Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Chuck Underwood

Chuck Underwood

Founder and Principal
The Generational Imperative, Inc.

GENERAL SESSION 1 KEYNOTE SPEAKER Chuck Underwood

Chuck Underwood is one of the half-dozen people who pioneered and then popularized the field of generational study and, with it, generational business strategies. More than three decades of fulltime research and application. And many of his own original principles are a permanent part of this discipline.

As the founder and principal of Ohio-based generational consulting firm The Generational Imperative, Inc., he trains and consults all of American and Canadian business, government, education, and religion in all generational strategies.

His education clients, coast to coast, include dozens of four-year universities, community colleges, trade schools, and national and regional education associations. He is formally trained in qualitative research methodology at The Burke Institute and conducts primary generational research for his clients and his own firm.

His 800-page book is the most comprehensive presentation of generational business strategies and personal-life dynamics ever published and is entitled America’s Generations In The Workplace, Marketplace, And Living Room.

Chuck is also the host of the PBS television mini-series America’s Generations With Chuck Underwood, the first such series in the history of national television.

GENERAL SESSION 4 KEYNOTE SPEAKER Rennie Curran

Rennie Curran is a former professional athlete who currently serves as an active Keynote Speaker, Author, and the CEO of Game Changer Coaching. Recently Inducted into the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame, Gwinnett County Sports Hall Of Fame, Georgia vs. Florida Hall of Fame, and UGA 40 Under 40, he uses his platform to inspire students, athletes, and business professionals to reach their fullest potential.

Born in Atlanta, GA and the son of Liberian immigrants, Rennie and Josie Curran, he has a diverse background with humble beginnings. He began his football career at Brookwood High School in Snellville, GA becoming the all-time leading tackler in Gwinnett County history. He was initially considered undersized according to various critics, but quickly silenced the doubters by exploding onto the field as a true freshman at the University of Georgia.

His experiences of overcoming many circumstances to reach his childhood dream of becoming a 3-time All American, Butkus Award Finalist, permanent team Captain, a 3rd round draft pick in the 2010 NFL Draft (Tennessee Titans) and transitioning into becoming a successful entrepreneur has given him a unique perspective on what it takes to handle adversity and maximize opportunities while having a positive impact on others.

Through his innovative presentations he teaches individuals, teams, and organizations how to transform their personal and professional lives through leadership, teamwork, and personal development. Rennie has been counseling and inspiring people for many years. He is the CEO of Game Changer Coaching whose mission is to help business executives and entrepreneurs become influential leaders by improving performance and building their brand.

In 2013, he published a motivational self-help book entitled ‘Free Agent’ The Intangibles for Overcoming Adversity and Times of Transition. This motivational self-help book discusses how to overcome adversity during the times of transition that we all face along our journey to achieve our dreams. He also has a children’s book entitled “What Does It Take to Be a Star” which was co-written with his daughter, Eleana Curran. The book taps into every child’s curiosity to find their own personal greatness by helping them to realize that being a Star has less to do with your title and more to do with who you are as a person.

Rennie obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration from University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and a certification in Life and Business coaching from the Life Purpose Institute. He has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, Fox Sports, ESPN College GameDay, The Huffington Post, and much more.

When Rennie is not speaking, coaching, or writing he is usually spending time with his daughter or catching up on one his favorite hobbies: music. He grew up playing the piano, drums, and viola. He is also a public servant who spends lots of time giving back through several organizations including: The Boys and Girls Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and his foundation – The Game Changers Foundation, which provides resources to student athletes to help them become leaders in sports, business, and life through mentorship and leadership development. Curran is a man of faith, humility, integrity, and resilience.

Rennie Curran

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Keynote Speaker, Author, and Leadership Coach

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Valarie Wilson

Valarie

Executive Director, Georgia School Boards Association

STATE OF THE ASSOCIATION SPEAKER Valarie Wilson

Valarie Wilson joined the school board of the City Schools of Decatur in 2002 and became the moving force behind the establishment of the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, acting on research that shows that early childhood education is critical to success in the K-12 years.

