2019 Keynote Speakers
For over a decade, people have been inspired and motivated by the words of Mr. Aric Jackson. His mission is to Teach, Inspire, and Encourage all those who hear him, and to take the challenge of helping others pursue their goals and dreams. A charismatic and genuinely heartfelt communicator, Aric truly electrifies an audience.
Watching him speak on stage helps you realize why he is such a unique and gifted orator. For it takes a genuine speaker to present information with shared experience, passion to research a topic much deeper, and to share that information with the audience using skills that will make it a memorable and exciting experience for all.
Aric has he served as a student leadership speaker for organizations like Future Business Leaders of America, Health Occupation Students Association, DECA, FCCLA, National Association of Secondary School Principals LEAD Conferences, and many Statewide Student Council Conferences across the country.
For more information visit: TopYouthSpeakers.com
Michael Brandwein / educator, author, staff trainer
Michael’s new bestselling 2018 book is called Growing Great Qualities in Kids: The L.A.S.E.R.B.E.A.M. Technique for Bringing Out the Best in Young People. Michael (michaelbrandwein.com) is the national award-winning, number one best-selling author for staff training and supervision; his six books include Training Terrific Staff, Super Staff SuperVision, Skill of the Day: What Great Leaders of Young People Do and Say, and Learning Leadership: How to Develop Outstanding Teen Leadership Training Programs at Camp. He’s presented in all 50 states and on six of the seven continents. Michael wrote and presented three Emmy® award-winning television programs on communicating with children. Michael is a frequent trainer for individual camp staffs throughout North America. In 2017, Michael keynoted the International Camping Congress, the global conference held in Russia for 1,250 camp professionals from over 30 countries. He is a frequent staff trainer for individual camps and organizations and a keynote speaker for national organizations including the American Camp Association (ACA), YMCA of the USA, and the National Recreation and Park Association. Michael has served on the national board of directors of the ACA. He lives in Chicago with his wife Donna and their two sons, both educators.
Denise Thomas is the President and Owner of The Effective Communication
Coach, LLC, a consultancy focused on transforming emerging and existing
professionals into great leaders by master the art of effective communication and
networking. With 17 years of experience in working for Fortune 500 companies, Denise has honed the ability to deliver and receive messages across language, cultural, and communication-style barriers. She has served and been recognized for excellence in leadership from companies including Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, PepsiCo, General Electric and MillerCoors.
Denise continues her focus on empowering people by traveling and teaching
communication strategy to professionals worldwide including Egypt, China and
Israel. Her existing portfolio of clients include Kraft Heinz, Associated Bank,
Northwestern Mutual and Stanley Black and Decker. Organizations she’s consulted and coached include the National Black MBA Association, Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee.
Over the years, her formal accolades include being named the ONE MKE
2015 "Professional of the Year," the recipient of NV Magazine's 2016 "Movers and
Shakers" award, the MillerCoors Diversity and Inclusion Award and as the
Featured Alumni during the Mission Driven Leader Series at Cardinal Stritch
University in 2017. Denise was recently recognized by the Milwaukee Business
Journal as a 2019 Milwaukee Top 100 Power Broker.
She proudly serves on Mount Mary University’s Communications Advisory Council
and on the Cardinal Stritch University College of Business Advisory Council in
Milwaukee. She is a proud two-year member of The Links Incorporated,
Milwaukee Chapter and recently joined TEMPO Milwaukee and the United Way
of Greater Milwaukee’s Women United Leadership Council. Denise is a graduate
of Cardinal Stritch University in Business Management. She is a proud mother of
two future leaders, her daughter Dominique and son Daren.
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