2020 Keynote Sessions

We are thrilled to announce the 2020 conference keynote speakers! You won't want to miss these opportunities to learn from people who know family child care like you know family child care!


OPENING KEYNOTE: Family Child Care Creating Generational Impact 

Friday, July 17th, 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM EST

Presented by Dorri McWhorter

Dorri McWhorter, CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, will discuss the long-term effects of high quality family child care. Using her own personal journey in a family rooted in child care, McWhorter will explore the challenges and opportunities facing today’s family child care businesses. 

About Dorri McWhorter

Dorri McWhorter became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 140 year old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. Dorri is moving the agency into the digital age and has led the YWCA’s expansion of digital services with the launch of YShop.org (e-commerce platform), womenshealthexchange.org (health insurance and information) and the MPWR, pronounced “empower”, mobile app (community engagement).Dorri leverages her large-scale change experience from working over 20 years in management consulting to the work that the YWCA does to create social change. Dorri lead the process for the YWCA to develop an exchange traded fund (ETF) for women’s empowerment (NYSE: WOMN) in partnership with Impact Shares, which is the first non-profit investment advisor to develop an ETF product. Dorri was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation and recognized by Good City Chicago receiving its Innovative Leader Award. Dorri is a 2019 Inductee in the Chicago Innovation Hall of Fame. Dorri prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader and is committed to creating an inclusive marketplace by leveraging a multi-sector approach across business, civic and community organizations. Most recently, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She has also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dorri serves on the Board of Directors for William Blair Funds and Skyway Concession Company (Chicago Skyway). Dorri is also active in the accounting profession having served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the current Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Illinois CPA Society. Dorri is dedicated to empowering women as a member of the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute at DePaul University and Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University.  McWhorter’s civic and philanthropic leadership includes the board of directors for the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology, 1871 (Technology Business Accelerator), Civic Consulting Alliance, and the Civic Federation. McWhorter is also a member of the Illinois Charitable Trust Board. McWhorter received a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master of business administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Lake Forest College.


CLOSING KEYNOTE: Essential Not Forgotten

Saturday, July 18th, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM EST

Presented by: Debbie Mays

Family child care has been the unseen backbone of this nation’s economy for a long time. We are always working hard to support the working families in our communities.  There is no better time than right now for us to shout a reminder that WE ARE ESSENTIAL and WE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. Join Debbie on a tour of her family child care home, hear ways to clearly define who you are and unapologetically articulate your worth. Family child care - it’s time for us to link arms, build our tribe, and RISE UP. 

About Debbie Mays

Debbie Mays is a family child care provider and has been inviting children and families into her home for a quality preschool experience for more than 25 years.

Other Notes of Interest:

  • Arkansas Family Child Care Association Founder and President

  • Former President of the NWA Family Childcare Association

  • Former President of the NWA chapter of the Arkansas Early Childhood Association

  • Arkansas Early Childhood Commission 2009-2011 2016- Present

  • Professional Development Standards Committee

  • Arkansas Administrators Certificate

  • Regional Representative / National Association of Family Child Care

  • Arkansas Child Care Professional of the Year 2004

  • Advanced Trainer with the Arkansas Training Registry

  • Children’s Musician – The KIDDOS !


    Debbie is also the proud mother of two adult children and two wonderful grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys reading early education related materials, goal setting, planning and joining her husband Randy at local country music hoedowns.

    From Debbie's own words: “I believe that children deserve respect and a voice and a right to dream BIG. I consider early child care professionals largely responsible for equipping children and families to be successful through developmentally appropriate practice in the classrooms, consistent modeling and love and acceptance of each child where they are – not where we expect them to be. Mediocre is not acceptable when it comes to our children. I am passionate about helping children gain the social and emotional skills they need before being thrust into an academic driven education system. Let them be little. Don’t rob children of the only gift some may ever receive – being a child."




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