Keynote Speakers



Thursday, April 25
Nefertiti Poyner
Author, International Speaker, and provider of professional learning.

Building Your Bounce: 23 Questions That Can Change The Way You Look At Life! 

A presentation designed to promote the resilience of adults who work with children and families.

Currently, Nefertiti is a National Trainer and Early Childhood Specialist with the Devereux Center for Resilient Children.  In this role, Nefertiti conducts local and national presentations. She develops training curriculum, mentors trainers and provides on-site and distance coaching. If you were to ever ask Nefertiti about her work she would reply “I do what I love every day — this is such an amazing experience.”      

Nefertiti earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University, her Master’s Degree from Chestnut Hill College and her Doctoral of Education Degree from Walden University. She is the co-author of two resources, Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You and Socially, Strong, Emotionally Secure: 50 Activities to Promote Resilience in Young Children, Winner Of The 2012 Learning® Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award. Her research interest and the passion that guides her work revolve around better understanding how resilience contributes to effective education for children, staff, and communities. 

Friday, April 26
Lisa Murphy
Founder and CEO of 
Ooey Gooey
What If Today Was Their Only Day?


Lisa Murphy has been involved with early childhood education for over 20 years; teaching and working with children in various environments including Head Start, kindergarten, private preschools, family childcare, park and rec centers, group homes and many child care centers.

Lisa is the founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc. where her mission is to assist in the transformation of the industry of early childhood education by offering 1) the best workshops and trainings; 2) the most up to date materials and resources; and 3) insightful conversations and connections through the power of social media.  Lisa presents hundreds of workshops each year to both domestic and international audiences on various topics related to early childhood education.

Lisa has an M.Ed. in early childhood education from Champlain College in Vermont.  She has authored four books, produced dozens of teacher training DVD’s and is a popular keynote speaker at educational conferences.  Lisa’s standing room only seminars have become nationally known for their information, humor, inspiration and energetic delivery.  Frequently asked if she has ever been a stand up comic, Lisa practices what she preaches by blending the learning with the laughing.

Saturday, April 27

To many, Steve Spangler may be best known for teaching millions of people how to turn an ordinary bottle of soda into an erupting geyser of fun… What’s now become known as the Mentos Diet Coke Experiment became an Internet sensation, fascinating millions and catapulting Steve into the limelight!

Steve went on to become an engaging Hall of Fame speaker, world-renowned educator, Emmy award-winning television personality, innovative entrepreneur, famous toy designer and best-selling author.


As a highly engaging and entertaining speaker, trainer and media guest, Steve is best known for creating truly unforgettable experiences audiences can emulate with their children.



Steve Spangler
TV and Youtube Science Celebrity
Steve Spangler Science
Best Day Ever- The Science of Creating Amazing Experiences That Inspire Children to Wonder, Discover and Explore

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