Meet our speakers

Industry leaders and inspirational speakers to inspire and educate you on what you need to know.  Even before you get to Philadelphia, ABA offers virtual learning opportunities with professional speakers.  From human resources to technology and professional development, don’t miss out on these business-building strategies.

These webinars are sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls.

  • Kathi Burns

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Kathi Burns, CPO® is a Board Certified Professional Organizer, Image Consultant, author and speaker. Her mission for almost two decades has been to end overwhelm, energize, and transform lives by removing the muck and creating systems entrepreneurs can stick to.    Kathi was lauded as a successful woman start up business by Good Morning America and since then, her advice has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more.

  • Linda Roszak Burton

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Linda is President of DRW, Inc. As an executive coach, she combines the latest research in positive psychology, gratitude, and neuroscience in her coaching services. As a researcher, she supports initiatives related to leadership development, employee engagement, and building a healthy, positive work environment.

    Linda is a thought leader in the field of neuroleadership, author and keynote speaker. She is an ICF-ACC Certified Professional Coach, holds coaching certifications in Brain-Based Coaching from the NeuroLeadership Institute, Retirement Coaching from Career Partners International, a trained Mental Fitness Coach, and a licensed Positive Psychology Instructor. Linda is a member of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School Affiliate. She holds a B.S in Health Education from Virginia Tech and has completed coursework pursuing an M.S. in Conflict Management at the University of Baltimore.

    Linda writes for the Wharton Healthcare Quarterly, feature series on gratitude, is a frequent blogger, and author of Gratitude Heals®- A Journal for Inspiration and Guidance (Available on Amazon), In addition, her Great Mills TEDx Talk on Gratitude- The Power to Heal the World was released in December 2022.

  • Randy Dean

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Randall Dean, MBA, is the author of the recent Amazon.com #1 E-mail Bestseller, Taming the E-mail Beast, as well as the producer and creator of several highly-rated video-based self-study courses. He has nearly 30 years of experience using and teaching an advanced time management/personal organization system, including systems for effective e-mail management, office clutter reduction, optimizing your Outlook and/or Gmail/Google usage, and getting the most from affiliated smart phone and tablet devices.

    He has taught different versions of his time and e-mail management systems for many prominent organizations including Michigan State University, University of California Berkeley, Westinghouse Electric Company, Volvo, The Global Business Travel Association, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, The University of Pittsburgh, The Ohio State University, the Institute of Management Accountants, the National Association for Legal Career Professionals, and The Michigan, Indiana, Texas, and Iowa Societies of Association Executives for groups as small as five and as large as 550.

    His speaking and training programs are consistently some of the highest-rated programs for the many conferences and clients he speaks for, including major conferences, Fortune 500 organizations, top universities, governmental agencies, and leading nonprofits — basically anyone struggling to better manage their time, e-mail, smart phone/tablet devices, Google productivity apps, and/or Microsoft Outlook. (And he makes these topics fun and engaging too!)

    He has previously been interviewed by the Washington Times, Detroit News, The Globe and Mail, Business Week Online, and numerous other media outlets, including radio, television, newspaper, and blog sites. He is an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and Michigan Society of Association Executives.

  • Stephen Ekstrom

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Stephen Ekstrom is the Chief Strategist and Co-Founder of The Tourism Academy, a nonprofit that empowers and enables tourism professionals, making travel more accessible to all. For 20+ years, Stephen has been helping destinations reimagine themselves and attract more visitors. Stephen hosts the Business Class podcast and has been profiled by the New York Times, CBS, NBC, and NY1. An engaging speaker, Stephen regularly inspires at universities and conferences worldwide. Stephen currently travels full-time with his dog, Rudy.  

  • Debra Fine

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    A former engineer, Fine is the author of bestselling books The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills—and Leave a Positive Impression (Hachette) along with her recently released Beyond Texting: The Fine Art of Face to Face Communication for Teenagers (Cañon) translated and published in two dozen countries across the globe. A 25+ year member of the National Speakers Association, Fine presents programs to hundreds of audiences around the world that include National Electrical Contractors Association, Hyatt Hotels, Arizona Bankers Association, COMERICA Banks, JP Morgan Chase and United Airlines. Fine's recent media appearances include The Today Show, The Toronto Sun, NPR Morning Edition, Fox Business News and CNN.  View additional information about Debra at http://www.debrafine.com

  • Dr. Maree Forbes Gaughan

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Following two years of research, Dr. Forbes has written a 40-chapter book currently in pre-publication addressing all the important components of creating a successful tourism program in a small city, small town, or rural community. The information points to opportunities to feature the uniqueness of each location and the special authentic qualities of each place to deliver economic development.

