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National Leadership Conference Speakers

  • Keynote Speaker 
    • Doc Hendley
      • In 2004, Hendley launched a fund-raising initiative for clean-water projects, which aimed to bring awareness and support to the world's freshwater crisis. He planned to donate the proceeds through traditional channels, but instead found himself travelling to one of the world's most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan. There, Doc witnessed a government-sponsored genocide where the number-one weapon wasn't bullets, but rather, it was water. With limited funds, Doc realized that he couldn't build new wells costing $10,000 a pop, but he could hire local workers to restore damaged wells for a mere $50 each. He'd found his mission. Today, Doc and his non-profit aid organization focused on providing clean water to continue to help stricken people repair and maintain water-containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Ugana, and Haiti. From Doc's perspective, you will be inspired to learn how to do what you can with what you have and learn about the immense power of relationships in trying to transcend perceived barriers while proving the power of one to transform the impossible into the inevitable. Doc Hendley was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2009 and is the epitome of an individual who has made a difference by discovering his voice.

  • Youth Session Speakers:

    • Jill Espliln 
      •      Jill has the ability to connect with students and teach leadership skills in an interactive and compelling way. She is the author of Dream Leader the book and co-creator of the interactive board game.  Jill created the company Leading For Life in 2004 with the vision to help inspire young people to discover their purpose and passions in an ever-changing world.  

 

§  “Go Big and Make a Big Difference”

·         By focusing on the importance of meaningful relationships and how small actions can lead to big visions, Jill reminds you about the power we have to make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of others. Through this message learn how to identify and eliminate limiting beliefs, the difference between “fake listening” and being “fully present” and the value of daily action steps.

    • Mike Smith 
      •        Mike talks about what he's doing. Having worked with youth for more than a decade, Mike has founded and continues to direct two nationally-recognized non-profit organizations (the BAY and Skate for Change). Companies like Red Bull and State Farm and people like Ryan Sheckler have taken notice of his pursuit to help the disadvantaged. Maybe it's time you take a look, too. He's passionate. He's real. He loves people. But most of all, he motivates others to live better lives.

 

§  "Leaving a Legacy" – Leadership

·          Everyone has the capability to be a leader. It takes courage and passion, and sometimes it gets a little messy, but we can all do it. You're leaving a mark on this world whether you realize it or not. Mike draws from his experience (both past and present) in launching and leading non-profit organizations and give practical advice on how you can take the first step in becoming an effective leader.

 

  • Adviser Recognition Session Speaker:

    • Dr. Lindsey Shirley 
      •       Dr. Lindsey Shirley is an assistant professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Education and an Extension Specialist for Clothing and Textiles in the Departments of Agricultural Systems Technology and Education and Family, Consumer and Human Development at Utah State University. She began her career as a junior high family and consumer sciences teacher in Lewiston, Idaho. She holds a B.S. from Iowa State University and a M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota in Family Education. She obtained a Ph.D. in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Iowa State University in 2007. 

§  “Using Technology to Present FACS Content”

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