The Value of Membership

"I could not have survived 30 years in school business without the support I've received from ASBO. No matter how much you may think your problem is unique, it's not. I've always found support from colleagues facing the same issues no matter where they work, and I've shared solutions. We have a lot to learn from one another, so I value my memberships in Tri-State ASBO, New Hampshire ASBO, Vermont ASBO, and ASBO International."
—John Aubin, South Burlington School District, South Burlington, Vermont
Member since 1992

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General Session Speakers

Learn more about our exciting general session presentations.

First General Session

Pamela Meyer
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.

Proudly sponsored by Security Benefit.

Second General Session

Aron Ralston
Fearless Adventurer and Subject of the Film, 127 Hours

Sunday, September 24
127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place 

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.