General Session Speakers
Learn more about our exciting general session presentations.
First General Session
Author, TED speaker, and Certified Fraud Examiner
Saturday, September 23
Liespotting: Finding the Truth, Building Trust That Lasts
Pamela Meyer, whose TED talk, “How to Spot a Liar,” is among the top 15 of all time, will kick off the meeting with scientific findings and practical tips for lie spotting. Her session will equip attendees with tools that ultimately promote truth-seeking and trust-building habits, creating stronger atmospheres of honesty and trust within school districts.
Pamela is founder and CEO of Calibrate, a Washington, D.C.-based deception detection training company. She spent years working with a research team surveying research findings on deception from a variety of fields. They extensively trained in facial micro-expression identification, interrogation, and statement analysis, and she compiled the research into her bestselling book, Liespotting.
Prior to her research, Pamela was an Internet and media executive as founder of the social media company, Simpatico Networks. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and has an MBA and an MA in Public Policy.
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Second General Session
Fearless Adventurer and Subject of the Film, 127 Hours
Sunday, September 24
127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place Lasts
Aron Ralston’s extraordinary human drama is captured in the movie, 127 Hours, and the New York Times bestseller, Between a Rock and a Hard Place. An expert outdoorsman and solo climber, Ralston was descending Blue John Canyon in remote Utah when an 800-pound boulder broke loose, crushing his arm and pinning him to the canyon wall. After more than five days—without sleep, water, or hope of rescue—Ralston recorded his last will and testament on video. And in that moment—recording final messages to his parents, family, and friends—Aron Ralston summoned the will, courage, and determination to defy the inevitable and escape his would-be grave. Ralston’s story is a true test of the human spirit and will remind school business officials that sacrifice in pursuit of the greater good often leads to extraordinary outcomes.