Danna Beal, M.Ed., is a workplace culture expert, a business consultant, speaker and author residing in Renton, WA. She has been on over 80 radio and TV talk shows throughout the country, discussing her book, “The Extraordinary Workplace: Replacing Fear with Trust and Compassion”. She has been a keynote speaker and workshop leader for over 300 businesses on her new model for enlightened leadership; creating harmony, teamwork and extraordinary success. Her interest in expanding human potential has been a thread throughout her life. She is committed to helping people everywhere be restored to their authentic selves through a process that illuminates and brings clarity to the drama in the workplace. Addressing the unrecognized costs to businesses when the work environment is filled with emotional drama and power struggles, she introduces a new model for “enlightened leadership”. Her work rebuilds relationships and increases team-building, loyalty, synergism and success. She holds B.A. from WSU and a M.Ed. from Whitworth. Speaking engagements include: •AHRA, LA, CA, St. Louise, MO, Seattle, WA •Grand Rounds- Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA •Institute of Management Accountants National Conference, Boston, IL •Business Retention and Expansion International, Halifax, Nova Scotia •The Institute of Management Accountants, Chicago, IL
Jeff Bowe currently serves as Director of Sales for Experience Olympia & Beyond, working with meeting and event planners, tour operators and sports event organizers to bring more group business to Thurston County. He is a 22-year travel industry veteran, having held a variety of hospitality management positions. Prior to joining Experience Olympia & Beyond, he served as Director of Sales for Hotel RL by Red Lion, overseeing all group and catering sales efforts. Other positions include senior sales manager at the four-star Hotel Murano and tourism director for a national mall management company. Jeff resides in Olympia, Washington with his family and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Donna Cameron, CAE
Donna Cameron, CAE, has spent more than 30 years in association management. Formerly President of Melby, Cameron & Anderson, an Edmonds-based AMC that was purchased by SBI in 2016, Donna has worked with countless associations and boards of directors, both as executive director and as consultant and facilitator. Since selling her company, she now works as a speaker, consultant, and trainer in the areas of strategic and preferred future planning, organizational effectiveness, leadership development, other topics related to leadership and management, and, of course, kindness. Her second book, A YEAR OF LIVING KINDLY, is scheduled for publication later this year. It focuses on how and why to live a kind life in a world where incivility has become epidemic.
Arden Clise, President of Clise Etiquette, is an expert in the field of business etiquette. As an author, speaker, trainer and coach, Arden helps professionals confidently and comfortably navigate business situations as an etiquette trainer, coach, speaker and author. A popular columnist, Arden writes a regular business etiquette advice column for 425 Magazine. Her new book, Spinach in Your Boss’s Teeth is available on Amazon.com. Arden has been quoted in several national and international publications including Real Simple magazine, the Wall Street Journal, China Daily USA and The European Weekly.
Scott Crabtree's repeat clients include DreamWorks, Boeing, HP, Intel, Activision/Blizzard, Nike, and a long list of not-for-profit organizations. His insights have been quoted in Fast Company, Inc., InfoWorld, Fortune, VentureBeat, and US News and World Report, among other publications. As the Founder and Chief Happiness Officer at Happy Brain Science, he empowers organizations to apply findings from cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology to boost productivity and happiness at work. In his 25-year career, Scott has served as a leader in game development and software engineering. He’s founded startups and worked at a variety of technology companies large and small. In early 2012, he resigned his position as Tech Strategist at Intel to pursue his passion full time: helping people apply science to be happier and more successful. Scott earned a degree in Cognitive Science from Vassar College before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 1992. He hasn't even considered living anywhere else since.
Kevin McCarthy is the Best-Selling Author of… BlindSpots – Why Good People Make Bad Choices. He is also a full-time keynote speaker, trainer and coach with Making Better Happen, LLC – a Portland, Oregon-based company that “helps busy professionals create lasting authentic change”. Kevin is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and current President for the Oregon chapter, where he recently won the “Member of the Year” award. His national recognition as the owner of the 13th largest Century 21 real estate franchise in the USA out of more than 6000 offices in 1994 launched his professional speaking career. While traveling throughout North America speaking to thousands of people on hundreds of stages, Kevin developed a web-based software solution that would position his real estate clients for optimum success. He eventually sold his tech company for a substantial sum during the craziness of the dot com era. His next opportunity blindsided him with a prison sentence he didn’t see coming. Kevin works with industry leaders around the world to uncover the blind spots that affect their behavior and decision-making abilities so they can thrive in a high-performance world.
