Keynote Speakers

Mitzi Perdue

Four Superpowers for Boosting Your Career.


Mitzi Perdue will share four practical, yet not generally known, steps you can take right now to supercharge your career.


Mitzi Perdue knows that every family business has a culture. The question is, does this culture come about by design or by default? The ones that come about by default rarely support keeping the family business in the family across the generations.

So, what can a family do to develop and strengthen a culture that will support their deepest goals and values?

Mitzi Perdue draws on the experience of her family of origin, the Henderson Estate Company which dates back to 1840 and was the forerunner of the Sheraton Hotels (her father was co-founder of the chain). She also looks to her marital family (she’s the widow of Frank Perdue from Perdue Farms) that began in 1920.

In both cases, family members in each generation put enormous effort into creating and maintaining strong, values-based cultures. Her talks stem from her lifelong observations not only of how her two families have kept together over a combined total of 280 years, but she’s also closely observed how other high net worth families, often ones she’s known since childhood, created and continuously strengthen positive cultures. She’s also observed almost countless cases where families that lacked a supportive culture failed spectacularly.

Mitzi’s talks contain practical tips for embedding a positive culture. She’s been a part of carrying out all of them, and in some cases, creating them. These are tips that work, they’re practical, and they can make a spectacular difference in whether the family continues across the generations, or becomes one of the 70% that fails to pass on their legacy to the next generation.

Mitzi is a businesswoman, author, and a master story teller. She holds degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University, is a past president of the 35,000 member American Agri-Women and was one of the U.S. Delegates to the United Nations Conference on Women in Nairobi. She currently writes for the Academy of Women’s Health, and GEN, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News.

Most recently, she’s authored Tough Man, Tender Chicken: Business and Life Lessons from Frank Perdue. The book made #5 on Amazon’s Business Biographies, out of a field of 20,000. She’s also the author of, I Didn’t Bargain for This, her story of growing up as a hotel heiress.

A woman of many talents, she also programmed a computer app, B Healthy U, designed to help people track the interactions of lifestyle factors that influence their energy, sleep, hunger, mood, and ability to handle stress. In addition to being a programmer and software developer, Mitzi is also an artist and designer of EveningEggs™ handbags.

In addition, Mitzi the author of more than 1600 newspaper and magazine articles on family businesses, food, agriculture, the environment, philanthropy, biotechnology, genetic engineering, and women’s health.

She was a syndicated columnist for 22 years, and her weekly environmental columns were distributed first by California’s Capitol News and later, by Scripps Howard News Service, to roughly 420 newspapers. For two years she was a Commissioner on the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

Mitzi also produced and hosted more than 400 half hour interview shows, Mitzi’s Country Magazine on KXTV, the CBS affiliate in Sacramento, California. In addition, she hosted and produced more than 300 editions of Mitzi’s Country Comments, which was syndicated to 76 stations. Her radio series, Tips from the Farmer to You, was broadcast weekly for two years on the Coast to Coast Radio Network.


Ken & Margie Blanchard

Servant Leadership: A Four-Step Approach to Bringing Out the Best in Yourself and Others


Ken and Margie Blanchard believe that the world is in desperate need of a new leadership model—and that model is Servant Leadership. They ask one question of leaders, “Are you here to serve, or be served?” Your answer to this question will reflect a fundamental difference in the way you approach leadership. If you believe leadership is all about you, where you want to go, and what you want to attain, then your leadership by default will be more self-focused and self-centered. On the other hand, if your leadership revolves around meeting the needs of the organization and the people working for it, you will make different choices that will reveal a more “others-focused” approach. Servant leaders focus on these four dimensions of leadership.

  • Understand the four elements of servant leadership—Heart, Head, Hands and Habits
  • Define your vision, purpose and values
  • Learn the importance of managing the performance of your staff
  • Build your best practices into habits that support your vision.

A servant leadership culture focuses on both business results and human satisfaction.


