NENA 2019 Keynote Speakers
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Sunday, June 16 | 9:15AM – 11:00AM

Shawn Achor
Harvard professor of positive psychology and author of the best-selling book The Happiness Advantage

 The Ripple Effect: How to Make Positive Change Easier
Common sense is not common action. This is because information does not necessarily cause transformation because we require a certain level of "activation energy" to start a change. Shawn Achor's research in the field of positive psychology has revealed how changes in our own brain due to mindset and behavior can have a ripple effect to a team and an entire organization. This positive ripple effect can create a more productive, positive work culture making positive change easier. You will learn about the latest research that explains how positivity and negativity spread, case studies on how to become a lightning rod for change, and findings on how a positive ripple effect profoundly affects an organization's ability to transition and change.


Monday, June 17 | 8:00AM – 9:15AM

Damien Patton
Founder and CEO at Banjo

Innovation Is for Everyone
Damien Patton is the Founder/CEO of Banjo, whose mission is to save lives and reduce suffering by using technology for good. Banjo’s mobile technology provides real-time content discovery by location across all major social networks. He leads the product development and technology strategy, resulting in a global presence with over 3.5 million users in just 17 months. Under Damien’s leadership, Banjo’s patented mobile location technology has received multiple awards.

Damien’s passion for problem solving is at the hallmark of everything he does. Join Damien and a panel of tech and emergency-communications experts for a discussion of how we can develop our innovation mindset, overcome problems by approaching them in new ways, and become innovation champions in our organizations. Panel members include: Brian Fontes, NENA's Chief Executive Officer; Kirk Arthur from Microsoft; Budge Currier, ENP
of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services; Jim Lake, ENP from the Charleston County (SC) Consolidated 9-1-1 Center; Shawn Rodriguez from Crisis Text Line; and Susan Schramm, NENA's FutureThink Project Manager.


Tuesday, June 18 | 12:30PM – 2:45PM

Vinh Giang
Internationally-renowned magician, entrepreneur, and communicator

Anything Is Possible
Magic is much more than sleight of hand. It’s the ability to guide perspective, spotlight influence, and challenge belief systems. It is an art that is created to demonstrate the impossible. The beautiful thing about this is that the very nature of magic shows us that things that are seemingly impossible can be made to happen. In this powerful and entertaining keynote session, Vinh Giang demonstrates that perspective is the key to solving any problem and helps us to break down the barriers that we have in our minds that hold us back from accomplishing truly amazing things.