Leadership

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…

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. 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…