Special Guest Speaker
First Lady Michelle Obama
Reach Higher Initiative
The First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative focuses on the importance of pursuing and completing some form of higher education and encourages students to answer the President's call to ensure that by the year 2020 America once again has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. Mrs. Obama understands the critical role school counselors play in schools to help students achieve their postsecondary dreams.
The Reach Higher Initiative will help make sure all students understand what they need to complete their education, including: exposing students to college and career opportunities; understanding financial aid eligibility that can make college affordability a reality; encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities; and supporting high school counselors, who can help more kids get into college.
Building Champions of Character
In this perceptive and practical speech, Pat Williams shares the key steps needed to go from dreaming to achieving – and how you can help your students turn into the champions they're meant to be. He'll share his blueprint for working and living a life full of passion, energy, imagination and creativity and give you tips on how to infuse students with the desire to be their best, while staying true to their values and integrity.
Pat Williams is the senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic and one of America's top motivational, inspirational and humorous speakers. He is the author of more than 65 books, the most recent of which is "Coach Wooden: The 7 Principles That Shaped His Life and Will Change Yours." Williams and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, 14 of them adopted from four nations. He hosts three weekly radio shows and has completed 58 marathons in the past 15 years.
Stedman Graham’s Identity Leadership program helps you learn who you are, develop your vision, set goals and realize personal achievement through a systemic process aimed toward success. Get the tools to improve your personal potential and professional performance through guided self-assessment and individual leadership. After learning who you are, where you are going and how you're going to get there, you'll better understand how to help students build their identities and establish a foundation for success. Learn how to develop your identity, create your vision, establish priorities, be flexible during times of change, remain committed to goals and maintain supportive relationships in your personal and professional life.
Stedman Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting company. Graham has authored 11 books, including two New York Times bestsellers. Actively involved in education, he is a former adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Chicago, where he taught a leadership course based on his nine-step process.
Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends & the New Rules of Boy World
Rosalind Wiseman gives insights into what matters most to boys – their friendships, girls and their relationships with adults. Discover what's really going on between boys and girls and why they can be so reluctant to ask adults for help. Learn how boys' and girls' social group dynamics influence their interactions and get step-by-step advice on how to teach young people to treat each other with dignity. Wiseman provides a roadmap for educators, parents and communities to reach boys and help them grow into the best sons, brothers, friends, students, athletes and boyfriends they can be.
Most famously the author of "Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World," the groundbreaking book that was the basis for the movie "Mean Girls," Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice and ethical leadership. Her latest book, "Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World," was published in September 2013. Each year Wiseman works with tens of thousands of students, educators, parents, school counselors, coaches and administrators to create communities based on the belief that each person has a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity. In 2013, she was appointed as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. National media regularly depends on Wiseman as the expert on bullying intervention, parenting, ethical leadership and the use of social media.