Speakers 2020-03-18T11:39:59-04:00

NEC Speakers

Learn from speakers who are experts in their respective fields, including education/programming, facilities and services, logistics, financial and contract management, technology, leadership, ethics, protocol, and travel. Learn more about keynote speakers, educational sessions, and why to attend.


Debra Brown

Debra Brown, CPLP, is a nationally recognized blended-learning coach. Her work with government agencies and private industry has taken her from Florida to Alaska. She has made guest appearances on more than 300 radio and television stations across the United States, Canada and Guam. Debra is the creator of Studying Smarter Connections, a learning system used by Community Colleges. She is also the creator of FiTT, a learning format targeted to busy professionals who learn on-the-job. View her website.


Sharon Delvisco

Sharon Delvisco, CGMP, is a Meeting Planning Associate, Training and Education Coordinator for Team Dynamics, LLC. She has more than 30 years of experience planning meetings, providing training/education and supporting people with disabilities, their families and the agencies providing supports. She is currently a student in the Doctor of Social Work program at the University of Southern California. Sharon is also a Certified Government Meeting Professional from the Society of Government Meeting Professionals. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of New Orleans and a master’s degree in Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans. View her website.


Terrie Glass

Terrie Glass has 30 years of experience in leadership, team development and customer service. She has designed training materials and conducted workshops for all levels of employees, with an emphasis on how to achieve excellence and be a leader, no matter your position. Terrie worked in local government human services for 20 years and her clients have included many public sector and private organizations. Terrie has been a keynote speaker and presenter at numerous national and state conferences. She holds a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and is the author of Blood, Sweat & Bricks: Building Your Foundation for Effective Leadership. View her website.


Darrell Hammond

Darrell Hammond, Sr., is a Peak Performance Coach. He received an athletic scholarship and completed a degree in Business Management. After college, he continued to play exhibition basketball, traveling around the world. A silver medalist for Team USA, he has firsthand experience on a variety of high performing teams on and off of the court. His 30-year career in Human Resources (HR) led to many years in increasingly responsible executive positions. He has more than 20 years as a master trainer/facilitator and executive coach. Darrell is an advisor and consultant to boards, executives, teams, corporations, numerous government agencies, elected officials and non-profit leadership teams. He has expertise and passion for team building, leadership and organizational effectiveness. He is known for his high-energy, humor, analogies and straight-talking style. View his website.


Dr. Tyrone Holmes

Dr. Tyrone Holmes is a professional speaker and coach who has spent more than two decades teaching thousands of people to build powerful relationships in diverse settings. He teaches participants to reduce the “noise” in their lives, to effectively communicate their messages and to connect with diverse audiences and groups. Dr. Holmes is a former faculty member at both Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University and is the creator of Building Powerful CONNECTIONS®. His most recent book, Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage: 70 Tips to Improve Communication, is a tool we can use to build powerful connections in diverse organizations. View his website. This speaker is also presenting at the CGMP Summit on Monday, May 18, 2020.


David M. Jacobson

David M. Jacobson, LCSW, CHP is a professional speaker on leadership, team building, humor and health and overcoming trauma. He is the former Chief of Social Work of the Phoenix VA Medical Center where he assisted in improving their mental health system. He also worked at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson with trauma patients and families and assisted patients during the tragic shooting at the hospital on January 8, 2011. His work during this crisis resulted in a personal thank you from President Barack Obama. David has been featured internationally by various media outlets, including magazines, journals and television from London to Seoul, Korea. View his website.


Alan Kleinfeld

Alan Kleinfeld is a Meeting Planner with a badge! His combined meeting management and public safety experiences give him a unique planning perspective. For his clients, he conducts site visits from a safety perspective and assists in developing emergency plans. He is a seasoned speaker, writer and educator. He is a past Chair of Meeting Professional International’s Risk Management Task Force and completed training in Event Security by the Department of Homeland Security. His designations include CMP, CMM and LEO (Law Enforcement Officer). He earned a Masters in Tourism, which he uses to plan for associations, corporations and government agencies all over North America. View his bio.


Doug Lansky

Doug Lansky is a tourism development thought leader who advises destinations and tourism companies around the world — from Singapore to Aruba, Google Travel to Amadeus – on strategic branding, marketing issues, visitor experience, industry trends and sustainability. Doug has a background as a travel journalist, author and editor with 20 years of experience writing for publications that range from National Geographic Traveler to The Guardian to Lonely Planet to Skift and traveling to more than 100 countries. View his website.


Dr. Robert Lemon

Dr. Robert Lemon, CEO of Believe Your Dreams, inspires people to take responsibility for their lives and live up to their greatness. A leading corporate and government speaker, Robert employs the ageless tool of storytelling that draws on his academic and professional achievements with the U.S. Postal Service and U.S. Air Force. Robert was selected by Legacy Magazine, published in the Miami Herald, as one of “South Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential Business Leaders of 2018.” He is the author of Now Is Your Time and a co-author of Multiple Streams of Inspiration with other celebrity authors, including Jack Canfield (author of Chicken Soup for the Soul). Robert earned his Doctorate Degree in Religious Education. View his website.


