Sonya Chapman

General Speaker

Sonya Chapman is a certified Etiquette Expert. She is the founder of Chicago Protocol and Etiquette Consulting, Inc., an Illinois corporation. She received her certification through the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette in South Carolina. Prior to this area of expertise, she worked in the education field. During that time, she discovered her strong passion to shape students and professionals to be the best they could be by telling their story with greatness. Sonya believes that when you know how to do better, you will do better. She holds a master’s degree in education and enjoys teaching what she loves most, etiquette!

Mike Smith

Closing Keynote Speaker

Whether it’s motivating students or employees to change the culture of their school or their workplace, teaching others how to start and maintain successful brands and organizations, or demonstrating how easy it is to give back to the homeless and less fortunate in our communities, Mike has the experience and expertise to inspire others to be extraordinary.

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Kevin Wanzer

Opening Keynote Speaker
Monday Morning

What do a former talking Christmas Tree, a man who was Walt Disney’s Goofy (for a day), and the hopefully soon-to-be Guinness Book of World Records holder for the most hugs given by an individual in 60 seconds have in common?  Kevin Wanzer, an out-of-this-world speaker, who is thrilled to return to the NASC main stage for the opening general session. Beginning his speaking career as a high school sophomore, Kevin has visited more than 2,500 schools of all grade levels, empowering students and staff through laughter and inspiring schools to become better versions of themselves. Kevin is a former staff member of the David Letterman Show, has spoken at the White House, and has addressed the United Nations. To this day, Kevin is still one of the youngest presidential appointees in American history.

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Phil Boyte

General Speaker—Officer Training and Advisers

Phil Boyte is passionate about creating amazing school culture. He has spoken to thousands of schools across North America, empowering both students and educators to transform their campus climate. Phil’s dynamic and transformative message to youth and adults enhances the quality of life for each individual, school, and community. As a motivational speaker, keynote, consultant, husband, father, and friend, Phil aims to be a force of enthusiasm and encouragement in the world.

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Ed Gerety

General Speaker

Ed Gerety is one of the most trusted youth leadership development experts teaching the skills necessary to succeed in school and life.

As a successful entrepreneur, he has shared his powerful and inspirational messages with over 2 million people in all 50 states and Canada. Ed is the author of Combinations: Opening the Door to Student Leadership and a contributing author of four books on leadership and personal development. The National Speakers Association awarded Ed its highest-earned designation, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), an honor held by less than 10 percent of speakers who belong to the International Federation of Professional Speakers. He has completed the Boston Marathon three times and lives on the seacoast in New Hampshire with his wife and two children.

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Natalie Panek

Tuesday Speaker

Natalie is a rocket scientist, adventurer, and advocate for women in technology. She seeks to pursue the road less travelled while working toward her dream of becoming an astronaut. Natalie is an intelligent, insightful, energetic speaker who infuses powerful storytelling with a down-to-earth personality. She brings an unrivaled passion for ideas that inspires audiences to embrace the learning process: demand the most of themselves, commit to a goal, and develop intellectual fortitude. Natalie is on a mission to inspire the next generation of female game-changers to dive head-on into challenge and pursue careers in engineering and technology.

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