Winter Governance Seminar
2019 Keynote Speakers

Will RichardsonAnne Grady
Speaker, Author, Mom, Wife, Daughter, Friend, Volunteer, and Dog Lover

Anne Grady (@AnneGradyGroup) is not your typical motivational speaker. She is a bestselling author, two-time TEDx speaker, trainer, survivor, optimist, inspirer, and truth bomb dropper. Anne has a master’s degree in organizational communication and has spent the last 20 years working with some of the largest organizations around the globe. She has become known as an expert on communication, leadership, emotional intelligence, and resilience, contributing to Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and FOX Business, among other organizations.

Audiences love her raw honesty, edgy humor, authenticity, and insight. Anne shares inspiring personal stories, cutting-edge, research-based content, and implementation tools to transfer learning into real-life situations, helping to improve relationships, navigate change, and triumph over adversity. Moreover, she’ll make you laugh while she does it. 

In her first book, 52 Strategies for Life, Love & Work, Anne provides practical strategies to improve relationships, increase productivity and reduce stress. In her most recent book, Strong Enough: Choosing Courage, Resilience, and Triumph, Anne draws from her personal life experiences that touch the hearts and minds of audience members, helping them use adversity as a catalyst to grow “strong enough.”

Student Voices
Students, Leaders, Activists

In 2018, TASB debuted a unique general session showcasing students from across the country who are leading the Student Voices movement. For the second year in a row, attendees will be able to experience this panel focusing on themes of inequality in the education system, the power of students as education activists, and strategies for effectively integrating students in the school governance structure.

Andrew Brennen, Moderator

Andrew BrennenAndrew Brennen (@aebrennen) will serve as the moderator for Friday morning's Student Voice discussion. Andrew is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he majors in political science. He cofounded the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team in 2012 as a junior in high school. Andrew helped launch and lead many projects to amplify and elevate students as partners in improving Kentucky schools. Andrew is now the National Field Director for Student Voice, a national organization with the goal of bridging the gap between students and the education community. He has led a nationwide tour with the purpose of engaging thousands of students across the country through a platform called the “Student Bill of Rights.” Andrew has assisted a wide range of organizations in engaging students, including The White House, The Obama Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation, Google, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, XQ, and SXSW EDU.

Poet Ali
Speaker, Writer, Creative Troubadour

Poet Ali is a motivational speaker, actor, writer, and hip-hop troubadour. He uses his many talents to simultaneously entertain and teach, making him right at home on the biggest stages in the world. Poet has toured global stages in Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and most of the United States and has been invited to share his talents at multiple national and international conferences, including the prestigious TED Talks stage.

Poet is currently on tour reaching out to youth through his music, empowerment, and activism. At his production studio in Long Beach, California, he works with artists, producers, and writers from all over the world. He is passionate about supporting a variety of causes, and education is one of those at the forefront of his work. He seeks to inspire and help adults and students reach their fullest potential, and he does it with a “matter of fact” rawness that resonates with all walks of life.

In addition to Saturday’s keynote address, Poet will also be presenting a unique session for students and district staff participating in WGS on Friday, February 22, 2-3 p.m.

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