Keynote Speakers 

Keynote Speaker - Denise Bissonnette

A talented author, poet and curriculum developer, Denise is one of North America’s most sought-after speakers on career development, employment and training, and cultivating the human spirit.

Over the past 15 years, Denise has distinguished herself throughout North America as an author, speaker, curriculum developer and trainer on issues of career development, diversity and employment and training for people with employment barriers.

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Keynote Speaker - Logan Olson
Logan Olson from Logan Magazine will share her mission and journey to creating and maintaining a self-employment plan. At age 16 Logan sustained a brain injury that changed the direction of her life.
Keynote Speaker - Jeff Strully
Executive Director, Jay Nolan Community Services, Inc. since 1993. Mr. Strully has been involved with people with developmental disabilities and their families for over thirty-nine years in a variety of different capacities and settings. 


Jeff and his wife are parents of three young adults with developmental disabilities who require support to live valued lives in the community. Mr. Strully has written numerous articles and has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. 

Keynote Speaker - Jill Houghton
Executive Director, US Business Leadership Network.Jill Houghton has over 22 years of diverse leadership experience at the federal, state and local levels to advance the employment and economic self-sufficiency of all people with disabilities.
Keynote Speaker - Kathie Snow
An author, public speaker, trainer, consultant, and host of the website. And, like others, getting from “there to here” started out as a personal journey that blossomed into a professional career spanning more than two decades.