Chapter Meeting March 9th 2019

March 9, 2019 - 8:30am
Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park 5700 Westpark Dr, Charlotte, NC 28217




Punch It Up!

Add humor, interaction and flexibility to any program

Whether you have a practiced keynote or have logged miles on your Fitbit facilitating workshops, you can always punch up your content.

Thinking outside of the box can add in joke or two in just the right spot to pull together your message and leave a lasting learning moment for your audiences. More importantly, when your contract calls for X and you are asked to do Y in the last moment, you can laugh it off and be prepared at a moments notice to shift your message’s delivery by time, format, room set up, and even the number of participants. Adding humor to your content, conversations with the planner and “off the clock” dinners and really punch up you and your message, leave a lasting impression and leave you with loyal devoted fans.


Gas Pedal Down: Breakthrough by getting off the brake

Until we notice our behavior patterns, we can’t decide what to keep and what to change. Once this is clear, we will then walk through a step by step process of gathering the right minds, facilitating a challenging and honest process of accountability, and making space for our brand, if not our true selves, to expand our reach and increase our profits.

After hitting a ceiling in her field, Jessica Pettitt, CSP, formed a meeting of minds with Eliz Greene, Gerry O’Brion and Thom Singer, CSP and successfully broke through a stagnate business plan. One year later, all four speakers have felt the impact of a process called Gas Pedal Down.

Any person has excuses for ceilings or barriers that prevent them from experiencing change, achieving their goals, gaining success, growing income and increasing the amount of contribution to the larger community. Bottom line is it does not matter how much experience or money you have in the bank – we could all do and grow more in our businesses and personal lives. Join us and leave with full awareness of how your gas pedal power can get where you want to be, faster.

Meeting agenda:

8:30am Registration & Networking
9:00am President’s Welcome Message / Announcements
9:15am Jessica Pettitt Humor Program – Part I
10:30am Networking Break
10:45am Jessica Pettitt Humor Program – Part II
11:45am Announcements / Chapter Business
12:00pm Networking Lunch
1:15pm Jessica Pettitt Gaspedal Down Program
2:30pm Closing Remarks / Adjourn

About Jessica Pettitt, CSP:

It is through Jessica’s work in Student Affairs, as a college administrator, in South Carolina, Oregon, New York, and Arizona, that she realized her love for the conversations across difference. As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria, Social Justice Training Institute Alumna, and a Certified Speaking Professional, Jessica has taken the typical diversity talks to the next level of social justice conversations examining privilege, oppression, entitlement, and our collective responsibility to make change while connecting difficult topics with employee retention, crisis management, and increasing innovation and profits.

Referred to as the “Margaret Cho” of Diversity Trainers, Jessica blends politics, humor, identity, and local flair with big city passion and energy through direct, individualized, and interactive conversations. Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes don’t just leave participants invigorated but inspired and motivated to follow through with action to create change. Having traveled and lived in a variety of communities and environments all over the world, while also engaging with education as student, teacher, administrator and active community member, Jessica uses her take on life to lead participants through a safe but confrontational process of examination, self-reflection and open dialog that is as challenging as it is rewarding.

Responses to Jessica’s programs are overwhelmingly positive and include comments such as, comments ranging from, “This was awful – I never had to think so hard while laughing!” to “I can’t believe my boss brought, her – thanks for actually treating us like adults,” to “She answered all of my questions knowledgeably and without making me feel dumb for asking.”

With her attention now turning to larger associations and corporate leadership, Jessica is pulling from the past 15 years of direct experience to lead teams to try instead of avoiding a stretch. It is in this trying that clients uncover a deeper sense of belonging, resourceful collaboration opportunities, and reignite their creativity and innovative ideation. Learning, feeling and being Good Enough Now allows for teams to do the best they can with what they have and persist long into the future no matter the crisis, topic or challenge.

Graduating from the University of South Carolina with an M.Ed in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Crisis Management, Jessica pulls together lessons from teaching History and English in the classroom as well as those from the stand-up comedy stages of New York City to bring real and actionable results to meeting rooms and board tables. She is well published, including multiple DVD and online training courses, curriculum guides and a book, Good Enough Now, that makes the abstract actionable.

When you arrive at this chapter, you should be given a seat belt, shoulder harness and helmet! The chapter meetings are filled with non-stop
energy and excitement. Joe Clouatre, Extreme Customer Service
NSA Carolinas quarterly meeting delivers a model format with over 4 hours of content and a wonderful lunch. Our April meeting featuring Chad Hymas inspired and instilled the urge to make each minute count. The afternoon speaker and book publishing expert John Peragine gave clarity to the next steps for today’s authors. Captain Jim Gordon, Successful Life Sailing
If you are serious about growing your speaking business and want to build relationships with some of the most successful people in the business, then you need to join NSA Carolina's today! Whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned veteran, these content rich and targeted programs will give you an edge in business. Merikay Tillman, Catalyst Coach