Brenda has more than 20 years of service at Washington Health Care Association. Her skill set has been developed around membership services and event design. As the lead planner for WHCA, it is her goal to consistently provide quality events that generate revenue for the association while providing value added services to our members. In addition, she has served as Vice President and President of the Long Term Care Meeting Professionals and is currently serving as its Treasurer. This experience has provided leadership development and skills enhancement in the areas of membership services and event design.
Bev gets Fired-Up about: impacting lives. “All my life is about using my gifts and resources to have a positive impact on the people I encounter. That might be in a classroom or an office or on a trail. It could be in the US, or in some country in the two-thirds developing world. Whatever I do and whomever I’m with, my hope is that their lives will be better somehow as a result of our encounter.” Bev Parnell currently serves as a Sr. Organizational Development Consultant at MultiCare Health System. She’s worked in learning and development for 25 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and a Master of Science in Education with emphasis in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Certifications: PROSCI Certified Change Practitioner, Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner; InsideOut Coaching; Crucial Conversations; Harrison Assessments; The Center for Creative Leadership Assessment Suite (i.e.: Benchmarks 360).
Dean Savoca, M.Ed., BCC, CSP™ is the performance development partner for leaders who want highly-effective teams that are focused, aligned and inspired. Simply put, Dean helps leaders coach their people. A 25-year veteran of the meetings and events industry, Dean combines an early career in hospitality sales and operations with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Performance and Change, and has spent the last 14 years speaking, training and coaching on leadership and development. He helps participants identify the core issues they face daily that impact performance development, people management and team alignment – and rallies them to action, often right there in the room. The result is a better bottom line – boosted by improved performance, higher productivity, and more cohesive teamwork. Dean is a recipient of the National Speakers Association’s Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)™ designation, their highest-earned designation. In addition to speaking on the national circuit, Dean is a board-certified coach and maintains an active coaching practice. He has conducted more than 10,000 executive coaching sessions. Dean has extensive association affiliations and is the current Chair of the Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado, and a member of the editorial advisory board for Colorado Meeting + Events magazine. He served as the 2012-2013 President of the National Speakers Association – Colorado; the Chairman of the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce, Denver in 2009; and has been on the Board of Directors of Destination Colorado.
Jean is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker, whose universal appeal makes her message timely and timeless. She has a knack for providing information in a humorous way: her belief is that laughter and learning are not mutually exclusive. Her motivational talks are in high demand, “to have Jean present guarantees a successful event” claims Dr. Mary Parker, Director of Nursing and Allied Health (Ret.) at Cuesta College. Jean received her Masters Degree in Wellness/Mind/Body health with the understanding the integration, balance and harmony of an individual’s mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual self, results in a positive state of well-being. Happiness!
Thomas Tomasevic, MBA
Thomas Tomasevic, MBA, is the CEO of T2 Team, a leadership consultancy based in Gig Harbor, WA. Thomas earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in California (SJSU/Stanford). He has 20+ years in executive roles with HP, Microsoft, and successful start-ups, and was often responsible for generating creative methods to grow revenue. Since 2013, Thomas has dedicated his time to transferring his strategic, tactical, and team-development skills to his clients. He founded T2 Team LLC, which specializes in inducing growth in its customers. Many of T2 Team’s clients have experienced exponential growth (in some cases $150-$600MM in two years, $25-$50MM in 16 months, etc.). Leadership development, creativity, and employee analytics enabled these companies to develop sustainable employee engagement models that resulted in spectacular growth. In order to provide financially accessible solutions to a wider range of clients, T2 Team is certified in the administration of a multitude of employee assessment and analytics tools, including MBTI, DISC, SYMLOG, and the Predictive Index suite of assessments.