Wednesday, October 9
You have 7 Seconds. Make them count!
People we meet make quick decisions about us. It takes a blink of an eye, and like it or not, you are going to be judged. Our initial imprint on others sets the tone and impacts how students, parents, collaborators, or stakeholders view us. The good thing is that this impression is something you can control. In this interactive, fun and informative session, Sylvie will show us how we can inﬂuence the message we send to others, and how can we make adjustments that increase our leverage and authority as school administrators in day-to-day situations.
Sylvie di Giusto
Sylvie di Giusto, CSP, helps individuals and organizations explore how people make up their minds very quickly about them, their leadership potential, or their company and either open the door for them or slam it shut.
Sylvie’s nearly twenty years of experience, her ability to empower people to inﬂuence the success of their own career, and her lifelong dream of being an American have led her to New York City, where she uses her extensive expertise to work for companies, professionals, and politicians who place great importance on the impressions they make.
Sylvie speaks to audiences around the world about the importance of “First Impressions . . . and everything beyond” and takes them on an entertaining journey that reveals how the world sees them. She is the author of The Image of Leadership, the co-owner of the Studio for Image Professionals, and the creator of “How You Impress.”
Thursday, October 10
A Chance in the World
Steve Pemberton’s inspirational story, A Chance in the World, has touched the hearts of millions. In this inspiring presentation, Steve tells how he defied seemingly impossible odds as an orphaned boy navigating the foster care system—all while trying to solve the mystery of his own identity and destiny. Steve also provides valuable lessons on self-empowerment, breaking negative cycles, creating a vision and achieving your goals—even when everyone says you don’t have a chance in the world.
Considered one of America’s most inspiring business and HR leaders, Steve Pemberton’s triumphant life story is about defying seemingly insurmountable beginnings as a child orphaned into foster care. As told in the major motion picture and acclaimed, best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, adversity only fueled his desire to become a man of resilience, determination and vision.
Steve went on to find success as a corporate executive, innovative diversity and inclusion thought leader, visionary youth advocate and acclaimed speaker devoted to inspiring and helping others. Steve’s keynotes, like his life story, amplify his highly motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere. Armed with a warrior spirit and a servant’s heart, Steve has made equality, access and opportunity pillars of both his professional and personal life.
He currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Workhuman (formerly Globoforce), a leading provider of social recognition and continuous performance development solutions. In this capacity, he is responsible for all aspects of people function from talent acquisition and human resource systems to performance management. Prior to that, he served as the first-ever Global Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the first global, pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise in the world. Under Steve’s leadership, Walgreens reached record levels of performance on nearly every measure of diversity and inclusion, ranging from representation to supplier diversity spend. An extended part of his responsibility was to further the companies’ pioneering efforts to employ people with disabilities. In that capacity, he frequently represented Walgreens’ employment model at the White House and on Capitol Hill. In 2015, he was appointed by United States Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities.
Friday, October 11
The Kindness Diaries
Leon’s speech covers his incredible journey around the world relying solely on the kindness of others. What these good Samaritans didn’t know is the people that gave from their heart were given life-changing gifts. From a sending a homeless man back to school, to building a house for a HIV diagnosed mom in Cambodia, these gifts were his way of giving back. His speech sets out to inspire the audience to recognize their potential and give back in any way they can. Leon will discuss his long trek out of the corporate world and into the life he was always meant to live.
Real. Raw. Rewarding. Leon’s speech is sure to leave you refreshed and ready to change the world.
Leon is a global adventurer, motivational speaker & philanthropist. It wasn’t always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries. The days of living and working behind his ‘slab of wood’ (or desk to the layman) are well and truly over. His new passion: Finding ways for your inner rebel (that voice that tells you, you are worth so much more than you think) to come out and play. The inner rebel tells you that your life is yours. And anything you dream of is possible. Anything. And that the fuel for all this delicious potential is simple: Kindness and harnessing the power of human connection. And. Doing it all with a smile on your face and a spring in your step!
As host of the Netflix series, The Kindness Diaries, Leon circumnavigated the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike ‘Kindness One’, giving life-changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans. All of this whilst relying on the kindness of strangers. He recently returned from filming the second season of The Kindness Diaries in which he traveled from Alaska to Argentina in his vintage yellow VW Beetle Kindness Two, changing lives one mile at a time.
Leon is no stranger to adventure. He has visited more than 100 countries and traveled to every continent. He teamed up with First Book® & drove a car from London to Mongolia raising money to buy 10,000 books for underprivileged children in America. He also drove a vintage London taxi across the States, giving free cab rides to the needy and working with Classwish to bring hope back to the schools of America. Leon has documented his travels for numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Good, Psychology Today, and The New York Times.
His show The Kindness Diaries is streaming on Netflix! His books, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, The Kindness Diaries and Live, Love, Explore: Discover the Way of the Traveler a Roadmap to the Life You Were Meant to Live, published by Readers Digest, are in stores now.