2019 Keynote Speakers

Thursday, Oct. 24 Keynote: Anne Phibbs, PhD

It Starts with You:  Engaging Authentically Across Difference

Too often, individuals and organizations seek to engage with marginalized and underrepresented communities by "learning about those communities." While it's important to understand our neighbors and community members, authentic engagement across difference starts by understanding ourselves. What were we taught about people with different social identities? What preconceived ideas and stereotypes reside within us? How has privilege impacted how we see the worldand how we act? How might microaggressions and implicit bias play out in our organizations? What makes us nervous or scared about interacting with people from marginalized and underrepresented communitiesand how will we respond when we make mistakes?

In this interactive keynote/workshop, we learn how to use principles of both Universal Design and Emotional Intelligence to build authentic interactions and relationshipsand create inclusive programs and servicesacross difference.

Anne Phibbs, PhD is Founder and President of Strategic Diversity Initiatives and brings over 25 years’ experience helping organizations advance their equity, diversity, and inclusion goals. Anne has extensive experience in training, teaching, curriculum development, and training of trainers, and has delivered workshops and classes to participants in corporate, government, higher education, nonprofit, healthcare, and faith community settings. Anne served as GLBT Student Services Director at Metropolitan State University, and at the University of Minnesota she served as Director of the GLBTA Programs Office and Director of Education in the Office for Equity and Diversity. Anne built a successful diversity and inclusion leadership program at the University of Minnesota, with a focus on emotional intelligence (EI), and she is an EI Practitioner certified in the EQ-i2.0 and EQ360 method. Anne earned her PhD in Philosophy and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota.


Friday, Oct. 25 Keynote: Josh Dye, MA

Failing Fearlessly: How to Leverage Failure to Innovate, Grow, and Lead

Where in your life and work do you need to fail to make it better? Failure surrounds us and is a part of our lives every day. It is also filled with valuable lessons, if we have the courage to learn them. In this thought-provoking presentation you will learn:

• How to make good decisions and move forward in the midst of difficult emotions.

• How to determine when quitting or making a change is the right thing to do.

• Three ways to identify where you can grow through failing fearlessly.

• How regular experimentation helps you innovate, grow, and lead.

You will also get inspired by learning to overcome fear through the 5 Steps of Courage and how to handle failure with humility and resilience. Featuring high profile examples from celebrities we all know, and some personal examples too, Josh identifies how failure can propel us as people and organizations forward.

Josh Dye is Founder and President of the Convene Training + Resilience Community. Convene is a training program developed for people who work in public health, human services, counties, nonprofits, and other professionals helping people. Since 2010, attendees in over 500 of his presentations have learned how to harness the courage to lead, create, have tough conversations, maximize precious time, and leverage moments of failure for meaningful growth. What separates Josh apart from other speakers and trainers is how he combines practical, actionable tips with inspiration and motivation. He doesn’t just tell you what to do, he charts the course for how to do it. Josh authentically speaks from his own experiences, benefiting audiences with lessons from both his successes and gut-wrenching failures. Josh earned a Master’s Degree in Public & Nonprofit Administration from Metropolitan State University.

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