With a passion to turn every leader into a servant leader, Ken Blanchard shares his insightful and powerful message with audiences around the world through speeches, consulting services, and bestselling books. Universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most influential and compassionate leadership experts in the world, Ken is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership. In fact, few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard.

When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. No matter how large the audience, he is able to communicate with each person as if the two of them were alone and talking one on one. Ken is a sophisticated storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand.

Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Cornell University, and he also teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.

Ken’s impact as an author is far reaching. His iconic 1982 classic, The One Minute Manager®, coauthored with Spencer Johnson, has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on bestseller lists today. In the past three decades he has authored or coauthored 60 books whose combined sales total more than 21 million copies. His groundbreaking works—including Raving Fans, The Secret, and Leading at a Higher Level, to name just a few—have been translated into more than 42 languages. In 2005 Ken was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.

Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the Council of Peers Award of Excellence. He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received the Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA, The Association of Learning Providers.

Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received his master’s degree from Colgate University and his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from Cornell University.

Nancy May

CEO, Co-Founder | CareManity

When caring for a family member impacts your life and career:

How to manage, reduce stress, save time and survive so you don’t sink your career or yourself.

Session Description:

More and more, women leaders find themselves adopting the title of caregiver, or CXO, to their aging parents or family members. Today, there are over 43 million people caring for parents who are 65 years of age or older. These are prime years when it comes to developing and advancing our careers. If we are fortunate enough, the days and accumulated hours we tirelessly spend supporting our aging parents will be long and memorable. But, in doing so, many of us lose out on promotions, clients, and opportunistic income producing years. Even worse, entrepreneurs and independent contractors pay the price.

So how do we cope? How do we keep our sanity? How do we save time and money while keeping on that high-flying career trajectory?

In this session Nancy May will share practical hard to find tools, resources, tips and tricks to keep your head and heart strong, while offering advice on supporting your earning potential. More important, she’ll teach you how to stay strong and survive, so you don’t sink. 


Nancy May, CEO The BoardBench Companies, noted in Forbes as
one America’s governance experts, knows the ins and outs of
challenging board environments. Nancy is the host of the
Boardroom’s Best podcast, which has been recognized as one of the
top 25 business podcasts to listen to. She is a regularly featured
contributor to the CEO Forum magazine, and is a frequent guest
speaker on corporate boards, governance trends, and how candidates
can “crack the code” that gets you to a seat at the table.

Ms. May has over 25 years of experience as a strategic advisor to
CEOs and boards of emerging and high-growth, mid-cap and global
100 public public and private companies on issues impacting board
governance, director succession, financial health, rapid growth,
succession planning, and sustainability. She has worked with some of the most recognized
institutions, mid-sized public and private companies, and investment firms in industries that
include: automotive, banking, insurance, chemicals, energy, natural resources, technology,
healthcare, consumer goods, education, financial services, industrial manufacturing, media,
communications, bio-tech, communications, and more.

Ms. May has been recognized by clients for her innate ability to quickly identify key action
points and resolve complicated boardroom and business challenges impacting corporate
governance and performance. She is respected for her direct, no-nonesense style. Her skill and
insight into many different industry environments comes from her long-term, diverse experience
with many companies from rapid-paced start ups and IPOs, to broad complex corporations and

She has been a guest lecturer and presenter for numerous national and international business and
professional organizations and universities.

The BoardBench Companies, is a corporate governance advisory firm whose services includes:
director development, board search/succession services, director education, and individual
director and candidate coaching services.

Carol Kaemmerer

Executive Branding Expert

Be Your Own Best Brand Ambassador via LinkedIn

Session Description
We each must take charge of our own career. No one else can look out for your interests as effectively as you can. One of the most important ways that you can take charge of your own visibility, influence, and career direction is to clearly communicate your personal brand and accomplishments online, via LinkedIn.

In this session, Carol Kaemmerer, executive branding expert, professional speaker, and author of the book LinkedIn for the Savvy Executive: Promote Your Brand with Authenticity, Tact and Power, will share how to create a powerful LinkedIn profile that will build your recognition and be memorable. Get clear about your brand, communicate it effectively on LinkedIn – and get ready to be recognized.