Shawn McBride

The Our Shawn McBride is a long-time business attorney that focuses on business. As a professional speaker, he has seen all sides of the negotiation of contracts in the conference industry. Additionally, as a speaker that keynotes, trains and consults to get business ready for The Future of Business and hosts The Future Done Right (TM) Show, he has insights into the future of contracts and agreements in the fast-paced world of meetings and conferences. View his website.


Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy works globally with industry leaders to uncover the blind spots that affect their behavior with decision-making abilities. He is the bestselling author of BlindSpots – Why Good People Make Bad Choices and CEO of BlindSpots, LLC – a transformational leadership company developing high functioning teams. In 2004, Kevin’s boss was arrested for the largest stock fraud in Washington State history. As a result, Kevin spent 33 months in federal prison for a crime he didn’t knowingly commit. While in federal prison, he studied Cognitive Psychology and recognized — then deeply researched — the blind spots that led to his predicament. Today, Kevin and his team expose the invisible barriers that cause good people to make bad choices. View his website.


Bo Mitchell

Bo Mitchell is the founder of 911 Consulting which creates emergency, disaster recovery, business continuity, crisis communications and pandemic plans, plus training and exercises for organizations like GE, Hyatt, MasterCard, colleges and universities and secondary schools. He serves clients headquartered from Boston to Los Angeles, working in their facilities located throughout the world. Bo has earned 22 certifications in homeland security, emergency management, disaster recovery, business continuity, safety and security. He also serves as an expert in landmark court cases nationally. Previously, Bo was Police Commissioner of Wilton, CT for 16 years. View his website.


Suzanne Morrell

Event producer, Suzanne Morrell, MBA, has been creating events for over three decades. She is founder of STM|enterprises, Events2030.org, and D.C. Event Food Waste Coalition, and an International Conference Officer with the Major Events and Conferences Staff at the State Department. Suzanne works with event teams on event concept, design, food and beverage management, venue and site selection, contract negotiation, and logistics. Suzanne brings together changemakers to reshape how we approach events to reduce food waste, increase sustainability and combat local hunger. She is a member of the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic’s U.S. Food Waste Summit subcommittee on supporting food donation systems and a regional consultant in advance of the United National Environmental Assembly. View her website.


Elizabeth Perrin

Elizabeth Perrin is the Founder and Chief Solutions Officer for Federal Hospitality and Vice President of Global Accounts for ConferenceDirect. She is a 35-year veteran of the travel industry, with government experience in airline, hotel, travel agency and event planning. She was formerly a Military & Government Sales Manager at American Airlines, Account Manager for Customer Experience for BCD Travel on the Raytheon Account, Global Sales Director for Government and Association Sales for Dolce Hotels and Resorts, as well as Director of Consulting Services at Courtesy Associates. Elizabeth has developed and conducted training for HSMAI, DMAI, SGMP and consults with the hospitality industry on federal government contracting processes. View her website.


Vincent Phipps

Vincent Phipps, M.A., CSP is an attitude amplifying expert whose passion is being a keynote speaker and communication coach for industry professionals wanting to improve their interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, leadership and presentation skills. The National Speakers Association awarded Vincent the industry’s highest earned honor, The CSP, Certified Speaking Professional. Vincent is featured in the top 1% of the world’s best motivational speakers. Vincent’s philosophy is, “If I can get you to laugh, I can get you to listen. If I can get you to listen, I can help you amplify!”. View his website.


Michele Rigby Assad

Michele joined the CIA in January 2002 and along with her husband Joseph, spent 10 years working as an undercover, intelligence officer. Specializing in counter-terrorism and counter-intelligence, Michele worked in Iraq and other secret locations in the Middle East. To date, Michele has lived in 6 countries in the Near East and traveled to 50 others. Michele is an author, public speaker, and security consultant. Her first book was released in 2018 and is called Breaking Cover. Michele holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a political science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She and her husband, Joseph, live in Central Florida. View her website.


Ron Rosenberg

Ron Rosenberg, president of QualityTalk, Inc., is an award-winning speaker, author and coach. He is a nationally recognized expert on marketing and customer service, has authored several books and learning systems and leads high-level marketing and business development coaching programs. Ron has presented thousands of presentations to businesses and associations and has spoken for many meeting-planning, association-management and destination-management groups. More than 20,000 people have subscribed to his GoMarketYou! newsletter. His expert commentary has been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post. View his website. This speaker is also presenting at the CGMP Summit on Monday, May 18, 2020.


Rosemarie Rossetti

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D. is a powerful, internationally known speaker, trainer, author, consultant and president of Rossetti Enterprises Inc. She speaks to and consults with meeting professionals to help them create a welcoming, inclusive environment to ensure that they exceed requirements mandated by the venue and the meeting organizer for inclusion and diversity. Having been paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury, she speaks from her wheelchair, sharing her own dramatic, personal story She presents to audiences throughout the U.S. and beyond as a recognized expert on inclusive design. View her website.


