Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Sylvie di Giusto

Sunday, June 4

You Have 7 Seconds. Make Them Count!

People we meet make quick decisions about us. Should they hire us? Trust us? Buy something from us? It takes a blink of an eye, and like it or not, you are going to be judged. Wouldn’t you want to limit the risk of wrong assumptions about you?

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In business, first impressions are essential to building relationships with peers, bosses, stakeholders, or customers. They will set the tone for the entire experience, and the relationship with your brand will depend on them. The good thing is that this impression is something you can control. As soon as you recognize what your first impression actually says about you in the workplace, in business, or in life, it becomes easier to manage it in your favor while remaining true to yourself.

During this interactive, fun, and informative presentation, you will uncover what your first impression says about you and how it influences the decision-making process of others. You will experience up close and personal how people’s unconscious biases affect their judgments and either lead to wrong assumptions about you, or can create opportunities for you.

2022 Conference Speakers

As of June 4, 2022. Subject to change

Derrick Agate
Director of Transportation
Center for Effective School Operations

Kathy Anneken, CPST
Child Passenger Safety Technician
Easy Way Safety Services

Gretchen-Biancone-Groff, CPST
Administrative Assistant
Hunterdon County Educational Services
Commission in New Jersey

Steven Broniarczyk
Protective Security Advisor
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

Bret Brooks
Chief Operating Officer/ Senior Consultant
Gray Ram Tactical, LLC

Mike Bullman
Director of Student Transportation
South Carolina Department of Education

Kurt Clausser
President & CEO

Shay Coates
Director of Transportation
Newport News Public Schools in Virginia

Alex Cook
Chief Engineer
First Student

Thomas Cohn
Transportation Manager
Helena Public School in Montana

David Diamond, Ph.D.
Neuropsychology Professor
University of South Florida

Fred Doelker, CPST
Director of Training Programs
Dean Transportation

Denise Donaldson, CPST
Editor & Publisher
Safe Ride News

Katrina Falk
Director of Transportation
Shelby Eastern Schools in Indiana

Phillip Haldaman
Transportation Supervisor
Charlevoix-Emmet ISD
Boyne City, Michigan

Joshua Hinerman
Assistant Director of Transportation
Robertson County Schools in Tennessee

Lexi Higgins
Deputy Director, Busing on the Lookout
Truckers Against Trafficking

Jason Johnson
Equipment Services Manager
Horseheads Central School District in New York

Michael LaRocco
Director of Student Transportation
Indiana Department of Education

Susan Mudd
Senior Policy Advocate
Environmental Law & Policy Center

Amy Rosa
Director of Transportation & School Safety
Wa-Nee Community Schools

Kenni Jean Schrader
Transportation Supervisor
Three Rivers Community Schools in Michigan

Sue Shutrump, CPST
Supervisor of OT/PT Services
Trumbull County ESC in Ohio

Kayne Smith
Director of Transportation
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas

Tyreese Stafford
Director of Transportation
Bellwood School District 88 in Illinois

Steve Tam
Vice President, Commercial Vehicle Sector
ACT Research Co.

Dwayne Vandiver
Fleet Maintenance Supervisor
Noblesville Schools in Indiana

Charles Vits, CPST
Market Development Manager/Regulatory Affairs Manager

Todd Watkins
Student Transportation Consultant

Ryan West
Director of Corporate Training & Business
Development Arcpoint Laboratories

Stephen Whaley
Director of Autogas Business Development
Propane Education & Research Council

Bobby Williams
Assistant Director, Fleet Services
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas

Scott Wing
Director of Transportation
Cedar Rapids Community School District in Iowa

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