2020 Keynotes

2020 Conference

Keynotes and Featured Sessions


Change Is Mandatory ... Stress Is Optional
Garrison Wynn, author of The Real Truth About Success: What the Top 1% Do Differently, Why They Won't Tell You, and How You Can Do It Anyway! (McGraw-Hill Education)
Change is something we all have to deal with, but the stress that accompanies change is more of a choice. In this heavily researched session, Garrison applies his signature humor to a very serious topic. This fun, comprehensive program offers tools and tips for getting through a big change with very little stress. More importantly, it creates an emotional shift for attendees as they see how much control they have over how change affects them. This session also shows attendees how stress is more about what we believe than it is about what is actually happening. From embracing big transitions in technology to dealing with curriculum changes, student poverty, and family factors, this presentation helps superintendents, principles, and teachers implement necessary changes with minimal resistance.

How to Grow from No
Dr. Bennie Lambert, Vice President of Student Success, Lone Star College
This is a must-hear for anyone who is in the business of serving students. Bennie reminds us that we are all significant in the success of students. When Bennie was in school, teachers predicted he would never complete high school. In March of his senior year, Bennie was officially informed that he was not “college ready” for admission to his college of choice, his lifelong dream to that point. In so many areas of his life, “no” was a word he learned intimately, but it also served as his catalyst for success. Bennie is certain that most students need at least one “key person,” one “Big Mama,” to believe in them and encourage them. Good things happen with support and words of encouragement!


Pursuing Pathways with a Purpose … in Spite of a Pandemic
In our lifetime, there may never be a more critical time to Skill Up America than the present. With job loss and unemployment at record highs, individuals with low education and skill levels are likely the first out of a job and may be the last returning to the workforce. Adult educators can play a game-changing role by providing career pathway programs that allow students to concurrently earn certificates and credentials needed to compete in this pandemic transformed economy. A sense of urgency to take our students further faster is crucial. Learn from some of the nation’s top adult educators how business as usual won’t WIN for our students today. Moderator: Reecie Stagnolia, Past Chair, National Association of State Directors of Adult Education (NASDAE)


2020: Foresight, Not Hindsight
Josh Davies, CEO, Center for Work Ethic Development
We all know there is only one constant in this world—change—and nothing exemplified that better than 2020. This year has accelerated systemic shifts in the workforce, educational system, and in society. In addition, the growth of new technology, specifically in automation and artificial intelligence, will cause further disruption. Research shows that these forces will continue to gain speed and come together to cause a massive decoupling by the year 2030. Rather than sit back and hope, now is the time to prepare for the coming reality. 2020 has given us insight on the coming changes, and we have a decade to work with. We need to be developing the changes to build a resilient and inclusive workforce with the skills need to be successful today and into the future. Learn how we can develop the employability and leadership skills that will make you and your students relevant today and in the future. Now is the opportunity for us to evolve our practices and ensure that we develop solutions that ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity for success in 2030 and beyond. While it is often said that hindsight is 2020, great leaders are realizing it is actually foresight.


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