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Edwin Adams, PharmD, The Adams Leadership Institute 

Edwin Adams is a change agent, helping people to develop a growth mindset and to disrupt their comfort zones. He has received world-class training as a leadership and personal development expert with the John Maxwell Team. He is a published author in 2018, having penned a personal development book titled, Misguided in the Magnolia, A Journey to Self-Awareness.  


Dr. Adams is currently a pharmacist with AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical’s commercial EFGR Lung Cancer team. He has served as Senior Auditor of the Louisiana Medicaid Pharmacy Program at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and as a Pharmacist Compliance Officer with the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy. He also boasts over 14 years of service as a tenured faculty member at the College of Pharmacy of The University of Louisiana at Monroe.  He earned a BS degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University in 1993, and a PharmD degree from The University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences in 1997. Dr. Adams completed a pharmacy practice residency at The Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He also served for five years as a Lead Doping Control Officer with the United States Anti-Doping  Agency. It was in this role that he represented the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. He has also served on global anti-doping campaigns with Clearidium International out of Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as The Cycling Anti-Doping Federation in Switzerland.



William Brown, Texas A&M University

William A. Brown is a professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and holds the Mary Julia and George Jordan Professorship. He serves as Director of the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy. He teaches Nonprofit Management, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, and Capstone courses.

Brown received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Northeastern University with a concentration in human services. He earned his master's and doctorate in organizational psychology from Claremont Graduate University. He has worked with numerous organizations in the direct provision of services, consulting, and board governance.

Brown served on the board of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) from 2007-2012 and chaired the Education Committee from 2009-2011. His research focuses on nonprofit governance, strategy, and organizational effectiveness. He has authored numerous research articles, technical reports, and several practice-oriented publications. Examples of his work include exploring the association between board and organizational performance and developing the concept of mission attachment. Publication outlets include Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, International Journal of Volunteer Administration, and Public Performance and Management Review.

Brown has completed an edited volume entitled Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches (Routledge, July 2013) with Chris Cornforth. A textbook entitled Strategic Management in Nonprofit Organizations was published in March 2014 (Jones & Bartlett).


Chris Donaldson, Donaldson Educational Services

Chris Donaldson is a real estate broker, popular keynote speaker, teacher, business coach, entrepreneur, and a leadership expert. A businessman with a teacher’s heart, everything Chris touches begins and ends with the goal of helping you achieve what you want.

Jumping into the world of real estate while still just a college student, he quickly transitioned his love of teaching to become one of the youngest certified real estate instructors ever in his home state of Louisiana. Now the CEO of Donaldson Educational Services, Founder/CEO of Donaldson Training Solutions and active real estate broker his daily mission is to make YOUR life and career better.

Passion and enthusiasm to help others is evident in everything Chris touches. Whether that simply means helping you obtain that new license you desire, making sure you understand your license requirements, compliance and continuing education, or doing his part to help you excel with “next level” training to help you succeed – it is all under the umbrella of the businesses and efforts Chris works on each day. The goal is simple, that someone benefits from any one the programs, courses, books, free content, or anything else that is created by Chris and his amazing team.

Chris currently lives in New Orleans Louisiana with his beloved “watch dog” Putter. While not working on his businesses, he enjoys golf, fitness, and not burning down the kitchen trying to cook. Giving back to the community through various charitable foundations is always at the top of mind, especially those which can directly affect the lives and futures of those the organizations serve.


Reginald Henry, CAE, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

Reginald Henry, CAE, implements "exemplary" systems at ASAE that can serve as a model to the rest of the association community and to "ratchet-up" the use and understanding of technology among ASAE members.


Henry has been working with and/or for non-profit organizations since 1985. He speaks regularly on technology and strategy issues. In 2009 he was invited by the Secretary of Smithsonian to participate in Smithsonian 2.0, a Gathering to Re-Imagine the Smithsonian in the Digital Age. Henry was recently named one of the top 40 CIOs in DC-MD-VA area. He holds a B.S. in Economics and Computer Science from Georgetown University. He serves on the Curriculum Committee and faculty of the Institute for Organization Management (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) and the Technology Management Advisory Council for Georgetown University’s Technology Management degree program, and was recently Appointed to the Board of Directors of Educause, a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.


Erin Marcus, Conquer the Conversation 

Erin Marcus has a B.S. in journalism and a MBA with focus on leadership. She is the former SVP of business development for a national company. Marcus is also a small business owner.

Unlike most speakers who teach on a particular topic, Marcus finds that connecting - not just communication - is a way of life. No matter how difficult the topic or how bad the news, the goal is to never end with animosity or hostility.

Marcus' approach has always been to be respectful; to be caring. The goal is always to help, not hurt. To build up, not tear down. And, as she will tell you, her thoughts have always been, "Who am I helping if I DON'T have these conversations? Nobody.







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