Keynotes

Sarita Maybin4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016
How to Maintain High-Touch Relationships in High-Tech Times

From Facebook to email and texting, technology has taken over as the primary means of communication, however, conversations are still a crucial part of relationship-building—both professionally and personally. This upbeat presentation will provide real-life strategies for maintaining “high-touch” relationships while taking advantage of the innovations of “high-tech” times.

Presentation highlights include:
- How to compose reader-friendly emails
-Three clues that you should choose to call rather than email or text
- "Text Talk": Cracking the code of cross-generational communication

Sarita Maybin is a former university dean of students, who has spoken at conferences across the United States and in several other countries and has more than 20 years experience inspiring and empowering crowds. She’s presented at TEDx, is a Toastmasters humorous speech contest winner and a past president of the San Diego chapter of the National Speakers Association. She is the author of If You Can’t Say Something Nice, What DO You Say?

Plowman11:45 a.m., Monday Executive Luncheon, Dec. 12, 2016
Donde Plowman, Leading Change in Organizations Resistant to Change

Colleges and universities, steeped in tradition and locked into established ways of doing things, are among the most change-resistant organizations in our culture. Leaders often struggle to envision and create a new and better path for higher education. Speaking from her own experience as a dean who has led massive change and as a scholar on leading radical change, Donde Plowman will speak about common mistakes leaders make and will offer specific suggestions on how to lead change effectively, even in organizations that would rather die than change.

Donde Plowman is the James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business Administration at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as a tenured professor in the Department of Management. Her teaching experience includes graduate, undergraduate, doctoral and executive education courses in organization theory, strategic management, organizational decision-making and organizational behavior. Plowman's research has been featured in publications like the Wall Street Journal and Academy of Management Journal, among others.


Albert Mensah11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016
Wake Up! To Your Own Potential the the Hidden Opportunities in Challenging Times

Albert Mensah's rag-to-riches story has inspired numerous crowds across the world. Born in Ghana, Mensah is an expert in the area of change and opportunity, as well as teamwork and leadership during times of organizational transformation. He is an accomplished author and speaker, consistently ranked as one of the best presenters internationally.