Featured Speakers

Dr. Sean Bailey, CEO & President, BCG-North America Corporation
Dr. Sean Bailey is a senior researcher, trainer, leadership coach, and speaker. He specializes in process improvement, professional development, and evidence-based learning design supporting company leaders improve the effectiveness of their training pedagogy.  He often speaks about self-management and improving personal systems to help develop productive habits and a growth mindset.  He serves as the CEO & President of BCG-North America Corporation, an organizational leadership and corporate training company.

Melissa Battite, CPRP, Director of Recreation & Community Programs, Town of Lexington, Mass
Melissa Battite has been in the Park and Recreation industry for over 26 years in the greater Boston, MA area.  Her experience includes community recreation, facility management, collaboration and partnership and inclusion.  Melissa has been a CPRP since 1995.   She has been an active member of local, state and national organizations and is currently the past chair of the NRPA Leadership Development Network. Additionally, Melissa held a seat on the Mass Rec and Park Association Executive Board for over 15 years, including President from 2015-2016.

Dr. Kim Beason, Coordinator and Professor of Sport and Recreation Administration, University of Mississippi
Dr. Kim Beason has explored professionalism. professional development, credentialing, and soft/hard skill acquisition within the park, recreation, and therapy fields. Current research focused is focused professionalism, credentialing and skill development. Research includes inventory of the soft and hard skills developed working in parks, recreation, sport, tourism and related fields

Brad K Chambers, Principal, The Kelly Group

Brad is a TRPA Fellow Award recipient and for 20 years was a Director in Athens and Cookeville.  He has a broad base of knowledge, having worked in Missouri, Kentucky, Georgia on three separate occasions, and as Principal of his own consulting company.  His “Cowardly Leadership” blog has outlined dozens of examples of people in positions of power who are not leaders.  He also is a retired United States Navy Reserve Commander with 30 years of service. Cowardly Leadership has been warmly received by audiences such as the Maryland Parks and Recreation Association State Conference.

Mrs. Laura T. Wetherald, CPRP, Bureau Chief of Recreation & Administrative Services, Howard County Recreation & Parks
Laura Wetherald is an active member of the CAPRA Commission and conducted this training on numerous occasions.

Beth Ziesenis, Your Nerdy Best Friend

Meet Your New Nerdy Best Friend.  Since her first Commodore 64 computer, Beth Z has made a verb out of the word "nerd."  Beth helps your audience filter through thousands of apps, gadgets, widgets and doodads to find the perfect free and bargain technology tools for work and home.