2019 Conference Keynote Speakers
Friday Evening – Alise Cortez
Your Unique Reason for Being:
Why Purpose is So Enticing
It’s almost impossible today to go a day without hearing something about purpose. It’s everywhere in the media and discussed by people who say they know their own, people who wish desperately they did, and leaders in board rooms across the globe.
Just what is the big deal about purpose, anyway? And why are people so obsessed with it in their personal and work lives?
Dr. Alise Cortez shares what she has learned from her own meaning in work and identity research, hosting her Working on Purpose radio program, the work she has done to develop people and leaders across the globe, and a tight literature review of best practices surrounding the matter. She will share what comprises purpose, its effect on individual well-being, why leaders and organizations care about cultivating purpose in the workplace, and the value of purpose from the vantage point of corporate investors. It turns out, there’s plenty of fire power behind the fuel of purpose!
Dr. Alise Cortez is a Speaker, Consultant, Author, Radio Show / Podcast Host, and Purpose/Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. Having developed her expertise within the Human Capital / Organizational Excellence industry over the last 20 years, today she is focused on helping companies, leaders, and individuals across the globe to more meaningfully and purposely connect with their work to achieve greater fulfillment, more impactful results, and harmonic work-life integration.
Alise earned her PhD in Human Development and has been researching and consulting on meaning in work and identity for nearly two decades. Hosting her weekly Working on Purpose podcast feeds her ravenous appetite for growth, development, and thought leadership, and gives her a platform to share the inspirational content with listeners across the globe. She is a sought-after speaker, consults with organizations, and conducts public and in-house programs that increase employee engagement, performance, and leadership effectiveness.
Alise was an active Toastmaster from 1996 to 2014 and credits this experience as greatly contributing to her speaking and consulting career she so enjoys today.
Saturday Breakfast – Suzie Humphreys
Television & Radio Personality
If All Else Fails Laugh
Finding the humor in the midst of desperation, anger or fear is not an easy task. Sometimes, however, we are able to see it years later…in looking back at our toughest trials. How wonderful would it be to see in the midst of the Chaos. What may have been the worst day of your life, may be just the material you need for your best speech. Humor is a fantastic way to connect with people of all walks of life. This conference wouldn’t be complete without a little Q&A to start the day – Suzie style. Sit back and prepare to have your spirits lifted and your burdens lightened as the Queen of Humor starts our day off right.
Suzie Humphreys has a background that is as varied as her audiences…from Administrative Secretary to television talk show host, to 20 years in radio. She has hobnobbed with the movie stars and politicians, interviewed the great and near-great. Suzie has been fired, been broke, been disappointed, been a petrified expectant mother at 40 years old. She lives her life with passion for learning not only how to be better, but how to see things differently.
Saturday Lunch – Jennifer McDaniel
Jennifer McDaniel, CPC
Celebrating Our Differences
In a world where “sameness” is obsolete, we are all now called to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. There is more that connects us that separates us and the recognition of a common humanity is the first step in the celebration of our differences – differences that inform our cultures, our values, our minds, and all our ways of being in the world. When we begin to embrace an environment where everyone matters, where everyone is welcomed, and stop pushing against the “other” our differences become our strengths.
Celebrating the diversity of the world we live in allows all people to feel their values, beliefs and experiences are fully appreciated. Jennifer will show you how to build awareness around diversity and foster greater inclusivity to promote richer, meaningful experiences and bridge the gap in separation.
Jennifer McDaniel is a Certified Professional Coach, Certified Holistic Health Coach and a Well-Being Strategist. With over 25 years of experience as a professional speaker and corporate learning and development leader in the area of beauty, health and wellness; Jennifer’s passion is to help people design a life that they desire through the process of extreme-self-care, human connection and inspired action.
Her coaching is rooted in Core Energy Coaching™ , a process that goes much further to uncover inner blind spots and cultivate new perspectives which support individual success on a sustainable level. Her methodology empowers people to dig deeply, honestly, and objectively into their energy and mental programming in order to assess who they are and who they want to become.
Jennifer received her holistic health coach training through IIN (The Institute for Integrative Nutrition) and her professional coach training through iPEC (The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching). Jennifer is also credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach through The International Coach Federation (ICF), the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession. Learn more at www.worthy-of-health.com
Saturday Evening – Jeff Criley
Founder of Real News PR
From Fear to Fabulous (in 3 easy steps)
It’s been said that the number one fear in America is public speaking. The number two fear? Fear of death. And if you don’t how to overcome these fears, you will “die” on stage and accomplish both. 1 in 4 people report being anxious when presenting ideas and information in front of an audience. Being a good public speaker is an essential skill that can help you advance your career, grow your business, and form strong relationships.
Jeff Crilley offers three steps to help you go from zero to hero and master the art of public speaking.
Takeaways include challenge your beliefs about public speaking, learn how to put your mind and body in a calm state, and shifting your focus to create a heart connection with your audience.
Jeff Crilley retired from TV news after 25 years in the business to start the country’s first “all journalist” PR firm. During his career he made hundreds of national news appearances including CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX News, The Discovery Channel, Good Morning America and The CBS Early Show.
He has been recognized by his peers with dozens of national and regional awards including the Emmy, the National Headliners Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Thurgood Marshall Award and in 2004 was named by the Texas Associated Press, “The Best TV Reporter in the state.” For more information, visit www.RealNewsPR.com