Keynotes 2022

Tuesday, October 11

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Radical Inclusivity

Daniel Shannon

*Public Service Announcement* the engagement models that have historically and affectionately been described as "fake it 'til you make it," and "get in where you fit in" are quickly becoming obsolete!  The world is in the middle of a paradigm shift and personalization has transformed nearly every facet of day-to-day life!  People everywhere are increasingly measuring personal affinity and value alignment when making decisions about how to invest their time, talent and treasure.  Furthermore, the most successful institutions are leveraging the full humanity of their stakeholders to increase their value proposition and impact.  Demonstrating the self-awareness and personal courage to show up as the most authentic version of yourself, while creating space for others to do the same has never been more important!  Join us as Daniel Shannon shares best practices for fostering radical inclusivity!

Daniel Shannon has been partnering with individuals and groups for two decades to help enhance their value proposition.  His expertise in the areas of diversity/equity/inclusion, leadership and strategy has been honed while serving as an executive for some of the worlds’ most renowned companies.  Daniel is also a 10-year veteran with the National Speakers Association.  The combination of practical experience coupled with his masterful management of the microphone produces the perfect mix of entertainment and insight for audiences across the globe! 

Wednesday, October 12

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Attracting Tomorrow's Talent with Today's Leaders

Steve Bench

This keynote session focuses on talent attraction and workforce retention by building understanding of who we are, how we were raised and how each generation views “work” as a part of their identity. Learn talent attraction and retention strategies to overcome generational differences and attract Millennial and Gen Z employees and keep them from leaving! Adulthood has changed and depending on my life stage, I might prioritize my lifestyle over my career... So how do you manage and motivate someone who may not be as committed to their job as previous generations? This session will give you the answers!

Steve customizes keynote presentations and training sessions that deliver engagement strategies for attracting and retaining Millennials, empowering Generation X, capturing Boomer wisdom and cultivating future leadership by leveraging the strengths of each generation. Steve has shared his message with audiences across the country.
Steve is also the creator of “The Pitch!”, a non-profit business contest that puts the next generation of workforce talent in charge to create a start-up company and make the perfect sales pitch! Teenage students learn business concepts, practice soft skills and networking and compete for prizes! When not in a classroom, Steve spends his time in gyms around the midwest coaching AAU basketball.

Thursday, October 13

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You Management: Strategies to Avoid Burnout, Boost Resilience and Accelerate Success

Colette Carlson

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Regardless of your title and role, people experience everyday stressors while they are expected to stay agile through constant change. In today’s world, people are required to exceed expectations and produce more in less time with fewer resources, all while staying positive and engaged with colleagues and customers. New challenges have collapsed the boundaries between work and home, leaving people juggling opposing demands for time, energy and attention. It’s no surprise, even with the best of intentions, leaders and teams feel stressed out, disconnected  and emotionally exhausted. Enough! It’s time for You Management!


Join Colette in this laugh-out-loud program as she shares practical, yet powerful, science-based strategies to remain resilient and accelerate your success during the most challenging of circumstances by learning how to:

  • Minimize worry, stress and angst by knowing when to let go or take control

  • Manage devices, distractions, and demands to stay focused, present, and productive

  • Lean in to change by mastering your mindset to increase mental toughness

  • Build-in daily self-care strategies to avoid burnout and create more joy

  • Maximize health and wellness through the power of connection

At the heart of every sale, every interaction between a leader and a team member, every conversation with a customer… is a connection. How to make those connections effective, and leverage them for greater success, is the thread woven into every one of Colette’s presentations. Colette teaches audiences how to transform relationships through the power of connected conversations. Her keynote programs are so personalized, attendees often assume Colette is one of them. She has the outstanding ability to connect through engaging content and laugh-out-loud humor. With a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior, and more than 20 years of experience helping individuals change behaviors that impact their success, Colette understands the psychology, mindset, and skills required to make positive, long-lasting change. Colette is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation held by fewer than 10% of the members belonging to the International Federation for Professional Speakers. In 2017, Colette was inducted into the CPAE Speaker Hall Fame®, a lifetime award that honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence. Trusted clients include Boeing, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Federal Express, Fidelity, Domino’s Pizza, Great Clips, and the United States Government.