2019 NEFEC Summer Leadership Conference
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Dr. Jim Van Allan
President, Van Allan Communications
Dr. Jim Van Allan is an accomplished speaker and trainer with clients across the country. He uses audience-engagement and high-energy presentations to make your conference or gathering come alive.
Jim is a Certified Speaker with The Jon Gordon Companies and has been presenting curriculum and material on behalf of Jon Gordon for over 10 years. He is also president of Van Allan Communications who contracts with clients around the country delivering material on leadership, communication, and culture.
He is a Professor of Communication Studies with Keiser University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida and a Master's degree in Communication Studies from Florida Atlantic University.
Jim also has his Ph.D. in Education Leadership with a focus on school culture and leadership from Keiser University. Jim studied the impact of Jon Gordon's bestselling book, The Energy Bus, on helping a school to sustain their positive culture.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Director, Attendance Works
Hedy Nai-Lin Chang directs Attendance Works, a national and state level initiative aimed at advancing student success by addressing chronic absence. A skilled presenter, facilitator, researcher and writer, she co-authored the seminal report, Present, Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades, as well as numerous other articles about student attendance.
Deeply committed to promoting two-generation solutions to achieving a more just and equitable society, Hedy has spent more than two decades working in the fields of family support, family economic success, education and child development. She served as a senior program officer at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and as co-director of California Tomorrow, a nonprofit committed to drawing strength from cultural, linguistic and racial diversity.
In February 2013, Hedy was named by the White House as a Champion of Change for her commitment to furthering African American Education.