NEC Virtual Session Descriptions 2020-05-11T14:41:39-04:00

NEC Virtual Session Descriptions

Wellness and Self-Care in All Times 11:00 – 12:00 pm EST

The session will explore self-care, its importance in today’s world and why it is always important even when things are going well. Hands-on tools will be provided for everyday use and guidance on how to notice burnout in others and how to help.

Attendees will learn:

  1. The importance of self-care in today’s environment.
  2. Specific tools they can utilize to manage their own self-care.
  3. To recognize the signs of burn out in themselves and others and how to come back from it.

Michelle Milligan
Deputy Administrator, Clinic for Child Study with the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan

The Role of Humor in Leadership 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

Humor has been related to a number of positive effects when used by leaders: improved morale among workers, enhanced group cohesiveness, and even a positive impact on larger organizational outcomes. This keynote addresses how humor can be used to enhance leadership effectiveness with an emphasis on improved communication and team building. Guidelines for use of humor will be discussed to ensure humor does not get out of hand at work emphasizing the importance of appropriate humor and educating staff on the dangers of using inappropriate humor.

Attendees will learn:

  1. How to identify ways humor can be used to improve communication;
  2. The different humor styles that can help or hurt the leader;
  3. How to recognize and distinguish the differences between appropriate and inappropriate workplace humor

David M. Jacobson, LCSW, C.H.P.
Certified Humor Professional, Humor Horizons

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.


Accommodating People with Disabilities at Meetings and Events 11:00 – 12:00 pm EST

It is a legal, social, and professional responsibility to adapt your meeting venue to accommodate speakers and attendees with disabilities. Having been paralyzed from the waist down, Rossetti speaks from her wheelchair addressing crucial points you need to know to anticipate challenges in order to achieve a smooth, gracious, and respectful event experience for every participant. Learn why disability inclusivity is so important, how to set up your meeting rooms, how to adapt to dining and networking challenges, the best way to accommodate speakers and guests with wheelchairs and important ADA resources designed to ease your way as a successful meeting planner.

Attendees will learn:

  1. To identify problems and challenges that people with disabilities experience at meetings and events;
  2. Develop solutions to solve problems and resolve challenges that people with disabilities experience at meetings and events;
  3. Create an exclusive, easy-access environment for people who use mobility devices in and around meeting and dining rooms including layout, aisle width, easy access, table heights and more.

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D.
President, Rossetti Enterprises Inc.

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.


Meetings PC (Post COVID): Tech Tools for Trailblazing Times 11:00 – 12:00 pm EST

The word is out. Technology is no longer a critical skill. It’s a mandatory one. In the unchartered waters we are wading through, having a thorough tech skill set will maximize your productivity and value to your organization. This virtual session will discuss tech issues including essential home work and meeting technologies, future pointing tech that needs to be understood now, and the importance of maintaing your (and your organizations) digital security.

Attendees will learn:

      1. How Zoom and other video meeting tools can best be utilized;
      2. The 4 most important hot technologies that will continue to impact the meetings industry;
      3. How to identify the 5 critical security and privacy tools that industry professionals need to know now.

James Spellos
President, Meeting U

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.


Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic Adaptation and Planning via Neuroscience 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST

In this engaging, interactive, and entertaining presentation, you as a government meeting planner will dramatically improve your adaptation and planning for the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic using cutting-edge neuroscience and behavioral economics-based strategies. Unfortunately, too many are operating in emergency mode in reacting to the short-term disruptions caused by the pandemic. Yet realistic assessments by the best epidemiology experts suggest the pandemic will be around for the next 3 to 5 years, until an effective vaccine is created and mass-produced.

Research shows that our gut reaction is to adapt to and plan for best-case scenarios and to focus on short-term threats, instead of taking a realistic and long-term perspective on slow-moving disasters such as the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Instead, you need to shift your work to adapt to the major disruption of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

This presentation will offer you neuroscience and behavioral economics-based strategies to navigate successfully the disruptions caused by the pandemic, ensuring that your work not only survives but thrives.

Attendees will learn:

  1. How to identify where your current reaction to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic might be oriented excessively toward a short-term and/or optimistic outlook;
  2. The neuroscience-based evidence for how we tend to make poor choices in the face of slow-moving major disruptions like the pandemic;
  3. Techniques to evaluate and shift your work to adapt to and plan effectively for the long-term impact of the pandemic;
  4. To tailor the best practices on responding effectively to the pandemic to your own situation and context;
  5. To develop a long-term strategic plan to navigate successfully the disruptions caused by the pandemic for your work

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky
CEO, Disaster Avoidance Experts, LLC

Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is an internationally recognized thought leader on a mission to protect leaders from dangerous judgment errors known as cognitive biases by developing the most effective decision-making strategies. A best-selling author, he wrote “Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions” and “Avoid Business Disasters” (Career Press, 2019), “The Truth Seeker’s Handbook: A Science-Based Guide” (Intentional Insights, 2017), “The Blindspots Between Us: How to Overcome Unconscious Cognitive Bias and Build Better Relationships” (New Harbinger, 2020), and “Resilience: Adapt and Plan for the New Abnormal of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic” (Changemakers Books, 2020). His expertise comes from more than 20 years of consulting, coaching, and speaking and training as the CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts, and over 15 years in academia as a behavioral economist and cognitive neuroscientist.