Keynote Sessions

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OPENING PLENARY SESSION | Wednesday, April 24

Be Your Own Hero: The ART of Resiliency

Description: Nearly everyone today is impacted by stress in a significant way. Stress can have a negative impact on health, relationships, and work performance. This session covers the science of stress and resiliency, including strategies for leveraging positive stress while minimizing the impact of negative stress, even in the most difficult situations. The 6 principles for building resiliency will be introduced and ideas for being able to Adjust, Recover, or Toughen in the midst of challenge will be explored. Having a toolbox of effective strategies for managing stress and becoming more resilient allows participants to be their own heroes in their lives!

About the presenter – Raquel Garzon

Dr. Raquel Garzon is the President of Revitalize Project.  She has delivered performance, wellness, and leadership content to thousands of high performers in over 25 countries.  She has presented to executive audiences from 35 of the top Fortune 100 companies as well as to 12 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.  

Raquel earned her Doctor of Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University.  Dr. Garzon also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University. She is a certified ASQ Six Sigma Green Belt, a Registered Dietitian, and a Certified Personal Trainer.

Dr. Garzon recently served as an Assistant Professor and Wellness Specialist at New Mexico State University. She also worked for 13 years at the Johnson and Johnson Human Performance Institute as Vice President of Programs and Content for Corporate and Sports Training and Director of Nutrition. Raquel also worked as a Dietitian for the Department of U.S. Army, where she was awarded the Commanders Award for Civil Service.  She has held several other roles in start-up companies as well as private and non-profit organizations.

Raquel has served on the Latino Advisory Board and the Health and Wellness Advisory Board for PepsiCo as an external advisor.  She currently serves on the editorial review board of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal.  Raquel has appeared on national and local television and radio as a subject matter expert in health and wellness.  

 

MIDDAY PLENARY SESSION | Thursday, April 25

Catching Kids Before They Fall

Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim’s leadership and collaborating with community partners, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education. In this presentation, participants will learn how a trauma responsive approach, is best practice for all students. Jim will walk the participants through a brief review of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, and how toxic stress impacts student learning and behavior.  Participants will be taught the “Five Critical Steps to Implementing a Trauma-Informed School,” that will enable them to begin their journey as a trauma informed school.

About the presenter – Jim Sporleder

Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA.  Under Jim’s leadership, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education.   These dramatic changes at Lincoln caught the attention of Jamie Redford, who spent a year filming the documentary, Paper Tigers, which tells the Lincoln story.  The documentary was released at the May 2015 Seattle International Film Festival and received positive reviews.

Jim is currently working as a trauma-informed coach / consultant as well as a trainer with the Children’s Resilience Initiative, based in Walla Walla.  His travels as a consultant, keynote speaker, presenter and trainer have taken him all over the United States.

Jim is married, has three daughters and six granddaughters.  In his spare time, Jim enjoys fishing, hunting, but most of all spending time with family.