Keynote Speakers

Monday, October 21, 2019

9:15 a.m. Keynote: Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Right to Emotional Support, Positive self-image, Empathy, Caring and Time

KEYNOTE: RESPECTing ourselves? Learn strategies for turning pain into possibilities, mistakes into wisdom, and broken hearts into artful professionalism. As early childhood educators, we often criticize ourselves harshly while giving love and credit unconditionally. We deserve the same care and respect. Do you want to learn how to be generously gentle to yourself? Begin by asking yourself three RESPECT-fully liberating questions as soon as you begin to say “I can’t” or “I’m not___ enough”. Children learn from our example – we are a child’s curriculum. Let’s model RESPECT.

Presenter: Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD, award-winning and best-selling author specializing in emotionally intelligent leadership and preventing legal risks, is an international keynote speaker. iTunes ranked her radio program, Heart to Heart Conversations on Leadership: Your Guide to Making a Difference in its top 200 k-12 podcasts. She served as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Maine and Assistant Dean at the University of Maine School of Law. While working as Associate Professor and Academic Dean at the University of Maine-Augusta, Holly Elissa was selected “Outstanding Professor”. An alumna of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, she teaches leadership courses for Wheelock College, most recently in Singapore. Her first book, Leading on Purpose was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. Its sequel, What You Need to Lead: Emotional Intelligence in Practice has been one of NAEYC’s best-sellers. Managing Legal Risks, Teachers College Press, is another best-seller. The Comfort of Little Things received the Living Now Award for books in any field that “uplift the quality of life”. Her current writing focuses on transforming childhood trauma into healing wisdom. Her article “Broken into Wholeness” was released by Exchange Press in early 2018. To “recovering attorney” Holly Elissa, life is too short to anything but enjoy it daily.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

9:15 a.m. Keynote: Dr. Alisha “Ali” Griffith, AuD, CCC-SLP, CPC

Shift, Ignite and P. O. W. E. R. Move to Success

KEYNOTE: If you fail to plan then you’re literally planning to fail. Not doing so is one of the biggest mistakes that can continuously affect the outcomes we dare to desire. In this session, you will learn how to obtain true SUCCESS in your day to day living and how to IGNITE your ultimate results. You will make an action plan to create real POWER moves in your life and your work with families.

Presenter: Dr. Alisha “Ali” Griffith is an autism parenting strategist, transformational speaker, and certified professional coach. As a mom of a child living with autism, speech language pathologist and audiologist, this inspired her to become a #1 best-selling author of Au-mazing Gift: A Journey to Autism Acceptance. Through her passionate service, ignite coaching and fervent empowerment of families with autism and other sensory challenges, Dr. Ali has helped many to SHIFT their negative self-talk towards positive energy power by BELIEVING in their unique strengths, differences, and gifts. In April 2019, she proudly released her podcast The Dr. Ali Griffith Show: Mindset, Meditation, and Motivation which has nearly 2000 downloads in less than 2 months. As seen on media outlets such as NBC, CBS, CW and more, the show’s topics have included, Unsubscribe from Negativity, From Fear to Freedom and Au Meditation Moments.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

10:30 a.m. Keynote: Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo, Conscious Discipline Master Instructor

My State Dictates their State: Manage your upset and guide the child to self-regulation and impulse control

KEYNOTE: By transforming our stress, as well as our relationship with stress, we can have an impact on our children and how they manage their emotional state for a lifetime.  Learn new ways of dealing with your triggers and the things that you believe are “making” you angry and become the educator, parent, and advocate that you have always wanted to be.

Presenter: Elizabeth Montero-Cefalo graduated from the University of Miami with a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education and is a talented trainer who has worked extensively with special needs children. In fact, her special education classroom was recognized as a Conscious Discipline model classroom by Dr. Becky Bailey and Miami-Dade County Public School District. Because Dr. Bailey recognized Elizabeth’s commitment to Conscious Discipline and her ability to share her expertise with others, she asked Elizabeth to become an LGA.