DSAIA 2016 Featured Speakers
Friday Keynote Speaker
Former Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Gene Stallings will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 DSAIA Annual Leadership Conference in Charlotte,NC. Stallings, who led the 1992 Crimson Tide to a national championship, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2010. However, the Down syndrome community might know him better for a book he penned about his son with Down syndrome, Johnny, entitled Another Season.
Saturday Keynote Speaker
Dr. Dana Lightman is an accomplished motivational keynote speaker and trainer specializing in the field of optimism and positive psychology. She brings over 25 years of experience as a presenter, psychotherapist, coach and educator to a wide range of audiences at conferences and conventions, corporations, hospitals, non-profits, universities and schools. After earning her doctorate in Behavioral Science, Dana created the POWER Optimism programs in 2001, and published her first book, POWER Optimism: Enjoy the Life You Have…Create the Success You Want in 2004, followed by the No More Difficult People Series in 2011 and the POWER Optimism Quick Tip Series in 2015. Dana has taught and lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University and Arcadia University and has appeared on television and radio across the country.
Friday General Session Speaker
Michelle Sie Whitten, M.A., is a Board Member, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Prior to her career in the non-profit sector, Michelle was a cable television executive with territories in North and South East Asia. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Regional Studies – East Asia and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, both from Harvard University. She studied Mandarin Chinese at Peking University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from Tufts University.