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Keynotes

Shift the paradigm in your community and make a bigger difference.
On site or virtual.

Today, the landscape of education and workforce development is shifting beneath our feet. To move confidently into the future, your organization needs to experience something unforgettable—something to inspire, empower, and ignite their passion for making a difference.

International speaker, bestselling author, and TFS Results CEO Mark C. Perna has been addressing large conferences and teams just like yours for more than 25 years. And now, your organization can start unleashing the incredible potential of the younger generations like never before. In person and virtual, Mark’s message is packed with fresh strategies and tools to focus, plan, and take action.

All across North America, audiences of all sizes—parents, educators, employers, workforce development professionals, and many others—are leveraging his insights with great results.

It’s time to shift the paradigm.

Topics

Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations

Shifting the Paradigm with Educators, Parents, Employers, and Communities

Young people will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025, and many will work in careers that don’t even exist yet. So how are we preparing them to thrive? In our fast-changing world, students need a new competitive advantage—and dynamic performance expert Mark C. Perna will empower educators, employers, parents, and community leaders to help them build it.

Purpose-driven education is the heartbeat of this inspiring call to action. Though they’re often painted in a negative light, today’s young people have incredible potential to change the world. We just have to unleash it. Students who experience education with purpose can then pursue employment with passion—which they need now more than ever. As the skills gap widens, we must tap into the vast creativity, intelligence, and potential of the next generation.

A father to two successful young people, Mark delivers key insights on how they think, what makes them tick, and how they make decisions. Mark will show you how to connect, engage, and answer why to inspire their greatest effort through his proven Light at the End of the Tunnel strategy. Mark’s message will recharge your passion for making a difference and help you motivate the next generation like never before!

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Attracting and Retaining Top Talent in a Post-Pandemic World

Shifting the Paradigm with Employers and Economic Development

In the midst of a record talent shortage, you need to pivot your recruitment and retention strategies—and bestselling author Mark C. Perna will show you how. Business and industry groups, company owners, executives, economic developers, hiring managers, community leaders, education leaders, and many others can use these proven tools to bridge the generational divide, recruit and retain skilled workers, and build a competitive advantage.

As older generations retire and younger workers take their place, it’s critical to close the skills gap. Yet to date, the vast creativity, intelligence, and potential of our younger generations remain untapped. As business leaders nationwide struggle to connect with millennials and Gen Z, we must adapt to their changing needs to create a future they are motivated to pursue.

Employment with passion starts with education with purpose. Discover how your organization can partner with education to create a vital talent pipeline and catch a shared vision for purpose-driven careers. You’ll also discover the Light at the End of the Tunnel strategy to attract, train, and keep the best young talent in the workforce today. Mark’s acclaimed strategies can inspire younger workers to increase their performance on all levels and move confidently into the skilled professions of the future. Write the next chapter in your recruitment and retention success story—and get the edge in today’s post-pandemic global marketplace!

Building Your Dream by Developing a Powerful Competitive Advantage

Shifting the Paradigm with College, High School, and Middle School Students

What does it take to live the dream? Dynamic education expert Mark C. Perna will inspire today’s younger generations to explore, discover, and build their dreams to the fullest potential. Educational organizations of all kinds—high schools, middle schools, career centers, community and technical colleges, unified school districts, and more—can ignite their students’ success through this riveting presentation.

Today, students have every reason to dream big and achieve great things. Mark’s gripping storytelling style will encourage them to discover what they’re passionate about, develop decisive goal-setting skills, and see why their effort today matters to the lifestyle they want to achieve.

To move forward with confidence, young people need to shed their fear and start taking steps toward their future—instead of standing still. For students unsure about their career and life direction, Mark will demonstrate how they can make progress even when they change their mind. Finally, Mark will help motivate students to improve their performance in school and someday, in the workforce.

In a charismatic, authentic, and humorous way, Mark challenges each student to carve out the crucial time to focus, plan, and take action building their own dream, whatever that dream is to them. Empower your students to maximize their potential, define their goals, and start moving toward their dream today!

Connect, Engage, and Answer Why: Inspiring Active Purpose in Younger Generations

Dynamic Staff PD Event or Series

What’s really holding students back from reaching their full potential? Performance expert Mark C. Perna will uncover the secrets of today’s younger generations, how they think, and what makes them tick. This dynamic experience will take you deep into the acclaimed strategies to connect, engage, and answer why for young people.

Mark reveals that all of us live primarily in one of two modes: active purpose and static purpose. In active purpose, we set goals and take steps forward. In static purpose, we stand still. Mark’s nationally recognized best practices can help you move students from static purpose into active purpose to transform their motivation and performance.

