Opening General Session, July 27
Dr. Eve Miller
Dr. Eve Miller has been the Director of Research for FranklinCovey Education for six years, in which time she led the development of a system for measuring schoolwide SEL, assisted major universities conducting studies demonstrating the impact of the Leader in Me, and designed an equity-focused professional development training for teachers.
Eve is an experienced cognitive neuroscientist with fifteen years of applied work in the fields of genetics, healthcare, military intelligence, and education. She is trained in a variety of research methods from brain imaging to behavioral assessment.
Second General Session, July 28
After rising through the ranks at the FBI, then serving as a senior executive at Verizon until his retirement in 2020, Michael Mason ’80 is pitching in to combat a school bus driver shortage in his home community of Chesterfield County, Virginia. During his 23-year career at the FBI, Mason rose to become fourth in command at the agency and "one of the four most senior African Americans in the FBI’s history.
But when he learned of the severe national shortage of school bus drivers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mason stepped up to fill the need. These days he drives a bus for students with special needs.
Closing General Session, July 29
Chad Littlefield is the co-founder and Chief Experience Officer of We and Me, Inc. an organization whose mission is to create conversations that matter. Leaders call Chad when they want to amplify connection, belonging, and trust in their organization. He is a TEDx speaker, author of the Pocket Guide to Facilitating Human Connections, and creator of We! Connect Cards™, which are now being used to create conversations that matter on campuses and companies in over 80 countries around the world. Most recently, Chad and his partner Will Wise launched their new book, Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations that Matter, now a #1 Amazon Bestseller.
Chad has led workshops, trainings, retreats, and interactive keynotes at JetBlue, Starbucks, Conscious Capitalism International, Johnson & Johnson, Penn State, Notre Dame, George Mason University, Typeform, Goodwill, and dozens of conferences. Feel free to follow Chad via video beforehand through his interactive learning letter right here
Event MC and closing keynote speaker
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 Moments, Boring Meetings Suck, and Unlocking the Secrets (DVD), and Best of the Best.