Keynote Speakers

Nick Kittle, Sustainovation
Nick Kittle


“Transformations” can be both personal or professional, but it requires us to assess, acknowledge, and survive the change to actually achieve it. Nick will explore the no holds-barred truth about personal and professional change, why it is important, the psychology behind it, and how we can energize ourselves and our organizations by harnessing our passion to deliver exceptional results.

Josh Hirsch, Director of Brand Strategy at Barlele and Digital Media Manager for The Fund Raising School at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University
Josh Hirsch

Unlocking the Power of AI: How Communications Professionals Can Leverage Artificial Intelligence for Success

Artificial intelligence is transforming the communications industry, providing new opportunities for innovation and growth. In this keynote presentation, we will explore how communications professionals can leverage AI to improve their performance, enhance customer engagement, and achieve their goals. We will discuss the latest trends in AI for communications, showcase real-world examples, and offer practical advice on how to incorporate AI into your work. Join us for an insightful and engaging session that will help you unlock the power of AI for success.

Mayor Buddy Dyer and Chief of Staff, Heather Fagan - City of Orlando, FL
Mayor Buddy Dyer and Chief of Staff, Heather Fagan

Responding to a Tragedy - Why Communications Matters

Are you prepared to respond and endure the short and long-term impacts of an unimaginable tragedy that strikes your community? Hear from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Chief of Staff, Heather Fagan, about the role of communications in seeing the Orlando community through the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. They will share their personal experience and how the City of Orlando strategized its emergency response to keep the public informed while building community unity through love and compassion.

Mark Weaver | Communications Counsel, Inc.

Mark WeaverQuieting the Quarrels and Quibbles: Better Crisis Communications Outcomes Even When Lawyers and Politicians are in the Way

Arm wrestling with elected officials and lawyers is no fun. But this session WILL be fun! It’s light-hearted and informative overview of best practices when deciding who should form your message in a crisis and how to balance that messaging between the court of law and the court of public opinion. Our trainer – a 3CMA favorite -- begin his career as a city public information officer and later became Spokesman at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington. He’ll show us how we can maintain trust with our residents as we respond to bad news or a crisis, bringing along the elected officials and lawyers as we do it.