Keynote and featured speakers for the 2002 Connections conference

Dale Henry
June 11, 2002
  • Opening Keynote Speaker - Ballroom - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - The Hootie-Hoo Attitude
  • Plaza H - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Do You Sizzle or Fizzle? A Recipe for Leadership Country Style

After earning his B.S. and M.S. in Secondary Education, Dale completed his Ph.D. in 1991 with a concentration in the area of Adult and Continuing Education. He has served as an educator, administrator, author, speaker, trainer, consultant and entrepreneur. In 1994, he was appointed Associate Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies for Tennessees oldest college, Tusculum College in Greenville, Tennessee. Years of consulting and speaking in seminars and in-service training sessions throughout the country facilitated another transition into public speaking and professional development. Dale has been honored with numerous business and educational awards and prides himself in being a master teacher. Dr. Henrys many experiences in the field of business and education make him a natural when it comes to lively and humorous presentations. Although Dale believes in the importance of laughter his presentations always deliver a strong message packed with useful tools.

Greg Schwem
June 12, 2002
  • Closing Keynote Speaker - Ballroom - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Comedy With a Byte

If youre looking to laugh at todays educational world, look no further than the stand-up comedy and humorous motivational speaking of Greg Schwem. Dubbed Comedy with a Byte by the Chicago Tribune, Greg has brought his wholesome, energetic brand of comedy to functions from coast to coast. Greg laces his routines with hilarious stories that people can relate to. Laugh along with Greg and his views on technical support lines, monotonous business meetings, meaningless PowerPoint presentations, e-commerce, cell phone addiction and that annoying guy in every building who just cant stop sending e-mail! By the end of Gregs show, youll see how efficient tools are actually rendering us inefficient. More importantly, you will leave feeling motivated and willing to chuckle when technology rears its ugly head in the school!

Laura Cornille-Cannady
June 11, 2002
  • Plaza H - 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Real Heroes Don't
  • Plaza H - 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Go Ahead, Have a Good Laugh!

Laura Cornille-Cannady is president of Learning Alliances Company, a training and consulting company located in Decatur, Illinois. Laura has a Master of Science in Education from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Quincy College. She has certifications from Kepner-Tregoe and Organizational Dynamics, Inc. Laura has also been selected as a Top Ten National Presenter and is an alumnus of the 1997 Leadership Illinois Class. She is also an active member at both the regional and the national levels of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Greg Risberg
June 12, 2002
  • Plaza H - 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - How To Stay Energized in a Draining World!
  • Plaza H - 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - That Goes Without Saying

Greg Risberg is a social worker and educator from Elmhurst, Illinois. Greg earned his Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois and is the author of Touch: A Personal Workbook. Prior to developing his consulting practice, Greg was a lecturer at Northwestern University and at Loyola Medical Center in Chicago. Gregs presentations have been heard by 1,500 organizations nationally, and touched more than 500,000 people in the U.S., Canada, England and Australia.

Mari Pat Varga
June 11, 2002
  • Plaza F - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Power Talk
  • Plaza F - 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. - Say YesFive Tools for Idea Generation and Problem-Solving

Mari Pat makes every learning experience interesting, challenging and fun; helping individuals learn to communicate powerfully! She is the author of the book and software program, The Presenters Journal: A Tool for Making Presentations Memorable, and the book and video, Great Openings and Closings: How to Launch and Land your Presentations with Punch, Power and Pizzazz. A successful entrepreneur, in business since 1985, Mari Pat is a faculty member of both DePaul University and Columbia College. She is also a member of the National Speakers Association and a former board member of NSA-IL. As Managing Director of Varga & Associates, Inc., she has presented her Creative Communication programs to corporations, small businesses and business associations throughout the United States and internationally.