Panelists & Speakers

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9/16/17 - 1:30 pm

Power Panelist:
Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany Johnson entered A New Way of Life's safe housing program in 2010 after serving a 15 to life prison sentence.  In 2015, Tiffany became A New Way of Life's Associate Director.  As a subject matter expert, Tiffany has completed numerous presentations throughout the country and offers a unique perspective on the intricacies of overcoming re-entry barriers after years of incarceration.

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9/16/17 - 1:30 pm

Power Panelist:
Shaka Senghor

Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform, a senior fellow with The Dream Corps, and President/ Creative Director of Mind Blown Media. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison, was released in March 2016 and debuted on The New York Times Best Seller List as well as The Washington Post Best Seller List. An unforgettable tale of forgiveness and second chances, Writing My Wrongs reminds us that our worst deeds don't define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. Shaka’s story has inspired thousands and serves as a powerful testament to the power of hope, compassion and unconditional love.  See more at

(Panel discussion to be  followed by “Writing My Wrongs” book signing.)

Donna Hylton


9/17/17 - 2:30 pm

 Q&A Speaker: Donna Hylton

Featured in A Walk to Freedom, Donna Hylton is a women's rights activist and criminal justice reform advocate.  Donna speaks publicly about the issues facing incarcerated women and girls and the significant impact the significant increase in the female prison population is having on families, children and our communities.

Donna's own life took an unexpected and life-changing turn when as a child she was lured from Jamaica to the United States. Her memoir,  'A Little Piece of Light,' tells the story of the childhood abuse she endured, the spiral of events that lead to her incarceration and how she learned to live, love and trust all over again.

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9/17/17 - 3:00 pm

Keynote Speaker:
Susan Burton

Founder and Executive Director of A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project and critically acclaimed author of Becoming Ms. Burton.

Susan is widely recognized as a leader in the national criminal justice reform movement. A past Soros Justice Fellow,
Women’s Policy Institute Fellow and Community Fellow under the California Wellness Foundation’s Violence
Prevention Initiative, Susan has served on the state’s Little Hoover Commission and the Gender Responsive
Strategies Task Force. In recognition of her leadership, she was appointed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark
Ridley-Thomas as a member of the Los Angeles County Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections. In
this role she is authorized to inspect Los Angeles County correctional facilities and advocate for the health and well-being
of people housed in the facilities.
Susan is a co-founder of All of Us or None (AOUON) and the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s
Movement (FICPM), both national grassroots civil rights movements comprised of formerly incarcerated individuals, their
families and community allies. In collaboration with UCLA’s Critical Race Studies Program, she launched the
Employment Rights Re-Entry Legal Clinic which has grown to be the largest of its kind in Southern California.
Susan has earned numerous awards and honors for her work. In 2010, she was named a CNN Top Ten Hero and
received the prestigious Citizen Activist Award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Susan is currently
a recipient of both the Encore Purpose Prize (2012) and a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award (2014). In
2015, on the 50th Anniversary of Selma and the Voting Rights Act, Susan Burton was named by the Los Angeles Times as
one of eighteen New Civil Rights Leaders in the nation.
A New Way of Life was recently honored with a Ford Freedom Unsung Award that salutes "organizations that have
positively impacted communities with achievements that inform and inspire others.”

Panel discussion to be followed by “Becoming Ms. Burton” book signing.

Attorney Ben Crump claps as Rev. Al Sharpton speaks during a "Citywide Prayer and Call for Justice" for Terence Crutcher at the Jazz Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. JESSIE WARDARSKI/Tulsa World


9/17/17 - 4:00 pm

Keynote Speaker:
Benjamin Crump

The attorney for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and others whose sons were killed by cops, Benjamin Crump has been recognized as one of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers, Ebony Magazine Power 100 Most Influential African Americans, and bestowed such covenant as the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award, the SCLC Martin Luther King Servant Leader Award, the National Urban League’s Whitney Young Award, and the AKA’s Eleanor Roosevelt Award. In spite of his immense professional responsibilities, Benjamin Crump still finds time to serve his local community. He readily shares his professional and personal talents with local, statewide and national causes and charities. Mr. Crump was appointed as the inaugural Board Chairman of the Florida’s Big Bend Fair Housing Center, Inc., a Federal Grant organization dedicated to eradication of housing discrimination that operates on a $3,000,000.00 annual budget. He also served as Board Chairman of the Legal Services of North Florida. Attorney Crump and his law partner, Daryl Parks, donated $1,000,000.00 to the organization’s Capital Campaign to ensure that poor people would continue to have quality legal representation and access to the courts. Mr. Crump is President and co-founder of MyDad360, a mentoring program for fathers that has been acknowledged by President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative and endorsed by Retired General Colin Powell.  On July 23, 2015, Mr. Crump became the 73rd President of the National Bar Association, the largest organization of lawyers of color in the world, representing over 60,000 Black lawyers, judges, and legal professionals.