#ASAE17 features five engaging thought leaders from diverse perspectives sharing revolutionary ideas that inspire action.
Sunday, August 13 | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Be the Change
Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar @mjhegar
Executive Coach and Consultant
Former Pilot, Air National Guard
Major MJ Hegar is a hero twice over—a Purple Heart-decorated pilot and the soldier who challenged a discriminatory military policy, winning women the right to serve on the front lines for the first time in history. Named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 most influential women, and with a brand new memoir, Shoot Like a Girl, and film adaptation to star Angelina Jolie, Hegar’s exceptional grit will show you that fighting for what you believe in—in enemy territory and beyond—is always worthwhile. When someone tells you that something cannot be done, she says the only way to prove them wrong is to do what they believe to be impossible. Through harrowing war stories and powerful lessons on social change with practical advice on leadership, diversity, teamwork, and motivation, she’ll reveal how to be a catalyst for change on a large scale, be it in your career, at home, or on a national or global level in your association community.
Monday, August 14 | 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Balanced Obsession: The Science of Happiness and Success
Daniel Lerner @DanLernerTweets
Clinical Instructor at NYU and Teaching Staff at UPENN
Author, U Thrive
Passion is the key to success—but when is that passion healthy, and what happens when it’s destructive? A Clinical instructor at NYU and on the teaching staff at UPENN, Daniel Lerner teaches New York University’s most popular elective course, The Science of Happiness and has coached many people through achieving a balanced obsession. As a strengths-based performance coach, he works with both established and high-potential musicians, athletes, and numerous Fortune 500 companies and executives to leverage the advantage that a healthy psychological state can bring to their performance both at work and at home. He’ll reveal the ways our passions can open doors and inspire us but, conversely, how obsessive passions, like over-working, long hours, and an obsessive need to be the best can lead to poorer well-being in the long run.
Monday, August 14 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
I’m Judging You: Do Better
Luvvie Ajayi @Luvvie
Executive Director, The Red Pump Project
A New York Times bestselling author and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology, and activism, Luvvie Ajayi knows a thing or two about consumer behavior. A go-to source for smart takes on pop culture on her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Ajayi dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives–from the importance of the newest television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your cousin sharing embarrassing family photos on Facebook. With a lighthearted, razor sharp wit and a unique perspective, take away personal insights from the hard truths for the masses and a road map for bringing some "act right" into our lives, social media, and popular culture.
Monday, August 14 | 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Living Out Loud
Nyle DiMarco @NyleDiMarco
Winner of America's Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars
With a passion for language, literacy, and advocacy within the deaf community and beyond, Nyle shares his barrier-breaking story as a deaf man who has risen above stereotypes to take the world by storm. Believing that his deafness is an asset rather than a limitation, he builds a bridge between the deaf and hearing by shining a light on not only the struggles but also the triumphs of the deaf culture. Get ready to be moved as Nyle discusses and demonstrates the value of nonverbal communication and embracing one’s true identity. As he shares firsthand experiences from his life and career, he’ll pique your curiosity as you gain a deeper understanding of the deaf community. In his powerfully emotive presentation, Nyle reveals his triumphs, challenges, fears, and dreams and encourages others to live their own lives authentically and define their own versions of success. You’ll walk away enlightened and empowered to discount societal pressures, embrace diversity, and appreciate and harness personal strengths.
Tuesday, August 15 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Be More Awesome: A Fresh Approach to Productivity
Chris Bailey @ALOProductivity
Author, The Productivity Project
Chris Bailey is on a mission to share the lessons of a year-long journey into the secrets of productivity. Ironically, the more your time is in demand, the less time you have to think about your productivity but the more you need to. This is especially true for the association leaders who have teams to manage, deadlines to juggle, and an insane amount of work to get done by the end of the day. Called “the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet” by TED Talks, his work has received national and international media attention from outlets like The New York Times, Lifehacker, Fast Company, Fortune, New York Magazine, and countless others. In addition to showing you how productivity is about managing your time as well as your attention and energy, this counterintuitive, entertaining talk will provide you with several practical, tactical ways to get more done every day and lead your teams to do the same.