Keynotes & Special Lectures

Check out our 2023 featured sessions!

Keynote Lectures

Shifting from Doing Skills to Being Skills
Friday, March 17 | 8 a.m. 

Erika Jackson

Erika Jackson, MCC, MLHR, NBC-HWC 
Chief Coaching Officer, Wellcoaches

You’ve invested your time to become an expert in your field. You have the know-how to instruct and educate, with a passion for making a difference. But who are you when you show up with that information? In this session, we’ll look beyond your expertise (the doing skills) to how you show up (your being skills). Your Presence is essential for connection with those you serve and impacts their behaviors outside of your time together. Being intentional about your presence is transformational for your clients, and for you. 

The PaleoKetoVeganMacroFasting Diet: Stop the Madness!
Saturday, March 18 | 8 a.m. 

Shawn Arent

Shawn M. Arent, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FISSN, FACSM, FNAK
University of South Carolina

There is certainly no shortage of fad diets and diet “trends” to choose from, with each one promising a new twist on how to get lean, get big, or get fit. Unfortunately, the claims typically exceed the evidence and the hype exceeds the reality. This presentation will discuss both the science and the myth surrounding some of these more popular diet trends, with a focus on theory vs reality. Practical applications will be included in an effort to help individuals identify reasonable, sustainable, and effective dietary strategies to meet their goals.

Special Lectures

Active Afternoon powered by the Health & Fitness Journal - The Exercise Professional’s Toolbox: The One-Two Punch for Immediate Assessment and Programming for Movement Improvement 
Friday, March 17 | 4:30 - 5:45 p.m.


Peter Ronai


Paul Gallo

Not all clients possess movement competence necessary for performing conditioning exercises and workouts. Exercise professionals can learn to identify compensatory motions during general movement screenings underpinning the presence of muscle imbalances and the potential risk of specific movement dysfunctions. Attendees will learn how to perform quick, age-appropriate movement assessments and teach exercises which require minimal equipment, space, and time) to enhance stability and function within the neck, shoulder girdle, hips trunk and lower body. This “Active Afternoon” workshop will bridge the science-to-practice by providing short explanations and demonstrations of quick assessments and exercise program strategies followed by hands-on application performed by attendees. 

Walter R. Bortz Lecture: Power Training: Pathways and Destinations 
Saturday, March 18 | 1:45 p.m.

Joseph Signorile

Joseph Signorile, Ph.D.
University of Miami School of Medicine

Power Training has been around for three decades as a one-dimensional goal and singular program of training. This lecture will examine ways to maximize results and target the diagnosed needs of your older clients. Dr. Signorile will provide an operational mix of scientific findings and practical applications, flavored with his own unique style of presentation.

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