Monday, July 1, 2019

Conference speakers will inspire through music, leadership, and courage

Attendees at the 2019 Joint Annual Conference will hear from three keynote speakers during General Sessions to be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 22-24. Each will share their unique story aimed to motivate and inspire school leaders to transform their educational visions into reality.

Kicking off the Friday General Session at 3:30 p.m. will be Kai Kight. Kight is a classical violinist turned innovative composer who uses music as a metaphor to inspire others. Through his original music and personal stories Kight will compose paths of imagination and fulfillment, striving toward a mission to make ingenuity the norm, rather than the exception.

A product of Stanford University’s design and engineering program, Kight has proven himself a leader of innovative and entrepreneurial talent. He has performed at venues throughout the world, from the White House to the Great Wall of China, using his musical talents to share his message: inspiring people to compose unique ideas in a world that celebrates conformity.

Keynoting the 8:30 a.m. Saturday General Session will be former Chicago Bears linebacker Matt Mayberry. An acclaimed author, peak performance strategist, and one of the most-read columnists for Entrepreneur magazine, Mayberry uses a real-world approach to maximize the performance of organizations, teams, and individuals.

Signed by the Chicago Bears in 2010, Mayberry suffered a life-changing injury which cut his football career short. Mayberry put the fundamentals he learned as an athlete and in life into practice, earning his way to head of business development at a midwest healthcare management service. He parlayed that business success into his own training and consulting company, Matt Mayberry Enterprises, with the goal to help others learn to lead through change.

Kelsey Tainsh will be the final Conference speaker, closing out the Sunday General Session at 9:45 a.m. Tainsh, 28, overcame a brain tumor at five years of age. A decade later, at 15, the tumor returned, followed by a crippling stroke.

With the loss of function in her right side, she became paralyzed with fear and self-doubt. Despite her physical challenges, Tainsh worked hard to pull herself up, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Florida. Tainsh will share her courageous journey about the power of persistence and perspective, as attendees will conclude their Conference with an inspiring message of motivation, inclusion, and overcoming adversity.

Additional information about each of the General Session speakers is available on the Joint Annual Conference webpage.