Use Engagement to

How do we face brutal facts, accept data and move forward despite challenges to reach our goals?

How do we continue to sustain high achievement and not lose that important sense of urgency that drives our work?

Engagement is the key.

Join us in San Antonio as we examine the many facets of engagement, hear how leaders from across the country have achieved despite challenges, deliberately moved forward past setbacks, and are building durable, positive cultures within their organizations.

Registration: $150



Registration: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST

Sessions Begin: 1:00 PM CST

Sessions End: 5:00 PM CST

Evening Reception: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CST


Breakfast: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM CST

Sessions Begin: 8:00 AM CST

Sessions End: 2:00 PM CST

You’ll leave this conference with strategies to effectively

Engage and Communicate at All Levels

across your organization.


Communicate: start with the “why”

Organizational Change Begins and Ends with People

Stay in the Game with All Stakeholders

There’s No Such Thing as Over-communication

Transforming Culture One Word at a Time

Overcoming Unexpected Challenges (and still collecting wins)

Feedback Loops-The Key to Managing Performance

Featured Speakers


Dr. Kyle Marrero

President, University of West Georgia

Since assuming the UWG presidency in 2013, Dr. Kyle Marrero has consistently worked to honor the past while forging a new West. Under his guidance, the university is building a culture of high performance and data-informed decision-making by focusing on a new strategic plan and assessment methodology aligned with UWG’s new strategic imperatives: Student Success, Academic Success, Partnership Success, and Operational Success. All efforts are part of the transformative Engage West! family of programs and support UWG’s vision of becoming the best comprehensive university in America — sought after as the best place to work, learn, and succeed.

In his first four years as president, UWG has achieved record enrollment, record four-year and five-year graduation rates, record degrees conferred, record average incoming freshman GPA, record fundraising, and record annual economic impact to the region. As one of Georgia Trend’s 2015, 2016, and 2017 “100 Most Influential Georgians,” Dr. Marrero continues to excel as a higher education leader in the State of Georgia. Most recently, Dr. Marrero established the Carrollton/Carroll County Education Collaborative (CCEC), a collaborative focused on student success and bringing to the table area Superintendents, Principals, Technical College Leadership, Business, Community, and Chambers of Commerce.


Dr. Natalie Harder

Chancellor, South Louisiana Community College

Dr. Natalie Harder assumed the role of Chancellor at SLCC in 2012 where she led the merger of SLCC and Acadiana Technical College (ATC). The college includes campuses in the eight parishes and serves more than 13,000 students annually. Dr. Harder is also a board member of the American Association of Community Colleges and serves as chair of its Public Policy and Government Relations committee. Dr. Harder serves as a trustee with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, on One Acadiana’s CEO Advisory Board, and as an adjunct faculty member at her home institution, Old Dominion University, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Dr. Greg Gibson

Superintendent, Schertz-Cibolo Independent School District

In 2016, Dr. Gibson was selected as the ESC-20 Superintendent of the Year, and was 1 of 5 finalists for Texas’s Superintendent of the Year. Since 2011, SCUC has been named one of San Antonio’s Top Workplaces among large employees by the San Antonio Express-News. In 2015, Dr. Gibson was appointed by U.S. Department of Commerce to serve on the Panel of Judges for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Award, and in 2016, Dr. Gibson was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve as a Trustee for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

Dr. Gibson feels honored to serve with such a highly-engaged staff in a one-of-a-kind community that works to provide a safe, secure, and challenging learning environment where all students are afforded the opportunity to realize their individual potential and to become responsible and productive members of society.


Dr. Janet Pilcher

Senior Executive and Managing Director, Studer Education

Janet Pilcher is the founder and Senior Executive of Studer Education. Janet transitioned from higher education to work with the founder of Studer Group, Quint Studer, to determine how best to transfer leadership best practices in Evidence-Based Leadership to education. Several years down this path, Janet and Quint joined in partnership to co-author, Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture for Educational Excellence. This book highlights our partner results and accomplishments that align to the foundation of our work, the Nine Principles®, and our mission, which is to maximize human and organizational performance. By working in partnership to develop the highest level of leadership, Janet and the coaching team engage with leaders to elevate educational organizations to become best places to work, learn, and achieve. Prior to joining Studer Group, Janet served a 19-year tenure at the University of West Florida where she was a professor, associate dean and dean of the College of Professional Studies. While at UWF she received and oversaw 17 million dollars of grant and contract projects and achieved one of UWF’s research distinction awards.  In 2005 Janet transitioned from the dean’s position to create and lead the Institute for Innovative Community Learning.  While at UWF, she and Dr. Robin Largue co-created the TeacherReady® program, a quality-driven, online teacher certification program that prepares second career teachers who live all over the world.


Dr. JoAnn Sternke

Senior Director, Studer Education

JoAnn joined the team at Studer Education after serving as Superintendent of Schools in the Pewaukee School District, located in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. In 2013, the Pewaukee School District was honored to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award – the 7th K12 public school district in the nation to receive this prestigious presidential honor. Under her leadership, student achievement saw a dramatic increase. Despite having one of the most rigorous public school graduation requirements in the state, PSD achieved a 97% graduation rate. Additionally, the percentage of PSD students attending a two- or four-year college increased from 68.8% in 2006-2007 to over 93% in 2015-16. For six years, the Pewaukee School District has been recognized as a Top Workplace by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, one of very few educational institutions recognized with this honor in the Milwaukee area.

JoAnn serves on the Panel of Judges for the Baldrige National Quality Program and as an examiner for the Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence. She was recognized as Pewaukee’s Person of the Year in 2014 and Wisconsin’s Superintendent of the Year for 2013. She was also honored with the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence in 2010. Dr. Sternke earned her doctoral degree in Leadership, Learning, and Service through Cardinal Stritch University where JoAnn also serves as a professor in the Educational Leadership Program doctoral/superintendent licensure program.


You’ll hear from leaders from a variety of backgrounds who are using Evidence-Based LeadershipSM practices to set clear expectations, reduce inconsistent performance, develop and support teams that are adaptive to change, and create a culture of service excellence.




Local Airport is San Antonio International Airport (SAT)


Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown
125 E. Houston Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210)226-9000

Rooms are being offered at a discounted rate for event attendees who book their room by January 21, 2019:

$219.00 + tax per night – single/double rooms.







Fax your PO to 850-332-5446 or mail to:

Katie Tener
350 West Cedar Street, Suite 300
Pensacola, Florida  32502

*If you need a W9, contact Katie Tener at 850-898-3874 or


For questions about Destination High Performance, contact: 

Deborah McIntyre

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