Presenters

Rosalind Wiseman has had only one job since graduating from college: to foster civil dialogue and work with communities to build strength, courage and purpose. As a teacher, thought leader, author, and media spokesperson on youth culture, ethical leadership, and the use of social media, she is in constant collaboration with educators, parents, children, and teens.

She is the founder of Cultures of Dignity; an organization that shifts the way communities think about our physical and emotional wellbeing by working in close partnership with the experts of those communities — young people, educators, policy makers, and business and political leaders.

Rosalind’s most recent publications include the Distance Learning Playbook for Parents: How to Support Your Child’s Academic, Emotional and Social Learning in Any Setting published by Corwin in September 2020 and Owning Up Curriculum, published in July 2020; a comprehensive social justice program for grades 4-12 which is in widespread use across the world.

She is the author of two New York Times Best Sellers: Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls, and in 2016 was fully revised for a third edition. And Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, which addresses the social lives of boys and was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life in 2014.  She also publishes in the New York Times, CNN, and the Washington Post among others and is a frequent guest on the Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America and National Public Radio.

Wiseman has spoken to audiences throughout the United States and abroad including South by Southwest, Microsoft, UBS Bank, The Royal Society for the Arts, the Association for the Advancement of International Education, the American School Counselors Association, the Game Developers Conference, the American Association of School Administrators, at the White House many times and numerous schools, governments, organizations, and corporations.

She is a native of Washington DC and spent most of her life there, she now lives in Boulder Colorado with her husband and two sons.

Shea Hutchins, LCSW has over 20 years experience including both clinical and administrative leadership experience. As Canopy Children’s Solutions’ Chief Solutions Officer, Shea oversees day-to-day operations and direction of the organization’s statewide continuum of services which, includes the state’s most comprehensive array of children’s behavioral health, educational and social service solutions as well as oversight of admissions and medical staff. Her role within the executive team helps to disseminate information about strategic goals throughout the organization as well as the implementation of new programs through strategic initiatives. Shea is instrumental in helping to identify and develop talent within Canopy staff turning strong workers into organizational leaders.

Much of Shea’s experience was carefully nurtured and developed through different roles within the organization. Shea joined the Canopy in 2002 as a clinical therapist for CARES Center Jackson. She went on to become the CARES Clinical Director and, shortly thereafter, was promoted to Residential Division Director. In 2011, Shea left to pursue a position with Rankin County School District as a General Education Behavior Specialist allowing her to spend more time with her family. Shea returned to Canopy in 2014 as the Senior Director of Operations. She was named Chief Solutions Officer in January 2018.

Shea holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Mississippi College and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Alabama. She completed two years post-graduate clinical supervision to obtain her license in Clinical Social Work.

Shea and her husband are proud parents to two children. She is active in her children’s sports ventures and is herself a fitness enthusiast promoting the benefits of a healthy mind and body. She and her family are active members of Morrison Height’s Baptist Church and reside in Clinton, Mississippi.


Taheti Watson, CDE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP serves as Canopy’s Chief Engagement and Diversity Officer (CEDO).  Taheti is responsible for leading Canopy’s overall human resources, diversity and inclusion strategy, leadership development, and cultural development.  As CEDO, she has assisted in changing the culture to support the organization’s business goals and strategy, as well as, be an inspiration to the employees and families within the communities. 

As CEDO, Taheti has overseen efforts that have resulted in: more effective and streamlined HR processes; talent acquisition practices that better utilize technology; developed and implemented diversity and inclusion strategies.  Taheti has increased meaningful dialogue between Canopy and its employees, through a comprehensive annual employee engagement survey and CEO Luncheon Discussion that engages employees at all levels and serves as the foundation for future change and progress.

 Taheti joined Canopy in 2011. She holds a Bachelor in Management from Belhaven University and a Masters in Workforce Development from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Taheti is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources through the Human Capital Institute (SPHR) and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM –SCP). She is also a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and credentialed as a Certified Diversity Executive (CDE).

Taheti believes when people thrive, organizations thrive.  Taheti and her husband have three grown children.