As Decatur City Schools Board Chair from 2005-2011, Mrs. Wilson along with the other members of the board, helped to turn around the finances of the district. Through reorganization, the district was able to move forward during the recession with no teacher furloughs or shortening of the school year.

Mrs. Wilson joined the Georgia School Boards Association in 2009 and was its president in 2012-2013. She helped create the Georgia Vision Project, an educational framework for boards that included input from board members, superintendents, teachers, teaching colleges, elected officials, parents and students. Over 80 percent of the state’s school boards have agreed to support the Vision’s recommendations. She has been the Executive Director of GSBA since 2015.

As GSBA president, Mrs. Wilson was involved in leading the association and improving the grassroots network in influencing statewide policy. She has also served on Governor Deal’s Education Advisory Board and was a member of the Decatur Education Foundation.

Mrs. Wilson was the Executive Director of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Inc. and Director of the Human Services Department in Fulton County, responsible for an annual budget of $26 million and directing programs that serve the elderly, children and youth. She has also been Director of Fulton County’s Office of Aging.

A native of Swainsboro, Georgia, Valarie is a graduate of Clark College and completed graduate studies in public administration at Troy State University. She now lives in Decatur with her husband Carter. Mrs. Wilson has one son, Nicholas who resides in West Virginia.

GENERAL SESSION 1 SPEAKER Honorable Brian Kemp

A native of Athens, Georgia, Brian Kemp started his first small business over 35 years ago with a pickup truck and a shovel. His experience as a small business owner has driven his mission to put hardworking Georgians first since taking office as Georgia’s 83rd governor in 2019.

Throughout his first term, the Peach State consistently broke economic records, with jobs and investments coming to every region of the state. Thanks to his decision to reopen Georgia’s economy during the COVID-19 pandemic – the first state in the nation to do so – its unemployment rate remains at historic lows, there are more Georgians working than ever before, and the state has been named No. 1 for business for an unprecedented ten consecutive years.

In 2022, Governor Kemp was re-elected to serve a second term, running on a record of economic success in the Peach State and a plan to help Georgia families fight through 40-year-high inflation while strengthening public safety and improving education. He has championed legislation to crack down on violent crimes and street gangs, end human trafficking and support its victims, enact historic tax cuts for families, give teachers historic pay raises, and ensure Georgia’s K-12 education system puts students and parents first.

Governor Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp, and their three adult daughters live on their family farm in Athens.

Honorable Brian Kemp (invited)

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Governor of Georgia

Richard Woods

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State School Superintendent of Georgia

GENERAL SESSION 3 SPEAKER Richard Woods

Richard Woods was elected as Georgia’s State School Superintendent in November of 2014, and reelected in 2018. Woods has over 30 years of Pre-K through 12th-grade experience in public education. He was a high school teacher for 14 years, serving as department chair and teacher mentor. For eight years, Woods served in administrative roles including assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, testing coordinator, Pre-K director, and alternative school director.

During his time as State School Superintendent, Woods has remained laser-focused on the classroom and the wellbeing of Georgia’s students. Under his leadership, the state has seen its largest-ever reduction of high-stakes testing requirements, an all-time high graduation rate, a 97% graduation rate for Career Pathway completers, and steady increases in SAT and ACT scores.

Georgia has expanded STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, introduced STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) school certification, and introduced new student opportunities in the areas of personal finance, fine arts, and Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education. The Georgia Department of Education has hired its first-ever employees dedicated to supporting the fine arts and military students, and established an Office of Whole Child Supports, an Office of School Safety and Climate, and an Office of Rural Education and Innovation.

Superintendent Woods has been honored with the National Art Education Association’s Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award, the Patriotic Employer Award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (a Department of Defense office), and the Honorary American FFA Degree by the National FFA Organization.

He and his wife, Lisha, a retired 30-year educator, are longtime residents of Tifton, Georgia.

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