Who: The Learning
Network of Greater Kalamazoo
What: Free conference
for educators and supporters of education across Kalamazoo County
When: Wednesday, Aug.
19 from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Where: Miller Auditorium,
KALAMAZOO, MI -
Shortly before summer gives way to a new school year, educators
and supporters of education in Kalamazoo County will gather for celebration and
inspiration at a free conference featuring motivating speakers, professional
development, music, and valuable giveaways, thanks to The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.
Now in its second year, the Inspire 2015-2016 conference takes place Wed., Aug. 19 from 9 a.m.
to 12:15 p.m. at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo. The event is open to anyone involved in education in Kalamazoo County:
teachers, custodians, secretaries, tutors, the home-school community,
volunteers and more.
Advertising expert Roy Spence will deliver the keynote address.
Now co-founder & CEO of The Purpose Institute, Spence will share insights on reaching
“higher ground,” that place where talents, passions and love exist. Additional
speakers include: Detroit Soup founder Amy Kaherl, on the topic of not
waiting to lead; and Nancy Stefanick, human resources manager for Stryker Instruments who will
discuss personal strengths and their importance in our lives and work.
Serving as masters of ceremonies will be Von Washington, Jr., executive
director of community relations for The Kalamazoo Promise, and Amie McCaw, recently named as principal of Vicksburg Community Schools’
Sunset Elementary following several years as a Schoolcraft elementary
The first 1,000 participants to register
by Aug. 1 will receive $25 gift cards toward classroom supplies, and teachers
may earn State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs). The first 500
registrants also will receive a free Gallup Strengths book, courtesy of Stryker Corp.
“Kalamazoo County’s educators are at the heart of the network
we’re building to sustain students from cradle to career,” says The Learning
Network’s director, Amy Slancik. “Their daily efforts make it possible for us
to reach our full potential as a learning community, so it’s an honor to show
our support and gratitude by offering the Inspire conference. We hope every
guest leaves feeling rejuvenated and appreciated.”
That was the case for O'Neal Ollie, Communities in Schools Success Coach at Kalamazoo's Loy Norrix High School. After the 2014 conference he told an
interviewer, “I can’t wait to start school and take some of the energy that I
got here today back to Loy Norrix. The speakers were so relevant, on-point,
down to earth and very entertaining.”
Additional sponsors of Inspire 2015-2016 include Stryker Corp. and Consumers Credit Union.
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/inspirekzoo or Twitter @INSPIREkzoo. To register for Inspire, visit http://inspirekzoo2015.eventbrite.com/
About The Learning Network of Greater
The Learning Network of Greater
Kalamazoo brings community together to increase
cradle-to-career educational success for everyone in Kalamazoo
County. We track key education measures,
facilitate action networks that drive educational readiness and adult
learning, and rally resources and support for improved learning.
Inspire 2015-16 Speaker Information
Director of Detroit Soup, a monthly dinner funding micro-grants for
creative projects in Detroit
In her own
words: “I love Detroit. Detroit is unique as it is enormous. People here are
passionate without large egos and are eager to problem solve with amazing and
unique ideas. I started with SOUP in 2010 with some fiercely passionate ladies
who were excited to try out an idea in a loft above a bakery. Never in my
wildest imagination did I think it would grow to become a staple to the flow of
the city. I studied theology and popular culture at Fuller Theological Seminary
in Pasadena, CA after growing up and going to college in Michigan. I wanted to
study connection and meaning in our everyday experiences and since departing in
2008 I have found the ability to do that here in Detroit. SOUP is a place for
connecting with people who begin as strangers and become friends, a safe space
to explore what matters to us as individuals and as a community, and a place to
practice democracy. When I am not running SOUP I help curate events at the Jam Handy and DJ as Amy Dreamcatcher with the
monthly Nothing Elegant!"
Co-Founder & Chairman, GSD&M / Co-Founder & CEO, The Purpose Institute
Roy Spence is co-founder and
chairman of GSD&M, a leading marketing communications and advertising
company. He is also now co-founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute, a
consulting firm that helps people and organizations discover and live their
purpose. Along with Haley Rushing, Roy co-authored the Wall Street Journal
bestselling book, “It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For: Why Every
Extraordinary Business is Driven by Purpose.” And, most recently he authored
“The 10 Essential Hugs of life,” a collection of heartwarming reminders about
the need for gratitude, love and goodness.
Under Roy’s leadership, his
agency has helped grow some of the world’s most successful brands like “Don’t
Mess with Texas,” Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, DreamWorks, the PGA TOUR, BMW,
the U.S. Air Force, L.L.Bean and the Clinton Foundation. Roy has been a trusted
advisor to legendary leaders including Sam Walton and Southwest Airlines
founder, Herb Kelleher. His counsel has also been sought by U.S. presidents and
leaders in the State Department. Roy has received a lifetime achievement award
from the Austin Advertising Federation and was named Adman of the Century
by Texas Monthly magazine. He was inducted into the McCombs
School of Business Hall of Fame in 2012.
Roy is also a Gallup Senior
Adviser working with their teams on global strategy and on the mission and
purpose of the most important companies and institutions in the world. He is
Gallup’s expert on Purpose. In addition, Roy is a marketing and
communications advisor of the National Advisory Council for the Trust for the
Roy’s passion is
entrepreneurship. He deeply believes that entrepreneurship is the miracle of
America. His mantra is “Don’t Do Mild” in work or life; follow your dreams,
follow your passion, and follow your purpose.
Roy is a member of the board
of directors of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and the recently formed
Markle Initiative for America’s Economic Future in a Networked World
initiative. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin.
Roy and his wife Mary have three children, Courtney, Ashley and Shay.
Human Resources Manager for Stryker Instruments
Nancy Stefanick is a human
resources manager for Stryker Instruments. She joined Stryker in 2007 as
the training specialist for the Medical division, bringing five years of
training and development experience from the retail and pharmaceutical
industries, a bachelor’s degree in theatre and a master’s degree in human
resource development, both from Western Michigan University.
In 2010, she joined the
Stryker Instruments Learning and Development team and had accountability for
the personal, professional, and leadership development programming for the
division. Over the span of a decade long career in Learning and Development,
Nancy has logged hundreds of hours in the classroom teaching a variety of
courses including Influencing without Authority, Career Wellbeing and
Understanding Generations in the Workforce.
As a Human Resources
Manager, Nancy supports, guides, coaches, mentors and helps reshape the
employee/manger direction for the teams she supports.
Nancy is a Gallup-certified
Strengths Performance Coach and has a passion for leadership development
through an exploration of Strengths. In addition to Strengths, she has
experience in coaching people through their DiSC and StandOut
profiles. Nancy’s areas of competency expertise include Influencing
without Authority, Effective Presentation Skills, Building Trusting
Relationships, Career Wellbeing, Creative Brainstorming, Emotional
Intelligence, Leading Change, Training Design (ADDIE model), Generational
Understanding, Team Building/Team Blends and Work/Life Integration.
Nancy has extensive
experience working with both non-exempt and exempt workforces, both internally
and externally in the field. Taking care of people is what matters most to
her. She is emotionally insightful and has a special way of gaining people’s
trust by the way she listens and makes people feel heard and recognized. She
teaches people new ways to look at themselves as both individuals and teams.
Nancy is an 18-year resident
of Kalamazoo and has been active in the community as a volunteer and stage
actress, performing in several community theatre venues around town. And
while she has worked with leaders around the globe, the most important future
leaders she and her husband Trevor hope to develop are their sons Jack, 4 and
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