Keynote and featured speakers for the 1999 Connections conference

Steve Rizzo
April 20, 1999
  • Opening Keynote Speaker - Ballroom - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Learn to Laugh

Steve Rizzo is an individual who doesn't always go with the flow of life; he sometimes dives into it. Some call him The Entertainer With A Message, and for good reason. He has been a headlining comedian for over 17 years and has appeared on HBO, Showtime, Evening at the Improv, Comic Strip Live, The Comedy Channel, and many other network and cablevision shows. Now Steve coaches people on how to utilize their Sense of Humor as a tool so they can be More Creative, More Productive and Achieve Maximum Performance in the work place and in their personal lives.

Learn to Laugh Off Your Fears!

Learn How to Sway Your Emotions to Work For You not against you.

Learn How to Acquire a Whole New Attitude to dealing with negativity

and the everyday pressures of life.

Mark Mayfield
April 21, 1999
  • Closing Keynote Speaker - Ballroom - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Closing Speaker

Mark Mayfield is one of the very few people in the country who performs standup comedy and also conducts training seminars.

He has performed at conventions and meetings all over the country and has received rave reviews sharing the stage with a wide variety of celebrities like Paul Newman, Gerald Ford, Peter Frampton, and Bob Newhart. He is also a professional model and spokesperson seen in print advertising and television commercials, and has attained the "Certified Speaking Professional" designation, the highest earned recognition given by the National Speakers Association.

He has received two degrees, Magna Cum Laude from Kansas State University, served as National President of the Future Farmers of America, taught in the public school system, directed lobbying activities in Washington, D.C. for a "Fortune 500" corporation, and now is known as the "Corporate Comedian" entertaining and educating people with his unique brand of philosophy and wit.

Chad Foster
April 20, 1999
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Teenagers Preparing for the Real World: The Inside Scoop that you Won't Learn in School
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Teenagers Preparing for the Real World: The Inside Scoop that you Won't Learn in School

A much sought after speaker in the world of teenage motivation, Chad Foster's ability to see things as teenagers see them establishes an immediate bond between speaker and audience- whether the audience is filled with teenagers, parents or educators. His message is powerful, entertaining, and simple, all wrapped into one.

Entering business at age 19, Chad had to rely on the relationships he developed and the skills he learned as a teenager, to prepare him for the real world. The preparation paid off as he developed and marketed a unique product made from recycled tires. That product is soft playground surface that you see at McDonald's restaurants throughout the country.

Retired at age 33, the author and speaker is committed to sharing his skills of success with America's teenagers, as they prepare to face their own real world. Chad is a native of Louisiana and now makes his home in Atlanta, Georgia, where he spends his time writing, speaking and fly fishing.

Susan Goodale
April 21, 1999
  • Ruby - 8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Team Building: We Are All in It Together
  • Ruby - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Emotional Intelligence: People Skills and People-Smart Students
  • Ruby - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. - Brain-Based Learning: Teaching How Humans Learn

Susan Goodale is an engaging, inspiring, and dynamic presenter and workshop trainer with more than 30 years experience in education and human behavior. With masters degrees in both educational administration and mental health counseling, she has been a teacher of high school, community college, and university graduate students, a school administrator, feature writer, marriage and family therapist, and a business and educational consultant who presents to audiences across the nation. She is a highly requested and often featured speaker at state and national conferences and holds membership in a national speakers' bureau and the International Platform Association. In addition, Susan is a certified school counselor and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who has received state and national recognition for her work with families and young people.

Roger Taylor
April 21, 1999
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Integrating the Curriculum with the AHAModel - Part 1 of a 2 Hour Session
  • New Orleans Ballroom - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - Integrating the Curriculum with the AHAModel - Part 2 of a 2 Hour Session

Dr. Roger Taylor is one of the most sought after experts in the areas of integrated, inter/intra disciplinary curriculum, gifted education, at-risk students, inclusion, and Middle School concept, and critical thinking skills. He has a unique ability to motivate participants while providing research-based teaching strategies. Over a million educators have experienced Dr. Taylor's workshops, keynotes, and week-long curriculum writing institutes. He has assisted over 2500 school districts in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East in incorporating a team approach to education, and restructuring not only scope and sequence of the district but also implementation of actual daily lesson plans for individual teachers. Teachers and children have directly benefited from Dr. Taylor's AHA (Analyzing Human Activities) model for integrating curriculum using an interdisciplinary approach. Roger has been recognized in Who's Who in American Education and was named by IDEA as one of the Best of the Best. His energetic presentations, based on current educational research, are practical, easily applied to the classroom and inspiring.