    Dr. Forbes brings over 35 years of experience to her work. She founded NTC a decade ago with the specific intention of doing something meaningful in the tourism industry.  Today, working as a Delaware Benefit Corporation (B Corp) NTC assists a wide range of organizations, small towns, rural communities, scenic byways and more to maximize their tourism assets and resources.  She brings a comprehensive understanding of the industry having worked in or with every segment of the travel industry except for the airlines, including managing an inbound tour operator for 9 years, heading a DMMO for 3 years, serving as a marketing consultant for decades, development of detailed itineraries, trails and other route-based experiences at more than 300 destinations, and serving as a Professor of Destination Management and Marketing a Temple University for 8 years. This multi-faceted experience provides a keen understanding of the needs of each sector of the tourism industry. Dr. Forbes is the author of several previous books, multiple articles, white papers, research summaries, and other publications focusing on the economic impact of tourism, tourism marketing, and effective agile strategic planning to create organizational sustainability into the future. 

  • Jack Gilbert

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Jack Gilbert is a noted expert in everyday ethics, leadership, and large-scale change. His is a Clinical Professor at Arizona State University. His career has featured extensive work as a management consultant with clients in many fields including financial services, health care, information technology, manufacturing, academia, and retail. He is also a successful keynote speaker and workshop presenter.    Jack is the author of Strengthening Ethical Wisdom, The Heart of Leadership (co-authored with Barbara Balik), and Gilbert’s Fables. He earned his doctorate from The George Washington University where his dissertation focused on the role of ethics in decision-making for senior executives.

  • Lance Harrell

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Lance Harrell brings over 25 years of experience in SEO, content marketing, and web development, with a significant portion of his career—more than 15 years—focused on the travel and tourism sector. His expertise in these areas has enabled him to develop effective and tailored online marketing strategies that address the specific needs of the travel industry.

    Known for his comprehensive approach, Lance has consistently applied his skills to navigate the challenges and opportunities within the travel and tourism market. To maintain this edge, he stays abreast of the latest technology trends, ensuring that his strategies are not only relevant but also forward-thinking. This commitment to continuous learning and adaptation has made him a respected professional in his field.

  • John Iannarelli

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    John Iannarelli served as an FBI Special Agent for 20 years, during which he was a SWAT team member and participated in the investigations of the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9/11 attack, the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and the Sony hack. Among his many FBI assignments, John served as the FBI’s National Spokesperson, on the Cyber Division Executive staff, and was as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge overseeing all Criminal, Cyber and Counterintelligence investigations. He was recognized with the FBI’s Director Award for Distinguished Service.

    A former San Diego Police Officer and attorney with international studies at Oxford England, John is admitted to the practice of law in California, Maryland, and Washington DC. In addition, he is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Computer Science in recognition of his contributions to the field of cyber investigations. John was also an NFL Security Representative responsible for ensuring public safety throughout the football season and the Super Bowl.
    John is the author of five books, including Why Teens Fail and What to Fix, a parents’ guide to protecting their children on the Internet and other dangers, and How to Spot a Terrorist Before It’s Too Late. His just released 5th book, Disorderly Conduct, examines the lighter side of law enforcement and the humorous moments during his FBI career.

    John is a frequent on-air contributor for the national news media and has been profiled in Forbes. He provided live on-scene coverage from Las Vegas of the Mandalay Bay mass shooting attack as it occurred. An engaging and entertaining keynote speaker, John is a National Speakers Association Certified Speaking Professional ® known for sharing his intriguing insights combined with his superb sense of humor. He has presented to Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international audiences, the United Nations, and the Vatican, where he has personally met on several occasions with Pope Francis.

  • Tony Kitchens

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Tony R. Kitchens: A captivating speaker who ignites inspiration and motivation. From Chicago's South Side to the White House, his journey is extraordinary. Founder of a tech company with $110M+ revenue, he exemplifies innovation and fearlessness, having started 6 companies and writing a book entitled “The Gift of Pain”. Surviving Hurricane Maria, Tony rallied his community, fostering resilience, empathy, and personal responsibility. Thriving against all odds, his gripping story will leave you hungry to hear directly from this exceptional visionary.

  • Brad McCormick

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Brad B McCormick is a Speaker and an Omni-channel marketing strategist with a passion for how business, culture, technology, and people intersect.    Brad has helped companies design communication strategies and build brand equity in the digital world. His past clients include LEGO, Cisco, McDonald’s, FedEx Office, KIA, Smokeybear, and the US Department of Homeland Security. He teaches Digital Marketing Strategy & Performance Management each semester at Southern Methodist University in Dallas    Brad has been quoted in the NYTimes, PR Week, and Ad Age. Brad is a board member and the Past President of the DFW Chapter of the American Marketing Association. He’s married, has two wonderful but crazy daughters, and loves long-distance cycling.   

  • Aden Nepom

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Aden Nepom is a TEDx speaker, host of The Changed Podcast and President at the Art of Change, where she provides meeting facilitation, interpersonal workplace skills development, and coaching that help people to communicate, collaborate and behave better at work.

