2017 TSPRA Annual Conference
February 20-23, 2017
Galveston Convention Center
Pre-Conference Sessions ♦ Monday p.m., Feb. 20, 2017
Executive Committee Meeting ♦ Monday a.m., Feb. 20, 2017
Regular Conference Sessions ♦ Tuesday, Feb. 21 through noon on Thursday, Feb. 23
Star Awards Banquet ♦ Wednesday p.m., Feb. 22
Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort
5600 Seawall Blvd; Galveston, TX 77554
Tuesday's Keynote Speaker: Jeff Lanza
Jeff chosen as the best speaker in the 50-year history of Kansas City’s prestigious Plaza Club. He is a professional speaker who has provided over one thousand presentations on the topics of leadership integrity, crisis communication, ethics, identity theft, cyber-crime and more. His clients include 20th Century Fox Entertainment, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, Citigroup, The Young Presidents Organization, American Century, Hallmark, H & R Block, The Society of Human Resource Management, Hess Oil, Standard and Poor’s, Financial Executives International, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo and others. He developed and presented a program on identity theft prevention which was used to educate a nationwide audience of Citigroup employees. His program on the topic of leadership integrity has been certified for education credits across the United States. He provided this program as part of ethics training for a nationwide sales force for Pacific Life Insurance Company. The program was also used to educate the Kansas City Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and many other associations. Jeff was head of operations security for the Kansas City FBI and a graduate of the world-renowned John E. Reid School of Interviewing and Interrogation. He is a certified FBI instructor and has trained numerous government agencies and corporate clients on how to handle the media tricks that the national television personalities such as Connie Chung and Chris Hansen used on him during his near two decades as a crisis communicator with the FBI.
In addition to his latest book, Jeff authored speeches for FBI executives and has been published in The Kansas City Star, Ingram’s Magazine and on the FBI National Web site. Jeff consulted for Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee during the production of “Ride with the Devil”, and he has provided regular consulting services for television and movie production in Hollywood at Steele Films and Granfalloon Productions. Jeff was a major contributor and appeared on camera in a recent episode of The History Channel’s, “America’s Book of Secrets”. He was featured in the companion documentary to the major theatrical release “Runner - Runner”, which stars Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake. Jeff was recruited by the FBI from Xerox Corporation, where he was a Computer Systems Analyst. He has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven (Connecticut) and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas.
Thursday's Keynote Speaker: Dr. Deborah G. Estes
Dr. Estes’ primary interest is in the area of brain research, and how this knowledge can directly impact our professional and personal lives. Powerful tools to engage the brain, presentation skills, experiential learning and learning strategies are Dr. Estes’ key tools when consulting or training groups, businesses and non-profit organizations with professional development training workshops, seminars and in her keynote speaking engagements.
In 1995, she established Estes Group, Inc., which specialized in training to both the business, corporate and educational sectors. She consults for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Learning Forward and the Bureau of Education and Research and is a member of several local boards. Dr. Estes presents throughout the United States and Canada and has been a distinguished speaker in Yauyos, Peru and for the Department of Defense in Seoul, Korea. She is a recognized conference keynote speaker and presenter, and often speaks to Administrative Leadership Teams and conducts Board of Trustees training.
Dr. Estes graduated from Texas A & M University – Commerce with a doctorate in Educational Administration and is a former high school teacher, middle school principal, and Curriculum/Public Relations Director. She also held the position of Senior Consultant for Region 10 Educational Service Center, where her responsibilities included directing, coordinating and serving as a lead trainer of a cooperative service which provided administrative training to more than 1600 superintendents, principals, central office staff and trustees of eighty-two school districts.
Working with people of all orientations—educators, parents, community members, non-profit organizations, business leaders, corporate executives, project managers, team leaders and conference participants, Dr. Estes is known for her warmth, humor and ability to involve everyone in the joy of learning.