Print out your LinkedIn profile in advance so that you can refer to it during the session. Carol’s book LinkedIn for the Savvy Executive: Promote Your Brand with Authenticity, Tact and Power, is available through Amazon and other online booksellers.


Internationally recognized executive branding expert, speaker and author of the award-winning book LinkedIn for the Savvy Executive, Carol Kaemmerer creates powerful brand messaging for senior executives and their companies to increase their visibility, influence, and ability to steer their future. A member of the C-Suite Network, National Speakers Association and certified as a Virtual Presenter by eSpeakers, Carol speaks about communicating personal brand and presence online.

Dr. Tracey Jones

President | Tremendous Leadership

Confident Decision-Making: The Power to Decide

Ten tremendous tools to move you from procrastination to determination and application. 

Session Description:

Ten tremendous tools to move you from procrastination to determination and application.

Women are gifted decision-makers. Learn how to recognize your influence and hone this critical leadership skill. People are looking to you to make the call. Learn how to Make It, Make It Yours, and Make It Work.


Many keynote speakers can be entertaining, but Tracey brings a unique
approach to motivation that includes a call to action, complete with tools you can put to immediate use. Tracey is able to address the root issue you need targeted, and jump-start the transformation you need to become tremendous.

Author, speaker, Air Force Academy graduate, decorated Veteran,
international leadership expert, scholar, and researcher, Tracey C. Jones is the President of Tremendous Leadership. She has released, Beyond Tremendous: Raising the Bar on Life, to help others move beyond the ordinary to generate their best identity, and A Message to Millennials, encouraging the next generation of leaders by teaching the importance of followership. Her latest book, SPARK: Five Essentials to Igniting the Greatness Within, includes her doctoral research. With the research she has done, and her lifelong pursuit of learning, she is always looking for opportunities to help businesses invest in their employees with training, coaching, or Continuing Education Credits.

Eli Marcus

Executive Director | Davler Media Group

The Ask

Session Description:

How what you thought about Asking has been holding you back for decades

  1. What are the Roadblocks to Asking and how can you overcome them
  2. How to Ask so People want to help you
  3. Why Asking is essential for Success and Fulfillment
  4. What percentage of people will figure you out and seek you out and what percentage do you need to ask
  5. Why as kids, were we ALWAYS asking for what we want and why as grow older we old ask when we are comfortable asking

Co-Publisher of City Guide Magazine – NY’s only large circulation Visitor Magazine

City Map – NY’s largest distributed Visitor Map


Weekly Tourism Happenings Newsletter

Host of THE MOTIVATION SHOW on C-Suite Network Radio

Ryan Randolph

Production Manager | Triscari Group

DIY Marketing: Ways to keep your business growing when your marketing budget is shrinking.

Session Description:

Throughout the life of your business you may find your marketing budget is small or even non-existent. Often times the investment needed to develop marketing materials and content, through the use of an outside agency, can be substantial. And then even more funds are needed to get your new content in front of the public. In this workshop, Ryan Randolph, Production Manager with Triscari Video/Web/Marketing will discuss several ways that you can create your own content, in-house, at little or no cost. He will discuss creating your own video content and some tools and techniques to help make it look and sound professional. Ryan will go over the statistics of why quality and quantity are equally important for social marketing. And he will talk about alternative forms of content creation such as podcasts that are easy to do and can be a valuable way to build up your following and increase your brand awareness.


Ryan Randolph is a professional videographer, photographer, director, and marketing consultant. He graduated magna cum laud from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in photo journalism. He has been developing and marketing creative content professionally for more than 10 years. For the past 8 years he has held the role of production manager at Triscari Video/Web/Marketing, a full service marketing company in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. He is a native Pennsylvanian, proud husband and father of 2.

