Business

Scott Reed

Business | Ethics

Scott Reed serves as CEO and a principal partner of Hardy Reed, LLC, a fee-only RIA. Scott is a CIMA® and an AIFA® designee. He is a graduate of the inaugural class of IMCA’s Endowments and Foundations Certificate and a 2003 graduate of the Securities Industry Institute. A graduate of Vanderbilt University. Scott is a 1997 “Top 40 Under 40” in the State of Mississippi. Read More…

Robert Khayat

Robert Khayat served as the 15th Chancellor of the University of Mississippi from 1995 until 2009. He is a former College Football All-Star, All-Pro Kicker for the Washington Redskins, law professor and President of the NCAA Foundation.

An Academic All-American football and baseball player at Ole Miss, Chancellor Khayat has degrees from Ole Miss and Yale. He has received the NFL Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award.

Under Dr. Khayat’s leadership, the University of Mississippi experienced a renaissance. Enrollment increased by 43.6 % (minority enrollment increased 78.5%). Operating budgets grew from $500 million to over $1.5 billion. Financial aid for students grew from $16.5 million to $138.5 million. The number of National Merit Finalists in the freshman class more than doubled. The endowment grew from $114.3 million to $472.4 million. Research and development grants topped $100 million each of the last eight years of Dr. Khayat’s tenure. The university produced its 24th and 25th Rhodes scholars. It also produced five Truman, eight Goldwater and six Fulbright scholars, plus one Marshall and one Udall scholar. Ole Miss also received the Grand Award for the country’s best-maintained campus from a national landscaping society. Read More…

Sister Schubert Barnes

Business | Faith | Motivational

Sister often sets the pace at her bakeries in Luverne, Alabama, Saraland, Alabama and Horse Cave, Kentucky and rolls, over 9 million each day, bake in the revolving ovens at Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls. Almost every phase of production is state of the art, from “the line,” where each roll is hand-formed and placed into Sister’s signature round pans, to the proofing room, with it’s precisely controlled temperature and humidity, to the icy blast freezers. But not so long ago, in 1989, Sister Schubert baked these famous rolls in the kitchen of her home in Troy, Alabama, only for her family and friends.Read More…

Dave Jesiolowski

Keynote

Uncover the secret of how to Attract the Right People to build a winning culture!
Discover Passion and Purpose in what you do and become inspired to outperform yourself!
Learn how to make better decisions!
An Experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life!
In the past two decades Dave Jesiolowski has held roles as a professional athlete, an advisor to business owners, a corporate executive in two fortune 500 companies, and now the founder and CEO of I think, I am, a leading authority on the psychology of performance and driving results.Read More…

Neil White

Character  |  Redemption  |  Motivational Keynote

Neil White appeared to have it all – beautiful wife, two healthy children, and his dream career as a journalist and magazine publisher. He showered those he loved with nice cars, beautiful homes and luxurious clothes. He loaned money to family and friends, gave generously to his church, and invested in his community – but his bank account couldn’t keep up. Soon he was moving money from one account to another to avoid bouncing checks. The FBI discovered his scheme, and a judge sentenced him to eighteen months in a federal prison in Carville, Louisiana that also happened to be home to the last people in the continental United States disfigured with leprosy. It was there, in the most unlikely of places, “In The Sanctuary of Outcasts,” that he realized the trappings of appearance and rediscovered the value of simplicity, friendship and gratitude. Neil’s story resonates with whitecollar professionals who also find themselves under financial pressure and tempted to break the rules, not believing they will pay the consequences. Read More…

Mandi Stanley, CSP

Mississippi’s First Certified Speaking Professional  |  Conference Keynoter  |  Session Leader

You’ll laugh!
You’ll learn!
You’ll leave with your “Hair-On-Fire!”

With more than 16 years’ experience on the seminar circuit, Certified Speaking Professional Mandi Stanley works primarily with business leaders who want to boost their professional image and with people who want to be better speakers and writers. She has traveled throughout North America entertaining and educating more than 40,000 seminar participants, totaling 4200 platform hours. Some of her repeat clients include: Campbell’s Soup Company, the United States Air Force, Kimberly-Clark’s World Headquarters, Mississippi Bankers Association, McDonald’s Corporation, Godiva Chocolate, The Rockefeller University, and the National Football League (that’s right—the NFL!)  Read More…

William Owens

Fraud Prevention

The architect of the healthcare fraud at HealthSouth Corporation, Owens was one of the first to blow the whistle on CEO Richard Scrushy; his plan to fake earnings to the tune of 2.7 billion dollars earned him 43 months in a federal prison. Owens accepts full responsibility for his crimes and travels the country teaching companies how to be proactive in their fight against fraud. “I paid my debt to society and I paid a very dear price,” he said. “I realize I had my priorities wrong for a lot of years.”  Read More…

