GSAE Annual Meeting Keynote Speakers 2022

Rennie Curran     Beth Z.,
Your Nerdy Best Friend
    Shelly Alcorn, CAE


Opening Session featuring Rennie Curran | Lead to Win | Welcome from Jekyll Island Authority | Sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge Georgia
Thursday, June 2, 8:30 am

Lead To Win - Learning how to effectively overcome adversity is one of the most important life skills for leaders. Being equipped with the tools and tactics to handle the challenges that come your way not only prepares you to lead others, but ultimately sets you up to win in the game of sports, business, and life! Rennie will energize your team or staff helping them to develop the right perspective and understand that success is waiting on the other side of obstacles.

Lunch Session & Keynote featuring Shelly Alcorn, CAE | Sponsored by Explore Charleston
Thursday, June 2, Noon

Being a blue collar girl in a white collar world leads to some quirky observations. A revolutionary, self-proclaimed edupunk, Shelly avidly studies climate change, authoritarianism, and how we can regenerate our social, cultural, spiritual, economic, and environmental systems.

Shelly began her career in change management at the age of 5 when she was enrolled at what was to be the first of the eleven schools she would attend prior to graduating from high school. Being the perpetual “new kid” forced her to quickly and strategically assess new environments, orient herself to new curriculum, policy, and rules and figure out the political nuance involved in navigating recess.

Shelly kept up the fast pace by holding various positions in different associations and then serving as executive director for two different associations – one a 501(c)(6) and one a 501(c)(3). She is fascinated with the intersection between technology, the education to employment system, and the association of the future. She develops future-focused retreats designed to appeal to younger members and speaks on topics meant to provoke and engage discussion on what it means to be a human in an increasingly machine-driven world. Shelly is also on the team at Ubiquity University as Chief Product Alchemist and is bringing her talents to bear on how we can deliver a whole new kind of education for a whole new kind of world.

Closing Session featuring Beth Z., Your Nerdy Best Friend | Discover Your Technology Psychology | Sponsored by Experience Columbia SC 
Friday, June 3, 8:30 am

Discover Your Technology Psychology - When you discover a new tech tool, do you sign right up? Sit back and wait? Shake your head? More than 130,000 new apps hit mobile platforms every month, and thousands of new startups target us with ads... all promising to be the best tech you've ever used. And the subconscious way you approach new tech can greatly impact the way you can leverage today's biggest advancements.

Join Beth Z, Your Nerdy Best Friend, to discover your Technology Psychology. You'll take a self-assessment to find out your Technology Psychology Persona to help you understand the benefits and limitations of your approach to new technology. You'll also see the new tech world from other perspectives so you can understand why it's so tough to get everyone on the same digital page when it comes to tech solutions. 

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