Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

TASA is excited to announce that Simon Sinek will kick off the 2021 Midwinter Conference with the opening general session keynote, and Dr. Chris Howard will wrap up the conference with a closing keynote presentation. We are finalizing details for the second general session. Check back soon for updates!

Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek

Optimist and Author of "Start With Why" and "The Infinite Game"


Conversation with Simon Sinek
Moderated by Kevin Brown, TASA Executive Director

Infinite Game: How can we win a game that has no end? The simple answer is we can’t.

However, that’s exactly what so many organizations are trying to do. The problem is, there is no such thing as “winning education.” In a game with no finish line and no agreed upon rules or metrics it is impossible to “be number one” or “be the best.” In this Infinite Game, there is only ahead and behind.

Leaders of organizations must understand the rules of the Infinite Game. Failure to do so dramatically increases the chance that they will set themselves on a path that eventually drains them of the will and resources to play at all. Eventually they will drop out of the game and no one will care. The game will go on without them.

In his talk, Simon explores how understanding the rules of the Infinite Game is essential if any leader wants to stay ahead forever.

Opening General Session Sponsor
Dr. Chris Howard

Dr. Chris Howard

President, Robert Morris University


8 Ways to Accelerate Your Leadership Odyssey

Dr. Chris Howard, the eighth president of Robert Morris University, will speak about “8 Ways to Accelerate Your Leadership Odyssey” during his keynote remarks. This is his playbook for developing character-based leadership skills applicable to anyone, in any field, at any time.

Dr. Howard will share personal and professional life lessons that he has learned throughout his athletic, intelligence, military, corporate, nonprofit, and higher education experiences. Never have these lessons been more relevant, given the crises that every organization has faced in 2020, from the pandemic to the recession to the struggle for social justice.

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