Wednesday Keynote

Dr. Adolph Brown, III

President & CEO

Business & Education Leadership Authority

Dr. Adolph Brown, III is the President & CEO of the Business & Education Leadership Authority of Virginia Beach, VA. He is an American urban and rural school educator, author, research-scientist, businessman and professional speaker. He is a servant-leader at heart, a passionate teacher educator and a lifelong social justice advocate. He is admired for his simple and direct “Real Talk,” and powerful, universal and timeless teachings.

As a much sought-after and highly effective Equity and Diversity speaker, Dr. Brown skillfully addresses the impact of stereotypes. He credits much of his success to the luxury of humble beginnings of being reared by a single parent mother in abject poverty of the inner city housing projects and spending summers in farming country with his grandfather. Dr. Brown inspires all to be the very best they can be.

Thursday Lunch Speaker

Dr. Dana Winters

Director of Simple Interactions and Academic Programs; Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies

Fred Rogers Center

As the Director of Simple Interactions and Academic Programs for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Dr. Winters seeks to apply and advance the legacy of Fred Rogers in serving children and their helpers.

Through projects involving children’s helpers across many diverse settings, including child care, school systems, community programs, residential care and children’s hospitals, she communicates and reflects what is simple and deep about work in service of children and their families.

Dr. Winters supervises the Center’s research lab, Incubator 143, which partners with educators, trainers, advocates and researchers to focus on identifying and amplifying the simple active ingredient that universally helps serve children—the power of human connection.

Friday Keynote

Allison Clarke


Allison Clarke Consulting

Allison Clarke is an expert in leadership and influence who brings over 20 years experience in corporate training. She believes no change can happen without the right attitude, a strong vision and effective coaching. She’s helped thousands around the world break through barriers to get results that improve their productivity and profitability.

As a “Top 25 Master Trainer” for Dale Carnegie Corporation, Allison spent 16 years witnessing miraculous transformations. This gave her the foundation she needed to affect significant change and stretch her own comfort zone to launch Allison Clarke Consulting.

As a leadership trainer, Allison isn’t afraid to challenge and scare herself in setting ambitious goals-completing the Tough Mudder, running a marathon, traveling internationally, sky diving and being the best mother possible to two teenage girls. Each of these provide valuable experience in breaking the habits that hold us back from doing what we truly want with our lives.

To learn the lessons of leadership, she studied what it really means to leave a memorable impact on others. She attended 30 funerals in 60 days, and discovered that the dead speak volumes through the lives they’ve touched. Her book is called: “What Will They Say?”

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