Opening general Session, July29

Hamish Brewer

Sometimes you have to hear the things you don’t want to hear in order to move forward, to be better and to get results. Hamish will take you on a hard-hitting journey that will challenge to rethink your practices, to disrupt the norm and change the game. Find out if you have or are willing to go one more round, if you’re willing to advocate for every single person and child. Find out if you’re willing to take your school or organization to the next level.

Hamish Brewer, the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal in Northern Virginia isn't your normal principal. Brewer is high octane, constantly calling on his students to Be Relentless. He has become known as an educational disrupter who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms. Under his leadership - his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Brewer has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia. He is the author of Relentless: Changing Lives by Disrupting the Educational Norm.

second general SESSION, JULY30

Tim Elmore

Generation Z Unfiltered: Facing the Hidden Realities in the Most Anxious Population

Just who are today's teens and young adults anyway? While you can readily find data on this population of young people who grew up in the 21st century, it's hard to know how to transform that data into practical action steps that are helpful and easy to implement with today's students. This is a problem. By examining the latest research, and uncovering some of their greatest challenges, Dr. Elmore will provide practical steps on how you can lead today's youngest population into healthy, productive lives. 

Dr. Tim Elmore is the founder and president of Growing Leaders, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization created to develop emerging leaders. From the classroom to the boardroom, Elmore is a dynamic communicator who uses principles, images, and stories to strengthen leaders. He has written more than 25 books, including the best-selling Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, Life Giving Mentors and Nurturing the Leader Within Your Child, and Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future.

Event MC and closing keynote speaker

Jon Petz

Jon Petz, the Bore No More guy, returns as the event emcee and host of the Bank On It game! He will also close out the event as the Friday keynote speaker.

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.