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2019 Professional Development Conference Speakers and Session Descriptions
 

 

2019 Professional Development Conference Speakers and Session Descriptions

Attendees should check back for more information on more breakout session speakers!

 

Sunday, Sept. 29
3:00-5:00 p.m.

 

Chapter Leadership Workshop – Communicating for Leadership Success
Session Description: Essential interaction skills for dealing with conflict and change as a volunteer from a personal and practical standpoint. Delves into developing a strategy for succession planning.

delivered by Karen Shannon, vice president business consulting/CHRO at Ollis, Akers & Arney

Karen Shannon is Vice President Business Consulting/CHRO for Ollis/Akers/Arney.Karen has served in senior leadership positions in banking and human resources for over 25 years.She and her team provided HR services to 5,000 employees across the US, United Kingdom, India, and Mexico.Today, she works with world-wide clients on key business and HR strategies which have resulted in cost savings upward of $7 million.


Karen received her MBA and BA in Business Administration and Economics from Drury University.She has served on the Board of Directors for many Missouri organizations.She is past President of the Junior League of Springfield and a member of Leadership Springfield and Leadership Missouri.Karen was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the Springfield Business Journal. 




 

Monday, Sept. 30
8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

 

Energize, Empower, Engage Keynote

Keynote Description: In the busyness of life, it is important to take time to get re-energized and learn how to empower and engage others. This training will provide you tools for deeper engagement and empowerment! We will discover our current mindset and how we can do life differently and shine brighter.

delivered by Lyn Watson, executive director of human resources at Crossings Community Church


Lyn Watson is the Executive Director of Human Resources at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, OK.  Lyn brings over 30 years of experience in HR, corporate training, employee development, keynote speaking, recruiting, and organizational development.

Lyn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a certified trainer with Integrity Systems, FranklinCovey, and Strata Leadership. Lyn recently received her SHRM-SCP certification.

As a former business owner, Lyn brings her enthusiasm, creative spirit, and an understanding of the demands individuals face in professional and volunteer environments. Through her work as a recruiter, trainer, and coach, Lyn uses her experiences to inspire creative problem solving and empower others to grow personally and professionally.

Lyn is an active community volunteer serving on various non-profit boards, leading small groups at her church, and volunteering 15 years with the Junior League of Oklahoma City.  In addition, Lyn served on the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board for a four-year term.


Lyn has been married to her husband Brad for 29 years and they have two adult children: Emily Richison (son-in-love Erik) and son Ben Watson.



Leading Change 
Session Description: Change is constant and inevitable. Learn how to avoid the problems that plague 70% of failed change initiatives. 

delivered by Karen Shannon, vice president business consulting/CHRO at Ollis, Akers & Arney

Karen Shannon is Vice President Business Consulting/CHRO for Ollis/Akers/Arney.Karen has served in senior leadership positions in banking and human resources for over 25 years.She and her team provided HR services to 5,000 employees across the US, United Kingdom, India, and Mexico.Today, she works with world-wide clients on key business and HR strategies which have resulted in cost savings upward of $7 million.


Karen received her MBA and BA in Business Administration and Economics from Drury University.She has served on the Board of Directors for many Missouri organizations.She is past President of the Junior League of Springfield and a member of Leadership Springfield and Leadership Missouri.Karen was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the Springfield Business Journal. 






 









Personal Branding & Effective Networking 

delivered by panelists

Empowerment through Diversity and Inclusion
with Giving Voices


Headliner Award winner 

Champion Mindset 
Session Description: How you can develop a Championship Mindset, get out of your way, and get in the game! 

delivered by Debbie Powers, director of business services at Comcast

Debbie brings to the role a wide range of leadership experience and sales success accumulated over 16 years in the cable industry, specifically in Business Services. After a 13 year career at Bright House Networks, where she was promoted four times and earned five President’s Club nominations, Debbie joined Comcast Business in 2016 as the Director of SMB sales for the Keystone Region, which included Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia markets. Based on creating a positive culture along with impactful results her role expanded to take over markets in the Greater Chicago Area. Her teams have been a standout for their new product sales performance, sitting consistently at the top of the company’s stack rankings for this strategic effort to expand our position in the SMB market space. She speaks in several forums about the Championship Mindset, and how you can influence positive change in your life.

