Keynote Speakers 
Chef Jeff Henderson
Sunday, June 30, 2013, 5–6:30 p.m.
0.15 CEUs/1.5 Contact Hours
From the Streets to the Stove
Chef Jeff Henderson grew up on the tough streets of Central Los Angeles and San Diego. By the time he was 19, he was running a $35,000 a week drug operation. At 24, Henderson was arrested and sent to prison, where he spent the next 10 years. It was while incarcerated that he discovered a passion for cooking and committed himself to turning his life around. Once released from prison, Henderson transitioned back into an environment that was as intimidating and hostile as prison. Having no formal education and a criminal background, he struggled for years in the hospitality industry. But, with persistence and determination, he was able to achieve his dreams, eventually becoming the executive chef of Café Bellagio in Las Vegas.
The author of “Cooked: My Journey from the Streets to the Stove,” Henderson was the Food Network personality behind “The Chef Jeff Project,” which took six at-risk young adults and committed to turning their lives around by putting them to work for his catering company, Posh Urban Cuisine, and providing them with the knowledge, skills and, ultimately, the opportunity for a new life with a culinary career. The show also inspired the companion cookbook, “Chef Jeff Cooks: In the Kitchen with America’s Inspirational New Culinary Star.”
Henderson uses “reality-based education” to inspire audiences to take charge of their lives and become a driver on the freeway toward their dreams. He gives them effective and simple ways to implement strategies to navigate them through the detours and roadblocks along the way. Audiences find his use of storytelling and humor not only memorable but also captivating. Henderson is the voice of personal and professional change, distinguishing him as a leading authority on human potential.

David Marcus
Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 9–10:30 a.m.
0.15 CEUs/1.5 Contact Hours
A is for Acceptance
David Marcus wrote his first freelance story at age 17. It was a New York Times essay about applying to college headlined “Yale Loves Me; Yale Loves Me Not.” (At it turns out, Yale didn't love him.). Marcus started his career at the Miami Herald, where he covered education. From the Herald, he headed to the Dallas Morning News, where he took over the one-man, one-jeep El Paso bureau, happily roving the U.S.-Mexico border. Later, he spent eight years as a foreign correspondent, based in Mexico City, Bogota and Rio de Janeiro, covering conflicts in Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Angola.
Marcus shared the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for a series about violence against women around the world. In 1999, Marcus joined US News & World Report to return to his original beat, education. Then, with his family in tow, he boldly walked away from his paycheck and benefits and moved to a bucolic region of New England that has no jobs. He had an idea for a little book that involved following a group of so-called “troubled teenagers” as they went through a therapeutic program. Displaying an uncanny ability to spend money without actually earning it, Marcus stretched his simple project into a five-year undertaking.
Houghton Mifflin published the book, “What It Takes to Pull Me Through: Why Teenagers Get in Trouble – And How Four of Them Got Out.” His newest book is “Acceptance: A Legendary Guidance Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges – and Find Themselves.” In addition, he blogs about education for the New York
Marcus believes school counselors and families need to completely re-imagine the college application process as a journey of self-discovery and self-reliance. He urges Americans to see applying to college as a four-year rite of passage with a series of character-building exercises, rather than a desperate race for test scores, grades and acceptance letters. Drawing on his experiences as a student at two Ivy League universities, a high school teacher and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with access to admissions committees, Marcus emphasizes his credo: "It’s about the fit, not the brand." Marcus’ advice applies to students of all backgrounds. He has especially uplifting observations about first-generation college students and those who struggled in high school.

Rachel Simmons
Wednesday, July 3, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
0.15 CEUs/1.5 Contact Hours
The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
Rachel Simmons is a pioneer in exploring the phenomenon of female aggression. Her illuminating body of work delves deeply into the lives of adolescent girls in an objective but empathic manner. What she finds is a disconcerting, and yet highly accurate, reflection of the issues affecting women in this new era of feminism. And, through her experience Simmons crosses gender boundaries by empowering both men and women in how to negotiate conflict and develop healthier relationships.
Founder of the Girl's Leadership Institute, Simmons is a consultant to schools all over the country. She is the author of “Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls,” “Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write about Bullies, Cliques, Popularity and Jealousy” and her latest, “The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence.”
Although Simmons is certainly not the first to write about schoolgirl cruelty, she treats the subject in a thorough and illuminating manner. She contends that incidents of bullying could be avoided if girls were encouraged to acknowledge their aggression. She believes this would empower them to negotiate conflicts and to define relationships in new and healthier ways. In her presentation she illustrates that conflict-free relationships don't exist. Instead of thinking conflict ends relationships, girls can learn they can't survive without it and should not let fear control them. She believes her task is to give every girl, every parent and every teacher a shared, public language to address girls’ conflicts and relationships. 
* Learn three types of psychological aggression
* Understand the root causes of female aggression
* Understand focus of girls' social power and structure of social conflict between girls
* Learn preventive and acute strategic interventions for girls