Keynote Speakers

Randy Pierce - Sunday, May 3rd at 2 p.m.

Everyone Can Benefit from our Inspirational and Motivational Methodologies

Randy Pierce is a captivating motivational speaker who draws upon his life experiences to inspire, entertain, and teach. Randy creates a powerful connection to his audience through unique viewpoints on the adventures and challenges of a man who chose a life filled with incredible adventure-laden experiences despite his being suddenly stricken with a neurological disease rendering him blind at age 22. Participants experience the highs, lows, and problem-solving techniques used to convert adversity into methods of achieving our peak potential.

His realization that you truly don’t need to see in order to have a vision–or to bring that vision to reality–is the inspirational backdrop for a methodology as powerful as the motivation behind his message. Randy came to believe that most of our limits in life are self-imposed; that far too often, we accept and thereby empower the notion of “can’t.” It is an idea that–when framed with Randy’s compelling personal story–invariably resonates with people, giving them new energy to engage the possibilities that lie within their grasp. Emphasizing goal-setting, problem-solving, teamwork, and communication with amusing anecdotes and demonstrable achievements, he will motivate each participant to set and achieve their own goals.


Kia Silver Hodge, PHR, CPEC - Monday, May 4th at 1:15 p.m.

Kia is a dynamic leader and coach with more than 20 years of professional experience in various industries. She has spent the last 15 years as a Human Resources leader in Fortune 500 companies including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Freddie Mac, and Monster Worldwide. Specific areas of expertise include Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition, and Military Career Transition.

In 2018, Kia decided to step away from her successful career at Lockheed Martin to launch Master Mine Consulting. Although her work in Diversity & Inclusion was meaningful, Kia knew it was time for a change of pace and believed she was being called to use her gifts differently. She obtained certification as a Personal and Executive Coach through Valorie Burton’s Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and began enthusiastically coaching clients, speaking, and hosting empowerment workshops to equip others with the tools and resources to become better versions of themselves. Specific areas of focus include working through transition, boosting confidence, and strengthening resilience.

“The Inclusion Factor”

Research indicates that inclusive leaders are more likely to unlock the innovative potential of their teams, build stronger connections, and experience higher retention rates. Inclusive leadership is a skill that strengthens with intention, practice, and commitment. Becoming a more inclusive person and leader is a journey, so it’s important that we allow ourselves the room for growth and the space to make mistakes. In this judgment-free zone, we will share life experiences, explore the six key behaviors needed to cultivate inclusive environments, share practical guidance and techniques to help you integrate these behaviors into your lives and leadership, and provide resources and tools to help you strengthen these behaviors over time. 


Justin Draeger and Allie Bidwell Arcese - Monday, May 4th at 4:00 p.m.

Not to be missed – A Live Taping of "Off the Cuff" hosted by NASFAA President Justin Draeger and Allie Bidwell Arcese! 

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