2020 Seminar Keynote Speakers


Rachel Giannini

Rachel Giannini is a childhood specialist, an early childhood advocate, and a video blog host. She currently splits her time as a public speaker, early childhood commentator, and curriculum designer.

Rachel’s writing, expertise, and videos have appeared in Vox, The New York Times, HuffPost, Child Care Exchange, and Chicago Parent. Rachel has an MFA in Museum Education from the University of Illinois and is a volunteer hospital magician for Open Heart Magic.

Learn more about Rachel: rachelgiannini.com

Mon., Sept. 14 Keynote Session
We all have a “because” moment, the reasons our paths called us to become educators and advocates. Through a collection of moving stories, participants are encouraged to reflect on their own “because” moment.

“I can’t stop thinking of my moment. I know on the hardest of days I will have that to drive me.” - THREAD Alaska

Greg Hawks

As a Corporate Culture Specialist, Greg shapes environments where everyone gets to contribute their best daily! For two decades he has mentored leaders, developed teams, crafted culture and and empowered employees. He is intensely motivated to grow high capacity performers who work, serve and sell with excellence, consistently.

As a Keynote Speaker, he is an enthusiastic character. His style, wit and energy consistently capture the attention and imagination of audiences. His forward thinking contributes fresh perspectives that work. He’s annoyingly optimistic, contagiously energetic and slightly mischievous. People tend to like him.

Through Hawks Agency, he originated the Like An Owner® platform. Compelled by the principle that individuals who Think, Act, Lead and Create Like An Owner® will be more fulfilled and productive. Organizations who commit to implement an Ownership Culture will find deeper loyalty, stronger results and rapid growth consistently.

Learn more about Greg: hawksagency.com

Wed., Sept. 16 Keynote Session:
Navigate the Rapids of Change
The three elements that cause rapids in the river are: Pressure, Obstacles and Terrain Change. Obviously those same three cause rapids in life and work! We’ve experienced all three in dramatic ways in 2020. How we navigate through them matters. Whether in an office, working remotely or currently back in the market for a job, this message offers perspectives that will sustain you and your team. Finally, leading like a guide reveals characteristics non commonly associated with standard leadership.