where she serves as a Police Commissioner for their local department.

 


 

Tim DeWeese

Tim DeWeese

Tim is the Director of Johnson County Mental Health Center. The Mental Health Center is a department of Johnson County (KS) Government and employs more than 320 staff who provide behavioral health services to more than 10,000 county residents annually. Tim possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University and a Master of Social Work Administration degree from the University of Kansas. He is a Licensed Mental Health Professional in Kansas and has over 28 years of experience in community mental health, where he has worked in various capacities. He possesses extensive knowledge and experience in the public mental health delivery system, client-centered leadership, and program design/development. Tim also served more than 10 years as a commissioned officer in the Army Reserve and National Guard.