Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Eldonna
LEWIS-FERNANDEZ

Dynamic Vision International Inc.
CEO

As CEO of Dynamic Vision International Inc., Eldonna Lewis Fernandez dispenses negotiation, leadership, and communication training to corporate clients and small business owners internationally. Her business is built on a 23-year career as a contract specialist in the Air Force, where she negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of domestic and international contracts – everything from pens and paper to office machines, automotive parts, and aircraft maintenance.

After retiring from the Air Force, Eldonna spent 10 years as a contracts administrator, negotiator and systems analyst for aerospace companies such as Raytheon, Sparta, and Parsons. She worked with Raytheon and the U.S. Navy on the F-18 Radar program, and with Sparta and Parsons on satellite launch programs for the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base.

Today, her corporate workshops and keynotes cover a variety of topics – everything from negotiating skills to communicating effectively and becoming a self-leader, which she defines as “asking for what you want, and owning the power to stand up for yourself.”

The award-winning speaker and author is one of 81 Toastmaster Accredited Speakers worldwide. She enlivens every keynote, workshop or breakout session with experiential participation, games or simulations. “You remember it because you’re experiencing the information rather than passively listening to it,” she says.

Eldonna has written two books: Think Like A Negotiator ~ 50 Ways to Create Win Win Results by Understanding the Pitfalls to Avoid and GoPINK Rules of Engagement: 5 Foundational Principles for Taking Control of the Handlebars of Your Life. She also co-authored Heart of a Military Woman, a compilation of stories by, for, and about military women.

Among her many media credits, she has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Business, Fox News and CNN, and been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes and The Huffington Post.


Joe Battista

Joe
BATTISTA

Pragmatic Passion, LLC
Owner

Joe Battista is a professional speaker, instructor, author, and Owner of Pragmatic Passion LLC Consulting.  His first book “The Power of Pragmatic Passion” was released in September.  He serves as Vice President and an Executive Coach for the National Athletic and Professional Success Academy. In 19 seasons as the head coach of the Penn State Icers his teams won 512 games and six ACHA national championships. Battista helped secure the largest gift in Penn State history ($88 million) from Terry and Kim Pegula in 2010 to establish NCAA hockey teams and construct the Pegula Ice Arena. He was named Associate Athletic Director to oversee the project. The American Hockey Coaches Association named Joe the 2014 winner of the “Lou Lamoriello Award” for his career contributions to college hockey.  Joe was a Vice President of the Buffalo Sabres and a Director of Amateur Hockey for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Joe is a 1983 graduate of Penn State’s Smeal College of Business and he resides in State College, PA with his wife Heidi and they have 3 children, Brianna (26), Jon (24), and Ryan (18).


EDUCATION SPEAKERS

Angela Arrington

Angela
ARRINGTON

Angela Arrington Consulting
Owner

Angela’s passion and work concentrates in the areas of executive coaching, strategic planning, organizational/talent development, and facilitation. For the past 17 years, Angela has worked closely with organizations to assess their workforce and talent development needs, create and deliver programs that fulfill those needs and have measurable impact, and ensure that the organization’s workforce and talent development strategies are aligned with their business goals. She has worked with mid-size to large organizations in healthcare, education, retail, transportation, chemical, aerospace, construction, and engineering.

Prior to establishing her consulting/coaching practice, Angela worked with Westinghouse in the areas of procurement, new business development, marketing communications, and strategy development.  Angela is also the former Director of Corporate and Executive Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where she led efforts to design and launch the Women’s Executive Leadership Program.  She continues as a faculty member and executive coach for the program.

Serving as a leadership development consultant, trainer and executive coach for more than 10 years, Angela has helped numerous leaders become better communicators and strategic thinkers. She believes that every person has tremendous potential and a desire to accomplish something really important both professionally and personally. Her goal is to help each person become more self-aware, clearly establish and focus on meaningful goals and improve their effectiveness as a leader. Angela’s clients have enhanced their leadership (regardless of level), increased their positive impact on the organization they serve, and made tremendous strides in their careers, finding success on their own terms (being authentic.)

Angela holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Masters of Science in Industrial Administration (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University. She and her husband Michael have four children all making their mark on the world around them.


Chris DaleyChris
DALEY

TEDx Pittsburgh

A 40 Under 40 honoree, and cited as “one of Pittsburgh’s premier digital innovators” by Pittsburgh Magazine, Chris Daley is the Sr. Manager of Digital Media at UPMC Health Plan, leading a team of digital professionals to create online experiences in social media, web, email and video to tell stories that engage members and the public in their health care. His career at UPMC Health Plan has produced several professional awards and contributed toward the organization’s goals in a measurable way for both B2C and B2B audiences. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University, teaching students advertising writing and digital marketing. Chris is a believer in the power of ideas and organizes TEDxPittsburgh events every year, helping to coach speakers, several of which who have been featured on TED.com and other high profile media outlets.

If you can’t find Chris in the board room, classroom, or at a TEDx event, you may find him on stage performing with his punk band Mace Ballard who recently released their 4th album on a small record label. He also shares his musings of being a new dad on his dad blog, A Dad in the Life. 


Michelle
TEAGUE

District 13 Toastmasters

One word to describe Michelle is “ambitious.”  She has been training people for over 14 years and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others.  Michelle has conducted over 160 group trainings in the past few years on topics such as leadership, management, financial statements, OSHA, and HIPAA.  Her favorite training to conduct, though, is on communication skills.  As a Certified DISC trainer, Michelle has the opportunity to help people learn what their preferred communication style is and how to communicate with people who have different styles from themselves. 

An award-winning speaker, Michelle has shared her story of “Obstacles are Opportunities in Disguise” to help inspire people to overcome the challenges in their lives.  She believes we all have the ability to be successful in life; sometimes we just need a helping hand or a few words of encouragement to help us push through the hard times and move forward to the better life that is waiting just ahead.  Anyone can point out what is wrong; Michelle helps people create solutions to the problems they face.

Michelle and her husband Jim started their business, “A Teague of Your Own,” which specializes in speaking, coaching, and training.  They work together with people and organizations to go beyond the goals that were set and to achieve excellence. 

 


 

Speaker - WiederSam
WIERDER

District 13 Toastmasters

Sam Wieder, DTM is a speaking coach who helps professionals to harness the power of their personal stories to become more engaging speakers. Discovering the power of his own personal stories in Toastmasters speech competitions, Sam is a past winner the District 13 Humorous Speech Contest. He has also taught college business communication classes and led speech training programs for the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Speakers Association. He has written a book based on his most life-changing story and is now in the final stages of producing a documentary film based on that book. Over the past 2 years, he has also written over a dozen story-based songs, an experience that he credits with taking his storytelling skills to new heights. Come get a taste of what Sam has learned about compelling storytelling in his toe-tapping, musical workshop “Make Your Words Sing: How to Use Songwriting Skills to Bring Your Stories to Life.”