2022 NGLA Keynote Addresses

NGLA is excited about our Keynote Addresses for the In-Person Experience of the 2022 NGLA Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD from February 24 – 27, 2022!

Friday Keynote | February 25

Sponsored by Circle of Sisterhood Foundation

Is this your 'slingshot' moment?
presented by LaShatá Grayson

Imagine life is like a target. Sometimes you practice for a perfect hit and end up missing the target unexpectedly. This past year has been a whole lot of things. And many of us are struggling. What if we are being pulled back to be propelled forward? Like the tension in a slingshot, what if your setback is only setting you up for a comeback. In this session, we’ll recall our most recent “slingshot moments” and reflect on how they’ve affected our lives. We’ll discuss the importance of belonging and the impact it has on resiliency.

Presenter Biography:

LaShatá (she/hers) is a native of Gary, IN and graduated from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) with a bachelor’s degree in management and a certificate in event management. After spending two years as a special education teacher, LaShatá went on to pursue her master’s degree in college student personnel at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Indiana State University where she advises NPHC and Panhellenic.

As the Lead Facilitator for the Parallel Agency, LaShatá has spoken to thousands of Panhellenic members in the past year on finding their purpose, igniting their passions, and creating inclusive organizations. She has also worked with hundreds of members from culturally based fraternal organizations on leadership development, cross-council relationships and the value of sustaining their lifelong membership. She is passionate about elevating the lived experiences of women, specifically Black women, to create more equitable spaces. When she’s not speaking, you can find her in the CrossFit gym or in her kitchen cooking up some amazingly delicious vegetarian meals.

Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @be.parallel and @lashata.marie
Facebook: /be.parallel and /lashata.marie

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Saturday Keynote | February 26

Supported by Rho Lambda



Resiliency: R Rated?
presented by Dr. Thea Zunick

Resiliency… Scary? Controversial? Intimidating? It doesn't have to be. Being Resilient increases the strength and speed of our response to difficult situations and can have a positive impact on mental health and subjective wellbeing. Dr. Zunick will take you through a compelling story of how you need to #startwithme by reflecting inward and then follow concrete steps to build your Resilience muscles. It’s just a matter of knowing how. 

As a result of attending this program, attendees will be able to: 

  • Reflect and interpret their own emotions and response to stress

  • Shift the way their brain responds to adversity and change

  • Develop a toolbox full of resilience-building skills

Presenter Biography:

Dr. Thea Zunick, is a national coaching, speaking, and facilitation professional, and is the Manager of Community Engagement for The Jed Foundation (JED), a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation's teens and young adults.

Dr. Z brings engaging learning material focused on resiliency, empathy, wellness, and emotional intelligence to folks both in-person and online. As a speaker, she encourages people to #startwithme. Through self-reflection exercises and instructions, she is able to help individuals connect with their own emotions so that they can better connect with other humans. Her talks are infused with high-impact, actionable steps for changing how you treat yourself and how you connect with others.

She earned an Associate’s Degree from Middlesex County College, a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey, a Master’s degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education from University of Florida, and a Doctorate of Education for the Design of Learning Environments from Rutgers University. She loves her time crushing weights at a local CrossFit gym, playing fetch with her pup Tootsie, trying out new recipes and restaurants, and practicing her dance moves anywhere music is playing!

Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @thearachel
Twitter: @thearachel
TikTok: @drthearachel
LinkedIn: /thearachelzunick
Website: www.theazunick.com/
Website: www.greekuniversity.org/thea

 

 


  

Closing Keynote | February 26 

Face Fears | Become Resilient | Unlock Potential 
presented by Joze Piranian

Joze Piranian avoided speaking almost entirely because of his debilitating stutter. But after struggling for 25 years, he broke free from his challenges to become a celebrated TEDx speaker and stand-up comedian. Joze now inspires people to turn their fear into action so that they can overcome their “inner stutter” and unlock their true potential. Drawing from his personal journey, Joze Piranian’s program instructs participants how to confront challenges, build unshakeable resilience, defeat the discomfort of learning new skills, and reframe their relationship with fear.

Presenter Biography:

After avoiding speaking almost entirely for more than 25 years due to a debilitating stutter, Joze Piranian went from a lifelong stutterer into an International Motivational Speaker. With more than 3 000 000 views on his Goalcast featured speech about resilience and inclusion; Joze Piranian is more than a public speaker. Joze is also a stand-up comedian performing in 3 continents and 3 languages.

Joze holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Psychology from McGill University, a Master of International Business from Queen’s University, and a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. He has spoken at organizations such as Tesla, Dell, and is the winner of the Inspirational Speaker of the Year award in 2017. He has also been featured on TEDx, Forbes, NowThis (about Joe Biden’s stutter), CBC, and Global News Canada.

Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @campuspeak and @yeswayjoze
Twitter: @campuspeak
Facebook: /campuspeak