Keynotes 2020

Wednesday, October 14

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Change is Good - You Go First

Keeping Up with the Pace of Change

Today, change is more complex, more frequent, and more overwhelming than ever before, and you may be suffering a dose of change fatigue. You may not be able to control the changes going on around you, but the good news is, you can control how you respond. Just as you update operating systems and smartphones, now is the time for a personal operating system update, and Karen can help! She is ready to share tools and rituals that will help you not just survive but thrive in this ever changing world.

Whether your instinct is to embrace change or to run from it, this keynote is for you! Remember, your life doesn’t get better by chance; it gets better by change.

Karen McCullough

Karen McCullough is a nationally known keynote speaker and expert on change, generational opportunities and workforce trends.

Karen helps organizations cut through the generational biases and get back to reality by leveraging their team’s strengths, enriching the work environment, and driving better results. Each of her presentations brings a realistic perspective on workplace trends, employee engagement, while offering actionable content.

BONUS! She’s fun! She creatively blends current research with humor, concepts and stories, moving participants to take action.

For the past 15 years Karen has shared her insights to top organizations such as VMware, Procter & Gamble, US Department of Justice, JPMorgan Chase, Symantec, McGraw-Hill, National Homebuilders, Shell Oil, Mercedes Benz, The World Bank, American National Insurance, Humana, United Way, American Heart Association and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Before her speaking and early in her career, Karen owned and operated several retail fashion stores in Houston, Texas. Often, she hired many young employees with no workplace experience and zero in the retail industry. Karen had the keen ability identifying inexperienced workers who had the potential to become great employees- and they did, many staying on for years.! Little did she know that these early years were the foundation for her passion understanding and managing all generations.

She began speaking in 2000 and began to learn more and study generational differences. Today her interest in the generations has become her passion and mission. Her programs include case studies, current research, and up to date new information and discoveries about Millennials and soon to be in the workforce Gen Z.

Thursday, October 15

Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover! Uncovering Implicit Bias

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Dr. Adolph Brown has studied implicit bias for over three decades and has helped thousands of corporate and education professionals worldwide become more aware of the unconscious attribution of particular qualities to a member of a certain social group.  Dr. Brown does not offer a training per se, as much as he offers a philosophy and an awareness to embrace when dealing with others.  Dr. Brown acknowledges under certain conditions ALL of us have automatic associations that can influence our behavior - making individuals respond in biased ways even when they are not explicitly prejudiced.  This is often referred to as "racism without racists."

Dr. Adolph Brown

Dr. Adolph Brown, III without a doubt, offers the most uniquely inspiring, relevant and entertaining presentations around.  He is an American urban and rural school educator, author, research-scientist, businessman, and keynote speaker.  He is a servant-leader at heart, a life-long social justice advocate and a career teacher educator.  He is admired around the world for his simple and direct “Real Talk,” and powerful, universal and timeless teachings.  Dr. Brown is best known for inspiring all who hear him to learn, laugh and lead, while as an implicit bias speaker simultaneously reducing unconscious bias at every turn.  He is the leading provider of anti-bias training in business and education.  Dr. Brown knows that understanding structural inequities is only the start, however dismantling the foundations from which these structures are built leads to solutions.  He is highly regarded as the "balcony" leadership speaker who gets you from where you are to where you want to be.  Also as a credentialed Master Teacher, he helps teachers reach every student.  As a much sought-after and highly effective Unconscious Bias, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion keynote speaker, Dr. Brown skillfully addresses the impact of stereotypes. He credits much of his success to the luxury of humble beginnings of being reared by a single parent mother in abject poverty of the inner city housing projects infested with gangs, drugs and violence.  His oldest sibling and only brother Oscar was murdered when Adolph was only eleven years old.  Young Adolph often received a respite when he was sent to spend summers with his grandfather in rural farming country, and when he was sent to the library for time-outs in elementary school.  Adolph became the first in his family of five to participate in Head Start, graduate high school, and attend college. 

Nowadays as a Master Teacher, Dr. Adolph Brown shines in the classroom, in research and on the big stage.  He is in the top 1% of world-class scholar teachers based on peer-reviews, nominations, teaching performance, teaching awards, published evaluations and ratings from American’s best schools, colleges and universities. He is recognized as one of the top 10 most influential thought leaders in America. Although he does not consider himself a motivational speaker, he was selected as one of the top motivational and inspirational speakers in America as well. Dr. Adolph Brown is one of the world’s foremost attitude experts, personal development coaches and humorists.  His reputation as "The World's Greatest Edu-tainer!™" is always memorable and has won him fans around the world.  