Latonya Brock

Authentic Leadership


Latonya Brock is the Executive Director of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce located in Quincy, IL. In her role, she advocates on pro-business issues for her community, leads in the diversity, equity, and inclusion spaces, and oversees the mission of QACC. Latonya is a native of Indianapolis, IN, where her financial industry career spanned over 20 years. She held various leadership and community roles.

Latonya actively serves within her community; currently, she is the President of the Quincy Rotary Club, President of Cornerstone Foundation for Families, and operates in multiple other capacities. She also holds various certificates from Skillpath Seminars, Coaching and Teambuilding Skills for Managers and Supervisors, The Essentials of Communicating with Diplomacy and Professionalism, and Conflict Management Skills for Women.

She completed the Cornell University certification program in Diversity & Inclusion and the U.S. Chamber Business Lead Program. Additionally, she has completed a Leadership Training Development Series for Diversity through the United Way of Central Indiana. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Indiana Wesleyan University and currently enrolled in Quincy University, pursuing a master’s in counseling (mental health) and the U.S. Chamber Institute of Organizational Management.

Of all Mrs. Brock’s professional accomplishments, she is also the founder and Executive Director of a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 called Latonya Brock, Inc, which includes various ministries. For her passion and role in developing others, ministering the gospel, authentic leadership, empowering, and igniting others in purpose, she is a sought-after empowerment speaker.

Session Speakers

Local Influencers

Kristal Murren

What “Bossy” women should know about language

Session Description

If you don’t believe you are capable/qualified/talented you will never rise into your full potential. In the research I have conducted with incredibly influential women, it has been found that often the glass ceiling is self-inflicted. You can do extraordinary things when implementing the language that makes it possible. While navigating this path, you might be called names, get push back, and ruffle feathers. You, yourself, may start believing them. But remember, you have a mission. You are a leader. You signed up. Who cares what “they” think!?! Let’s change the world together and invest 30 minutes in shifting your language to mission-focused dialogue that will inspire others to action.


Kristal Murren, President of Bossy Girl Leadership, is working with her team to create the experience that has become a movement of leaders making YOUR world a better place!

Don’t be mistaken, bossy is not how she leads, it is how she inspires trust that doesn’t quit. This “Bossy Girl” will walk beside you in creating excellence through adversity. Why? Because she’s done it. Kristal is redefining bossy and supporting each of us in reclaiming our own personal power.

With a master’s level accomplishment in strategic leadership and professional expertise in developing servant leaders that accomplish the mission through others, your organizational culture and leadership abilities will flourish with her influence. Kristal is certified by the Hay Group for 360 facilitation and leadership styles, by AchieveGlobal for leadership facilitation, by TalentSmart for Emotional Intelligence, and the delivery of many personalities and behavioral sorters. She is sought out for her high energy and empowering, captivating style.

Kristal brings nearly two decades of proven experience in building leaders, inspiring teams, and training trainers. She has provided leadership development and consulting services across the Mid-Atlantic for clients such as: The Discovery Channel, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland Department of Human Resources, Planet Fitness, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, among many others. She has also been a featured speaker and facilitator for universities, health care organizations, nonprofits, and government.

Madonna Awotwi

Mastering the Art of Self Care

Session Description
  • Benefits of self-care
  • Managing your time, attention and energy
  • Saying “no” and asking for help
  • Ideas for physical, emotional, spiritual and mental self-care

MaDonna Awotwi can be described as a change agent, social media guru, and a connector of words and people. In her role as the Director of Communications for the African American Chamber of Commerce of Central PA, she is tasked with engaging and empowering entrepreneurs through social media and traditional marketing outlets. Walking in her purpose as a woman who is called to help people discover their passion and vision, MaDonna has created a yearly empowerment event as well as corresponding products. The VIS20N event, and the VIS20N workbook and journal. More recently she developed a journal for young women ages 9-18 to assist in social-emotional learning, self-esteem, and goal setting. The project; GOAL GETHER is something she is so excited about as girls with goals become women with vision! MaDonna is dedicated to helping people become their absolute best selves through inner work, affirmation, and accountability programming.

Jeffrey A West

Financial Literacy 101

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