Alonzo Kelly will be presenting Thursday his keynote "True Strength of Community; Lessons of the Pando Forest" from 9:45-10:45 am in the Cumberland Ballroom and his "Self(ish) Service - why Self Care is Just as Important as Caring for Others" breakout session from 2:00 - 3:00 pm in Capitol 1.

Alonzo Kelly

A dynamic Executive Coach, Professor, 3x Best Selling Author, and Radio Host, Alonzo Kelly has gained international and global attention as a premier consultant and strategist. Alonzo is recognized as one the nation’s leading experts on leadership development, strategic thinking, planning, and acting which results in individual and organizational goal achievement. He has appeared on America’s Premier Experts which airs on major networks across the country including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX. He has served over 1,000 individuals through personal and professional development, delivered training to a plethora of Fortune 500 companies, college and universities, institutions of higher learning, foreign countries, and nonprofit organizations. He holds a bachelor’s in Accounting, three master’s degrees (Public Administration, Human Resource & Labor Relations, Business Administration), and is nearing completion of a PhD in Multidisciplinary Human Services.  He is also currently in the process of obtaining his Doctorate in Business Administration. Find more at

Chris Jorwic and his sister Nicole Jorwic will be presenting Friday their keynote "Presuming Competence: Every Behavior is a Form of Communication" from 9:45 - 10:45 am in the Cumberland Ballroom and Nicole will be presenting the "Federal Policy Update: What is happening in Washington, DC" breakout session from 11:00 - 11:55 am in Capitol 1.

Chris and Nicole Jorwic

Christopher Jorwic is 29 and has autism. Chris has presented all over the country about his lobbying experience at the state level alongside his sister Nicole. Chris also discusses his experiences using augmentative communication to get those in state and local governments to see beyond his autism diagnosis and inability to use his voice to speak. Chris has seen the importance of being at the table when important decisions are being made and the consequences of decisions being made without people with disabilities present.

Nicole Jorwic is the director of rights policy at The Arc, a national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Prior to joining The Arc policy team Nicole served as Senior Policy Advisor for the state of Illinois. Prior to that appointment, Nicole was the CEO/President of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities where she continued the Institute’s mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities and assisted the leadership of the state of Illinois in developing public policy driven best practices in serving individuals with disabilities. Nicole is also an accomplished special education attorney and an advocate for students with disabilities, with a focus on transition-aged youth. Nicole received her JD and Child and Family Law Certificate, from Loyola University Chicago. She received her BS from the University of Illinois.

The temperature of meeting rooms throughout the conference center will be set at 72 degrees. Please dress accordingly and if you are cold-natured, dress in layers and bring a sweater or jacket.

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This conference is FRAGRANCE FREE!  Please refrain from using perfumes, colognes, or scented personal products in consideration of people with chemical sensitivities.