Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote
Bill Wooditch

 Bill Wooditch is widely acknowledged as one of the most insightful and provocative leadership teachers of our time. 


Raised in a small town of 3,600 people in western Pennsylvania, he built a $100 million company from the ground up with the same philosophy he expounds to his audiences. To receive value, you first have to give value. Bill is an authority on leadership because he has developed proven concepts and creates structures and narratives that support leadership development. He is a fact-based speaker and uses that to inspire audiences to take the required steps to create and sustain great organizations. His presentations are the product of 22 years of “in the trenches” engagement, from rough-hewn job sites to highly veneered Fortune 500 boardrooms.

Closing Keynote
Beth Whittaker

Dr. Beth Whitaker is a teaching professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri – Columbia.  Beth is a former classroom teacher and principal in Missouri.  During her tenure as an administrator, her school was awarded the Missouri Gold Star and National Blue Ribbon for excellence in education.  Dr. Whitaker has been published in the areas of school climate, principal leadership, and staff motivation and morale.  She teaches K-12 leadership courses and supervises administrator interns at Mizzou. 

Prior to returning to Missouri last year, Dr. Whitaker was a professor in the Bayh College of Education and founding director of The Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. While at ISU, Beth received the Caleb Mills Distinguished Teaching Award, Holmstedt Distinguished Professorship, Kinser Faculty Award, and the President’s Award from the Indiana State Principal’s Association.

 Her husband, Todd, is also a faculty member at Mizzou and they have collaborated on numerous books and presentations.   Most importantly, they are the very proud parents of Katherine (math teacher in Kansas City), Madeline (3rd grade teacher in Springfield), and Harrison (freshman in college).


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