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Keynote Speakers

Monday - Dr. Michelle Borba


About Dr. Michelle Borba

Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author, and parenting, child and bullying expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s empathy and social-emotional intelligence and character, and reduce peer cruelty. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has spoken on 19 countries, five continents, and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations including the Pentagon and 18 US Army bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific. Her proposal: “Ending School Violence and Bullying” (SB1667) was signed into California law in 2002. She offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.

Dr. Borba is an NBC contributor who has appeared 150 times live on the TODAY show and countless shows including: three Dateline specials, Dr. Phil, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, TD Jakes, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, MSNBC, Fox & Friends, Countdown, 3 NBC Education Nation specials, Inside Edition, Fox, The Early Show, CNN and Dr. Drew. Her work is featured in TIME, Washington Post, Newsweek, People, Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times. Reader’s Digest, Globe and Mail. She’s a media spokesperson for corporations including RC2 Learning Curve, Florida OJ, 3M, Ragu, Dixie Cup, Office Depot, Unilever, Splenda, Similac, General Mills, Mastercard, All, Galderma, V-Tech, Cetaphil, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson and consultant to McDonalds and Disney. Speaking clients include U.S. Air Force Academy, Sesame Street, Army Bases, Learning and the Brain, Harvard, H.H. the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and a TEDx Talk: “Empathy Is a Verb.”

Borba is the award-winning author of 24 books translated into 19 languages including Nobody Likes Me, No More Misbehavin’, Don’t Give Me that Attitude!, Building Moral Intelligence, Parents Do Make A Difference, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy, and UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. She was a 2016 SHORTY nominee for “Best Social Media Influencer in Parenting.”

Her awards include the National Educator Award (presented by the National Council of Self-Esteem), National Child Safety Award of 2106 by Child Safety Network, Santa Clara University’s Outstanding Alumna Award and Outstanding Contribution to the Educational Profession by the Bureau of Education and Research. She was named Honorary Chairperson for Self-Esteem in Hong Kong, consultant for the Character Education and Civic Engagement for the U.S. Dept of Education, Disney Influencer, and Goodwill Ambassador for M.I.T.’s One Laptop per Child project. Board memberships include Parents, Character.org, Child Safety Network, Boys & Girls Club of America, USTA Sportsmanship Committee.

Dr. Borba is a former classroom and special education teacher with a wide range of teaching experience, including work in a private practice with children with learning and emotional disabilities. She received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Learning Disabilities and B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She lives in Palm Springs, California with her husband and has three grown sons.

Tuesday - Lisa Koenecke


About Lisa Koenecke

Lisa Koenecke (Ken ah key) is a collaborative leader advocating for systemic change. As a former camp director for the YMCA and the Girl Scouts, team building is in her DNA. She has put her leadership skills to use as a former President of the Wisconsin School Counselor Association and as a member of the American School Counselor Association Board of Directors. She continues to provide leadership as a board member for the Wisconsin Association of Middle Level Educators. After ten years as a high school and middle school counselor; she has moved into the world of counselor education. Training the next generation of school counselors at Lakeland University is a dream come true! She will energize you to continue your "ALL IN" work with students, staff and families in your community!   


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