2022 Leadership Conference
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Mark’s core messages have always been about connecting. Sometimes it was in schools to help teachers connect to their students, or in organizations and businesses to help team members feel truly connected to their core values and their customers.
Mark’s biggest “Aha!” moment came while traveling through Milwaukee, Wisconsin to a speaking engagement. It was there that he stumbled upon the Harley-Davidson 100th year anniversary celebration. He kept overhearing people as they passed bikers share two simple words, “Nice Bike”.
A connection was made. It gave Mark an unforgettable metaphor that inspired him to write his award-winning book, Nice Bike: Making Meaningful Connections on the Road of Life.
Dr. Ruby Payne
Ruby Payne is the authority on working across economic classes to create sustainable communities where everyone can live well. An engaging and down-to-earth speaker, Payne translates abstract concepts into concrete strategies with a sense of humor that leaves audiences wanting more.
After changing the conversation in education to focus on poverty, Payne's work has expanded into social services, criminal justice, healthcare, the workplace, and more.
Payne's efforts to fight poverty have achieved a global reach, and she has presented her work in Australia, China, Europe, India, North America, and Southeast Asia. Payne holds a Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago, and she is the founder of aha! Process, a training and consulting firm that has been in business for more than 20 years.
aha! Process has garnered several awards for its publications, and it continues to grow. Payne has also published books with Solution Tree Press and the Association for Middle-Level Education.
Dr. Adolph Brown
Dr. Adolph Brown is the founder, President, and CEO of The Leadership & Learning Institute. As a former public educator and credentialed administrator, fully tenured professor, university dean and businessman, he has studied and worked with numerous highly successful leaders and educators. Raised by a single mother, he worked hard to overcome a life of poverty. He is one of the nation’s most popular speakers and has a unique ability to inform, entertain, and inspire! Known for his practical toolkit and loved for his inspirational messages, be prepared to laugh and learn with Dr. Adolph Brown!