Beyond her current Director role, Debbie serves on the board of Directors for Women in Cable for the Greater Pittsburgh Area and is on the Executive Committee for our Black Employee Network ERG. Her efforts in expanding Comcast’s influence in the business community was recently recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine which awarded Debbie with the Rising Star award as one of the most influential women in business. In addition, she was honored with Comcast’s Patriot Award in 2017 for her team’s veteran hiring practices.

A Chicago-land native, Debbie attended the University of New Orleans where she studied Mass Communications and played Division 1 basketball. After leaving college, she pursued a career as a professional basketball player in Europe.


Telling Your Brand's Story in the Digital Age 

delivered by panelists, including Nicole Scheffler of Cisco and the Diva Tech Talk Podcast

Nicole Scheffler has worked in technology as an engineer for over 15 years and within Cisco for over 13 years. Her roots began in the start up space as a programmer, included some time as a business analyst for Fidelity, and she has grown her career as a Cisco Systems Engineer. She now is a Strategy and Planner manager for Engineering within Cisco Americas Partner Organization and is constantly working to empower women in technology with her Diva Tech Talk Podcast.

She holds a Masters in Information Technology at University of North Texas where she also gained her bachelors in Business Computer Information Systems. Her technical skills are mostly centered around the network, data center, security, and IoT. She also has programmability skills in databases, coding, and prototyping. She often speaks for local conferences, panels, and organization on these topics or various empowerment topics. She has held many Cisco certifications, from the CCNA to the CCIE Written. She loves sharing her passion for these areas in the classroom and has served as an Adjunct Professor at Lansing Community College and Davenport University for courses from Biometrics to Wireless Security. She also taught in the Cisco Networking Academy for several years and stays involved regularly.

In addition, she thrives for her community and giving back. She has founded one non-profit, the Michigan Technology Network, designed to offer education, networking, and a community for all technology people. She founded the West Michigan Cisco User Group (wmcug.org) which has been a strong organization for the area for 10 years strong. She also continues to work with her Co-Founder, Kathleen Norton-Schock, on the Diva Tech Talk Podcast. She loves live music and is grateful for her supportive family, husband, daughter, and dog. They enjoy nature and live music for fun.

Nicole shares her work and ideas on her blog and personal website: https://digissancewoman.com/

She also posts frequently on twitter: @Tech_Nicole



International Matrix Award Presentation 


Tuesday, Oct. 1 
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

 

Roundtable Discussions

 

Transformational Leadership
Session Description: Inspire and motivate others to take action with confidence, sincerity, and trust. 

delivered by Lyn Watsonexecutive director of human resources at Crossings Community Church


Lyn Watson is the Executive Director of Human Resources at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, OK.  Lyn brings over 30 years of experience in HR, corporate training, employee development, keynote speaking, recruiting, and organizational development.

Lyn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a certified trainer with Integrity Systems, FranklinCovey, and Strata Leadership. Lyn recently received her SHRM-SCP certification.

As a former business owner, Lyn brings her enthusiasm, creative spirit, and an understanding of the demands individuals face in professional and volunteer environments. Through her work as a recruiter, trainer, and coach, Lyn uses her experiences to inspire creative problem solving and empower others to grow personally and professionally.

Lyn is an active community volunteer serving on various non-profit boards, leading small groups at her church, and volunteering 15 years with the Junior League of Oklahoma City.  In addition, Lyn served on the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board for a four-year term.


Lyn has been married to her husband Brad for 29 years and they have two adult children: Emily Richison (son-in-love Erik) and son Ben Watson.


Chapter and National Awards

emceed by Molly Hall