Kathleen Ryan

Kathleen Ryan, CGMP, is a Customer Engagement Team Lead for Boeing. She’s a retired Air Force Officer and a former Chief of Protocol for the Department of the Air Force and was Aide-de-Camp to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As a small business owner, she was an Associate of the Protocol School of Washington® where she collaborated on the development of their Protocol Officer Training Course and working with Harlan Lee & Associates, she conducted protocol training for the Missile Defense and Defense Intelligence Agencies. She is a founding board member of Protocol & Diplomacy International Protocol Officers Association. View her website.


Dean Savoca

Dean Savoca, M.Ed., BCC, CSP™ is the performance development partner for leaders who want highly effective teams that are focused, aligned and inspired. A 25-year veteran of the meetings and events industry, Dean combines an early career in hospitality sales, operations and leadership with a master’s degree in Organizational Performance and Change, and has spent the last 15 years speaking, training and coaching on leadership and development. Dean is a board-certified coach and has conducted more than 10,000 executive coaching sessions. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional™, conferred by the National Speakers Association and actively involved in several industry associations. View his website. This speaker is also presenting at the CGMP Summit on Monday, May 18, 2020.


Lauren Schieffer

As the daughter of a career Air Force officer, Lauren Schieffer, CSP, gained a profound independence and ability to adapt to changing circumstances with grace and humor. She shares lessons learned from “The Colonel” and 20 years in business with corporations, associations and non-profits across the globe, challenging them to transcend success and strive for significance. Relatable for everyone from custodial staff to C-Level executives, Lauren is a master storyteller, delivering insightful and relevant content that empowers people to absorb and act upon what they’ve heard – with a dry sense of humor that keeps them chuckling while they’re learning. View her website. This speaker is also presenting at the CGMP Summit on Monday, May 18, 2020.


Greg Schwem

Greg Schwem is a Chicago-based business humorist and nationally syndicated humor columnist for the Chicago Tribune. HuffPost calls Greg Schwem “Your boss’ favorite comedian.” Greg has spent 20 years making leading business and government entities laugh at themselves, with clients that include the CIA, AFCEA, DARPA, Microsoft, Oracle, Southwest Airlines and McDonald’s. He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion and Keith Urban, and can be heard regularly on SIRIUS/XM Radio’s Laugh USA. View his website. This speaker is also presenting at the CGMP Summit on Monday, May 18, 2020.


Lee Silber

Lee Silber has more than 28 years of experience as a professional speaker and more than 30 years as a working musician and sound engineer. It is this unique combination of skills that make him the perfect choice to talk about tips and techniques to get the most bang for your buck with AV. He is the award-winning author of 24 books, an entrepreneur, consultant and coach. View his website.


James Spellos

James Spellos is the President of Meeting U., whose mission is to help people become more productive and comfortable with technology. Jim delivers more than 100 seminars & presentations annually. In 2015, Jim was named one of the Meeting Industry’s trendsetters by Meetings Today magazine. He was a faculty member at New York University for 25 years, receiving both their Award for Teaching Excellence and their Outstanding Service Award. In 2014, Jim joined the Board of Directors for Rock and Wrap It Up, an anti-poverty, anti-hunger organization which recovers excess food from events. He also speaks about food recovery and sustainability in the industry. In 2018 & 2019, BizBash named Jim one of their top 500 people in events for his work in sustainability. Jim is an accomplished musician and songwriter who released his first solo album, Stroke of Genius, in 2020. View his website.


Brett Sterenson

Brett Sterenson brings 20 years of supplier experience, both from the hotel side and as a small business owner. Brett worked in government sales for Millennium Hotels and Resorts out of Boston and Kimpton Hotels out of Washington, D.C. His firm, Hotel Lobbyists, was founded in April 2007. He’s also a 19- year member of SGMP with five years on the local National Capital Board, three years on the Gilmer Institute of Learning and fresh off a four-year term on the National Board of Directors. With more time for himself now, Brett speaks at industry chapter and national events, as well as CVB-sponsored educational days. He is married with a 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter. View his website.


Chris Young

Chris Young is a globally recognized subject-matter expert in leadership and organizational dynamics, international protocol, cross-cultural literacy and negotiations. As a consultant, his past clients include Fortune 500 companies, major universities, national, state, and municipal governments, chambers of commerce and economic development agencies, professional associations and global sporting events. For seven years, he led Protocol & Diplomacy International – Protocol Officers Association (PDI-POA), the worldwide professional organization for those in those related fields, as its elected president. Today, he serves as chair of the committees on governance and ethics. In August 2014, he was honored by his peers from around the world with the PDI-POA Ann Beard Award, the highest in his profession. Professionally, Mr. Young presently serves as a senior public service consultant for Accenture, transforming the way state and local governments, nonprofits and universities consider and shape the future. His work specifically focuses on the way public sector leaders, both elected and appointed, deliver services to citizens. View his website.

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