To Take a Risk or Not – Opening Keynote Speaker: Julia Landauer
Julia Landauer is a NASCAR driver and two-time champion from New York City. Since making history as the first and youngest female champion in the Skip Barber Racing Series at age 14, Julia has amassed dozens of wins in many different racing series. After becoming the first woman to win a NASCAR Track Championship at Motor Mile Speedway in her division in 2015, Julia graduated to the televised NASCAR K&N Pro Series West in 2016. In the K&N series, Julia finished 4th in the championship, becoming the highest finishing female in the series’ 64-year history.
In January of 2017, Julia was selected as an honoree for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the sports category. Julia was also the only female member of the highly selective NASCAR Next class of 2016-2017.
Afternoon Keynote Speaker: Jan McInnis
Comedians are masters at dealing with change. . .not only are we in a different city in front of a different industry every single week, but we get stuck in weirder change situations than most people could ever even think up! We’re not talking your run-of-the-mill change situations. . . Twice I’ve been introduced after they read off the list of people in the organization who died! GREAT idea for comedy! Oh, and I once had to perform for 600 people while standing on a pedestal as they sat around me. I basically had to spin and tell jokes. And then there was the time I rode a Lazy Susan as IT spun in and out of the room, so audience members could either hear the set-up or the punchline. . .but of course not both! How did I deal with these whacko change situations and millions of other ones in my 20+ years in this business? And more importantly, how can my on-the-job training in change translate to you and your situation at work? Well come on out to my session Finding the Funny in Change and find out! It will be funny and informative with practical tips that you can use immediately back at work to handle stressful change through using humor.
Many, many speakers will tell you that you need to use humor, but they don’t tell you HOW. I will. My 20+ years in the comedy writing business – writing for everyone from Jay Leno’s monologue on the Tonight Show to guests on the Jerry Springer Show (my parents are proud!) means I can show anyone how to use humor to their advantage. And when you’re dealing with change, you need all the advantages you can get. Think about it, you sit down to a staff meeting, and you’ve just had a big change (budget cuts, layoffs, no more free coffee – pick one). If you don’t talk about it, people are angry. If you do talk about it, people are, well, still angry. But how about talking about it with a little humor? It can work! And don’t worry, I’ll toss in a few “humor rules” so you don’t get yourself in trouble!
Humor really is becoming a business skill . . it’s not all about writing jokes and being a comedian. Businesses are using it to do everything from sell products to recruit employees, and even make everyone happy during turbulent times. Don’t miss out on this unique session.
About Jan . . speaker and comedian Jan McInnis has shared her tips with thousands of associations and corporations, and she is the author of 2 books: “Convention Comedian” and “Finding the Funny Fast.” She was also featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post, and she has written for everyone on the planet from TV to radio, syndicated cartoon strips, greeting cards, wart removal products, and CEOs who want to be funnier. She can be reached at www.TheWorkLady.com