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Offsites & Add-Ons
 Opening Session Keynote Address

Tuesday, January 28 | 3:00 pm



Mimi Brown
Ceo, AMP Up Success!

See Mimi again during her breakout session on Tuesday at 1:30 pm!

With over ten years of corporate training experience, a knack for making meaningful connections with audiences and an insatiable appetite for helping others maximize their potential, Mimi knows how to rock a platform, connect with a crowd and provide training so that others can effectively do the same.
Mimi's down-to-earth humor compels audiences to laugh while they learn. She engages groups from the moment she steps in front of them and leaves them with empowering tools and focused mindsets that they will use long after the lights have gone out on the event. Mimi is passionate about people, leadership and successful businesses. She is especially inspired to help people take their careers – and themselves – to unprecedented levels. Mimi’s honors include being recognized as one of Michigan Oakland County Executive's Elite 40 Under 40, Ms. Michigan Plus America 2015 and a proud contestant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. When not speaking or training, Mimi can be found creating delicious meals with chef and hubby Mr. Brown and bribing her snobby cat Kitty Brown with treats in exchange for snuggles.


 Closing Session Keynote Address

 Friday, January 31 | 9:00 am

Brian Carter
The Brian Carter Group
Brian Carter is the #1 bestselling author of The Like Economy, LinkedIn for Business, Facebook Marketing, and The Cowbell Principle. Brian is respected as an international authority on how organizations of all sizes can create and retain business using the Internet. His 18 years of business success guide The Brian Carter Group, a digital and social marketing agency with world-class expertise and experience. Since 1999, Brian has been at the forefront of marketing, technology, social media and sales, working to drive big business results for real companies.



Featured Speakers
Dr. Jim Cain is the author of 16 team and community building texts, including the classic Teamwork & Teamplay, A Teachable Moment, Find Something To Do! and his latest book, 100 Activities that Build Unity, Community & Connection. He is also the creator of the innovative T&T Training Cards.

He has traveled to all 50 states and 31 countries (so far), sharing his knowledge on subjects ranging from teamwork and leadership to creative problem solving and trust building. His train-the-trainer programs are legendary and his conference keynotes/playnotes are active, engaging and tremendously fun. With regard to Jim's group facilitation skills, Tom Leahy of NCCPS remarked, "Jim, you are a Jedi Master!"


Dr. Jim Cain
  • Tuesday, January 28: Teambuilding Around the World
  • Wednesday, January 29: Becoming a Better Facilitator
  • Wednesday, January 29: Top Ten Teambuilding Activities


DR. Joel fish
  • Wednesday, January 29: The Psychology of Working with Today’s Sports Parents, Coaches, and Athletes
  • Wednesday, January 29: Teaching Life Skills Through Sports
  • Wednesday, January 29: Kids Aren’t Pro Athletes
Dr. Joel Fish is a nationally recognized expert in sport psychology who has worked in the field for the past twenty-five years. He is a licensed psychologist who has worked extensively with athletes of all ages and skills levels, from youth sport through the Olympic and professional ranks. Dr. Fish has been a sport psychology consultant for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Philadelphia Phillies Organization, the USA Women’s National Field Hockey Team, and the USA Women’s National Soccer Team. He is one of the only sport psychologists in the country who has worked with 3 professional sports teams in the same city at the same time. Dr. Fish has also served as a sport psychology consultant for Saint Joseph’s University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Temple University. Dr. Fish is a visiting lecturer at the Wingate Institute and Zinman College in Netanya, Israel, where he teaches about applied sport psychology and elite athletes. He has spoken nationwide on sport psychology at over 300 universities and is a popular presenter at a variety of athletic functions.
jan mclaughlin
your communication connection
  • Wednesday, January 29: Leader as Influencer: Impression Management in the Spotlight
  • Wednesday, January 29: Don't Just Talk, Communicate!
  • Thursday, January 30: How to Stay COOL When Things Heat UP!

Jan McLaughlin knows the mParks audience! She was assistant to the recreation director at a community center, earned her WSI, lifeguarded, taught swimming through the Red Cross for children with developmental disabilities, and raced—albeit rather slowly—on a swim team. A graduate of Washington State University, Jan had been a teacher, retail manager and actress in television commercials when she established her first business. At the urging of clients, she expanded her focus. To complete the transition, Jan joined the most-respected public seminar company at that time. As a highly-rated trainer, she toured the United States, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom leading communication skills seminars. Today she is the owner of Your Communication Connection and is a popular speaker and trainer in the areas of impression management, communication, customer service and presentation skills. Jan works with professionals who want to positively influence the responses they receive.

Lisa is energetic and dynamic, and her presentations are anything but standard – they’re PowerPoint free! Instead, Lisa engages her audience with entertaining anecdotes gained “in the trenches”, incorporates the most current research, trends and best practices while also capturing the “wisdom in the room.” Because of her experience in a variety of industries including executive recruiting, healthcare, industrial sales, and welding, she relates easily to attendees at all levels within the organization.

Ryan’s programs focus on positive workplace culture, inter-generational communication, employee acquisition, engagement, retention, and gratitude strategies (“Grategies”) for personal and professional development. Her down-to-earth approach and willingness to share best practices have proven to be a winning formula for her clients. Ryan’s high energy and enthusiastic keynote and breakout programs, her sense of humor, and passionate delivery are what makes her sessions among the highest rated at national and international conferences, leadership retreats, and annual meetings.

Lisa Ryan
  • Thursday, January 30: Growing Engagement: Keep YOUR Talent from Becoming THEIRS
  • Thursday, January 30: Mastering the Millennial Mindset: How to Attract and Retain Emerging Leaders
Jamie Sabbach
  • Wednesday, January 29: Financial Roulette
  • Wednesday, January 29: Standing the Heat
Jamie founded 110% Inc. in 2010 with the intention of helping organizations be more
responsible, strategic and bold amid dynamic social, environmental and economic change. In Jamie’s glory days, she played college softball and later coached at the University of Illinois. After her stint in college athletics, she worked for notable public agencies including the Champaign Park District (IL), the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department (IN), and the Boulder Parks and Recreation Department (CO). She has been an adjunct faculty member at many universities, an Instructional Assistant Professor at Illinois State University, and continues to contribute to higher education as an affiliate faculty member at Metro State University in Denver, Colorado.