Cornelius Lindsey

Branding

Cornelius is a Mississippi native who has lived in Georgia, England and California. Passionate about inspiring hope in individuals from all different backgrounds and cultures, Cornelius has spoken to audiences as large as 40,000 from Little Rock, Arkansas to Dubai. He is a no-nonsense kind of guy who doesn’t like to sugarcoat anything but pecans. With a little southern flavor and professional flare, Cornelius captivates his audiences by encouraging them to
become better people and inspiring others to change.  Read More…

Jenny Nolen

Humorist | Trainer

Known as ONE FUNNY LADY, Jenny Nolen has been in the National Spotlight as an entertainer, speaker, and trainer for well over a quarter of a century. She is an absolute must for any group looking to strengthen its team capabilities, overcome issues of Stress and Negativity, and create a new vision for Leadership. Jenny has a knack for keeping people laughing while teaching them important life skills.  Read More…

Dave Worman

Motivational Speaker & Corporate Trainer

Dave Worman, dubbed “Dr Motivation” by colleagues worldwide, is a frequent keynote presenter, workshop facilitator and featured motivational speaker for companies, conferences and conventions across the globe. Author of 2 books on employee motivation, “Motivating Without Money” and “Motivating With sales Contests”, he knows what it takes to create and coach work environments that inspire, engage , energize and motivate personnel,  performance, and productivity while experiencing  higher levels of employee satisfaction and company profits.  Read More…

Paul Mellor

Memory Expert  |  Motivational Trainer  |  Session Leader  |  Keynote

Paul Mellor is president of Success Links, a memory training company dedicated to helping people improve their lives by improving their memory power. A finalist in the 2008 USA Memory Championship. Paul offers valuable systems and solutions on how to strengthen memory. Paul’s skills have benefited everyone from business professionals to senior citizens to school children. He has written extensively on memory improvement and has been quoted in numerous national media, including Newsweek, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, NPR Radio, WOR Radio (New York), and CBN Television. He conducts
seminars throughout the country and believes that everyone can build their brain power with the help of a few proven techniques. Paul also has the distinction of having completed marathons in all 50 states, an accomplishment he attributes to three things –belief, attitude and desire.  Read More…

Roger Parrott

Leadership Keynote

At age 34, Roger Parrott became one of America’s youngest college presidents. He received his PhD in higher education administration from the University of Maryland and currently serves as president of Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi. The author of The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders, Parrott offers a fresh approach to leadership that will transform how readers make decisions and address problems.  Read More…

Samuel Jones

Leadership, Business, Motivational Speaker

Dr. Samuel Jones has been ‘Changing Lives with Words’ since his days as a high school basketball player in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. A professional basketball player in Helsinki Finland, Jones later earned a B.A and M.S from the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2006 he received his Ph.D from Mississippi State University. Currently, he serves as Dean of Student Affairs at Jones County Junior College, a business trainer and consultant for his company, Life Changing Presentations, as well as a Leadership Facilitator for The Mississippi Economic Council’s Leadership Mississippi Program. In his first book The Man I Never Knew: How Leadership Can be developed by Faith, Family and Friends, he uses his personal story to encourage his readers to explore their personal experiences and discover those unique leadership skills that are hidden within us all. His second book titled “Live Life on Purpose: From Discovery to Practice” uses his training in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning, and customer service to help organizations improve performance and as a result, increase profits. Read More…

Jay Myers

Entrepreneurship

The founder of Interactive Solutions, a Memphis-based firm that integrates high end video conferencing technology with audio-visual components to customize communications for healthcare, education, federal government, and corporate organizations, Jay ‘s company has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 list 6 times in the past 11 years. ISI has received numerous corporate awards, including 19th overall small business in the Southeast by Business Leader Magazine. In 2007 his book Keep on Swinging – An Entrepreneur’s Story of Overcoming Adversity and Achieving Small Business Success, was published. The book has earned him the Ethan Award and features in the Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal and Fox Business News.  Read More…

Dr. Ricki Garrett

Women in Business

Named as one of Mississippi’s top business leaders by The Mississippi Journal, Ricki brings a wealth of experience in higher education governance and leadership, and in healthcare. Her award-winning Ph.D research on women in governance provides insights into top levels of governance, working with male colleagues, and making the most of leadership opportunities.  Read More…

Sara Jane Hope

Trainer, Facilitator, Coach

The former Vice-President of Training and Development and Vice-President of Human Resources for Valley Services, Inc., Sara Jane Hope develops and conducts interactive sessions that use accelerated learning techniques.  Experienced as a facilitator for strategic planning and client focus group sessions, she develops and writes training policies and procedures as well as training materials for companies.  With degrees from Purdue University and Murray State University,  she has also completed the SHRM Human Resources Institute Certification Program at Mississippi State University and the ASTD Certified Trainer Program from the University of Mississippi. Named one of Mississippi’s 50 Leading Businesswomen  in 2005, Sara Jane is dedicated to making a difference in the performance and knowledge of her trainees and the companies or organizations with whom she works.  Read More…

Joe M. Turner

“Chief Impossibility Officer”