Dr. Brown is the author of acclaimed books, including the international mental wellness best seller, Two Backpacks. Other best sellers authored by Dr. Brown include a business soft skills classic - Championship Habits; and the education classic - Real Talk. He is also the co-author with his third grade teacher of a children's book, It's Gonna Be A Great Day! for youth. His trainings have withstood the test of time with audiences all over the world and he is still extremely passionate and committed to helping others "Learn, Laugh & Lead' in all walks of life while spreading “Love, Light and Insight” wherever he goes.  These tour de force performances helped establish him as a sterling international stage presence.

​Dr. Brown has earned undergraduate degrees in anthropology and psychology with a minor in education, master's degree work in special education and experimental psychology, and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. Whilst having a strong economic presence in his community with several established businesses, Dr. Adolph Brown, III worked as an anthropology undergraduate assistant for the late Dr. Mario Zamora, worked as a special education graduate assistant for Dr. Dennis Wade and as a statistics research graduate assistant for the late Dr. Ellen F. Rosen at the College of William and Mary.  Before joining the psychology/education faculty at Hampton University, Dr. Brown became one of the initial major investigators of “The School To Prison Pipeline” paradigm and received the First Annual Francine Kee Peterson Memorial Scholarship for Social Justice Advocacy from his role model, social activist Geoffrey Canada.  While at Hampton University, Dr. Brown was selected to be a “Scholar in Residence” at NYU, nationally awarded “Service-Learning Fellow,” and earned the highest distinction given by the President, Provost and Board of Trustees of the prestigious “E.L. Hamm Master Teacher Award for Distinguished Teaching” as a result of having a sustained record of recognized teaching excellence.  Based on his record of teaching and research excellence in education, implicit bias training and servant leadership, Dr. Adolph Brown was appointed chairperson of his department, promoted as a tenured full professor and was also the dean of the graduate college. Dr. Adolph Brown continues to be a business, community and educational leader whilst being a generous philanthropist and a continuous learner.  Bringing People Together to Learn, Laugh & Lead has become his life’s work.

 

Friday, October 16

Changing "I Quit to I Fit" -- Five Powerful Strategies to Increase Employee Relations and Create an Energizing Workplace Culture

Frustrated by the lack of engagement in your organization? Constantly battling high employee turnover?   Is your employees’ favorite pastime updating their resumes?  

In this entertaining and enlightening keynote, Heather reveals the underlying actions organizations can take to create a more engaged and loyal workforce. And it can be done even with budget restraints, remote work environments and adverse situations.  That alone is worth the price of admission!

Attendees will leave more motivated and energized to get to work in doing what they can do to create more positive experiences for everyone in the workplace. 

Attendees will learn:

  • The role they individually play in employee turnover and loyalty

  • The main driver for employee loyalty   (And it’s not money!)

  • The distinct ways that they can lead themselves more effectively

  • What employees need from them to want to stay engaged in the organization everyday

  • And other strategies we just can’t fit in a 150-word description 

Heather interacts with the audience and has them interact with one another. Attendees will leave changed and empowered to do what they can to transform their own workplaces.

Heather

Younger

Heather Younger is the best-selling author, international TEDx speaker on adversity, podcast host on leadership, facilitator and coach, she has earned her reputation as “The Employee Whisperer”. Her experiences as a CEO, entrepreneur, manager, attorney, writer, coach, listener, speaker, collaborator and mother all lend themselves to a laser-focused clarity into what makes employees of organizations and companies – large and small - tick.
 

Heather has facilitated more than 150 communication style(DISC) and leadership and emotional intelligence workshops, reaching +100 employers and their employees.  Her motivation and philosophy have reached more than 20,000 attendees at her speaking engagements on large and small stages.  Companies have charted their future course based on her leading more than 100 focus groups.  In addition, she has helped companies see double-digit employee engagement score increases through implementation of her laws and philosophies.  She has driven results in a multitude of industries, including banking, oil & gas, construction, energy, and federal and local government.


Her book “The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty” hit Forbes Must-Read list and is a go-to source for HR professionals seeking insight into their organization’s’ dynamics.  Heather serves on the Board of Directors for Mile High SHRM and the American Cancer Society and a professional member of the National Speaker’s Association

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