General Session Keynote Speakers

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Discover innovations to transform your school public relations practice with the inspirational words of Duncan Wardle and Greg Bell during the NSPRA 2022 National Seminar General Sessions. On Monday and Tuesday mornings of the National Seminar, these General Sessions will provide an opportunity for attendees to start a full day of professional development with the motivational words of major national speakers.


Duncan WardleDuncan Wardle

Ignite a Culture of Innovation and Creativity

Monday General Session
July 18 at 9:30 a.m. Central Time

As head of innovation and creativity at Disney, Duncan Wardle helped teams at Disney Parks, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, Imagineering and Animation to innovate, creating magical new storylines and amazing experiences for consumers around the globe. He now brings his Disney experience to audiences around the world, delivering a series of keynotes, masterclasses, and ideation forums that help people capture unlikely connections, leading to both disruptive thinking and revolutionary ideas.

Wardle is a multiple TEDx speaker and has been featured in many publications, including Fast Company, Forbes, INC., and more. He teaches Innovation and Creativity Masterclasses at Yale University, UNC and U.F. He also holds the American Citizen Award presented at the White House, an Hons. MBA and Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by her majesty, Queen Elizabeth.


Greg BellGreg Bell

Water the Bamboo: Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals

Tuesday General Session
July 19 at 9:30 a.m. Central Time

More than just a motivational speaker, Greg Bell is a thought leader, business consultant and leadership seminar trainer. His popular books—Water The Bamboo®:Unleashing the Potential of Teams and Individuals and What's Going Well? The Question That Changes Everything—have inspired an array of organizations, from Fortune 500 companies like Nike, Disney, Manpower Group, Kaiser Permanente and Comcast, to athletic teams like the Portland Trailblazers, Oregon Ducks Football, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs Basketball.

As an innovator and keen observer of highly successful leaders and teams, Greg has learned that the key to success is having the courage to use the skills you already have to achieve a result greater than you previously imagined.

Inspiring and energizing audiences with his engaging storytelling, Greg shares his knowledge with excitement and passion. His ability to masterfully blend insight and encouragement with just the right dose of reality makes him the consistently top-rated keynote speaker at major conferences. A certified speaking professional (the highest earned designation from the National Speakers Association), Greg influences thousands of individuals and entrepreneurs each year with his innate ability to connect personally with audience members.

Greg holds political science and law degrees from the University of Oregon and currently serves on the UO Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also the force behind Coaches vs. Cancer - a campaign for the American Cancer Society that has raised over $100 million for cancer research. In addition to his corporate leadership experience, Bell is a TEDx Talk alum and serves on the advisory board for the Portland TEDx conference series.


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