  • Bob Pacanovsky

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    An entrepreneur for 28 years, primarily in the hospitality industry, Bob Pacanovsky, and his team created over 7,000 meetings, events, and receptions (including catering 25 of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction events), and had one opportunity to create both a “wow experience” and a lasting impression (or a Black Tie Experience) on his clients and guests.      Now as a keynote speaker and strategic trainer, he uses his two decades of work to teach companies and organizations how to focus on Hospitality, Service Excellence, and Selfless Leadership to create Black Tie Experiences for every client and guest.      Bob has worked with organizations and associations across the country in industries such as attractions, travel/tourism, healthcare, hospitality, association management, education, banking,  and more.  He has achieved Professional Membership in the National Speakers Association (NSA) and is a Past-President of an NSA chapter.    Bob lives in Akron, Ohio, and is a graduate of The University of Akron with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.  He is a passionate volunteer and has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Alzheimer’s Association, OPEN M (a Christian Ministry), Jennings Senior Living, Goodwill Industries, Humane Society of Summit County, and others.

  • Julian Placino

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Julian Placino is a recruiting consultant who helps organizations create a culture of recruitment where people thrive. As a recruiting practitioner for over 17 years, he’s led talent acquisition at world-class companies and has hired and coached thousands of top performers throughout his career. For 7 years, Julian led recruitment at Bottle Rocket, one of the world’s top mobile development firms. Through speaking and consulting, he teaches recruitment strategy, personal branding, and leadership development.  As Host of Pathways to Success on YouTube, iTunes, and Spotify, he interviews inspiring leaders about their business and keys to personal success.  

  • Carolyn Ross MD

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS is an African American author, speaker, expert the treatment of eating disorders, trauma and addictions.  Dr. Ross is a graduate of The University of Michigan Medical School.  She completed a residency in Preventive Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at Loma Linda University and a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.  She is board certified in Preventive Medicine and in Addiction Medicine.  Dr. Ross has been an international speaker and consultant on issues of mental health, trauma, workplace productivity and the intergenerational trauma.  Dr. Ross presented a TEDxPleasantGrove talk on “Historical and Intergenerational Trauma in January 2020.  She is co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity (antiracismandequity.com), a consulting group that offers DEI trainings to organizations on diversity, antiracism and equity in the workplace.

  • Rhonda Scharf

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Insightful … humorous … entertaining … even contagious … words that are often used to describe Rhonda Scharf.  A speaker with the uncanny ability to look at the normal and see something quite different. 

    Rhonda is an author, speaker, trainer, and grandmother. She has earned her Certified Speaking Professional, is a member of the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame, and is one of only 35 speakers worldwide who have earned their Global Speaking Fellow (meaning she truly has an international business), and been awarded the Spirit of CAPS award. She is the only speaker in the entire world to earn all four awards. Her peers consider Rhonda a leader in the speaking industry! Her natural warmth and sincerity are balanced by a healthy sense of the absurd, a combination that is useful in any situation.

    Rhonda’s professional speaking career began at age two… when her mother would offer her 25 cents to be quiet for five minutes!

  • Sandra Shelton

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Sandra Shelton M.Ed. CTACC engages all participants. She comes from academic pursuits, corporate experience, and international speaking, over 3500 presentations over 3 decades, in 15 countries, and hundreds of organizations such as: AT&T, American Airlines, AstraMerck Pharmaceutical, Texas Instruments, Federal Express, Coca-Cola®, Texas Instruments …. “I laughed, I cried, I learned.” sums up participant comments. She is real, grounded, humorous. Audiences praise her enthusiasm as she delivers one-of-a-kind, inspiring content. Your career, whatever your position, is about connectedness–relationships growing and deepening. The ultimate result is a sustainable foundation for each of us to become and remain teachable, promotable, and lovable for a lifetime of positive contribution. 

  • Lee Silber

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Lee Silber is an overachiever and credits his creation and dedication to a unique goal-setting system for his success as a best selling author and award winning speaker. In fact, when one of his former teachers learned Lee built a chain of action-sports retail stores from the ground up she said, “Never has one not my former students done so much… with so little.” Today, with 25 books to his credit, a popular podcast, and a busy speaking schedule Silber has decided to share his effective approach to goals with you in this webinar.

  • Dan Sobol

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Daniel’s national practice is dedicated to representing employers across industries in a range of traditional labor, union and employment matters. Clients rely on him to defend all manner of
    employment related lawsuits and to navigate unfair labor practice charges, prevailing wage matters, representation complexities and various issues before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), as well as collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations and labor injunctions. His representations include assisting management and executive leadership with various employment and ERISA issues, and he is often called upon to serve as labor counsel in mergers and acquisitions transactions.

    As a strategic ally to employers, Daniel works closely with management teams to create and implement labor relations plans and business-minded approaches to collective bargaining, labor contracts, wage and hour issues and union election and management matters. He has defended regional and national employers against union organization and has created comprehensive labor relations strategies that mitigate unionization within their businesses. Additionally, Daniel provides supervisor and management training that focuses on identifying and resolving workplace issues and labor disputes unique to their business.

    Daniel is a thought leader on pandemic-related labor matters as well as on NLRB developments and newly enacted labor laws.

  • Gini Trask

    Sponsored by Experience Sioux Falls

    Born into a family of entrepreneurs, business is simply second nature to Gini.  She began her first business at the age of 16 and never stopped.  She has owned and grown numerous small businesses from incubation into the multimillions and continues to help other business owners optimize their ventures in travel, retail, and restaurant enterprises. She is passionate about helping businesses to thrive and not just survive.