SPEAKERS

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CASSIE HOLMES

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: HAPPIER HOUR
Monday, February 6, 2023

Our most precious resource isn’t money—it’s time. We’re allotted just twenty-four hours a day, and we live in a culture that keeps us feeling time poor —like we never have enough. Since we can’t add more hours to the day, how can we optimally spend the time we do have and feel confident in our decisions—for ourselves and our employees? 

Based on her wildly popular MBA class at UCLA, Professor Cassie Holmes will share how to immediately improve your life by changing how you perceive and invest your time. She provides empirically based insights that will help you be more productive, use your time at work more optimally by designing your schedule with purpose, and look back at your career with satisfaction instead of regret. 

Through her groundbreaking research, Cassie will teach you how small changes can have an enormous impact—helping you feel less overwhelmed, more present, and happier in your life overall—things that money can’t buy. It all starts by transforming just one hour into a happier hour.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Everyone who’s ever expressed frustration at not having enough time to do the things they truly enjoy has probably been met with this response: make time. For Cassie Holmes, renowned expert on time and happiness, it’s not about making time—it’s just protecting the time we already have. An award-winning professor of Marketing and Behavioral Decision-Making at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Cassie’s research examines how focusing on time (rather than money) increases happiness, how the meaning of happiness changes over the course of one’s lifetime, and how much happiness people enjoy from extraordinary versus ordinary experiences. When we’re able to see our days, weeks, months, years, and careers broken down into the quality of our time, we can use that information to reconstruct our schedules, and lives, based on what we need. “In my empirical pursuit of happiness, I’m just hoping to help people of all ages find a bit more happiness in their lives,” Cassie says.
 
Cassie’s ground-breaking book Happier Hour: How to Beat Distraction, Expand Your Time, and Focus on What Matters Most is a bright, deeply relatable guide to recharging and the ultimate antidote to overscheduling. You’ll learn that having too much free time is as unsatisfying as too little (two to five hours each day is best), and how to build days that aren’t just full—but fulfilling. Katy Milkman, bestselling author of How to Change, calls the book “an absolute gem–useful, evidence-based, and a pleasure to read. Armed with the insights conveyed in Happier Hour, we can all find greater fulfillment in the time we have.”
 
Cassie’s research has been published in such top-tier academic journals as Psychological Science and the Journal of Consumer Research. Popular accounts of her work have been featured on NPR and appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Scientific American and the Boston Globe. Her research on “giving time” was featured in New York Times Magazine’s “32 Innovations that Will Change Your Tomorrow.” She was called one of the Best 40 Business Professors Under 40 in Poets & Quants, and received the Early Career Award for her distinguished scholarly contributions to her field from both the Association of Consumer Research and the Society of Consumer Psychology.
 
Cassie was a tenured faculty member and award-winning teacher at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. from Columbia. She’s also a faculty affiliate with The UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute—an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the research, education, and practice of kindness
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CAROL MILLER

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU ENJOY YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR L.I.F.E.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

How To Make Sure You Enjoy Your School Counselor L.I.F.E. is a motivational message of keeping the passion and interest over the span of your career.  Being a School Counselor is a demanding job, which can sometimes leave us feeling isolated and alone, pulled in 101 directions, and that despite our first best efforts, we aren't making a difference.  This presentation focuses on the 4 things we need to do so we have the same energy, excitement and enthusiasm going into our 30th year as we did when we started our 1st day in the field.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Carol Miller is a veteran school counselor with K-12 experiences. Currently an Elementary Counselor in the Rome City School District, Carol is a Past President of the New York State School Counselor Association. Carol has authored two small group curriculum: StarBound and Building Champions and runs the website Counseling Essentials (https://counselingessentials.org/). She is a champion for students and school counselors around the globe.
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DAVID FITZSIMMONS

CLOSING PLENARY SESSION: FROM THE CARTOONIST AT THE BACK OF THE CLASS
Tuesday, February 7, 2023

My highly interactive program will focus on humor as a strategy by turning the spotlight on audience members to join me on the stage to learn about your lives, your challenges and your survival techniques. We will review the conference and cheer you on.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
David Fitzsimmons, Cartoonist and Columnist
for The Arizona Daily Star since 1986, a Pulitzer Finalist syndicated to over 700 news sites, is known as the “Fastest draw west of the Potomac”.  Described as a “Flaming moderate at the fringe of America’s center” Fitz is a snappy dresser who loves reading hatemail from readers and cursing the television.
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KRISTY MEYERS

FEATURED SPEAKER

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Kristy Meyers is a School Counselor at Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, Arizona and the 2022 Arizona School Counselor of the Year. This is her 9th year serving the Verde Valley Community, where she has developed new programs and initiatives. Some of her notable accomplishments have included fostering data-driven practices, implementing her Bitmoji Virtual Counseling Office, and becoming a certified instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid to train others in supporting students.

Kristy received her bachelor's degree from Minnesota State University Mankato with a double major in psychology and Spanish, in addition to her master's degree in counseling and student personnel. In 2018, she achieved National Board Certification. She cares deeply, not only about her school community, but also about advancing the field of education.

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