Though often painted in a negative light, young people have a wealth of untapped talents and abilities. And yet, too many students see education as their problem rather than their solution. Mark will show you how to change their mind about learning and unlock the interests that can become a career direction. You’ll also discover the three vital questions that every young person is silently asking—and how to answer them.

Fast-moving, funny, and packed with actionable tools, Mark’s message will help you motivate young people, inspire their purpose, and empower them to achieve more. Rediscover your passion to connect, engage, and answer why on a whole new level for the young people you serve!

Resources for Event Organizers

Once you’ve booked Mark, it’s time to get the word out. Below you’ll find everything you need to promote your upcoming event and the powerful message that Mark will deliver—including Mark’s biography, photography, videos, testimonials, virtual and in-person event best practices, promotional flyers and videos for customization, and more.

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements

June 6, 2022 Red Oak Independent School District Career Tree Kickoff and Workshop
June 14, 2022 Madison-Oneida BOCES Administration Team Keynote Kickoff, Pt 1
June 15, 2022 Madison-Oneida BOCES Administration Team Keynote Kickoff, Pt 2
June 16, 2022 University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Administration Team Keynote Kickoff Part 1
June 17, 2022 University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Administration Team Keynote Kickoff Part 2
June 21, 2022 OACTS Ohio Superintendents Conference Mohican State Lodge, OH: Paradigm Shift Keynote Address
July 15, 2022 Arizona Department of Education Tucson, AZ: Full-Day Administrator Keynote/Workshop
July 17, 2022 Arizona ACTE Statewide Summer Conference Tucson, AZ: Keynote Address
July 19, 2022 TN Department of Education: 2022 Institute for CTE Educators Chattanooga, TN: Statewide Keynote Address
July 26, 2022 Deer Valley USD Phoenix, AZ: Full-Day Professional Development
July 29, 2022 Buckeye Union High School District Phoenix, AZ: Organizational Keynote
August 1, 2022 Riverside Unified School District Riverside, CA: Keynote Speech & Professional Development
August 2, 2022 Educational Service Center of Eastern Ohio Canfield, OH: Keynote Address
August 4, 2022 Mississippi Community College Board Conference Jackson, MS: Keynote Address
August 5, 2022 Ashtabula County Educational Service Center Kent State University, Ashtabula, OH: Keynote Address
August 8, 2022 Autry Tech Enid, OK: Organizational Keynote
August 10, 2022 Northwest ISD Fort Worth, TX: Career Tech Organization Keynote
August 11, 2022 San Antonio Independent School District San Antonio, TX: Keynote Address
August 15, 2022 Ohio High Point Career Center Organization Keynote Address
August 17, 2022 Columbiana County K12 School Districts Columbiana, OH: Keynote Address
August 19, 2022 Lee County Economic Development Lee County, IA: Education & Employer Keynote
August 25, 2022 Austin Public Schools Austin, MN: Keynote Address
September 2, 2022 Molokai High School Organization Keynote & Career Tree Kickoff
September 15, 2022 Patterson Unified School District Administration Team Keynote Kickoff, Pt 1
September 16, 2022 Patterson Unified School District Administration Team Keynote Kickoff, Pt 2
September 28, 2022 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices Conference Cape Cod, MA: Half-Day Preconference Session
September 29, 2022 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices Conference Cape Cod, MA: Breakout Session
October 3, 2022 Falls River Schools Organization Keynote & Career Tree Launch
October 12, 2022 Alaska Statewide Speaking Tour Locations To Be Announced
October 12, 2022 Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Fairbanks, AK: Keynote Speech & Administrator Workshop
October 16, 2022 Alaska Association for Career & Technical Education Anchorage, AK: Statewide Administrator Preconference Workshop
October 17, 2022 Alaska Association for Career & Technical Education Anchorage, AK: Statewide Conference Keynote Speech
October 20, 2022 Education with Purpose & Employment with Passion: Call to Action Livestream Experience
October 26, 2022 Union County Development Association Creston, IA: AM & PM Keynote Addresses
November 30, 2022 ACTE VISION National Conference Las Vegas, NV: Full-Day Preconference Session
December 2, 2022 ACTE VISION National Conference Las Vegas, NV: Featured Breakout Session
January 12, 2023 Dodge City Community College Staff and Students Keynote Address
January 12, 2023 Dodge City Community College Community Keynote Address
February 27, 2023 Catapult Webinar Series Keynote Address
January 17, 2024 Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents Columbus, OH: Keynote Address & Q&A
January 17, 2024 Zanesville Area Communities Zanesville, OH: Educators, Employers, Stakeholders & Parents Keynote & Q&A

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