Opening General Session, July 28

Ruby Bridges

Through My Eyes

Ruby Bridges was the first African American Child to integrate an all-white public elementary school in the South in 1960. Six-year-old Ruby and her mother were escorted by four federal marshals to the school every day that year. She walked past crowds screaming vicious slurs at her. Undeterred, she later said she only became frightened when she saw a woman holding a black baby doll in a coffin.

She spent her first day in the principal's office due to the chaos created as angry white parents pulled their children from school. Her bravery paved the way for continued Civil Rights actions, and she shares her story in education forums across the nation. A lifelong activist for racial equality, Ruby is the author of her autobiography Through My Eyes and the children's book Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story.

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second general SESSION, JULY 29

Stephen M.R. Covey

Trust and Inspire, a New Way to Lead and Live!

The world has changed, our style of leadership has not. The traditional Command & Control approach to education found in many schools and districts is incapable of inspiring the level of commitment, innovation, collaboration, loyalty and performance needed to unleash the inherent power and potential within administrators, faculty, and each individual student.  The fact is many districts and classrooms are over-managed and under-led.  The antidote to Command & Control, simply put, is Trust & Inspire- a new way to lead and educate.  A Trust & Inspire leader models authentic behavior, with humility and courage. They’re not only trustworthy, they’re trusting, and inspire others to deliver on that trust. They inspire others to willingly give their hearts and minds, not just to the work, or the task at hand, but to contribute meaningfully to something that matters. People don’t want to be merely motivated; they want to be inspired. Contrary to what most people believe, inspiring others is a learnable skill. The 3 Stewardships of a Trust & Inspire School Leader provides a practical, actionable framework for unleashing the greatness inside of people and driving incredible performance.

Stephen M. R. Covey
is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything, which has been translated into over 20 languages worldwide.  He is co-author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Smart Trust: The Defining Skill that Transforms Managers into Leaders.  Stephen brings to his writings the perspective of a practitioner, as he is the former President & CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which under his direction became the largest leadership development company in the world.  A Harvard MBA, Stephen co-founded and leads FranklinCovey’s Global Speed of Trust Practice.  He is a highly sought-after international speaker, who has taught trust and leadership in over 50 countries to leaders of businesses, universities and school districts from across the globe.



Jason Glass, Ed.D., Kentucky Education Commissioner

Jason Glass, Ed.D., a native of Brandenburg and third-generation Kentucky educator, has been Commissioner of Education since September 2020. Before that, he was superintendent and chief learner of Jeffco Public Schools in Colorado.

A 1990 graduate of Meade County High School, Jason began his teaching career at Hazard Independent Schools, working as a high school social studies teacher from 1996 to 1998. While still a graduate student, he was already serving as an instructor at UK and Georgetown College.

Glass received his doctorate in education leadership in 2011 from Seton Hall University. He holds a certificate in advanced education leadership from Harvard University, received in 2019.

Event MC and closing keynote speaker

Jon Petz

Jon Petz, the Bore No More guy, returns as the event emcee!

Professionally, Jon is a former corporate executive who followed his passion and now performs around the world as an inspirational speaker, event emcee, and comedy magician. He uses his amazing art of performance, inspiring stories, and unique "Its Showtime" performance philosophy to bring home the belief and very real desire to create greater impact in what we do and with the people we do it for. 

As an effective meetings expert, Jon consults associations and organizations on empowering their team to create meetings that have focus and results. He is the author of Significance in Simple MomentsBoring Meetings Suck, and Unlocking the Secrets (DVD), and Best of the Best.