David Hayes is a dynamic and seasoned seminar leader, trainer, keynote speaker and management consultant. He draws upon solid managerial experience and motivational skills, sharpened during a 22-year career as a manager with BellSouth Telecommunications. David is noted for making thought-provoking and inspiring presentations to large conference audiences for a variety of private and public sector organizations. He has also been making educational and entertaining presentations to college students for over 25 years.
David takes a unique "values-based" approach to critical workplace issues such as customer service, team building, conflict management, supervisory skills and diversity management. Since 2002, he has conducted more than a hundred classes on workplace violence and various forms of harassment and is a skilled and experienced workplace investigator.
David has done extensive training for Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi state agencies, and the Corporation For National and Community Service. David is also certified to facilitate Franklin Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for Mississippi state agencies. David has conducted seminars for college students and AmeriCorps volunteers for the Corporation for National and Community Service in fourteen states and has served a variety of public and private sector clients in twenty-two states.
David has been both a volunteer telephone counselor and a member of the Board of Directors of CONTACT: The Crisis Line. He is also a former Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and Study Circle Facilitator for Jackson 2000. He has also been active in other community organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Jackson, Toastmasters International, the American Seminar Leaders Association and Junior Achievement. David holds B.S. degrees in both Finance and Marketing from Purdue University.
Marianne Clark Gaudin is the president of Clark Consulting which provides management consulting and employee development services to public and private organizations. She is the former Assistant State Personnel Director in charge of training for the State of Mississippi. In this capacity, she was responsible for directing training activities for state employees. Marianne draws on her extensive background as a manager and training and development specialist to design and conduct training programs in all areas of employee development. She is also involved in facilitation of strategic planning, executive development, customer service programs, and executive coaching. In addition, she speaks to conferences on a local as well as national level. She holds a Master's Degree in Education from Mississippi College, and her post graduate work is in administration and education.
Marianne currently serves as Past President of the National Association of Governmental Training and Development. She is a Certified Professional through the International Personnel Management Association, and is qualified to administer and interpret the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. She is a Certified Public Manager, and is a past Chair of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.
Pamela M. Confer is an international, award-winning professional speaker and public relations consultant with 20 years of experience. She combines the gifts of speaking, writing and singing to motivate and inspire. From youth and young adult groups, to women's conferences, to private and governmental professional development seminars, Pamela changes hearts and minds-she changes lives!
Pamela is an instructor and consultant with the Mississippi State Personnel Board (MSPB). She trains in the agency's certification programs, offers professional development seminars, and develops customized curricula for the agency. She also offers customized professional development courses and facilitates retreats for other state agencies.
Pamela is the founder of Speak BIG!, an effective communications and public speaking program. She has trained professionals and aspiring professionals throughout the Southeast. Her open mind, personal stories and amusing training style inspire all to Speak Up! Speak Out! and Speak Often! (visit www.speakbig.com). A writer and publicist, Pamela is the editor of the book, Spoken Success: Understanding the Art of Public Speaking, by author Robert Little.
A member of Toastmasters International, a public speaking organization, Pamela has won multi-level international public speaking competitions. Pamela is also an award-winning jazz vocalist. She and her band, "Jazz Beautiful," entertain music lovers with their sassy, soulful, signature sounds.
Pamela Confer is the first woman to serve as Constable in Hinds County. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Pamela holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Jackson State University. She is currently at the dissertation stage of a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration.
Joann Mickens is the owner of Management First, which provides training and consulting services on the topics of Project Management, Leadership, Performance Management, Business Ethics, Quality, and Meeting Facilitation. Joann is a former member of the BellSouth Telecommunications senior management team in Mississippi and holds an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame College of Ohio and an MBA from Millsaps College.
Angela Y. Carson has over 18 years of management and training experience in the community development, military and educational fields. She founded Carson Consulting Services, LLC in 2001 to help organizations, corporations and government agencies increase their effectiveness through training and consultation. Assistance has been provided in a number of capacity-building areas including job readiness, 501c3 start-up, strategic planning, grant writing, board governance, leadership development, resource development, and more.
Angela earned her B.S. in Business Administration from MS Valley State University and her M.Ed. in Student Personnel from the University of Mississippi. She is also the founder and executive director of the Pine Grove Association, a nonprofit organization promoting community development through youth and senior citizen programs in Canton, MS.
While serving as Associate Director of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits, Angela assisted with the implementation of operational procedures, and coordinated seminars and statewide conferences. She has held numerous management positions in the fields of business advising, youth development, education and personnel management.
Angela served as the Business Coordinator with the Center for Education Innovation in Jackson, MS working with early childhood entities to improve quality and promote greater child outcomes. She also serves voluntarily as the State Director of Faith-Based Initiatives with the General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi and has served on numerous boards promoting youth initiatives and community development.