Joe M. Turner leverages his experience as a manager in a big-six global management consulting firm with world-class talent in sleight-of-hand and mentalism to create engaging, relevant, and unforgettable keynote experiences for audiences. His expertise in creating amazing experiences on stage is a launching pad for understanding how to create amazing experiences for your own audiences. Whether your group is focusing on marketing, leadership, communication, brand awareness, customer service or employee appreciation, the common thread is this: there is an important message that must be delivered to a target audience in an effective and memorable way. Make it amazing!  Read More…

Kimberly Medlock

Women in Business & Business Etiquette

Kimberly Medlock is a Productivity Expert who consults and works with organizations that want happier, healthier and more productive employees and workplaces.
She is widely known as the productivity expert of choice because of her down-to-earth, real-world solutions and delivery. She is a problem-solver, a Time-Management Guru, Registered Corporate Coach, Certified Professional Organizer, Microsoft Outlook Specialist and most importantly a parent to three amazing kids! She speaks with enthusiasm about the amazing power of focus and organization for your time, your mind, your spaces and your information and its profound impact in all aspects of professional and personal lives.  Read More…

Michael Young

Motivational, Business, Hosting

Michael’s multi-dimensional career has taken him from performer to producer to businessman. His television career began at QUBE, the world’s first interactive tv network. He made history by hosting the world’s first interactive game show with home audiences as contestants. Not only did he guest star on numerous television series such as Love Boat, Remington Steele and Love American Style, he also hosted shows such as CNBC Live, ESPN’s Sunkist Kids, and The Disney Channel’s EPCOT Magazine. Perhaps he is best known as the Emmy-winning host of ABC’s Kids Are People Too!. In 1994 Michael’s innovative TV financial model at Alton Entertainment provided the platform to launch 19 websites for Alton and its national clients. As founder/CEO of Alton Entertainment he produced Main Floor, broadcast’s first & longest running fashion, beauty, health & fitness program. Today he is founder/CEO of Michael Young Media, a producer of television special for Condé Nast, & Meredith Publishing – Vogue, Better Homes & Gardens, Fitness… and more.   Read More…

Nick Walters

Business, Leadership, Faith

A 7th generation Misissippian, Nick Walters was bitten by the “politics bug” when he became president of his high school Beta Club and then national Beta club president.  While attending Mississippi College, Nick went to work as an intern for Congressman Trent Lott. He served on Lott’s 1988 Senate campaign staff and in 1991 he was on the core team that elected Kirk Fordice as the first GOP governor since Reconstruction.  After running several campaigns and doing consulting work, he ran unsuccessfully for Secretary of State in 1999. In March of 2001, he was recommended by Senators Cochran and Lott to President George W. Bush to serve as State Director of USDA Rural Development in Mississippi. Nick served as State Director from March 2001 until August of 2006. Today he heads up  his own financial consulting firm Stone-Adams Financial Partners headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi. Nick serves on the Board of Trustees for Blue Mountain College and teaches Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Jackson.  Read More…

Jim Henderson

From day to day sports coverage to deep-sea fishing, WWL-TV’s Jim Henderson always keeps his eye on the game. Starting with his Little League days in his native Rochester, New York, Jim quickly learned that sports was his calling. After receiving his Bachelors Degree in English from the State University of New York at Cortland, Jim went on to get his Masters in Radio and Television from Syracuse University. Jim began his sports reporting career with the Sports Director position at a Panama City station, then leapt to a major market as a Sports Reporter in Atlanta. Jim joined Channel 4 in 1978, when he was offered the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of WWL-TV’s sports-casting legend, Hap Glaudi. “I have the best job in the world, but, my responsibility is not to the coaches and players, but to the people who make sports special: the fans,” says Jim, “and, Louisiana sports fans are dedicated, they expect the best from everybody, from players to reporters.”  Read More…

Katie Anderson

Author, Kiss and Make Up

Katie D. Anderson was a stay-at-home mother who out-of-the-blue decided to indulge her inner creativity and write a book. Her faith and determination propelled her dream into a reality not to mention a six-figure book deal, a Warner Brothers movie deal, a video game app, and a potential cosmetics deal.  Her first novel for teens, Kiss and Make Up, is a tale about sisterhood, the bond of family and finding one’s inner beauty. The book is a perfect teen read and like a favorite nail shade, it can be shared by moms, daughters, sisters and friends.

Janie Walters

Corporate Trainer and Motivational Speaker

Janie Walters understands that we can find humor and joy in all of life’s situations and she incorporates those into her presentations and even the content of her hilarious book Blow a Bubble, Not a Gasket .  Merging relevant subject matter with  entertainment, she knows how to energize and challenge those who attend her keynotes. The owner of Champion Communications, Janie is a full-time motivational speaker, a human communications specialist, and an award-winning educator, with more than 25 years experience at the secondary and college levels.  A member of the National Speakers Association, she had made presentations to over 800 national, state, and local conferences.  Read More…