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Spotlight Sessions


Monday, Aug. 1, 2-3:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City Cox Convention Center

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose one of six dynamic featured sessions that are sure to motivate, educate and inspire! Each “Spotlight Session” is scheduled to last 90 minutes. Please check back for final line-up of spotlight sessions!

Spotlight Session #1
Great Hall D-E, second level

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 Crystal Washington

Smart Social Media—Use Social Media to Attract Opportunities, Build Relationships & Increase Efficiency 

A challenging economic atmosphere, changing corporate environment and information overload has completely changed how we do business.  Inventive educators understand that leveraging technology and innovative techniques is the only way for their students to remain competitive.  In this fun and high energy program, attendees will discover how to ride the wave of technology and change to increased business!

Learning Objectives

By the end of the program the participants will be able to:
•          Identify techniques and tools to discover job opportunities.
•          Discover powerful prospecting features on sites like LinkedIn, Google and Twitter.
•          Understand the best social networks for follow up and building relationships with your target market and influencers!
•          Uncover “spy tricks” for monitoring your competitors.

Spotlight Session #2
Great Hall A-B, second level

 Andy Masters

How to Engage and Inspire Today’s Generation of CTE Students

Andy Masters has presented hundreds of entertaining and inspirational academic success and career development programs for students across the country. He now shares his techniques with Faculty/Staff on how to motivate and engage students, while sharing research on what really makes this generation of student “tick.” Andy explores the use of humor, pop culture references, incorporating technology which speaks their language, and inspiring students with young success stories which bring cool careers to LIFE. Lastly, Andy shares his inspirational story of how the care and belief of one faculty member and one counselor changed his life forever. Simply put, Andy helps inspire us to inspire our students to even greater heights!

Spotlight Session #3
Great Hall C, second level

Avish Parashar

Ding Happens!
How to Improvise, Adapt, and Innovate in an Ever-Changing World!

CareerTech educators are called upon to constantly respond to changes in the industry, economy, market, education, and technology.  This hilarious and energetic program will show educators how to stop fearing and hating change and how to use the power of improv comedy to improvise, adapt, and innovate – no matter what happens!  Come discover simple but effective tools you can use to automatically make smarter choices that let you not only react to the unexpected, but to find opportunities within the setbacks.

Within the first three minutes of the presentation, you’ll be rolling in the aisles watching Avish play Ding! – an improv comedy game where he makes up a hilarious story on the spot and switches it up every time a volunteer “Dings” a bell. The game not only introduces them to improv comedy, but also makes the main point of the presentation: no matter how well you plan, the universe will throw you a curveball and force you to improvise.

Spotlight Session #4
Meeting Rooms 9-12, first level


Duane Cummings

How to Become a Leader Worth Following

You may not consider yourself a Leader, but believe me...YOU ARE! It's true; everyone LEADS at some point in his or her life?  Regardless of age, title or position, both men and women will find themselves in charge; whether it's as a volunteer or by design.  So I believe, if you're going to be a LEADER, you might as well be Sensational. Using "actionable narrative," Duane will share several key leadership lessons, and the exact moments in his life that he learned each of them. You will quickly understand their importance, and together we'll explore and discover ways those lessons can be applied to your own leadership journey. This session is meant to be a "leadership dance," not simply a broadcast of information.


Spotlight Session #5
Meeting Rooms 1-3, first level

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Craig Clemons

Job Genius

Mapping out a career path, finding job openings, then landing a quality job can be an overwhelming process. From our experience of putting nearly 500,000 people to work each year, Express has crafted Job Genius, an educational program designed to teach young adults how to successfully enter the workforce. 

Note: 33,000 access this each day...and they are not all young adults. Many are X-geners, baby boomers who are in the job market and re-sharpening their job-finding skills.


Spotlight Session #6
Meeting Rooms 16-18, second level


 JoAnn Sternke

Our Journey to Continuous School Improvement

See how the Pewaukee School District, 2013 Baldrige recipient, employs continuous school improvement principles to achieve organizational excellence.  Focusing on People, Plan, Results & Process, the Pewaukee School District strives for excellence employing a systematic process to learn, engage, innovate & improve.  JoAnn speaks from the heart about the importance of organizational improvement while offering inspiration to organizations looking to take their organization to the next level.

Updated 6/27/2016

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