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2023 Speakers

From inspirational stories of triumph to practical approaches to advancing your career, the stories shared by the featured speakers at Elevate will create a meaningful experience for all attendees.

 

The lineup of keynote and breakout session speakers will be listed below. Check back frequently as new speakers are added! 

Brett Culp

Brett Culp

Filmmaker and Speaker Who Documents the Positivity of the Human Experience

Keynote topic and title to be announced.

Brett Culp inspires us to engage in a passionate, meaningful mission that leaves a positive impact on the world and brings out the heroic spirit in us all.

Brett is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of the not-for-profit, The Rising Heroes Project. He is known for the films, Legends of the Knight, and his latest, Look to the Sky, both of which explore the power of heroic stories and heroic individuals to inspire us to believe in a better tomorrow. Brett's newest film, A Voice That Carries, follows the relationships between fathers and daughters, premiered in early June 2021.His films are featured on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and other top digital platforms.

Through his groundbreaking non-profit documentary work, Brett has pioneered the art of creating “mini-movements” that inspire the super-human spirit in us all. His unique approach to community-building and relationship-driven engagement invite people to connect with a noble vision and make a difference together.

Passionate, energetic, and engaging, Brett encourages audiences to find the superhero within and their own path to “everyday leadership.” His insights on connecting individuals to an organization's mission and goals resonate, help us realize our greatest personal and business potential, and renew our collective sense of hope for the future and belief that our efforts can make an impact.

Teresa Atkinson

Teresa Atkinson

Director of Organizational Development, Express Employment International

Energize with Working Genius

Do you know what types of work bring you the most energy? Do you know what part of your day drains you? Unlock increased production and fulfillment with Patrick Lencioni's new Working Genius model. This straightforward and applicable framework empowers individuals and teams to recognize their energizing strengths and minimize frustrations. By understanding and aligning with each team member's unique working geniuses, you can create a workplace where everyone thrives. Utilizing this model not only enhances individual joy and energy but also aids in organizing projects and meetings for maximum productivity. Come learn about each Genius: Wonder, Invention, Discernment, Galvanizing, Enablement and Tenacity.

Tammy Betts

Tammy Betts

Supervisor of Learning and Development, American Fidelity

Fact or Story?

Are you telling yourself stories that are affecting your relationships personally and professionally? In this session, we will dive into the stories we tell ourselves and how distinguishing fact from story can save us from jumping to unnecessary conclusions, can help build credibility with ourselves and others, and help build more effective trusting relationships.

Sunny Cearley

Sunny Cearley

President/CEO, Allied Arts

Relationships Matter

Everything good that has ever happened in my personal life or my professional life has happened because of an investment that I made in a relationship. Spending time cultivating meaningful relationships isn't always easy, but I believe that it's always worth it. Attend this session for real-life examples of the power of relationships along with tried and true tactics for how to develop and sustain them.

Lauree Dash

Lauree Dash

Founder, Meditation Revbound, LLC

Mindful Self-Compassion: An Experiential Workshop

In this introductory workshop, Lauree will explain the basics of self-compassion, the common misgivings or misconceptions people often have as well as the physiology behind self-compassion. There will be pen and paper exercises, meditation and informal practices. Self-compassion can be learned by anyone, even those who didn't receive enough affection in childhood or who feel uncomfortable when they are good to themselves. Self- compassion provides emotional strength and resilience, allowing us to admit our shortcomings, motivate ourselves with kindness, forgive ourselves when needed, relate wholeheartedly to others and be more authentically ourselves. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to resource themselves with the basic components of Mindful Self-Compassion.

Michael Dickerson

Michael Dickerson

CEO/Founder, Dickerson Consulting Group

Cultivating a Flourishing Workforce: 5 Strategies for Enhancing Employee Wellbeing

Discover the key strategies and insights that empower organizations to create a positive and thriving workplace environment. We will delve into the importance employee mental health, explore practical approaches to wellbeing, and how to invest in your team's growth to achieve organizational results. In addition, you will also learn how to cultivate a workplace culture that attracts top talent but also enhance productivity and employee satisfaction.

Samantha Divine Jallah

Samantha Divine Jallah

Assistant General Counsel, Geisinger Health Plan

So You Want to Do This: Steps to Help You Succeed

Congratulations! You've committed to something -- attending college, a major, a profession or a job. Now what? This session covers strategies for building the career you want.

Bryan Estabrooks

Bryan Estabrooks

Senior Manager, Leidos

Lighting the Fire and Passing the Torch

This interactive session will guide you through both helping individuals find their leadership style to ignite their passion as well as how to keep succession planning in front of you as you build and maintain your teams. The session will focus on identifying tools to make these processes repeatable and engaging.

Gunnar Hood

Gunnar Hood

Digital Marketing Consultant, WSI

To be announced.

Shalynne Jackson

Shalynne Jackson

Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, City of Oklahoma City

Code-Switch or Switch the Culture Code?

Explore the impact of assimilation and code-switching and how it hinders the authenticity and psychological safety of marginalized employees. From unconscious bias and stereotypes to microaggressions, discover practical insights and strategies to overcome such barriers and empower all to be the best version of themselves in the workplace.

Shannon Lockwood

Shannon Lockwood

Employee Giving Manager, Allied Arts

Public Speaking: Walk Confidently into the Terror

It's one of the most common fears, but it can propel your career to the next level if you can learn how to master it. Public speaking isn't a magical power--it's a learned skill, just like any other. Hear from a former band director turned professional presenter about how to overcome stage fright and harness the power of your own life experiences to tell authentic stories and command a room.

David McLaughlin

David McLaughlin

Founder, Pendulum Coaching LLC

The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is one of the core essentials of great leadership. In this session, participants will learn what emotional intelligence is, how to develop it and how to excel as a leader utilizing EI.

Matt Palmer

Matt Palmer

Senior Director of Employee Experience and Employer Branding, Heartland

Being an authentic leader

In this session, we will talk through the keys to being an authentic leader, vulnerable yet lead well. We will discuss how to not let general leadership jargon scrub out the uniqueness you bring, and how to be an epic leader that is worth following. The session will be interactive, high energy and certainly authentic.

Matt Payne

Matt Payne

CEO, Prairie Surf Creative

Why Storytelling in Business Matters

In a world where content creation is paramount, this breakout session will focus on how to refine both your business and personal story in a way that ensures success!

Angela Russell

Angela Russell

Organizational Development and DEIB Manager, Express Employment International

Creating an Inclusive Work Culture

Cracking the code for building a diverse, inclusive and positive work environment is difficult. Leaders want to hire the right people and retain good talent, while maintaining a culture that is welcoming, collaborative and productive. This workshop provides leaders with tools to build and maintain a place where individuals want to belong and thrive. 

Michael Shellabarger

Michael Shellabarger

Learning & Development Lead, Love's Travel Stops, Inc.

Fail Until You Don't

This session will explore a fresh perspective on how to navigate failure when it's at your doorstep. During the session, we will revisit classic examples and real stories that deal with failure and identify strategies to overcome it.

Rhonda Thompson

Rhonda Thompson

Sr. Manager, Learning Design, WM

Beyond the Title

During the pandemic, many companies dealt with the need to fill positions due to the Great Resignation. Now, there are people back in the job market due to company layoffs. With the rapid changes occurring, a flexible skills-based system is needed to ensure people have and maintain the skills required in current roles and for potential future roles. The key takeaway will be to change an applicant's mindset from focusing on job opportunities based on the title of the position and focus instead on the skills associated with the role. This is to show the significance of valuing employee skills and potential.

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