Education

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…

Braxton Brady

Faith | Education | Ethics

Braxton Brady is the Chaplain and Director of the “Building Boys, Making Men” Program at Presbyterian Day School, an independent school serving over 630 boys in grades PK-6 in Memphis. He also serves as the Chaplain for the University of Memphis football team. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis and his Masters of Arts in Theology from Covenant Theological Seminary. Brady has served on the boards of various inner city ministries in Memphis. He is a graduate of the Emerging Leaders Program, a program that helps disciple and develop spiritual leaders in the city of Memphis. Serving and living in the inner city of Memphis has given Brady a unique perspective on the challenges all young men face in their journeys to manhood, no matter their social or economic status.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…

Dr. Kenneth Sufka

Getting Your A-Game On

Dr. Kenneth Sufka, professor of Psychology and Pharmacology for the research institute of pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi, teaches General Psychology and has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching and research. He has been recognized by the American Psychological Association for his national efforts at undergraduate curricular reform and received the Iowa State University Department of Psychology’s Alumni Award for exceptional contributions to teaching. His recently published book The A Game: Nine Steps to Better Grades, highlights the common mistakes made by students in transition and offers effective strategies that promote course mastery leading to better grades.  Read More…

Heather Lindsey

Abstinence Education

Founder of The Pinky Promise, an organization that promotes abstinence and purity, Heather challenges teens and college girls to get the abstinence advantage by rising above cultural pressures. Facing consequences teens in previous generations couldn’t imagine, young women receive straight talk from Heather on how to say no in a yes society.  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…

CJ Stewart

Afghanistan War Veteran

CJ Stewart left behind the “normal” route to life after his second year of college to pursue the calling placed on his life. In 2007, CJ graduated high school with honors in Madison, Mississippi and like most kids from his community, college was the next step to a happy life. It wouldn’t take him long to realize that there was more for him to do.

In June 2009, CJ joined the United States Army and left for Basic Training with the goal of becoming a Combat Medic. CJ went on to graduate top of his class and received awards for Marksmanship, Physical Training and was named the Distinguished Honor Graduate of his class. He attributes these accomplishments to his dedication and focus on God throughout the tough process.  Read More…

Diane Williams

Storyteller, Motivational Speaker

Diane Williams, a New Jersey native who came to Mississippi  by way of Texas, has been called a story-weaver, a keeper of treasured tales, and a collector of phrases. Williams weaves her tales from books, history, myths, legends, and folktales, and many of her stories are original Her newest released  book, Mississippi Folk and the Tales They Tell: Myths, Legends and Bald-Faced Lies, was published by History Press.  A recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award for Regional Leadership and Service, the National Association of Black Storyteller’s Zora Neale Hurston Award, and the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Special Chair’s Award, Diane was a finalist in the National Storytelling Contest, and is a recipient of both a scholarship and research grant from the National Storytelling Network, of which she is a past board chairperson. Read More…

Lemzell Johnson

Inspirational Speaker

Lemzell Johnson has spent over 20 years touching the lives of families in inner cities. Embracing the slogan, “Nurture the poor to independence”, he daily pushed for others to improve and do better. He served as the senior youth director for the Neighborhood Christian center in Memphis, Tennessee, executive director for the Community of Hope in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and the executive site director for the Neighborhood Christian center of Alabama in Decatur. Then, in 2008, an undiagnosed brain tumor ruptured and left him in critical condition. Suddenly, his family was in need. As he struggled to overcome his greatest challenge, he realized that he still had value; he could use his life struggles as steps to change the world around him. Lemzell uses his story as he guides others in finding purpose, hope, and meaning for living. His two books, Building Good Character Starts With You and Adding Value to Your Greatest Tool provide character lessons for youth and young adults. Read More…

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…