General Session Speakers
Learn more about our exciting general session presentations.
First General Session Speaker
Positive Communication Expert
Ready to get happy? Our 2015 first general session speaker is an expert on the science of positive communication and how to use it to fuel success.
Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and executive producer of “The Happiness Advantage” on PBS, Michelle Gielan has identified the hallmarks of an optimistic mindset and how we can train our brains to process the world for greater happiness and success.
Saturday, October 24: Catalyzing Success: Training Your Brain to Seize Opportunities
Do you know someone who seems to always be lucky or can turn anything they do into a success? The reality is that opportunities present themselves to us all of the time, but our brains may not be prepared to recognize and seize them. Scientifically speaking, the brain can limit its own potential. Yet exciting new research shows us there are ways to retrain our brains to see and capitalize on opportunities.
In this inspiring and interactive session, Michelle reveals strategies that can rewire your brain to see more potential, increase your chances of being in the “right place at the right time,” and turn chance encounters and connections into professional success in your school district.
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Second General Session Speaker
Polar Adventurer and Inspirational Speaker
A brush with death in the icy waters of the Great Southern Ocean ignited a passion in Matt McFadyen to lead others in reaching their peak potential. A gifted and inspirational speaker, Matt guides his audience through the emotional highs and lows and the extremes of human potential in his unique and compelling leadership journey.
Sunday, October 25: Reaching the North Pole: Insights on Leading Teams Through Challenge and Change
The youngest Australian to ski to the North Pole unassisted, Matt, along with his teammate, successfully sailed, rowed, and dragged a 17.5 foot boat across over 2,000 miles of ice-choked waterways to reach his goal. From surviving 45 degrees below zero to battling powerful ice drifts, Matt knows a thing or two about perseverance, leadership, and teamwork. Taking insights from his incredible expedition, Matt brilliantly illustrates what’s needed when you’re called to lead your team through challenge, change, and ambiguity.