General Session Keynote Speakers

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Reconnect, refresh and recharge yourself for another school year with the inspirational words of Kevin Brown and Amy Blankson! During the NSPRA 2021 National Seminar General Sessions, these accomplished keynote speakers will spark your ideas for creative, innovative and effective school communications all year long. 


Kevin BrownKevin Brown

The Hero Effect: Creating a Culture of Heroes at Every Level

Monday General Session
July 12 at 9:30 a.m. Central Time

Kevin Brown’s unconventional path to business and personal success has taught him that winning in business and in life requires anything but conventional thinking. 

He grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, where his blue collar roots taught him the value of hard work and determination. His resume includes an eclectic mix of career stops that ultimately led him to the purchase of a franchise at the age of seventeen. With a street-wise aptitude and a never-quit attitude, he worked his way from the front lines in business to the executive boardroom. For nearly two decades, Kevin was a sales and marketing executive who helped grow a little-known family business into an industry giant with annual revenues reaching $2 billion. 

After a career in franchising that spanned 30 years, Kevin decided to retire from corporate America and pursue his passion for bringing The HERO Effect® message to as many people and organizations as possible. Kevin is on a mission to help people and organizations embrace a simple philosophy that separates world-class organizations and high performance people from everybody else. He is passionate about helping people expand their vision, develop their potential and grow their results. And as the father of an autistic child, he knows firsthand how the principles of true success reach beyond the boardroom and into the lives of real people facing the challenges of everyday life. 

Kevin entertains, inspires and challenges people to show up every day and make a positive difference at work and in life!


Amy BlanksonAmy Blankson

Fearless Positivity: Master Your Mindset to Thrive During Change

Tuesday General Session
July 13 at 9:30 a.m. Central Time

Amy Blankson, bestselling author of The Future of Happiness, is the only person to receive a Point of Light from two sitting U.S. Presidents. After graduating from Harvard College and Yale School of Management, she has focused her work on understanding how to cultivate happiness in a digital era.

She is a member of the U.N. Global Happiness Council, a fellow of the World Innovation Organization, and is currently working with the IEEE to create standards for well-being in the creation of artificial intelligence and emotion awareness.

Most recently, Amy has shared her thought leadership as a speaker at TEDx, as a regular contributor for Forbes on women, technology and leadership, and as a featured professor in Oprah’s happiness course.