Allowing Differences to Make the Difference

Inclusion & Diversity Symposium

Speakers

Scott Schwefel, CEO, Discover Yourself

Scott Schwefel brings over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience, starting in 1990 by founding Benchmark Computer Learning, which he grew to become Minnesota’s largest technology training company. Benchmark was named one of the fastest growing private companies in Minnesota in 1997 and 1998, and Scott was named to Minnesota’s 40 under 40 of successful top executives in the year 2001. From there, he founded Insights Twin Cities, to deliver the Insights Discovery System to businesses all over the world, and then sold his business to Insights Global in 2014. Today he owns and operates his own business, Discover Yourself, teaching and coaching CEOs and Senior Executives in Sales, Leadership and Team Performance. Scott also serves as a faculty member for Insights Global, and teaches Insights Discovery Accreditations, as well as delivers Insights leadership, team and sales programs.

Diversity of Thought by Scott Schwefel - Keynote PDF Speech
Diversity of Thought by Scott Schwefel – Keynote PDF Speech

Scott greatest passion is delivering programs as a highly rated keynote speaker.  He has presented in Paris, London, Venice, Amsterdam, and Shanghai and throughout North America.  His programs are entertaining, and provide simple but powerful tools for participants to better connect and adapt with each other immediately.  He has personally trained over 1500 CEOs as a highly-rated Vistage speaker, the largest CEO membership organization in the world, and as a professional speaker, brings the magic of Insights Discovery to thousands around the world.

Scott is also a published author.  He has written three books. “I Think I’ll Stand Up”, a self-help book detailing how others can achieve personal and career success.  “GPS for Success”, a Global Positioning System for success that will help people define personal plans for success, with advice from a dozen experts.  “Get a Job Fast” takes you through 8 simple steps, each of which are necessary to land your dream job, or start the company of your dreams.

In 1999, Scott lived remotely with the Hadza and Maasai tribes in Tanzania, Africa, adding to his global perspective.  Today he blends his entrepreneurial spirit, his presentation skills and his desire to help others live to their full potential in every program he delivers.

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Rhonda Sandlin, Co-Owner & Coach – Huntsville Mediation & Trainer with PZI

Rhonda Sandlin is a counselor, trainer, advocate, and researcher with a multifaceted background in disability services, vocational rehabilitation, secondary and postsecondary education, counseling across the lifespan, crisis and trauma services, autism spectrum support, and comprehensive intervention for adjudicated youth and their families. No matter what the topic, diversity and inclusion have always been highlighted when she provides education at conferences, community events, for college students or faculty in the classroom. Recognizing and raising up the marginalized have been a driving vision in Rhonda’s career.

Psychological Safety and Inclusion by Rhonda Sandlin
Psychological Safety and Inclusion by Rhonda Sandlin – Keynote PDF Speech

With a Master’s Degree in Counseling, doctoral studies in Social Psychology, and in early 2018, a Master’s of Science in Management/Human Resources, Rhonda merges experience in training, leadership, counseling, legal, and social services with strategic HR management to promote fresh team- and people- development strategies for competitive advantage. Keeping an eye on the future of training and development, she is also researching innovative techniques to reduce implicit bias using Virtual Reality (VR) technology.

Rhonda has made her career a personal mission by growing people-first initiatives in private, government, nonprofit, and academic sectors as both an employee and as a volunteer. Many individuals have worked with her to co-create better lives, improve their careers, and navigate tough transitions.

Now her young son and growing family provide even more incentive to continue improving the community they will inherit. Rhonda reminds herself daily to encourage her hopes, not her fears – and invites you to do the same.

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Kenneth Anderson, Director of Multicultural Affairs – City of Huntsville

Kenneth Anderson is a nationally certified mental health counselor with over thirty years of experience in the field. He earned psychology degrees at Oakwood (College) University and Alabama A&M University respectively. On January 25, 2013, he was appointed Multicultural Affairs Officer for the City of Huntsville by Mayor Tommy Battle after spending the past 16 years at Calhoun Community College, most recently as Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. In this capacity, Kenneth acts as a bridge between the municipal government and the community on a broad range of issues related to gender, faith, race and ethnicity, disability and more.

Inclusion and Diversity in Government by Kenny Anderson - Keynote PDF Speech
Inclusion and Diversity in Government by Kenny Anderson – Keynote PDF Speech

Kenneth is President of Maximum Life Enhancement, a business management and educational consulting firm specializing in leadership and employee development training, and he speaks nationally at conferences, schools, churches, and other venues. Since 1990 has been the host/producer of a live, weekly radio talk show called 2nd Chance broadcast every Sunday on WJOU, 90.1 FM, Oakwood University’s radio station @ 2pm CST). The show celebrated its 25th anniversary in November 2015. He also hosts a daily cable TV show called “Impact” highlighting the good work being done in the community.

Kenneth earned a B.A. in Psychology from Oakwood University (OU) and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Alabama A&M University (AAMU). His commitment to education is clear as he has launched three academic scholarships at two higher education institutions designed to support students who desire to achieve academic success. The Jack & Annie Anderson 2nd Chance Scholarship is held by the Calhoun Foundation, and the “25” Scholarship and the newly established “212 Community Service Scholarship” are held at Oakwood University. He will soon establish a fourth at AAMU.

Kenneth is a community bridge builder who has written as a Community Columnist for the Huntsville Times and received numerous awards and recognitions for over two decades of community service. He has professional affiliations with the Huntsville Rotary Club, National Board of Certified Counselors, American Psychological Association, 100 Black Men of America- Greater Huntsville Chapter, FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, Partnership for a Drug-Free Community, First Stop, Inc. and the United Way of Madison County. He also serves on Strategic Advisory Committees for Alabama A&M University’s College of Business & Public Affairs and the Junior League of Huntsville.

Kenneth is married to Sonya (Tibbs) Anderson, a contract officer for the Army Contracting Command in the Express & Strategic Services Division, who is a native of Huntsville.

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Paula Forbes, CEO of Forbes Solutions LLC

Paula Forbes is the founder and CEO of Forbes Solutions PLLC., a law firm offering employee relations consulting, legal services and products to employers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Paula has more than two decades of legal experience and expertise in problem solving and consensus building with an emphasis on cultural inclusion and respect. She is a seasoned facilitator and trainer with a participatory style that brings a fresh perspective to strategic planning and organizational capacity building. Paula is known for working closely with team leaders to develop more clarity and focus around high stake initiatives, managing different working styles and building upon the diversity and synergy of the team to get desired results. Paula is a licensed facilitator and distributor of Insights Discovery®, a world leading diagnostic which helps people and teams understand themselves and others.

Inclusion and Diversity in Education by Paula Forbes - Keynote PDF Speech
Inclusion and Diversity in Education by Paula Forbes – Keynote PDF Speech

Prior to establishing Forbes Solutions PLLC., Paula held leadership positions in private, public and not-for-profit organizations practicing in the areas of EEO, HR compliance, labor, government affairs and most notably education law. Paula is the former General Counsel of the Minneapolis Public Schools in Minnesota and a co-creator of High School for Recording Arts, a charter school in Saint Paul. In addition, Paula has extensive arbitration, mediation and litigation experience. Paula is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas teaching Education and the Law at the graduate level.

Paula is currently working with the Association of Metropolitan School Districts on a project called Reimagine Minnesota, an initiative that is working to create a collective education plan to address equity, integration and excellence in Minnesota Schools.